American Idol Auditions 8: Best of the Rest

Oh, thank God. It’s over.

Some vaguely Napoleon Dynamite-ish music plays through the intro, we segue to the credits (hee, Taylor Spaz…and to be honest, they didn’t exactly find the most flattering footage of Carrie Underwood, either), THIS is American Idol.

So who’s the best? Tami Gosnell looks (and kinda walks) like Edwin McCain, and her lip ring is all kinds of unfortunate, but her tough, gritty version of “Whipping Post” is tinged with enough unexpected sweetness as to make her one of the best singers I’ve seen come through these auditions. She’s passed through to Hollywood. There is a mysterious “Amy” who makes the Top 24; speculation is now that this could actually be Tami. Hmm… (ETA: It’s not her. She doesn’t even survive the first cut.)

Paul Kim (Top 24! Top 24!) is motivated by William Hung; that is, that he feels Hung has done a disservice to Asians by stereotyping them all as terrible singers. Well, yes…and no, at the same time. I’m not quite sure where I come out on these motivations. Anyway, Paul is a poolboy (Does he wear a thong? Does he have a boyfriend named Chuck? Do you get these references or do you think I’m just insane?) Anway, he sings well, far better than you’d think from listening to his MySpace, anyway, and he goes through.

Heather Rennie, Ashley Cleland, and Ebony (I missed her last name, but I couldn’t swear she actually had one) are roller-skating waitresses who enter together but audition separately. Heather, who resembles a prettier Melissa McGhee, turns in some boring Rascal Flatts. Ashley gives us “Angel,” and it’s better than Heather. She’s promptly told by Paula that sometimes, when it comes to make up, less is definitely more. (And Paula’s absolutely right; Ashley is a natural beauty, like a Jenny McCarthy without the hard egde, and there’s really no need for her to slather it on.) Ebony does justice to Whitney Houston, and looks rather uncomfortable when Simon tells her that she’s in a league of her own, compared to the other two. I’m not feeling any uniqueness from her, though. Ebony and Ashley get the golden ticket, while Heather goes back to trying not to spill milkshakes and baskets of French fries.

Lakeesha Jones, rumored Top 24 contender, is…well, she’s loud. Not a lot of nuance to her voice, but the judges must have liked her for something.

The…rest: Christa Fazzino, dressed like Jackie O meets Pirates of the Caribbean and singing just as badly…Edward Sanchez, knowing full well he can’t carry a tune, but wanting to get his chance with Paula anyway…William “Wes” Samaland wearing a marigold-yellow satin shirt that makes him doughy and girlish (and does the singing really even matter after that?)…Alexander Nazario falshittoing his way through some song I don’t recognize.

And with that, we conclude with a montage of season six auditioners. Like a little trip down memory lane. Because yes, the auditions have been going on that long.

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12 Responses to “American Idol Auditions 8: Best of the Rest”


  1. 1 Osiris Shot Down February 8, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    “You know a Delta Nu would never sleep with a man who wears a thong! (NEVER!) I just liked to watch him change the filter.”

    Girl, I get what you’re throwing down.

    Damn, too bad to hear that about Tami. She was the only one I really liked.

    And Ashley had one heavy-ass hand with the bronzer. That was baaaaaaaadddddd… which is why I avoid bronzer altogher – because I don’t want to look like *that*.

    Am I a total sap for tearing up during the Hollywood preview? Maybe I was just overrun by PMS…

  2. 2 idolicious February 8, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse line sports an EXCELLENT sheer bronzer. I use it and it just brings a little color to my face on days where I’m looking and feeling under the weather. I highly recommend it.

    Oh, right, American Idol. :-)

    Glad you got the Legally Blonde references, although I am a little bit of a killjoy for that movie now. “Wait, both attorneys can’t ask him questions, that’s tag-teaming! That’s not allowed! And…objection! Counsel testifying!”

  3. 3 Osiris Shot Down February 8, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Hmmmm… I just might have to try that. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Sigh… really not in the mood to work. As evidenced by how I’m avoiding it by posting much more than normal at TWoP. I’ll probably end up getting another warning ;)

  4. 4 idolicious February 8, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Hahaha…who are you at TWoP?

  5. 5 Tyler Durden February 8, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    Your thoughts on Gina?

  6. 6 idolicious February 9, 2007 at 12:24 am

    On Gina? Not particularly impressed so far, but she’s got potential, I think. I remember thinking she was out of her league last year, so let’s see how she does this time around.

  7. 7 MaryS-NJ February 9, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    I haven’t watched the auditions in realtime this season, but have watched ones of interest online.

    Tami Gosnell? Could have made me invested enought to pick up my GoPhone and text votes despite my resolution NOT to. She was the first of this season that gave me the “Wow!” that I felt last year with Taylor’s audition. there’s a nice grit and quirkiness to her voice and her look is sort of like a female Gregg Allman, imo. Her original music is interesting in a Lucinda Williams kind of way.

    I wonder if the fact that she DOES stand out (i.e.: not fit the mold) in so many ways is the reason she didn’t make it to the top 24. Of course, she could have screwed something up in Hollywood, but it sounds like at least one other popular contestant got advanced to the top 24 despite not having a good week in Hollywood.

    She’s basically got the same appeal as Taylor, IMO. She doesn’t look like a pop princess or r&b diva. She isn’t mainstream. She’s probably not going to get the tweens voting. She’s unconventionally attractive not trendy, a bombshell, or a pretty country-looking girl. And I wonder if the the fact that she seems to be “out” made her risky with conservative Bible-thumpers.

    Oh well. Probably for the best I don’t get invested this year.

  8. 8 Osiris Shot Down February 9, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    Mary, I think you pretty much summed up my opinion of Tami. I’m really disappointed that she doesn’t make it to at least the Top 24. I think I’ll have to try to hunt down her original music that you mentioned.

    Kat, I’m Shut Up Kate over on TWoP.

  9. 9 MaryS-NJ February 9, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    Osiris,

    Here’s a link to Tami’s homepage.

    http://www.tamigosnell.com/home.html

  10. 10 idolicious February 9, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for that link, guys. Once the girls’ Top 24 is completely spoiled (IDF is still missing a few of the full names), I’ll do a little piece on them like I did for the guys. And even though Tami supposedly does not make the Top 24, I want to do like a little “missed opportunities” piece after Hollywood Week airs…and I’ll post the link to her music then.

  11. 11 idolicious February 9, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    Oh, and Osiris…I didn’t know you were Shut Up Kate over at TWoP b/c you’ve posted here under that name before. But now I know. Thanks for clearing that up…and let me just say, I love your posts there. Whenever one of our favorite “Taylor sucks and needs to die” posters comes trotting in, I always snicker to myself and say “heh, wait’ll Shut Up Kate sees this.”

  12. 12 Osiris Shot Down February 10, 2007 at 11:14 am

    Funny you should say that because whenever I see a doozy of a post over there, I start thinking “Oh, just wait till notmycupoftea gets ahold of these bitches!”

    I’m not sure why I switched to this name over here… I think because it’s my screenname at GC and some other blogs. I don’t know. Lack of sleep has apparently fried my brain.


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