I’m over auditions. Thank goodness they are over and we can finally get to Hollywood Week!
Don’t get me wrong, I love good drama. But American Idol overdid the sob story during the San Francisco season 10 auditions Feb. 9. The majority of people who could actually sing had crazy baggage …the show featured everything from house fires to Columbian war. By the time we got to the last talented contestant — who had a dead dad and tourettes — I had run out of sympathy!
“So your dad overdosed on drugs and died when you were nine? Who cares? I’m over being sad!” I wanted to scream at my TV when the tinkling piano music started playing over James Durbin‘s depressing voice over.
James story is a sad one. As I mentioned before, his dad died when he was just a kid and then he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome AND tourettes. He met a girl (who he calls his “angel”), got her pregnant and now he’s a married dad at 21 years old. Oh, and he’s unemployed! I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. No one would think it was real.
Anyway, James is a true talent — he sang Stephen Tyler‘s “Dream On” and had the judges on their feet. He hits high notes much like Adam Lambert does. But I was just so drained by the time we got to him.
First, we were assaulted with the sad tale of the beautiful Julie Zorilla, whose family had to flee to the U.S. from Columbia in the 90s because of the war. The Idol auditions fell on Julie’s 20th birthday, so she wanted a ticket to Hollywood as her gift. Luckily, her moving rendition of “Summertime” earned a “yes” from all three judges and she got to go on her merry way. This pleased me.
Slightly later down the road, came my favorite contestant of the night, Emily Anne Reed, a 26-year-old barista from Virginia whose first house was burned to the ground. Emily’s voice is unique, kind of like Norah Jones mixed with Macy Gray but with less power behind it. She sang the old classic, “You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me,” which got her kudos from both Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez. If Emily can break out of her style and really bring it during Hollywood week, I could see her having a shot in the top 10.
Bottom line of the night: thank God auditions are over. We’ve done our penance sitting through the auditions — which are always my least favorite episodes of the season — and can now get to the juicy stuff! Shimmy. Let Hollywood Week begin!
Who did YOU love tonight? Which contestants are your favorites so far? Sound off below!