Monday, May 30, 2011

S10: Top 2 Performance Taping

....And then there were two.
Two teens. Two country artists.
And one more chance....

::: This is American Idol: The Finale :::

There are a lot of differences between going to a regular taping during the season & the season finale tapings. It's actually less stressful but more intense...if that even makes sense. The required check in time is 2pm, but you would never arrive that late. In fact, we arrived at 9am for Tuesday's taping and were already about 50th in line.

The chair guy was back. He had to have made bank over the two day finale. Renting out chairs, and selling snacks & drinks. This guy deserves an award for being a genius. High five for you, chair guy!

The waiting in line this year wasn't too horrid. OCA [On Camera Audience, the ticketing company] came over to check vouchers about 11am, and about noon we finally got our hands on the gold --> Orchestra, HH, Seats 110-112. Not too shabby.

I learned a valuable lesson Tuesday morning. Christy stayed in line and I went to grab Starbucks for ourselves, and some of the girls. While walking over there I thought...It would be so random to see someone like...Katy Allen at Starbucks. Why Katy? I have no idea. So I walk in and hop in the forever long line, turn my head and what do you know? There was Katy Allen! Along with Kris' more than awesome manager, Lizzie. What are the odds right? So I tweet about it, and as I look up from my phone, here walks over Kris Allen (apparently he was coming from the bathroom).

This is my moment of self panic & fan girl moment. Not that I had never met Kris before, because I have a number of times, but it was so random. I panned back and forth from the cashier to Kris...cashier to Kris, glancing back at the long line that had formed behind me. To go say hi or stay in line hoping he would still be around after I made my order? He was getting noticed, so I figured maybe I had time. So I stayed in line. #Fail

But it gets worse. After I ordered, though they had left, they were still outside taking photos with fans. I had Ashley's bagel & Rana's hot chocolate in hand and I began to debate again. To run outside & say hi or wait for the rest of the coffee? Mind you...this Starbucks takes forever to get drinks ready, but I stayed inside and watched thru the window. Grabbed my phone & took a quick (lame) photo of them outside. By the time I had all my drinks in hand & got outside, they were....
"Gone like a freight-train, gone like yesterday. Gone like a soldier in the Civil War, bang bang...."
Lesson learned: Kris Allen > Starbucks. Always.

AT&T had this "big" show planned with a plethora of Idol rejects (jk, jk) alum! Thankfully, I knew who all of them were, even the Brittenum Twins...well except LaKeisha Jones (I'm not season 6 yet!).

I didn't stick around to watch all of it because the boys were hungry. Priorities, boys! But we did get to see Blake Lewis beat box and serenade some random guy (Kim Caldwell wanted to trade places with Blake). We watched some lady win $10,000 by picking out phone that the Idol Alums had in hand. She could have won a million dollars...then Joey pointed out, that her prize was worth more than the next American Idol would win (unless of course, they become a huge success like Kelly or Carrie).

The crowd around was pretty fairly crowded, being so it never gave me a chance to meet any of them but I got plenty of photos. This being said, I felt very paparazzi while doing so (especially when I noticed Lee DeWyze sneaking by with Lizzie, as they headed over to radio row).

Check out all 173 photos from the AT&T Pre-show & Fox Tent Media with the Top 13, after the performance show...HERE!

Walking up to the Nokia, when doors opened, was complete CHAOS! Talk about lack of organization! We kind of just hopped into a random line and shuffled along to the doors...where I successfully snuck in my phone & camera. #winning But they hadn't opened the theatre doors yet so we were like sardines stuck in the lobby with nowhere to go.

I didn't notice anyone famous around us. Though, it was just the performance show so I wasn't expecting too much. As we sat there we learned about the TMZ reports saying that Lauren was dropping out & Haley would be performing. In fact, 20 minutes before the show, the band played a few bars of "Bennie & the Jets" and our eyes widened! #drama #rumors #omg

Lauren's family was the first to take their seats. It's so hard not to notice them with that hair. I mean, all the women in that family have this hair that came straight from "Hairspray." We were sitting 34 rows back and I could see Lauren's mom's hair while sitting!

