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American Idol: Vegas Auditions

cowell.jpgThere's two things I love about Vegas: gambling and freaks. Tonight's tryouts weren't interactive, but there was one thing I could bet on -- plenty of freaks.

Tonight's auditions weren't as dazzling as one would think Vegas could conjure up, but it did leave me with a few thoughts:

• Do you think Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau ever regret unleashing the words "Vegas baby" on the world?

• Don't fake an accent if you can't fake talent -- and then cry like a bitch about it.

• Think about how many people tryout (and we don't even see the half of them). If you are remembered, you must have really sucked.

• This is "American Idol" tryouts, not the tryouts to be the lead singer for GWAR.

• Surprised that they passed on the gondolier guy. His voice wasn't that unique and there was some whining, but wow -- the judges might actually be getting tough!

• I am wondering about the guy with 75 animals -- is the local news and animal control on the way to his house right now?

• The whole "guilty" thing was stupid, but I guess they need a quick way to showcase a bunch of bad singers in the shortest amount of time.

• Hey Taylor: The gray hair works for Steve Martin; you can work it too. -- Rachel Cericola

Mac's Rambling Thoughts from This Episode

• So let's pretend that one of the gimmick contestants actually made it to Hollywood. And let's continue this thought by imagining that said gimmickteer won the competition. In 20 years time, after countless platinum records and Grammies and groupie encounters, would the gimmickteer still use his gimmick? Would he still dress like the Statue of Liberty or wear pajamas or blow bubbles out his ass? Or, would he resent his gimmick? Would the gimmick hide his true talent ... hide his true self?

Seeing as this is my first Random Thought -- and I'm already reaching -- you can sense how bored I was with this episode. Keerist. These auditions are killing me. We get it. The U.S. is bereft of talent -- now show me some friggin' singers already!

• We're into the third week of the auditions and Paris Bennett is still the odds-on favorite to win the whole thing.

• I want someone to check on this: Have Heather Ward and Vonzell Solomon ever been seen together? I can't prove it, but I think Baby V is back for another shot.

• Simon Cowell, Jan. 31, 2006: "I usually do the handcuffing." This quote will play a major role in an upcoming civil trial.

• I don't understand the judges at all. Jason Andino ("The Gondolier") sounded fine to me. In fact, he sounded better than a lot of the early-round contestants who make it to Hollywood. Did Simon and Paula have a bad night at The Venetian?

• I'm usually Simon's biggest supporter, but he needs to ditch the homophobic quips and fat jokes.

• My wife posed this excellent question as we watched the show: "Why isn't there more Journey on 'American idol'?" I agree. If you're gonna go out, you might as well go in a blaze of Steve Perry glory.

• The verbal exchange of the evening went something like this:

Princess Brewer: "I'm black, I'm sassy, I'm kind of a perfectionist."
Randy: "Ohh, kinda like Simon!"

• Taylor Hicks (grey hair guy) is a freakshow, but he did Ray Charles proud.

• Vegas sucked. Only 11 contestants made it. Eleven. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Rachel Cericola on January 31, 2006 8:58 PM
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You should be thankful that you get some journey. The poor sods in some countries get the audition and that's it. In fact, they don't get to see any background stuff until the contestant is eliminated from the finals.

-- 1. Posted by: Idolblogger at January 31, 2006 10:12 PM

"Thankful" is a very strong word.

I would definitely prefer to cut to the chase and get on with the competition. It's not about the fans; it's about filling more time on Fox and jacking up ratings.

One audition episode: yes. A jillion, twice a week: overkill.

-- 2. Posted by: Rachel at February 1, 2006 5:59 AM

HI i am trying to find out when auditions will be held in vegas and what the age limits are.
Thank you

-- 3. Posted by: Erin Dragon at August 15, 2008 4:18 PM

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