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American Idol: Boston Auditions

The roar of the crowd, the crazy outfits, cheering families and complete breakdowns- man, how I’ve missed “American Idol.” There’s no better place on television to see amazing singers, hippie surfers and guys who look like the Wolfman all in one hour.

Season 9 started with a bang tonight as the crew, sans Paula Abdul, headed to Beantown for the first stop on its audition tour. But it was business as usual once the first singer walked through the doors and, heaven help them, there’s no sympathetic shoulder to cry on this year. Simon may have mellowed, but it seems Kara has stepped in quickly to fill his cranky shoes, stopping along the way to put on her ‘Utterly Irrational Attitude’ hat as well. (On a side note, do you think come March we’re going to miss Abdul-isms like ‘colors of your rainbow?’....Nah, I didn’t think so either.)

Joining the judges’ panel in Boston was everyone’s favorite Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham. So, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want…I want to find the newest American Idol. Here’s a breakdown of the night’s future Top 12-ers, some who were really good and others who made me say “zig-a-zig-ah.” (Sorry, I still had one more Spice Girls reference in there. And I’m not even sure what it means!)

Ones to Watch:

Maddy Curtis- The 16-year-old with the soulful voice. The judges liked her down-to-earth personality and the audience will love her family, especially her brothers.

Ashley Rodriguez- Wowed the room with her rendition of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You.” Simon pointed out her “It” factor, a combination of looks, talent and likability. I’m predicting she’s got the chops to sail through Hollywood to the Semifinals.

Tyler Grady- He’s kinda scruffy, has a big smile and Posh Spice liked his jeans. Based just on that, he should move on right? Well, turns out he has a big, memorable voice too.

Katie Stevens- Another 16-year-old, with another tearjerker backstory. Her grandmother has Alzheimers and Katie serenades her on a regular basis. She has an awesome voice and I’m betting she’ll make it to the Top 12. She’s that good.

Justin Williams- The crooner amazed Ryan with his backstory, he had cancer seven years ago, and his voice lulled Kara and Victoria. Channeling his inner Michael Buble, Justin should do well with the female voters, if he makes it to the semifinals.

Leah Laurenti- The winner of Randy’s coveted ‘Best of the Day’ award, Leah belted out a jazzy little ditty with “Blue Skies.” Laurenti has an amazing range and could prove to be a versatile contestant.

Didn’t Wow Me, But Still Pretty Good:

Jennifer Hirsh- She didn’t receive much screen time, but her audition was memorable for one reason: She scatted “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead.” C’mon, I would’ve given her a golden ticket too!

Jess Wolfe- Only a few seconds on screen, but her soulful voice reminded me of a strange combination of Janis Joplin and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles. Weird, but I like it.

Amadeo Diricco- He’s the ultimate Italian nice guy, from the ultimate Italian family. Add to that his big smile, winning personality and powerful version of “Muddy Water” and he should be interesting in Hollywood. And if we’re lucky, his mom will make us some meatballs!

The harmonizing in the hall duo of Luke Shaffer (sang a Plain White T’s song) and Benjamin Bright (sang some old-school doo-wop).

Captain of the Codzilla, Mike Davis. Sang a decent version of “Yesterday,” but did you hear the name of his speed boat?

Joshua Blaylock- The only country-singing-contender. The judges gave him a self-help seminar, but is he too nice to make it through? Posh Spice didn’t think so.

What Were They Thinking?:

Janet McNamara- She likes to jump. She also likes to jump in the bathroom. Unfortunately, the jumping was all she brought to the audition room.

Derek Hilton- The “surfer hippie.” He stops to smell the roses. He also sounds like Chris Brown on helium. Simon was not a fan.

Mere Doyle- The “Kimono Fashionista.” She can do high kicks in traditional Japanese clothing, but she couldn’t hit the high notes.

Andrew Fenlon- Forever known as the guy who made Kara his archenemy. With his Clark Kent glasses and his cocky attitude, this guy never had a chance.

What did you think of tonight’s crop of talent? Are you making any early predictions? Post below and be back Wednesday night for auditions in Atlanta! –Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on January 12, 2010 11:02 PM
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