Cue big screams....The Bottom 11 came out to take their seats in the audience and all my hopes that Haley just might perform were flushed out the door when I saw her walking in.

Corey, the MC, prepped us for Scotty's first song, as the words "Bang, Bang" flashed on the screens above. He were suppose to help sing along. Though he was giving us all the wrong cues for the song. Ha.

Moments before the show...the judges were announced [my thoughts: I guess we could stand for them] & Ryan entered the stage....

Ladies and gentlemen, "This is American Idol!" Oh wait, was this the first time Ryan had said the famous phrase all season long? Or at least in the past couple months? [which reminds that contest they did during the Idols Across America Tour, whatever became of that? Wasn't someone suppose to join Ryan on stage and join him for those famous 4 words? Apparently not.]

Oh Nigel. Should I not be surprised that you insist on dragging on the whole "Lauren blew a vocal cord?" And really, must the doctor come out and chat about it now? #nosurprise Let's move on. If she is really "in it to win it" nothing is going to stop her at this point (please see Kelly Clarkson's "Natural Woman"). Besides, have you met her mother? No way she would let Lauren back down. If need be, I am sure momma Alaina would have been more than willing to be her stand-in.

I should note that nothing too exciting happened during the commercial breaks. It was all business and no play. Corey just did his same old in which I realized I could replicate at gunpoint.

Where is Scotty? The problem with starting in the audience, when you are in the audience, is that you have no idea where the singer is. Scotty was a lost puppy in the crowd till he appeared on the stage behind the judges. It was a dynamite performance and the crowd energy really made it excel. Definitely, Scotty's best performance of the season.

A little odd that there were no judges' comments. I thought maybe they decided not to critique the reprise songs? It was a strange set up & made me wonder what the point of the judges were for this show. Though, I am pretty sure I could have guessed what they would have said anyways...
"It was beautiful." "You are in it to win it." "This was like a Scotty concert."
So maybe not having the judges talk was saving us all from déjà vu moments? Right?

I was as nervous as could be for "Little Lauren." But I have to say she looked stellar, one of her better, more flattering outfits. Despite her vocal issues she held a lot more confidence on that stage. No doubt the girl knew she was in for a fight tonight and she wasn't going to let no vocal issues hold her down.

Again, the energy in the audience was far exceeding what I had expected. I don't think anyone cared that it was an all country finale.

George Strait picks one of his own songs for Scotty to sing. #selfpimpage But to be completely honest, I love this song. It's super adorbs. And if a boy sang this to me I'd vote for him. I sang right along. It was a good performance. It would have been better if Scotty refrained from making all those faces. I mean, every time he did I would cringe.

Anyone notice the boy to girl ratio in the "mosh pit?" I think there was one boy, and I only noticed him while watching the show back. Come on OCA...mix it up a bit, or at least let me stand in the pit. You owe it to me with all those Section X seats.

Oh. Em. Gee. That dress. Hello Toddlers and Tiaras! I don't think I will ever get Lauren's style. I know their stylist is better than that. Come on are better than this! Don't let her outfits tear your rep apart!

Great song choice, Carrie. Lauren really brought it. Though despite it all, she should have brought it weeks ago to give herself a real chance at the title. Let's think reality here, folks...the only reason Lauren got so much pimpage tonight was because they had to make it seem like Lauren had a fighting chance.

Oh, and I bet that fiddler made bank after this one gig. As much as Joey was scared of him. lol. Did he perform in all 6 songs?

Oh look, the judges finally get to speak. Wait...was this necessary? I think it was obvious that Scotty won round one and Lauren won round 2. This just made for a super awkward moment and ruined the flow of the show. And I honestly, near saw them take notes, so why does Randy keep looking down at the desk?

Oh, I love Lauren's glances at Scotty, like "Boy, you know I ain't giving up on this. It's being brought!" No, Jennifer, it is not a tight race. Steven, stop hitting on Lauren. And Randy, shut up...this is not the "In It To Win It" show.

