The Charelston auditions produced a very strange (and annoying) episode of American Idol, especially coming off one of the most enjoyable audition episodes the show has ever produced. Unlike in San Diego, where there were more good auditioners than bad, Charleston didn't produce one stand-out contender. Instead, we got wannabe-Clay-Aiken Rashar's "I Can't Make You Love Me," surly waitress DeAnna Prevatte angry version of "Fancy," Joshua Boson's, um, interesting rendition of "And I Am Telling You," and Idol message board lovebirds Randy Stark Crystal Ortiz.
Yeah, not quite Carly Smithson level.
And why did they spend so much time on navy pilot Lyndsey Goodman, aspiring superstar Aretha Codner, and new father Oliver Highman when none of them were going to make it through? Here's a thought -- how about spending some of that time showing us people we will actually see again?
Even the folks that did get through weren't great. Michelle and Jeffrey Lampkin's "I Am Your Angel" was borderline awful, and yet they made it to Hollywood! Huh?? Abstinence preacher Amy Flynn was just about as annoying as can be, and her rendition of Christina Aguilera's "Reflection" was nothing special -- so why did she make it through? London Weidberg was probably the best auditioner of the night, but I couldn't even accurately assess how good she is because I have no idea how Billie Holliday's "Good Morning Heartache" is actually supposed to sound.
All in all, Charleston turned out to be pretty much a waste of time. Ah well -- we still have San Diego.
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