Thursday, January 31, 2008

Some Miami American Idol Auditions Sizzle; Others Not So Much

I'm officially feeling American Idol audition fatigue.

That's not to say there weren't some good contestants in Miami -- there were. Boy bander turned rocker Robbie Carrico showed off an impressive set of pipes, and tiny spitfire Ramiele Mulaby's rendition of "Natural Woman" was quite impressive. And let's not forget Syesha Mercado, whose got a great backstory (father just graduated from rehab) and wailed "Think" with total abandon. All three could end up doing quite well in the competition.

Believe it or not, it's not even the awful auditions that are making me cringe (although, to be honest, I could barely stomach Brandon Black's episode-closing debacle). Instead, it's the contestants that have a bit of talent but don't know how to audition, or the marginally talented folks that the judges end up putting through, that are tiring me out.

Shannon McGouh, the meat market girl who thinks she's Janis Joplin, and former American Juniors contestant Julie Dubela definitely fall into the first category . Neither one had a terrible voice, but they were both so sure they were going to make it through, and it was so clear that they were not going to make it through, that they were literally uncomfortable to watch. Why do the producers insist on showing us these trainwrecks?

As for the rest of the folks that made it through -- what were the judges thinking? I'll forgive the gold tickets for full-figured ladies Corliss Smith and Brittany Wescott, since they were both charming and good singers (although likely not good enough to be truly successful in the competition), but Ghaleb Emachah? I mean, are they actively searching for the next Sanjaya?

The good news? Only one more week before Hollywood round. Hallelujah!

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