Who is this? Should I know who this is? And why is he performing in the middle of the show? Is it because of you that David Cook was pre-taped and I did not get to enjoy him live? Get off the stage! Props to the high school drumline though, you were great!

My new favorite hashtag: #thisbig. Right? The never ending joke that can go in one to many directions.

I honestly paid more attention to the footage being shown in the background than I did the song. I see you American Idol, trying to make cry. This is where I pretended to wipe tears from my eyes.

But this Joey kept stressing, the winner's song needs a good hook, the key change to cue the confetti & fireworks. It's not a horrid song but it wasn't the most ideal winner song. You know what he needed? To cry. So I yelled... "Cry Scotty, cry!" I was channeling my inner Debra Byrd.

And no Randy, it is not game time. Scotty did not bring it. He's only in it to win it, because he knows he is winning it. So to repeat for the hundredth time this season, "Shut up, Randy!"

How much do you love us, Scotty? #thisbig

Oh, I get it, this is her mother's moment. Really? As if her mother hasn't been the center of most of Lauren's moments, now she takes her coronation song. But the song is a better "winning moment" than Scotty's and she is pulling out all the strings to win this. Tears. Tears. Tears.

You would think after 10 seasons they would come up with better coronation songs? #noboundaries #insideyourheaven #momentlikethis #thisismynow

What you may not have noticed is that half the footage in her "idol journey" video had he mother in it. #shocker

What is Ryan doing walking on the stage? Where is Lauren going? Oh, but of course. I think I may have slapped my head in this moment. Looking to the boys, this girl knows how to work for those votes. You know moms will be splitting them votes tonight!

"Lauren Aliana has arrived, America." Really, Randy? Don't you say that every week? I mean, she can only arrive once, right? And you are right Jennifer, she could have won with that song...had she brought it since Day 1, but "bringing it" the last 3 weeks of the show won't cut it.

Umm...all I heard was "Blah, blah, blah." Lauren won the night but Scotty will still win it all. Jennifer, suck it up and pick someone next time. Actually, perhaps if you had all been a bit more constructive throughout the season, it would have been a much stronger Top 2 show. Too late for that....

Sigh...Oh DC, why did you have to pre-tape? And why didn't I get the wristbands to see it? I thought it was just a rehearsal, not the actual taping. Boo. A lot of people started walking out before they even started the video. I actually almost forget he was "performing." \o/ Sorry, DC. But I did enjoy your pre-tape. I just wish I could have seen the "slideshow" in the background. My favorite part. #memories

After the show the Top 13 head over to the Fox Media Tent outside, to well, get interviews by a plethora of Fox Media outlets from across the country. A huge crowd of fans swarms the barricade in hopes of meeting all the idols.

Scotty & Lauren were the first out but they only stayed out for about 10 minutes and stayed to the right where the bulk of the media waited. Lauren had a sign that said she could not talk. So I assume she was brief. lol.

Actually, while the press was anxiously interviewing the Top 2, there was a car accident right in front of Nokia. I think it was a hit & run. The sad thing is that all the press just stood there & went on with their interviews, and a handful of people ran over to make sure everyone was okay. [Yes, everyone was fine as far as I understood.]

Haley was actually the only one of the Top 13 who never made her way out to the Fox Tent. And of course, we all wonder why? Hmmm.

I didn't get to meet, talk to, or get any autographs because I was busy snapping photos. All photos you can find HERE! So check them because I sacrificed for you! Me & Paul could be BFF's by now....but no.

They were all quite gracious and enjoyed all the attention. Casey definitely got the loudest cheers when he came out. Though the crowd never stopped yelling "Casey!" or "James!" No doubt the most popular.

Pia was wanted most by the media. She had the hardest time finding time to sign autographs. Though while she was signing in front of me, a little girl commented on the fact that she was dating Mark Ballas. Pia chuckled, looked at the little girl and said, "You know what. I am dating Mark. I haven't told anyone that, so get the exclusive." Cue the "aws."

