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American Idol: San Francisco Auditions

SanFran-Mauricio.jpgAh, San Francisco, a town known for so many things. It's where Tony Bennett left his heart, where Uncle Jesse lived in a "Full House" and where Nicolas Cage chased down Sean Connery in "The Rock." Oh, and it's where the fifth horseman of the apocalypse William Hung was first introduced to the world. Of course, it's also where we first met Katherine McPhee, so it all evens out, right?

Well, with a paltry amount of singers sent through to the Hollywood round (only 12!), I'm not sure it will be known as the home of an American Idol. For example, tonight we saw a lame beat-boxer, that odd fellow with a huge plaid coat and a girl who brought an anatomy chart to her audition (she kept calling her larynx a "larninx"- that's comedy gold!).

That's not to say there weren't some good singers. Here are some of the people that won over the judges:

-Tatiana Del Toro: First this girl spoke with a Puerto Rican accent. Then it disappeared, only to be replaced by the strangest nervous giggle I've ever heard. Even though she used her Jedi mind tricks to wow the judges (to paraphrase Obi-Wan: "This is the Idol you're looking for"), I don't see her getting very far in Hollywood. No matter what her psychic says.

-Jesus Valenzula: He's a family man with a smooth, jazzy voice. I agree with Simon that he probably won't win the competition, but I also side with Kara and Paula who thought he was pretty good. And here's a helpful hint for any prospective Idol auditioneers: always bring your cute kids. And tell them to bring their homemade signs. It works every time.

-Adam Lambert: There's only two ways it can go when someone chooses to sing "Bohemian Rhapsody"- they either rock it or they crash and burn. And this guy rocked it! Paula called him the "most diverse," but Simon thought he was too theatrical. I disagree. This guy has the look, personality and a good voice. I'm expecting him to sail through the Hollywood rounds.

-Kai Kalema: It seems the producers are saving the most inspirational stories for the end of each episode. This week it's Kai and his heartfelt story about taking care of his ill mother. His rendition of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" was very good, and he seemed to have good voice control. Simon worried he had a boring personality, but I think he should have the chance to develop it on AI. Just look at David Cook in the beginning. He was pretty quiet and boring, but then he got more expressive and interesting throughout the competition. I guess we'll find out soon if Kai can handle the pressure.

Join me again tomorrow night as the team travels to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky! --Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on January 20, 2009 10:44 PM
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