Here we are in Kansas City! We're reminded this is where David Cook came from, and we see another former finalist: Jason Castro. Apparently his brother is auditioning and he's here to cheer him on.
How much do you want to bet the producers leave that for the 2nd hour?
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First up, it's Chelsea Marquardt, a cute blonde who calls herself a little girl with a big voice. We get some minor background footage, suggesting she could be promising.
But things turn sour. Really sour. She sings "Without You" very, very screechily.
Simon: "It sounded like a cat jumping off the Empire State Building and the sound it would make before it jumped off." Paula tells her to take something positive from the audition.
Kara: "You're a pretty girl, but you are not a good singer, sweetie."
Things get better with 20-year-old Ashley Anderson, who fumbles the words to Leona Lewis' "Footprints in the Sand." With a song written by Simon Cowell, that's not a good move.
She recovers, though, turning out a decent audition. Four-way yes.