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American Idol: Birmingham Auditions

hollywood.jpgThis year, the auditions stopped in Birmingham, where three "Idol" finalists (two of them winners) were born and bred. From the amount of families screaming in this one-hour episode, it looks like the stop was well worth the judges' time. Not sure if it was worth mine. Here are my highlights...

• Erica was cute. I didn't think she was as painful as the judges claimed -- until she tried to sing over their shouting. That's one of my "Idol" pet peeves.
• Katie Bernard was cute too, but also has the worst speaking voice in "Idol" history. If she makes it to the voting stage, America will punish her promptly.
• Did anyone catch Simon's comment about Katie's husband being "the one with the twitch?"
• Tatiana was quite the sass for a 17-year-old.
• I'm guessing that Diana Walker could do splits better than she could sing Whitney Houston -- and that says a lot.
• Bernard was a good singer, but I wasn't feeling the Michael Jackson.
• Margaret was 26 about 26 years ago.
• I thought Jamie Lynn's voice was as annoying as Katie's, but she seemed so sweet. If she doesn't make it on "American Idol," she is definitely a candidate for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
• Chris Sligh definitely gets my vote for funniest contestant in "Idol" history. He's a definite underdog, but you have to root for anyone whose goals involve David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff.
• Day 2 must have coincided with Randy's laundry day. That could have been the worst shirt I have ever seen him wear. And again -- that one sentence speaks volumes.
• That freaky Cousin It family... she actually thinks that looks good? If she wants to be a real role model, donate that hair to Locks of Love.
• If that montage is accurate, Birmingham is the friendliest place on the planet. And I thought that place was Disney World!
• Nichole wasn't just old-fashioned, but I don't like the "h" in her name.
• It seems that the show rarely saves the best for last -- unless you consider the most psychotic to be the best.
• Was Brandy drinking with Paula before her audition?

Happy to see that "American Idol" is back to the one-hour format. It's just the proper amount of time to hit the highlights, while allowing me to still have a life. See you back here tomorrow night. -- Rachel Cericola


Posted by Rachel Cericola on January 30, 2007 8:40 PM
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