Poor Ashthon would just wonder around aimlessly. Not sure anyone remembered who she was...oops. She tried making eye contact with people, hoping they'd want her autograph. Thia often mistook "Pia" shouts for "Thia" shouts... #awkward

James had on a Thor helmet. It was actually quite adorable. I know I am often hard on him, but he was so sweet & kind to the fans. Loves the limelight, but it so gracious to the fans. Same with Casey. He was trying to shush everyone so he could do an interview. Then he would start posing for everyone.

Stefano was here and then gone...then back again. He was hard to see because he was so short, but he always had a smile on his face. Speaking of smiles...Paul's teeth were as white as ever. And he was as handsome as could be.

The media wrapped up after a couple hours, and the people dispersed. It was off to dinner with my KA girls (& Mark), where we saw Michael Sarver & Andrew Cook. Then a long night editing photos, while having a Steven Tyler painting stare at me all night.

Photos in which you can see HERE! :D

Tomorrow is the BIG day! The finale episode and taping on American Idol Season 10! We all know Scotty is going to win, so the most exciting part will be to see who all performs! Eep!

Monday, May 9, 2011

X Factor LA Auditions

X Factor LA Auditions, Session 1 on May 8th

I took a step into the dark side today.... as American Idol X Factor auditions, in front of the judges, started in LA. Less than, what, an hour before Paula Abdul was announced as the 4th and final judge? You can imagine it was a crazy scene down at Galen Center in LA.

Arrive time was 12:30pm, show was suppose to start at 2pm, but being the first taping...EVER in X Factor USA history, it was pure organized chaos.

The irony is that while I am typing this I am watching American Idol S4 auditions. :)

Upon arrival, I saw a handful of potential contestants out and about. Two girls, later to be identified as The Flawless Hotties were prancing up and down a set of stairs in their tutus, holey leggings & high heels. I couldn't see the camera but it was apparent they were getting a feature. B-Squared was also wondering around chatting with some folks.

Our section of the line had the privilege of hanging out near the front of the Arena to wait upon the judges arrival, along with the press. And wait we did....

Keep in mind, the arrival time between LA and Simon was probably an hour....

LA Reid was the first to arrive, followed by Cheryl Cole. Both come over to say hit to the audience members told to stand there. Paula was "swarmed" by the media upon her arrival, and about the second she arrived the official press release for her joining the show flooded the internet. She was as petite and adorable as ever in a elegant purple dress. Not a moment too late, Simon arrived and the crowd responded with a loud roar. Right after exiting the car, Paula was there by his side.
♪♬ Reunited and it feels so good! ♪♬
Big hug & perhaps a kiss were openly displayed for the press. Of course, this was (will be) probably the most exciting and anticipated moment of the entire taping season! #justsaying

After 3 hours of waiting around, and already an hour late for the taping, you'd think they'd let us in. Some important person was on his walkie-talkie yelling at someone for not getting people in fast enough. I was laughing. The crowd started chanting, "Let us in! Let us in!" I was chanting, 'I have to pee! I have to pee!" What? I did!

Inside, there were about 3,500 audience members. Family & friends were up in the highest balcony with signs. The warm-up guy was great in the beginning. He really got the crowd going. There were dance-offs, sing-offs and even a dating game. Not gonna lie, I almost volunteered for that one. It's just an instinct when someone asks, "Where are the single ladies that are desperate to get married?" And my arm shoots up. The crowd around me chuckled at my hastiness, and I quickly retreat my arm.. "Heehee, just kidding."

Steve Jones & Nicole Scherzinger came out for a split second. It was more of an awkward moment than anything. They played some Pussycat Dolls music and Nicole danced along. Steve kinda just stood there. They tried to interact with each other and it didn't work so well. But Steve has a hot accent, so snaps for him!

The judges arrived on stage. Simon Cowell gave a speech about what X Factor was all about and how he was excited for all the judges & finding the next superstar [told us WE were the 5th judge]. He then introduced LA Reid ["Let's make it clear, I am not Randy Jackson"], who introduced Paula Abdul [thankful to be back working with Simon], who introduced Cheryl Cole [excited about working in America].

The judges sitting order, looking at stage [left to right]: Simon, Paula, Cheryl, LA.

