Idol January 17th Part 1 “So many big dreamers and so little talent”
“American Idol” January 17, 2006 “So many big dreamers and so
I was expecting a lot more from the American Idol premiere this
evening, but my expectation was not met. In fact, after the first hour, I
had had enough. I was hoping to find talent, a lot of talent. But instead,
the producers did their regular dance. Out of the first 14 contestants,
more or less, only four were selected for Hollywood. And why the others
were even given their moment on TV….I guess that is to add color or
Let’s briefly recap the first hour and then I am going to bed.
Heavily perspiring Derek Dupree announced he could sing in three
pitches. Well, all those pitches were total strike-outs. Given a second
chance, he was accompanied by host Ryan and they went to the streets of
Chicago for suggestions. On those tough streets he was laughed at, not
with, by passersby. When he returned for his second attempt, his voice was
weak, flat and unacceptable.
Totally unprepared Katrina Yaukey never was able to sing more than a
word or two. That was incredible. Here you literally have thousands and
thousands of contestants standing for hours in the Chicago downpour for
this one incredible opportunity. But somehow, Katrina lacked simple
preparation work. If you cannot give it your very best, why even bother.
You blow it, Katrina. Totally.
Justin Sticht never even got his bit toe wet in his failed attempt to
sing “Beyond the Sea.”
But then we had the sweet harmony sounds of the Brittenum twins. They
wowed the judges and are heading west to Hollywood. I think they will be
Following them, “Catfight” all girl band member, Gina Glocksen,
dressed in fish net stockings and a revealing top, buttered Simon with her
singing. She is also heading West.
Gina Noriega just simply choked on “Blue Moon” and any possibility
of the big time waxed away.
The powerful full voice of Mandisa knocked us over. Her confidence and
talent will take her far into this contest. She is Hollywood bound and
that woman can sing!
Petite and raspy Kevin Brenneman was simply that—no good.
Three times try out contestant, Charles Berry, was humiliated by Simon’s
terse suggestion to shave his beard, wear a dress and be a female
impersonator. Really, Simon, there are times you need to decked.
Cowgirl Amanda Rabideau was positive, out-going, enthusiastic, but she
is not a singer. I hope that she does not sing around the cattle,
otherwise there may be a stampede.
Deputy Sheriff Brandon Groves sounded like a rusty pistol’s cylinder.
Dressed in her wedding style prom dress, Christine Davis’ shallow
voice ended her chances.
New York Statue of Liberty Blake lasted one note, maybe two.
High pitched Erik Lawhon’s family threatened to smack Simon for Erik’s
And after the first hour of the two hour start of American Idol, we
have four decent singers. With all that talent in Chicago, there has to be
more out there, somewhere.
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