Jacksonville auditions are in full swing, as the producers and judges reach their next stop of the American Idol Season 8 Preliminary Auditions Tour.
I am really pumped for the show this evening. Last week was a disturbing week for me – for a variety of reasons – but, this week, it’s all sunshine and flowers(hidden under the snow. Ha!). So, I am hoping that my positive mood will translate to the airwaves and we see and hear some fabulous singers from the sunny State of Florida. (Ah yes, the Sunshine State. Correlates well with my mood change!)
This article will be written in real time and published immediately after the end of the 1-hour show. Therefore, unlike the full-length Vocal Masterclass articles for the Top 12, my first impressions from the Jacksonville Auditions will be abbreviated. I will leave it up to you to fill in the blanks and add your comments.
Well, my oh my, a police escort is in place for the judges. Even Simon finds this truly weird. haha
Joshua leads off the pack of potential semi-finalists and, he vascillates between having a great voice and a truly awful one. I’m confused and so are the judges. So, throwing caution to the wind, they send him off to Hollywood. Oooooookaaaayy!
Sharon tries to sing “Superstar” originally performed by Karen Carpenter. Okay, this was a lukewarm performance at best, so, like our first performer, she is sent to Hollywood. This is a pretty shaky start to the show so far. The commercials are looking pretty good right now.
After commercial break and a couple of truly delusional singers, American Idol finally discovers superb talent in the form of a 19-year-old named Julissa and she sings a Whitney song with absolute strength and confidence. She has a strange personality, a little “out there”, but she has a great voice. Methinks she will not advance very far, but who knows? Quirky carries one far in this show.
So, we are 20 minutes into this show and it’s looking pretty dismal. Commercials still rule the airwaves at this point.
After the break, we meet a 28-year-old male singer called Darin who is truly overwhelmed that his friend was rejected by the judges. And he sounds like it, unfortunately. His voice is not good and his audition is followed by a collage of rejected singers.. Well, this is uplifting, isn’t it?
Naomi is 25-years-old and decides to wail “Lovin’ You”. Okay, I am truly “fed up” right now. This episode is truly ridiculous so far. She is not good, but she thinks she is, bless her!
At this point in the show, Simon is totally disenchanted with the Jacksonville talent. Really? Is that why my eyes are glazing over, Simon?.
However, according to the teaser before the commercial break, all that is about to change in a huge way. Day 2 begins with the introduction of 16-year-old beauty named Jasmine Murray. My oh my what star power! Yet, as she sings, her voice is a bit disconcerting. There is too much nasal quality in her voice and she audibly pushes the sound from her throat. Oh dear, another MasterclassLady project -in-waiting. Off to Hollywood she goes, nonetheless!
Then, some shy character named George Ramirez makes an appearance and it is oh so sad. At this point in the show, I am rubbing my eyes in frustration. Helloooooo? Are there any good singers out there in Jacksonville?
The positive mood I felt before this show is slowly waning. This is a truly pathetic display of talent. And only 20 minutes left to air? Unbelievable!
Finally, a lovely singer named Ann Marie has a great, great voice but they want her to come back in and re-audition with a different personality. Not too sure what they mean, but I guess we will see in a few minutes. Something about finding her “inner superstar” according to Ryan Seacrest’s voiceover.
T.K. Nash is a 23-year-old male singer who soulfully sings John Lennon’s “Imagine”. I like him – he is good and, apparently, this is his second kick at the can. I’m with the judges – his performance is “over the top”, but he shows promise and is sent to Hollywood. Good call, judges!
Michael Perelli was hoping to be able to play his guitar for his audition and is visibly devastated without his guitar in hand. I love his voice and I love his look. He is truly unique. I’m with Kara, give the kid his guitar. Strange interaction with the judges. I liked this guy, but this is his 15 seconds of fame, unfortunately
Ann Marie is back at it. Lucky girl. She has enjoyed the benefit of an American Idol fashion and beauty makeover. Now she truly looks as good as she sounds. She has a stellar voice, the best I have heard in the last 50 minutes.. “Bubbly” really works with her voice and, just like that, she is off to Hollywood.
I am still upset about Michael – I think he is truly talented, but, obviously the chemistry between contestant and judges really fell flat. Such a shame!
Now, to you the readers, this is your forum as well. What say you? The Masterclass doors are now open.