Episode 2 of American Idol Season 9 brought us Atlanta auditions with guest judge Mary J. Blige. But this episode is going to be remembered solely for one thing - General Larry Pratt's "Pants On The Ground".
As soon as the 62 year-old's audition aired, he became an instant sensation, joining the ranks of William Hung and the "You Are My Brother" guy. Pants on the Ground immediately became a trending topic on Twitter. Even part of the URL to the YouTube video of his audition made the trending topics list. This guy is going to be performing in the finale. Guaranteed. And you know what? After reading this from USA Today, I hope he takes advantage of all the notoriety he is getting right now, because it turns out that he's a civil rights hero.
Here's the video of Larry Pratt lookin' like a fool with his pants on the ground:
As for the rest of the show, well it was all pretty much overshadowed by the General (and by the usage of Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen songs during the show), but we'll recap nonetheless.
Keia Johnson, 26 (Memphis, TN) - "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine
*I think I need to hear more from her. Right now, I'm not quite feeling it, and I'm putting her in the loud is the new good category.
Miriam Lemnouni, 25 (Atlanta, GA) - "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus
*Fodder. And she looks like she's trying too hard to look younger.
Noel Reese, 16 (Sophia, NC) - "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston
*Good pipes but also fodder.
Tisha Holland, 18 (Riverdale, GA) - "Impossible" by Christina Aguilera
*Judges say best they've seen today. Based on the people they showed ahead of her, I'd agree. She's the most interesting so far tonight.
Jermaine Sellers, 26 (Joliet, IL) - "One Of Us" by Joan Osborne
*Very interesting song choice and arrangement. He's great! Good male R&B singers seem too few and far between on Idol. I would love it if he went far.
Vanessa Wolfe, 19 (Vonore, TN) - "Wagon Wheel" by Oak Crow Medicine Show
*She jumps bridges and got her dress at the dollar store. Wow, she's like the definition of country bumpkin, but at least she does stay true to herself. It's not my bag, though, so I can take her or leave her.
Holly Harden, 20 (Rockmart, GA) - "You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man" by Loretta Lynn
*Guitar girl is Kellie Pickler 2.0 but with a better voice and not as naturally funny.
Mallorie Haley, 20 (Winner, SD) - "Piece Of My Heart" by Janis Joplin
*I found her to be a bit overrated. She kind of sounds like Carrie Underwood singing this. But that isn't that much of an endorsement for me because I hated when Carrie did this song.
Antonio "Skii Bo Ski" Wheeler, 22 (Orlando, FL) - "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye
*He has a typo on his shirt. ROFL. He's totally SKEEVY, but he's not a bad singer. He totally makes Norman Gentle look dead serious, though.
Carmen Turner, 19 (Baxley, GA) - "Where Is Your Heart" by Kelly Clarkson
*How did she get through? Oh yeah, it's because she's blond and because they want to cause drama with her BFF Lauren.
Bryan Walker, 25 (Sevierville, TN) - "Superstar" by Ruben Studdard
*He's a police officer, looks 45 instead of 25, and has a good voice. Yeah, they're going to want to pimp him since he's not physically a threat to the female winner they want.
Dewone Robinson - "Lady We're Not Together Anymore" (original song)
*If only he'd heed his own words: "It's over. It's over. It's over."
Christy Marie Agronow - "Love Is A Battlefield" by Pat Benatar
*Here's the 411, lady: Your personality is annoying and you overacted
Jesse Hamilton - "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks
*OMG the cheap dramatization. That's terrible but I totally laughed.
Lathan Davenport - "Just To Hold You Once Again" by Mariah Carey
Hansel Enriquez - "Reflection" by Christina Aguilera
Blake Smith - "Oops I Did It Again" by Britney Spears
Lauren Sanders - "Only Hope" by Mandy Moore
*This is Carmen's friend. Carmen had survivor's guilt for making it instead of Lauren, but she should feel more guilty for letting Lauren go out there with that makeup.
Lamar Royal - "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal/"My Cherie Amour" by Stevie Wonder
*Whoah he is ANGRYYYYY. Did he seriously say Mary J. can't sing? Um, ok then.
Welcome to Atlanta - "Oh, Atlanta" by Bad Company
Mary J. Blige montage - "Be Without You" by Mary J. Blige
Keia Johnson gold ticket - "Pieces" by Allison Iraheta
Jermaine Sellers gold ticket - "I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas
Vanessa Wolfe gold ticket - "So Small" by Carrie Underwood
Elevator rejection montage - "I'm Going Down" by Mary J. Blige
Guitar girl introduction - "Rock This Town" by The Stray Cates
Mallorie Haley gold ticket - "Before We Come Undone" by Kris Allen
Lauren/Carmen post-audition - "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne & Friends
Bad auditions - "Can't Help Lovin' That Man", "Broken Wing" by Martina McBride