American Idol – Hollywood

Didn’t feel like being “brain-engaged” tonight (I was down in St Louis today, more on that tomorrow), so here’s my review for AI-Hollywood 

  • Brooke White – She was first out of the chute tonight and did a great job.  What’s remarkable about her is that by her own admission, she has never seen an “R” rated movie.  Lot’s of people would think that’s weird, and the judges even made fun during the first round of auditions, but you can succeed in this world without buying into everything the world offers.
  • David Hernandez – Sand “Love the One You’re With”.  The guys pretty good. 
  • Amanda Overmeyer the “Rock-n-roll nurse” – She recently had a car wreck and had 12 staples in her head.  When asked if she had learned anything she said, “Do it right the first time because you may not get a second chance.”  Tru-dat.  She sang a smoky version of “Light My Fire”
  • Josiah– we met this kid in the auditions living in a car.  He did a surprisingly good job in the first song tonight, but as he was preparing for the second round, he was struggling.  Late at night he confessed to the camera that we was “just really defeated”.  It didn’t look to good, but he pressed on and made it to the final round of cuts.  Great illustration of do your best and leave it at that.
  • Christy Lee Cook – Saw her in the very first audition show.  She is from Oregon and sang “Amazing Grace”.  Really like her.
  • Michael Johns – This guy did an awesome version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  ANYBODY that can sing Queen has got to have a good voice. 
  • Carly Smithson – This is an Irish gal that made it before and then didn’t because she didn’t get her Visa (not a credit card…the immigration thing).  She did a pretty good version of Heart’s “Alone”
  • Asia’h Epperson – This 19 yr-old gal tried out in Atlanta despite recently losing her father.  I thought she was good in Atlanta.  I thought she was great tonight.  Really soulful, rich voice. 

 We’ll find out tomorrow night the final 24.  Those are some of my favorites.  As much as I like music, I think the thing that draws me to this show the most is seeing people succeed.  I’m a sucker for feel-good stories like Rocky, and Rudy, and the story about the 1980 hockey team, “Miracle on Ice” (All movies I highly recommend by the way).  I just see that same theme every time one of these people do well on AI. 

I know…..I’m pathetic. 

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