Simon is the same old Simon. He's honest, blunt but adds that flavor of humor with his quick comments so it doesn't stab as hard when he is mean. Paula is fierce. No doubt she'll tell it to you like it is, but also adds those sweet comments. It helps that it comes from this petite woman who is always smiling. She brings hope to the table. Cheryl was quiet. Her mic was having difficulties for a while so it was hard to hear. I can't say she added much, but she was pretty straightforward in her comments, in a nice way. LA is brutal. He's like Simon but has no fluff (it's not funny when he says it). He has no problems ruffling feathers.

It was past 3pm when the first auditioners finally came out. And so it begins....

B-Squared - 4 Nos
Male duo made up of Theo, 25 & Jonathon, 21 (brothers from another mother). Sang TLC's "Waterfall" and CCR's "Proud Mary." Would call first album "Breaking Barriers." Simon asked them a ton of questions, and so they told their story of how they formed their group:
We were out at a club and were drinking. We were pretty drunk. So we went back to his place *awkward audience reaction* and we started singing the National Anthem. Simon cuts in, "you were singing the NA?" Yes, he was doing the top, I was bottom. *awkward audience reaction, take 2* [Guy realizes what they are implying and cracks up laughing.]
Simon: "The song gave up on you."
Paula: "Future singing comedians." [this comment started the first 'tiff' of XF between Paula & Simon.]

IMO: They definitely captivated the audience, and were quite hilarious. Had some smooth moves and the vocals were decent, but there was nothing great about them. Jonathon had the better vocals of the two.

MARY - 4 Nos
Mary, a 52 year old mother. She sang "Wind Beneath My Wings" & "Independence Day." She kind of had a Crystal Bowersox carefree feel to her, which may have prompted Paula's question:
"Are you a native..(huh?)..a native to LA?" - Paula
This was "time for mom to shine," and to show her children, now grown up, that even she could reach her dreams.

Simon stopped her, "Sounded like someone was playing piano with their feet." In regards to the WBMW track, which prompted a debate on whether she should sing "Hero" or "Independence Day." Simon wanted "Hero" but she wanted to showcase her power vocals in ID [which she clearly did not have]. This debate ended up with Paula yelling, "Just sing something!"

This woman was on stage for at least twenty minutes and she kept starting & stopping, fighting about what song to sing, and just standing there....Honestly, I don't know why they just didn't tell her no and get on with the show.

I doubt they will even show this in TV thanks to the audience because this is when they got brutal, and I mean ruthless. Imagine standing on a stage being booed by 3,500 people. And in hopes to get you off the stage, just imagine 3,500 people breaking out into...
♪♬ Nah nah nah nah, Nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye ♪♬
After they finally told her no, the warm-up guy had to scold the audience for their behavior. It is okay to boo the judges remarks & decisions, but NOT the actual auditioner. At least not in that retrospect.

Two girls, 21 & 22 (missed their names). Exposed stomachs, black & pink tutus, holey leggings, high heels (basically Lauren Alaina's mom dressed them). Sang "She Will be Loved" by Maroon 5. Name of first album would be "Flawless." They were over confident and well, had flaws.

Simon: "Lazy and whiny."
LA: "Song Choice did not fit...those dresses."
Cheryl: "I wanted more attitude from you when you sang."

I saw these girls before the show and had a feeling they'd be a complete train wreck. That said, they weren't awful but they were far from great. With all the sass they brought while answering Cheryl & Simon's questions...they had none while they sang.

SALOMY - Pending, no show
[I honestly have no idea how to spell her name].
Salomy, 21 year old female from Georgia. Sang "Think" by Aretha Franklin. She was very quiet at first but she held her confidence. She worked the stage and audience, and was incredible. Her rang, her pitch, her stage presence....AMAZING!

LA: "I really enjoyed that."
Simon: "You sound like a really amazing wedding singer, but your old fashion."

LA asked her who she would be competing with in the radio market or where she would fit in. She responded, "good question, I don't know." When asked to sing another song, Simon was frustrated to find she had prepared no current songs, "Nothing from the last 30 years even?" She couldn't even name a current favorite artist, until she suggested a Michael Buble song...that was a cover of an old song. [Perhaps she would be a perfect fit for American Idol and it's dreaded old fashion theme weeks.]

