American Idol RECAP

Okay, I have to be honest here: I’m sort of on the fence when it comes to American Idol.. I find it entertaining sure, but I can usually come up with about 10 things I’d rather be doing than catch it at its scheduled time.

That being said, I did watch last night and if you didn’t, I got all your dirt right here. The old producer is back to the show so it was WAY better than it’s been in the past. The one thing that I know people found mildly disappointing was that there didn’t seem to be as many crazy people auditioning. But really, do you ever wonder how many of those stories are made up anyway? I can never fully appreciate the lack of talent because I’ve always secretly felt that deep down they are all staged.

ANYWAYS, on to the show.

Ryan Seacrest opens with the fact that American Idol is in Savannah for the first time, which is obviously no surprise as they are probably running out of cities to try. Randy “Dawg” Jackson strolls around repeating, “Season one, one.” The first contestant we meet is a self proclaimed chick magnet named David Leathers Jr. They should have re-checked this kid’s age.. he’s 17, but looks 12. David sings “Remember the Rain” and blows the judges away. They ask for some Michael Jackson and he accommodates. It’s a unanimous yes and on he goes to Hollywood.

Gabby, another teen, is excited to meet Ryan Seacrest on American Idol, but is also hoping to earn a certain facial expression from Steven Tyler, which I found deeply disconcerting. She enters the judging room and rushes over to hug Nigel from So You Think You Can Dance, which seems to thoroughly enjoy Randy. Because seriously, who likes Nigel or would even recognize him on the street? Gabby’s rendition of “Sunday Morning” is faaantastic – it’s a unanimous ‘yes’. She rushes out to tell everyone Steven Tyler did ‘the thing.’ Again, creeeepy.

And cue montage of dozens of other screaming golden ticket holders going through to Hollywood.

Jessica Whitely- not one of them. My ears are still bleeding. After a prolonged silence, the judges pronounce it ‘awful’. Jessica muses that she may just be dehydrated, and says she’ll see them in Texas. Don’t make the drive friend.

Ryan Seacrest meets his lookalike/soundalike/wannabe, Shaun Kraisman, who makes the rounds of the place before auditioning. It’s just so-so, and he doesn’t make it through.. but he did a pretty convincing job at being Ryan.. which could end up being lucrative down the road.

A 15 year-old is featured next – Shannon McGrane – she brings her entire family in for an introduction after revealing that her father once played in the World Series for the Cardinals. Steven puts a wrinkle in the feelgood moment by remarking that Shannon is hot in front of her father. Thankfully she’s talented and she goes through. Dad refrains from beating Tyler and seems to gets his sense of humor back.

Here come the yellers and really cringe-y auditions, that you just can’t help but feel sorry for.

Next is Amy, who lives in a tent in the middle of the woods. Seriously. The judges are speechless. She sings “Super Woman” by Alicia Keyes. She infuses her version with soul and style – she’s through. This may be a way out of the tent.. or the show is really grasping for desperate situations.

An overeager southern boy, Joshua, rattles the judges by running into things as he makes his way into the room. Joshua does a Jason Mraz tune that isn’t the worst thing ever, but doesn’t cut it. Steven cracks up when Randy suggests a second song. They gently send Joshua on his way. He cries and has a hissy fit.

Stephanie Renae, a super nervous 15 year-old, has been anticipating this moment since age 8. She nails a Carrie Underwood song. J-Lo compliments her throttle (huh?). Steven says positively yes, Randy says no, and Jennifer puts her through.

Schyler Dickson is there to audition with her brother Colton, who was on last season. The judges talk Colton into trying out again. Schyler looks a little ticked at having to share her moment. In the end, Schyler and Colton both go through. SHOCKER.

Lauren Mink, who works with people who have Autism and Down’s Syndrome, sings “Country Strong” and gives Jennifer goosebumps. She’s got an amazing country voice.. because American Idol could use another Carrie Underwood and all.

Mawuena Kodjo comes in full of confidence, telling the judges he wants his ticket – he’s going to blow them away.. so you know he’s awful. He sings “Rascall Flatts” and Randy (and the rest of America) fights not to crack up. Mawuena and Seacrest hit the streets and return with a contingent of young girls and an elderly truck driver-type willing to attest that he should be given a shot. Though hilarious and sad, it’s still a no.

Ashlee Altise and her dreads then perform a raptor-like dance before launching into “Come Together.” Steven says she’s got spirit and spunk – she does! She’s through.

Here’s a real winner: W. T. Thompson, is unemployed and his wife is pregnant. By unemployed I mean he quit his job to audition. So you think he’d be great right?.. wrong. He sings for the panel, but it’s good, not great. Steven says he’s not ready, but J-Lo gives him a yes. Randy is swayed and he gets the golden ticket. Mmm…it seems his story nudged him forward to the next round.

Hopeful Erica Nowak, says Steven Tyler is her future ex-husband. She’s not sure she’ll be able to control herself during the audition. Once in the judging room, Randy pushes for a hug between the two. Steven obliges, and she scandalously cops a feel! What she should have done is second base him. Dude’s look like a lady. But that’s not it – she can actually sing. Following the audition, Randy gets his hug – and his ass squeeze. She’s through.

The next girl is a dancer named Brittany Kerr. She’s okay. Steven gives her a yes, before she does anything might I add, Jennifer says no, and Randy puts her through after a bit of “deliberation.”

Last audition of the day: and for sure the next American Idol, I’m calling it right now: Phillip Phillips. Surely I can not be the only girl who stayed up all night googling him?

He’s adorable. He works in his dad’s pawn shop and declares he can’t let this opportunity slip out of his hands in his cute southern twang that made my knees go weak. While Phillip’s in with the judges, his mother flirts with Seacrest.. too bad she’s barking up the wrong tree. Phillip’s voice is as hot as he is and makes Steven Tyler do ‘the face’. He picks up his acoustic and impresses the panel even more doing a funky version of Thriller! I love him, they love him.. he’s going to win my friends.

What did you think of the show?

-Katy