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American Idol: Louisville Auditions

Louisville-Katynski.jpgAs much as Kentucky was home to some of the best singers I've seen yet this season, it was also home to just as many deluded weirdos.

First up was Tiffany, who was convinced she was the next American Idol. Her parents were along for the ride and were also confident their baby girl was getting a yellow ticket. They even bragged about how Lil' Tiff (which is the stage name I just gave her) serenades them around the house. But after hearing her murder a Mariah Carey song, I'm convinced they both wear earplugs. Yikes. (Oh, by the way, she shockingly did not make it to Hollywood.)

Another odd audition was Mark Mudd, whose family line traces back to the doctor that helped John Wilkes Booth. His last name is actually how the phrase "your name is mud" originated! He scared Simon with a hip holster (Simon thought it had a gun; it actually held a phone), but failed to wow any of the judges with his vocal talents. Then, on the way out, he told them to "be careful." I think he may have meant it sincerely, but between his phone holster and his creepy demeanor, both Simon and Paula were convinced their lives had been threatened. Double yikes.

Other not-so-memorable performances from tonight's audition round: Ross Plavsic, a.k.a. the Super Dork whose ultra-low rumbly voice scared the judges, and who drank out of Paula's cup; that ultra-hyper guy who had all the judges howling; and the girl who sang "Before He Cheats" just before Kara made her cry.

Now on to Kentucky's best singers:

-Joanna Pacitti: I'm going to make a prediction: we're going to see Joanna in the Top 12. She's that good. There was something about her audition that makes me think she's going to go far. Whether it was her heartfelt interviews, the fact that she once had a record contract or just her amazing rendition of "We Belong to the Night," this girl had it all. All four judges agreed and sent her to Hollywood.

-Brett Keith Smith: This is the first country singer I've heard so far this season. His voice was an interesting change, and the female judges were swooning over him, so he'll probably be a strong contender in Hollywood. Now if only he'd quit stomping his foot. It's very distracting.

-Matt Giraud: To be honest, I wasn't expecting much out of a dueling piano player. His interview focused more on his piano talents, so I figured his voice wouldn't be that good. As it turns out, his voice was completely unique, and Kara and Paula thought it was refreshing. Surprisingly Simon liked him too and said he could be great, if only he believed in himself. Get ready to believe, Matt, because you're going to Hollywood!

-Alexis Grace: She has one of those backstories everyone loves: a 21-year-old mother with a 2-year-old girl, whose fiancé is away at military school. She sang "Dr. Feelgood" and showed off her big voice. Randy was caught off guard, as were most of the judges, and they sent her to the next round. I think she'll do well enough to get to the semifinals.

-Leveshe Young: Once again the producers put their most inspiring story last. Young, who grew up both poor and homeless, brought her mother along for moral support. I really liked her personality, but it worried me when she said she was going to sing an original song. On this show, it almost never pays off to sing your own song. But it shocked me to see the judges actually enjoy it. Simon said she was quirky and fun, had a well-written song, and looks very "current." I think she'll bring a different, but much-needed, singing style to the competition.

-And here's four more who received a golden ticket, but weren't given much screen time: Kris Allen, Felicia Barton, Ryan Johnson, Shera Lawrence. Based on the small clips I heard, a few of them sound pretty good.

See you next week for more "Idol" goodness! --Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on January 22, 2009 12:07 AM
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I dont care what your opinons are but you are a couch potato i bet you coudnt do what i did i won 3 auditions just to get up there in frount of simon and them it was not my best i was very nervous at home when i sing for my whole family i sound a lot differnt than that u just dont know me to say that! by the way im not bitter

-- 1. Posted by: Tiffany at January 22, 2009 2:43 AM

I was the one (Ross Bradley Plavsic) on the show.

I had a lot of misapplied techniques in my performance, one of which caused voice fatigue which caused my “scratchy throat” feeling.

However, I’m a better singer now, and I’m working on spoken word pieces as well. For more info, see my youtube page.


That's super NERD to you, LOL. ;)

-- 2. Posted by: Ross Plavsic at January 22, 2009 3:11 AM

so informative, thanks to tell us.

-- 3. Posted by: DedoVioheds at September 29, 2010 8:55 PM

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