To introduce the Chicago auditions, they showed President Obama's victory speech and had auditioners chant "Yes We Can". If by "Yes We Can" they mean yes, we can give you a mediocre audition show, then ok.
Only 13 people out of 12,000 people got gold tickets, and of the eight they actually showed, I probably would have only given 3 or 4 of them.
Katelyn Epperly, 19 (West Des Moines, IA) - "Syrup and Honey" by Duffy
*In the pre-package, she shares her boo-hoo story, which is that her parents just got divorced, and this audition is the first performance she's done where they both haven't been there. And when she goes in to face the firing squad, they ask her why she's auditioning, and she tells them that she's auditioning because she has a lot of family problems at home. Oh lord. As Randy said, "What are you doing here?" Seriously. It's American Idol. Not American Therapy. And her mother is totally living vicariously through her. I'm already a big DNW with this. She has a good voice, though.
Charity Vance, 16 (Little Rock, AR) - "Summertime" from Porgy & Bess
*She did some really cool and interesting things with that song, but I can see her tone possibly grating down the line. I'm not sure that I see her making it past Hollywood. Plus, I think Idol is afraid of Arkansas messing up their plans for the Chosen Ones.
Angela Martin, 28 (Chicago, IL) - "Just Fine" by Mary J. Blige
*This poor girl. I feel like the universe is telling her she should not make it on American Idol. Every time she auditions, something bad happens to her or her family. This year, her mom went missing around Christmas time. If Angela sticks with it, I hope she does well. She has certainly been through enough. AND she's fantastic, and current-sounding. I've always liked her.
John Park, 20 (Northbrook, IL) - "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" by Donny Hathaway
*Could John be the first Asian-American dude to make the finals (not counting Indian-Americans Anoop Desai and Sanjaya Malakar)? Can he go where AJ Tabaldo, Paul Kim, Sway Penala and Jordan Segundo could not go before? We'll see. He has a nice, deep and rich voice. However, the unfortunate stench of William Hung still looms in the air when it comes to Asian-American males on TV. There's still so much stereotyping going on. Just look at the surprise the judges expressed over his voice. I feel like they expected him to come in sounding either really feminine or with a really thick accent. On the other hand, guest judge Shania Twain WAS all over John like Kara used to be all over Matt Giraud: "You have a beautiful bottom end. You have nice lips. You have a nice tone down there ... you have a good head." Down, Cougar! Down!
Paige Dechausse, 21 (Morris, IL) - "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke
*She almost died from an asthma attack while she was singing. She survived! And can sing great! It's an Anthony Fedorov/David Archuleta-like miracle! SO not surprised that Randy was weak and easily swayed. I thought she was just average and, as Randy pointed out, pitchy.
Justin Ray, 20 (Marysville, IN)
Keith Semple, 27 (Hanover Park, IL) - "Heaven" by Bryan Adams
Marcus Jones, 18 (Gary, IN) - "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain
Amy Lang - "Dr. Feelgood" by Aretha Franklin
*The "boob-boxer" would have been the female Norman Gentle if she had gotten through.
Unnamed bad auditioners - "Hero" by Mariah Carey, "It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones
Curley Newbern - "A Woman's Worth" by Maxwell
*High-pitched and non-melodic. Eeek.
Allanah Halbert - "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
*The judges tried to give her a manageable key to sing in, and she would/could not get it. Probably because she wasn't paying any attention. Space cadet.
Brian Krause - "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" by Tiny Tim
*He claims that audition was not a joke, and he also claims that he used to sing for the troops and was told not to sing in uniform. I somehow do not believe a word he says.
Harold Davis - "Nice and Slow" by Usher
*Poor guy. He wasn't terrible, so there was not a real reason to show that audition other than the fact that he cried. Grrr, Idol.
Chantelle Graczkowski - "The First Cut Is The Deepest" by Sheryl Crow
Welcome to Chicago - "My Kind Of Town (Chicago Is)" by Frank Sinatra
Shania Twain introduction - "Man I Feel Like A Woman" by Shania Twain
Katelyn Epperly gold ticket - "Miss California" by Jack's Mannequin
Family/friends show support - "Growing Pains Theme Song"
Charity Vance gold ticket - "I'm Shakin'" by Rooney
Bad auditions - "Razzle Dazzle" from Chicago
Angela Martin gold ticket - "If This Isn't Love" by Jennifer Hudson
Bad audition montage - "That Don't Impress Me Much" by Shania Twain, "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here" by Deborah Cox