Texas is home to original Idol Kelly Clarkson, and while we have yet to see anyone of her caliber just yet (in my opinion, of course), the Dallas auditions did bring a good guest judge in Neil Patrick Harris (but also a mute and useless guest judge in Joe Jonas), a Season 1 blast from the past, an original song that name-checked William Hung, a former child actor turned wannabe dominatrix, and only four bad auditions!
Lloyd Thomas, 29 (Dallas, TX) - "Overjoyed" by Stevie Wonder (Amazon)
*I'm surprised he made it through considering he totally butchered the words. I didn't think he was good or unique enough to ignore those lyric mess-ups. Yet, Simon said it was his favorite audition of the day, and Randy gave him a billion percent yes. His personality is A+, though. I totally giggled when he said, "Get out of here, Simon. You better leave right now." Lloyd's like a hybrid of Ruben Studdard and Ricky Smith.
Kimberly Carver, 26 (Denton, TX) - original song
*She has a good, strong voice, but I was more on Simon's side - I didn't see anything current about her.
Erica Rhodes, 23 (Irving, TX) - "Free Your Mind" by En Vogue (Amazon)
*Erica is a former child actor who was on Barney & Friends and wants to to show that she's not a kid anymore. So she dressed up as a dominatrix and brandished a whip to her audition. Oh brother. I HATED this whole gimmick, and I don't believe that this is what she's all about as an artist. It's so put-on and playing dress up to me.
Dave Pittman, 27 (Mountaine Home, AR) - "Bring It On Home To Me" by Sam Cooke (Amazon)
*Dave has Tourette's Syndrome. And call me evil, but I want him to get to at least the voting rounds because I want to see TPTB and Ryan Seacrest get worried about what he might do on a live show. This could be awesome.
Todrick Hall, 24 (Arlington, TX) - original song
*Todrick made up a song that incorporated the judges, auditioning and William Hung. And he sang/wrote it in such a way that it wasn't totally cringe-worthy and stupid. It actually sounded like a real song.
Dawntoya Thomason, 27 (Dallas, TX) - "Blue" by LeAnn Rimes
Stephanie Daulong, 20 (Austin, TX) - ??
Maegan Wright, 20 (Richardson, TX) - "To Make You Feel My Love" by Garth Brooks/Adele (Amazon)
*I don't usually like to make such comparisons, but this was one of my favorites last year, and Kris Allen does this way better.
Christian Spear, 16 (Houston, TX) - "All I Can Do Is Cry" by Etta James (Amazon)
*The girl has a nice voice, but she displayed her finger while singing the line "on her finger he placed a ring". UGH. That was nauseating.
Julie Kevelighan - "Black Velvet" by Allanah Myles/"Over The Rainbow" by Judy Garland/"Something To Talk About" by Bonnie Raitt
*I totally remember her from Season 1. She sang "Lady Marmalade" and Simon told her to get a lawyer and sue her singing teacher. Classic Simon moment that still stands as one of his all-time best critiques. It's too bad he didn't remember her; it could have been another awesome moment.
Dexter Ward - "If I Ever Fall In Love" by Shai
Vanessa Johnston - "At Last" by Etta James
Unnamed bad audition - "Kiss A Girl" by Keith Urban
Welcome To Texas: "God Bless Texas" by Little Texas (Amazon)
Reject montage - "Breathe" by Taylor Swift (iTunes | Amazon)
Gold Ticket Winners - "Party In The USA" by Miley Cyrus (iTunes | Amazon)
Joe Jonas intro - "Burnin' Up" by The Jonas Brothers (Amazon)
Todrick Hall Gold Ticket - "Hollywood Swinging" by Kool & The Gang (Amazon)
Vanessa Johnston intro - "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper (Amazon)
Christian Spear intro - "Footprints In The Sand" by Leona Lewis (iTunes | Amazon)