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American Idol: Denver Auditions

2005tryout.jpgThe Denver auditions had another sappy, boring opening, but thankfully, since tonight's "American Idol" installment was only an hour -- it was short.

There were plenty of painful performances tonight, which made me think of four ways I could have better spent this hour:

  1. Read the paper.
  2. Play with the dog.
  3. Write pointless crap in TV Fodder blog.
  4. Have my own "American Idol" with a few pints and the karaoke machine at a bar down the street.
I have to agree with Mac's assessment last night of how the show seems to be looking for the next William Hung versus the next singing sensation. However, if this had been "Retarded Idol," it would have been hard to pick a winner. My solution: Charge people to tryout. It would cut down on the people looking for quick camera time, but surely they could still milk a few interesting characters out despite the surcharge.

One of the brightest notes for the night: Lisa Tucker. You have it, baby. She was the 16-year-old in the beginning -- the first one that could actually sing. If you don't make it all the way, keep trying. It will happen for you.

Overall, there were no other real surprises tonight. Well except for that Garrett guy. He was the one that had only sung in front of turkeys. He sang the same type of music as most of the contestants, but his goofy, sweet demeanor made him a standout, and obviously got him a seat on that plane that he has only dreamed about.

But where are the Bos? The Carries? Everyone sounds the same so far. OK, there were a few "rockers," but they sucked. Chris was pretty good, but a bit too Nickleback for my taste. Maybe that is just what they are showing me, but I am hoping for more rockers and country stars overall, even though neither is really my genre. I just need to mix it up a bit. -- Rachel Cericola

Mac's Rambling Thoughts from This Episode

• If you can sing a Whitney Houston song as well as Whitney herself, you should get an automatic pass to the top 12. If you're 16 and you do this, you should vault to the top 5.

• During the "talent" montage I was most impressed with the guy who could draw a map of the United States from memory. Backflips and round-house kicks are great and all, but a map of the United States from memory! C'mon now.

• Ace Young -- How do you get a nickname like "Ace"? Is he a poker player par excellance? A fighter pilot? Or a complete loser who dubbed himself "Ace" because "Magnum" seemed over the top?

• Separated at birth: Chris "rockin' daddy" Daughtry and Scott Ian from Anthrax. Minus the rat-tail goatee, of course.

• Every year there's a person who lights the world on fire during their audition, but they crap themselves when the live performances start. I want this to become an official honor: the "Oops I Crapped my Pants" award. The "winner" will receive an extra-large pair of Depends emblazoned with Corey Clark's face.

• The cowboy kid (Garrett) seemed all right at first, but mark my words: we'll regret he went through.

• My name is Mac Slocum, but people call me "flawless." Yeaaaaaah. I developed this name out of my mind.

• Completely unrelated prediction: Kristy Swanson will win "Skating with Celebrities." Write it down. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Rachel Cericola on January 18, 2006 9:07 PM
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I am rooting for Todd Bridges -- and I NEVER thought I'd say that statement, in any possible context.

In all fairness, I only saw him and Kristy Swanson though. Didn't like the Simon Cowell-esque judge though, even if he is a hall o' famer.

And by the way: You are flawless. At least in my eyes.

-- 1. Posted by: Rachel at January 19, 2006 7:50 AM

I really think that, the 16 year old girl that simon said was the best so far is going to go to the end at least the last 10

-- 2. Posted by: Destiny at January 19, 2006 2:30 PM

Trying to reach Garrett from Veteran, Wyoming. Somehow people can help get him voice lessons and help. I am from Wyoming originally. How can I help him?

-- 3. Posted by: Carol DeMayo at January 19, 2006 2:40 PM

Does anyone know where I can get a cosmic floating coaster? Making sure to balance my cup EXACTLY in the middle so it doesn't spill everywhere shouldn't be too annoying. Great invention, genius.

-- 4. Posted by: J.Lou at January 20, 2006 6:14 PM

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