Paula suggest she take the next few hours and find a current contemporary song and re-audition in the next session. I've been informed that she never showed up & missed out on her second chance. Sad, I really liked her.

I interrupt this recap of auditions for a word from our sponsors favorite show.

As the crowd chants "X Factor," me and Snaps (my friend) chant "American Idol! American Idol!" We may have thrown in a few Kris Allen's as well. :)

At one point someone from the audience yells out, "Where's Ryan Seacrest!?" A serious question as our warm-up guy left us hanging and the XF host were backstage with the auditioners.

Snaps & I spent a lengthy time making Randy jokes and quoting his 101 Best quotes. Really we were just wondering, dawg, if anyone was "in it to win it." Ya know? For me for you, for you for me?

Can you dig it?

JETTA (LINDA) - 2 Nos, 2 Yeses
A 61 year old, young spirited rocker. No joke. Retired State worker in the department of rehabilitation. Sang "I Touch Myself." Though her first choice was "Piece of My Heart" because she is often told she sounds like Janis Joplin. Simon wanted ITM. This was my face the whole time --> \O/.

"I'm hard rock. I could really rock the place." And no doubt she did. it was actually pretty incredible considering it was coming from a 61 year old woman!

Simon: "You are a little tiger aren't you?"
Cheryl: "I'd love to have you as an aunt at my party!"

Both LA & Cheryl wanted to see her through to the next round, but Simon & Paula said no. Of course, right after Simon said no (and the audience booed this decision) he got up and walked away. Jetta just stood their confused. The camera guy had to motion her off the stage.

Small-town girl, 18, from Redwood Valley, CA. Sang "Anyway" by Martina McBride and "Mississippi" acapella. Her community paid for her trip to LA, she collected money in a bedazzled tip jar. Her demeanor was amazing. She knew what she wanted.

Her performance was my absolute favorite of the afternoon. She was a bit shaky from nerves but she has a powerful voice with a slight twang.

LA: "I didn't get the spark."
Paula: "You are not ready for this."

The judges all voted no, but LA placed emphasis on the fact that they were "passing so you can get better." They said she was definitely talented, just not ready.

"This isn't the singing business, this is the entertainment business." - LA Reid

Male group, three brothers from a small town, Twain Harte, in Northern California. (one stoplight). Sang Bob Marley's "The Woman Don't Cry" acapella. Huge crowd reaction but than again they had a lot of friends & family up in the balcony.

Simon: "Manoa, you are the best singer."
LA: "I would not sign you."

But despite, LA's comment he said yes (and Simon called him out on that), as did the other three judges. After 90 minutes, the first act finally made it through to the next rounds! The family ran out of the inside arena, and you could hear them celebrating when they all finally met up with the boys outside. :)

GINA RENE - 2 Yesses, 2 Nos 4 Yesses
A female "peaceful" rapper, 35 (but looks 19). Sang an original song called "Cluck, Cluck." She said she was awful at self promotion and things like Youtube. She has a 12 year old daughter.
"You talked about being a peaceful rapper and you were killing chickens on that track!" - Simon
Her original song was hilarious, but it was so good. And yes, there were clucking chickens on the track; however, the lyrics were quite clever. Paula & Cheryl commended her on that fact.

Gina: "I'm a Gemini, so I have two personalities."
Simon: "It was like going into a therapy session with you."
LA: "Don't let that guy shake you."
Gina "It was a joke."
[The actual exchange was quite hilarious, I really hope they show this one]

LA starts name dropping rappers he has worked with. "Oh, let me pick that name up for you..." Then he goes off on how she wasn't confident, and this just wasn't going to work. [Despite the fact that he said she was great]. She fights back with the fact that HE could help her and mentor her.
"People with the 'x factor' have the diamond in the rough, we just help surface that diamond." - LA Reid
The audience revolted against him and started booing him. "You could turn my no into a yes, but right now, my no is final."

