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American Idol: L.A. Auditions

mmanoukian.jpgMcPheever might be in the record stores, but I'm not sure it was in the air during the L.A. auditions. Right off the bat, there were freaks, flops and sob stories -- and that was the good stuff. Here are some of my highlights...

• Olivia-Newton John is still Sandy in my eyes, and I don't care about the plastic surgery or the outcome of "You're the One That I Want."
• I want to read Martik Manoukian's book. Hopefully it's a how-to dance sort of thing...
• I think that Mr. Microphone flew out of Martik's pocket during his opening dance routine, correct?
• Loved Randy's "no way" after Martik's performance. Short and too the point, dawg.
• Marianna Riccio was so bad, she actually made me long for those guys that sing "Should I Stay or Should I Go" in that commercial -- and I hate that commercial.
• Paula's boobs looked like they were trying to jump out and choke her. Maybe they're sick of reading about her bizarre behavior too.
• About 18 minutes in, and we've got our first golden ticket. Good for you, Alaina Alexander.
• Phuong Pham never has to worry about being perceived as a "Taylor replicate."
• Who did Paula look at on the side when Brandon Rogers was singing? Was she nodding to her assistant to get a number?
• I feel for Sherman Pore... I really do. However, he is opening some scary floodgates for future "Idol" audition stops.
• When the Compton couple kisses, does Cavett taste aluminum foil?
• Eric Mueller close the show, so, of course, he couldn't sing. Of course, he also had Randy and Paula's "Sing Like the Stars" DVD.

You wouldn't be able to tell by this episode, but 21 contestants got the call to Hollywood on the first day ... 19 the next. My counting may be off, but in this one-hour show, we saw two people that could actually sing. The freaks have had their 15 minutes. Let's see some singers already. -- Rachel Cericola


Posted by Rachel Cericola on January 31, 2007 9:27 PM
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Olivia's not had plastic surgery - she's pushing 60 and looks darn good. The only reconstrucive surgery Ms. Newton John had was when she had cancer. She's admitted freely that she'd have plastic surgery if she thought she needed it and isn't against it but she's got great genes not to mention that clean Australian living. It's so easy to just say every celebrity over 50 has had plastic surgery but it's just not true. Compare Ms. Newton John to, say, Mary Tyler Moore, Marlo Thomas, or Joan van Ark, and it becomes obvious she is aging naturally.

-- 1. Posted by: Barry Freiman at January 31, 2007 11:44 PM

If I'm wrong, I am sorry... but I do think she looks a little pulled back.

-- 2. Posted by: Rachel at February 1, 2007 12:12 AM

I'm totally blanking on this. What was Martik's name? "Eccentric" or something like that?

-- 3. Posted by: mac at February 1, 2007 6:59 PM

I think Martik could have been great, his mistake was taking out his clothes and making silly noises. I liked his voice.

-- 4. Posted by: lilsis at February 4, 2007 9:52 PM

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