Thursday, January 25, 2007

Jailbait Jenry

American Idol's New York auditions introduced us to Tyson Beckford look-alike Jenry Bejarano. Jenry caught my eye in the previews of yesterday's episode, and he sings as good as he looks. He has confidence without seeming cocky, and did I mention he's possibly the hottest contestant ever to turn up on Idol? Oh, and he's also 16 years old. Ooof.

Jailbait Jenry could be a juggernaut if he gets to semifinals. I think he's going to be a hit with the tweens, the teens and even the young adult set since he can pass for 24 or 25. Finally ... a teenage male who doesn't seem like such a child (coughKevinCovaisJohnStevenscough).

Other standouts from New York included versatile Rachel Zevita, who sang a Jeff Buckley song, "Get Here" and an opera song in her audition. I didn't much care for the latter two, but she sounded so unique on the Jeff Buckley song. Porcelana Patino also had a truly unique voice. I was expecting her to be a train-wreck with her Madonna-esque outfit and her backstory of physically training for her audition, but she was really good. I have suspicions about Sarah Burgess' backstory. It rang a little false for me (her father is unsupportive, and she lied to them about going to the audition ... her tears seemed a little too convenient), but she had a good voice. Chris Richardson gets compared favorably to Justin Timberlake, but I thought it was more Elliott Yamin than JT. And a poor-man's Elliott at that. Too many runs! I didn't quite understand the tongue-bath over Nicholas Pedro, who quit during last year's Hollywood round. He has a nice voice, but I didn't find it to be all that special. And Ashanti Johnson - poor thing has made it to Hollywood twice before but cut before the semifinals. The third time wasn't a charm - she didn't even get a gold ticket. Guest judge Carole Bayer Sager told her she should try for Broadway, and Ashanti took it literally, going into a dramatic monologue about how she should have another chance. It was sad to see her lose her dignity like that.

Next up ... Birmingham, home of three previous Idol finalists in Ruben Studdard, Bo Bice and Taylor Hicks. One dude is already showing finalist potential just from the quick preview - the Jack Osbourne look-alike. We'll see how he does next week.

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