Simon agrees, and says no. Cheryl & Paula both say yes. Gina walks off the stage and the audience goes crazy. LA stands up and recognizes the crowd's unhappiness with the decision. The audience starts to chant, "Bring her back! Bring her back! Bring her back!" And out she came!

Paula tells her, "You have 30 seconds to prove these boys wrong." Gina breaks out into an acapella song (no rap this time). It was beautiful.

LA, "You said you were a failure at self promotion but you just promoted yourself. Yes!" Simon also changes his vote and she's got all 4 yeses! Cue audience cheers!

Five cousins, 12-14 years old, two boys & three girls. Sang the "National Anthem" acapella & "Bad Romance" acapella. They have performed at the Staples Center Nokia, etc.

Cheryl & LA both preferred the BR performance over the NA. Though the other boy was 'playing the pen' the whole time, then told Simon, "It's all talent, yo!" The held their grown pretty well. The 14 year old girl, Molly, has some sweet powerful vocals. Wow. The harmonies overall were amazing, too.

Simon spend the first 10 minutes arguing with them about who dressed them, who picked the song & group name. He was convinced the parents were running them into the ground. He got one of the boys to give him all the inside scoop. "Did you pick out that tie?" "No. My mom did." The mom ended up coming out on stage to chat with Simon herself. Well, she more took the critique then responded.
"I would fire your parents. Get rid of that silly name, silly outfits, and mother." - Simon

LA totally name drops Justin Bieber. "Everything I felt that day when Justin walked into my office, I am feeling right now." With that said, they received all four yesses, then preceded to walk off the stage without taking their mic stand with them.

'Mr. Pretty Boy Swager,' as he called himself, 21. He sang an original song. He is a rapper/dancer....but I am pretty sure he was just talking fast. He came out on stage very cocky, ignoring the judges and going straight for the crowd. Simon had to get his attention. He believes he will be bigger than Michael Jackson. Ha.

Simon: "Horrific. It's like something I'd expect to see on Hollywood Blvd."

Fifteen year old male. He sang "Superstar" by Luther Vandross. He had very little charisma. Nothing made him stand out. Sweet voice though. He has potential but he is 15....

LA: "Too much key change for me."
Cheryl: "Nothing new, but definitely pursue this."

The judges emphasized the fact that is seemed "Old Fashioned," as they had with Salomy. Time after time, they noted that they were looking for a Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Katy Perry....someone who was a current contemporary artist who would become a superstar.

The number one question asked during the interview portion, "Who would you replace in the current music industry? Why would you compete with right now on the charts?"

MATT TADEM - 4 Nos 4 Nos
Twenty four year old male from LA, though originally from Palmdale. He sang "Disturbia" by Rihanna & "I'll be There" by Tiffany Evans. I have to words, "sparkle queen." He actually reminded me of Todrick Hall...with sparkles. He was wearing a top opened shirt and sparkly boots. Oh, and he had a tail. No, not a Durbin bandanna tail (ugh)... but an actual tail. Like a fox tail or something.

Simon argued with him about being on the wrong show and how he should go to Project Runway, but Matt insisted he was bad with patterns. ["Make it work!"] They voted and he got a no from all the judges.

But Matt begged for a second song, because he watches these shows and knows people sometimes get to sing another song. So he sang "I'll Be There." The re-voted and nothing changed. Bye sparkle queen.

Three hours.
Twelve auditions.
Eight Nos.
One Pending.
Three move on.

I cannot say I would ever sit through an audition episode again. There was far too much down time between the acts. The warm-up guy was great in the beginning but he often left us hanging during breaks, so it got kind of boring at times. That awkward "silence" because you have no idea what is going on....happened far too often.

People were leaving the entire time & you could tell the OCA people were getting frustrated because they had to keep seats filled, especially up front.

Hopefully, we just got the bum group of the LA auditions because it was tragic for a long while. Theory was talent was better in the audience than on stage. Just ask they guy who sang "I Will Always Love You" in soprano, almost pitch perfect. Wow. Or the dancers who gave a real showdown on the stage during the pre-show warm up.