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Cowell already has a favourite

Submitted by The Critic on Wed, 2006-02-01 18:56

This is an interesting article dated the 8th of November that relates to last night's show in Vegas. Apparently Simon's favourite for the season was there. So why did we have to put up with the other crap?

NEW YORK, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell says he only remembers one contestant out of the hundreds who auditioned for the Fox TV hit's upcoming season.

"The only person I can genuinely remember from the auditions that I've done for this season is an Irish girl that we saw in Las Vegas who now lives in America," Cowell told The New York Post.

"I think she sang a Chaka Khan song and afterwards I said 'I think we may have found someone as good as ('Idol' winner) Kelly Clarkson.'"

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American Idol Episode 5 - Las Vegas Auditions - Review

Submitted by The Critic on Wed, 2006-02-01 13:32

The had to do it didn't they. They had to play "Guess where Ryan is" at the top of tonight's show as he stands outside one of many icons of the world in sin city, Las Vegas, Nevada. As the screaming audience soon lets him know. "You're in Vegas baby". Roll tape!

When you think Vegas, a few things spring to mind. Big Shows. Big Personalities. Big Talent. But does Vegas have the goods? Thousands have turned up at the Las Vegas convention centre for their chance at "hitting the jackpot" so lets get on with it already as tonight's show is only an hour long thanks to the State of the Union address.

Getting the show underway is the "I really do think I'm funny" #78162 Alexia "Dylon" Lincheta, 23 from Bakersfield, CA who is wearing all his rastafarian colors with "Jamaica Good Music" on his t-shirt which when Ryans reads it aloud, he says "Yes I do". Randy tells him he has the weirdest fake Jamaican accent which gets a "oh don't be like dat brudda". He raps about American Idol 5 and Simon tells him it was just stupid. It's a no and no one like it and was barely entertained. In the booth afterwards, he cries through telling us that he is disappointed that he came behind a mask and wasn't himself.

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American Idol Auditions - Las Vegas

Submitted by The Critic on Tue, 2006-01-31 15:14

Tonight we're in Las Vegas, NV in the search for the next American Idol.

What were your thoughts on tonight's show? Who were your favourites?

Recap to follow

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American Idol Episode 4 - San Francisco Auditions - Review

Submitted by The Critic on Mon, 2006-01-30 15:41

The next stop on our journey is San Francisco. The city that has bought us, Latoya London, Nadia Turner and the legend that is William Hung. This is the third season in a row that the American Idol bus has made it's stop here and this season it is the only stop on the West Coast.

First off tonight is a Jessica Simpson look-a-like, #31510 Heidi Fairbanks, 22 from Laie, HI who breaks out an opera number by Verity, the first we've heard so far this season. Paula really appreciated her voice but wants to hear something a little more pop so she sings Robbie Williams' Angels Angels. Simon loved the first song but hated the second song. Simon doesn't think she has a pop sound and it's a no from him. Paula says yes but Randy is on the fence. Randy says no eventually but the tell her to pursue opera.

#32038 Shawn Vazquez, 18 from Oakland, CA is another opera singer who is hoping that he can get the judges vote today. He sings Neither One of Us Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) but it is pretty hideous. He sounds like he's wailing like a dying woman. It's real nasty on the ear. Randy says it was the loudest, most weirdest things he's ever heard. Simon says his voice is one of the worst he's ever heard and says that he's so far removed from the competition that it's almost non-human. He says he wants be a singer and they kinda laugh at him. He walks out with his head hanging before they even get to tell him it's a no.

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American Idol Auditions - San Francisco

Submitted by The Critic on Wed, 2006-01-25 18:14

Tonight we're in San Francisco, CA in the search for the next . Previous San Francisco auditions are probably best remembered by the infamous William Hung.

What were your thoughts on tonight's show? Who were your favourites?

Recap to follow

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American Idol Episode 3 - Greensboro Auditions - Review

Submitted by The Critic on Wed, 2006-01-25 17:59

The Greensboro Auditions episode of kicks off with Ryan reminding us that in Season 2, North Carolina gave us the runner up, Clay Aiken and in Season 3, the winner, Fantasia. Since the state has provided such great talent, this year, the auditions have come to them. Roll credits.

The south has given us Bo, Clay, Fantasia and Ruben so some good things are expected. First up in front of the judges is #60731 Sabrina Oakley, 26 from Greensboro, NC who apparently has won a lot of kareoke competitions and always has guys hitting on her. However, her rendition of Lean On Me Lean on Me makes me wonder whether there was anyone else in the competition as it's pretty bad. Simon jokes that he wonders if when he said guys were 'hitting' on her whether or not she just meant 'hitting'. Simon says she's more Jerry Springer than American Idol which puts a look on her face which pretty much confirms what he's just said. Randy says that when she's at kareoke and everyone has had a 'couple' that she probably sounds amazing. Simon chips in with "couple of gallons". Thinking Simon has it all wrong she storms into the holding area and announces to the waiting contestants that Simon is a *censored* something and that he thought she looked like someone off Jerry Springer. The entire room erupts with laughter leaving her somewhat dumbfounded. Looks like Simon was right.

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American Idol Auditions - Greensboro

Submitted by The Critic on Tue, 2006-01-24 21:59

Tonight we're in Greensboro, NC in the search for the next American Idol.

What were your thoughts on tonight's show? Who were your favourites?

Recap to follow

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Homophobic American Idol

Submitted by The Critic on Sun, 2006-01-22 21:31

Officials at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) are up in arms over comments made by Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson on the opening two episodes of about two contestants. Simon said that one contestant should shave off his beard and wear a dress while Randy simply asked a question as to whether or not one contestant, Zachary Travis, was a girl, when in fact he was a guy.

GLAAD are demanding an audience with the producers of American Idol to air the concerns of their members, who I tend to think are over-reacting.

An article on the matter at tmz.com says that

If gay contestants hide in the closet, it may say more about America than 'American Idol.'

Every year there the gay thing comes up and if you ask me, the producers of American Idol and FOX know that it is going to generate discussion and debate which will only highlight the show, adding to the hype and profile.

In any case, gay or not, neither of the two contestants in question were good enough to be the American Idol.

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American Idol Episode 2 - Denver Auditions - Review

Submitted by The Critic on Sun, 2006-01-22 02:51

rolls into the mile high city of Denver, Colorado tonight for the second stop on our audition journey to find the next pop icon. First into the firing line tonight is #39391, Marlows Davis, Jr, 16 from Denver, CO who says he is so excited. If this is excited, I'd hate to see bored. He audtions with Fallin' Fallin' first to show off his vocal ability, in this case is pretty poor. I have no idea why he thinks he could be the next American Idol. He says he's come a long way but they judges laugh since they're in the same town he's come from.

#35604, Tiffany Christensen, 25 from Clinton, UT comes out saying she is gonna knock our socks off with Here For the Party Here for the Party but her intro sounds like she is cawing like a crow. Listening to her is about as painful as sitting in a dentists waiting room and hearing the drill turning in the next room. Simon says it's all going horribly wrong. Tiffany also walks out complaining about how she came all this way.

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