Thursday marked the worst "American Idol" audition episode so far this season. Bad singers dominated the show, which focused on Los Angeles auditions. We saw just about five hopefuls advance to Hollywood.
Among the bad singers? Delusional best friends, a guy with a hip-hop alter ego and a singer intent on entering "Pants on the Ground" territory. He failed.
Here's a recap of the episode:
Welcome to Los Angeles! Before the show starts, we get footage of Hollywood-bound contestants from earlier this season. That basically translates into producers' favorites: Lauren Alaina, Casey Abrams and Brett Loewenstern get lots of air time.
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Apparently, tonight's show also includes people selected from MySpace. Wow, why didn't they just use Friendster? Randy sports some glittery shoes.
First up: Victoria Garrett, 21, thinks "Idol" came to L.A. specifically to make her a star. Of course, this guarantees a bad audition. Steven jokingly calls it a "sweet and angelic" voice. Not quite. Her whiny audition is unanimously rejected.
Tim Halperin, 23, is a die-hard J. Lo fan. He sings a decent version of "She Will Be Loved" by Maroon 5. It's a little bland. Randy says no, Steven says yes, Jennifer says yes. He's going to Hollywood!
We get a quick shot of Justin Carter, a bland singer I assume is rejected.
Time for the obligatory best friends. Daniel Gomez and Isaac Rodriguez came to the audition together. Isaac dropped out of college to become the next American Idol.
Daniel tries to sing Edwin McCain's "I'll Be," but fails. He unanimously gets a "no." Is Isaac a better singer? Nope. His version of "Build Me Up Buttercup" is a train wreck. Randy says neither of the guys should pursue a singing career. Needless to say, Isaac also gets a "no" for Hollywood.
Seacrest: "The homegrown talent is bringing its A game." Really?
Some 23 minutes into the show, it's already time for the MySpace auditions. I assume we're getting a mix of MySpace singers and regular auditioners.
Karen Rodriguez is one of the MySpace people. She sings a nice rendition of "You Give Good Love" and sails through to Hollywood. She tells a story about singing for J. Lo on "TRL." I don't think J. Lo remembers the moment.
Tynisha Roches is, um, interesting. She has an over-the-top personality and botches her Frank Sinatra tribute. Then, she goes into "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." She even chases Randy as he leaves the room. Yeah, that's a big "no" for Hollywood. Learn more here.
After showcasing her belly-dancing skills, Heidi Khzam advances to Hollywood with her performance of Alicia Keys' "Superwoman." I'm not too impressed. She's kind of on Bikini Girl's level.
Matt "Big Stats" Frankel identifies himself as a freelance music producer. He starts to say he produces for millions of artists, then switches "millions" to "a bunch." He claims he produced a CD featuring Chaka Khan. He shows up in a suit and brags about his hip-hop alter ego, Big Stats. He gets a "no" for Hollywood. Learn more here.
Another bad singer montage? Really? L.A. is awful.
Mark and Aaron Gutierrez are brothers. They duet on "Lean on Me." For some reason, I really like it...which says a lot about the quality of the rest of this episode. Steven calls their performance "God-like." Um, that's a bit much. Either way, they both unanimously advance to Hollywood.
Just how bad are L.A. auditions? Well, the final singer is a joke audition.
Cooper Robinson sports a Flavor Flav-type getup. He says he's from a plantation in Arkansas. He thinks he's 59...but he's not sure. He shouts through a version of "I Feel Good." Clearly, he's trying to become the next Larry Platt. But failing miserably. Big surprise: He doesn't go to Hollywood.
And we're done.