American Idol 2012 Season 11 last night went aboard an aircraft carrier in San Diego for a show first. With the sounds of the aircraft hilariously filling in for the bleeper machine and drowning out some auditions I would guess the producers will take the opportunity to stage the auditions on board again.
But let’s get back to last night and what all went down.
First up was the patriotic Jennifer Diley aka Daisy Duke in a bikini. Steven Tyler hit on her. No surprises there, then. But when she finally gets down to singing With You by Jessica Simpson, things go downhill. Not good enough, said the judges, but they let her try again with Hero by Mariah Carey. To no one’s surprise she still wasn’t good enough (if you can’t sing Jessica Simpson what hope have you got with Mariah Carey, right?) so she was sent home.
Up next was single mom Ashley Robles, who once worked five jobs to support her adorable daughter. Call me an old soppy sentimentalist but I so wanted Ashley to be good. And she was! Her rendition of I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston is exactly how you take on the divas. Steven’s tight: this girl is going to be big.
Jariyah Gibson, singer/songwriter began with Shake My Moneymaker but then he goes for his real audition. No idea what he said the song was called as he talks a million miles an hour but he has the looks and the voice and he’s going to Hollywood, as do a few more acts, before we get to Aubree Dieckmeyer.
Aubree seemed confused about what show she was on, which didn’t bode well for her audition, in my eyes. She kept saying she wanted to be the Next Top Model. So it was with relief that I realized she was pretty good, singing Feeling Good by Michael Buble. Her innocence and purity of voice get her three yeses.
Ali Shields has appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show after writing a song for her. She’s also gone to the American Music Awards where she kissed Michael Possner and Usher. Then for her American Idol audition she rapped, along with some ‘gheto dancing’ (her words, not mine.) She was starting to look like a crazy to me, then she started to sing Like A Star. Then she sort of was… a star. Her voice was nice and it was difficult not to be boosted by her enthusiasm. She may be one to watch in Hollywood.
The second day of auditions kicked off with Kyle Crews singing Angel of Mine by Monica, which he dedicated to judge Jennifer Lopez. Wow! One of the best guys we have seen so far this season so of course he got his golden ticket to Hollywood.
The aircraft carrier played its part again next, interrupting Joanne Childers. No real loss.
Next up was Jane, the daughter of Jim Carrey. It turns out that Jennifer remembers her as a baby. Awwwww! Well, she’s still a sweetheart, singing a real nice version of Something To Talk About. Jennifer is right, though: she needs to learn to control her voice and connect with the audience but she has the potential to be fabulous.
After a few more golden tickets to we reached the final act: Jason Malinka aka Wolf, who has apparently only been sing three years. This guy confused the heck out of me. He plays the guitar as well as sings – a plus. He says his late father is there with him too so he had some divine help. His voice is unique in a way that is hard to describe. All pluses in my book. And then there was the craziness. He says every female wants him to kiss Ryan Seacrest. Well, actually, I for one didn’t need to see that but he did it anyway, after kissing his lady. Stick to singing. You’re pretty good at that.
In total, 53 hopefuls make it through toHollywoodfromSan Diego. Did you have a favorite?
We’re back on Wednesday for more American Idol 2012 auditions from Colorado.