American Idol Auditions 6: Los Angeles

Ooooh, L.A. Proved too much for…most of the contestants this evening. We open with a soft-focus-lighting shot of Katharine McPhee, last season’s California contestant, arching her back dramatically, singing her omnipresent “Over the Rainbow” while splayed out on the floor. (Oh, wait, I forgot. Katharine doesn’t want you to concentrate on her looks. Well, except for when she does.)

The kids are joined by Olivia Newton-John today. Oh, Sandy!

We start off with “fiery,” panther-imitiating Martik Manoukian, who wants to be…well, a famewhore, basically. After partially de-robing, panther-crawling up to the judges’ table, and doing a dance that makes Taylor Hicks look like Mikhail Baryshnikov, he proceeds to shriek and growl his way through a song. Aaaaaand it’s a no. Ah well. Onto acting. Or choreography. Or songwriting. Or more…prowling.

Sholandric Shallworth admires Julio Iglesias for his “romantic” take on love songs. (I…didn’t know there was another kind of take. My bad.) Unfortunately, the closest Sholandric’s version of “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again” comes to is “romance” is imitating some kind of primal mating call. He’s out.

The “peanut butter jelly time!” guy ROCKED.

Marianna Riccio is this year’s McPhee; meaning, she’s living her mother’s dream. Well, except that her mother has already apparently had a decent career, as one of Dean Martin’s backup singers. Marianna, dressed in some faux-rocker-grrrrl garb that looks like it was fished out of Ryan Starr’s trash can. She’s terrible, and when she gets rejected, she gets down on her knees and begs, but it doesn’t work. Too bad, so sad.

Next up is Alaina Alexander, a self-described “struggling L.A. performer.” She’s sweet, with quirky Marisa Tomei-like beauty. She also know that this is her last shot — it’s either this, or the horror, the terror, of…college. Nevertheless, I like her personality. Her singing, unfortunately, isn’t up to par. Simon thinks she’s great (mainly, I think, because she is very pretty); Randy calls her out on her very evident pitch problems, but she is put through. I don’t expect to see much more of her, though.

Notice how Katharine is always bathed in glowing light and butterflies and puppies playing when she’s shown, whereas Taylor is generally depicted being mocked by crazy contestants like Eric Chapman and now Phung Pham? Well, get used to it, because that’s how this show rolls, folks.

Brandon Rogers, rumored to be Top 24, has toured as a backup singer with the likes of Anastasia and Christina Aguilera. (Anyone else immediately think “Ooh, Brandon Rogers/Melissa Doolittle THROWDOWN!” Just me? Okay then.) He’s warm and personable, with a mega-watt smile. And as expected, he’s excellent, though his vocals aren’t unique.

Sixty-four-year-old Sherman Pore started a petition to get himself on American Idol as a way to give his dying “lady love,” as he calls her, a little spark of life as she battled cancer. He tells the audience, through tears, that he believes his little drive helped his love keep a positive attitude through her illness. Before the judges, he reveals that she passed away a mere two days before his audition. As Paula cries, he launches into a quite moving rendition of “You Belong To Me.” He has a lovely, old-style crooner’s voice, tinged with the slight shake of sadness and the onset of old age. Not even Simon can say a terrible thing about him. As he leaves the room, he says into the camera, “I won.” I love him. ETA: There’s now a petition to bring back Sherman for the finale. Hooray!

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5 Responses to “American Idol Auditions 6: Los Angeles”


  1. 1 dino martin peters February 1, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Hey pallie, no disrespect meant, but havin’ worked with Dino is so much for then just “decent.” Workin’ with the King of Cool” would be any pallie’s dream. No one ever was, ever will be as cool as the King of Cool. Oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth.

  2. 2 idolicious February 1, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Yeah…I don’t disagree with you ;-)

  3. 3 Osiris Shot Down February 1, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    As I rolled my eyes at Kellie Pickler 2.0 the other night, I thought that American Idol had completely succeeded in transforming me into a completely jaded, cynical and bitter (yet still effin’ addicted) viewer.

    I was watching last night and experienced this strange sensation… “What is this?” I thought, “how strange!”

    I looked over at my 12 year old and it was obvious she was feeling the same sensation.

    “Mama! He’s making me CRY!” she exclaimed.

    AH. THAT’S what that sensation was. Genuine, honest-to-goodness tears.

    Sherman Pore proved that I still have a heart when it comes to AI.

  4. 4 happyfeet.dinojr February 2, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Yeah, would be so proud to have worked together with the coolest man ever walked the earth! No “decent” here to speak about! Dinoly yours, Nici

  5. 5 dino martin peters February 2, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Hey idolicious pallie, like thank you so much for your Dinoresponse. So glad you understand my Dinofeelin’s and we can come to the Dinoagreement!!!! Dino’s the man and we are his devoted fans!!!


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