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American Idol: Denver Auditions

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse than Bikini Girl, another contestant stepped through the audition doors in Denver. No, I’m not talking about the girl who Simon said had just killed a bunch of cats with her High C. I’m also not talking about the James Brown impersonator who rendered Randy speechless. (What’s up with that, dawg?) It wasn’t even that creepy winged-gremlin person that got to me.

It was the arrival of Bikini Boy. Only seconds into that audition, I kept expecting locusts to pour through the door in some sort of apocalyptic frenzy. Yes, it was that bad (and rough on my retinas!)

But thankfully, the whole episode wasn’t that bad, as Denver served up its best and brightest for the latest stop on “Idol’s” audition tour. Here’s what happened in the Mile High City:

Ones to Watch:

Mark Labriola- This Jack Black look-alike told his story about life on the run with his fugitive mom when he was young and then expressed his love for cheese. Turns out, despite that strange start, he’s actually a pretty good singer. Performing “Tempted” for the judges, Mark showed off a nice range. But with his similarity to Season 6’s Chris Sligh, in look and style, will he fizzle if he makes it to the semifinals?

Danelle Hayes- Tearing up as she told the judges how the music business had taken her on “quite a ride,” she belted out a very impressive version of Melissa Etheridge’s “I’m the Only One.” Her voice had a raspy, Pink-esque quality to it and Kara said she was moved by the audition. This former karaoke singer may have a shot at the semifinals.

Showed Promise:

Kimberly Kerbow- She’s a little showy and may have turned Simon off when she sang about Rogaine, but her take on Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am” got her a golden ticket. If she spends a little less time on her performance, and a little more time on her vocals, she could do pretty well. As long as she stops making Simon nervous about his receding hairline.

Casey James- This guy was a strange combination of Bucky Covington’s looks and John Mayer’s voice. The female judges seemed to like him a little bit better when he started to de-clothe, but Simon said it was like an odd episode of “Project Runway.” Not sure if he’ll even make it past the first day in Hollywood.

Tori Kelly- She may have belted out a solid version of John Mayer’s “Gravity,” but the most memorable parts of this audition were Simon calling her a “human orange” and the judges marveling at the portraits her little sister drew. Doesn’t say much for the audition does it?

Nikki Nix- This girl hopped a 14-hour flight just to hear Simon ask her if she consumed any helium before the audition. Aside from her incredibly high speaking voice, the judges actually seemed to dig her lower singing voice. People may like her personality, but I think there may be bigger talent waiting in the wings in Hollywood.

Haeley Vaughn- Like a breath of fresh air in Denver, Simon said she was original and brought something different to her audition. Haeley enjoys pop-country music and made her mark on Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name.” If she stays different, I think she’ll stand out in the crowd.

Are You Kidding Me?:

Mario Galvan- With his green trench coat, Mario was like a singing extra from the set of the “Matrix.” That is, if the Matrix soundtrack included Elvis Presley covers and nervous laughter.

Austin Paul- This football player expected to sail right through, but his take on a John Mayer song was downright painful. The judges tried to break it to him, but he didn’t seem to get the lesson in humility.

Kenny Everett- Kenny called himself the world’s greatest singer, saying he was doing a public service whenever he sang out loud. Simon plainly told him it wasn’t doing anyone a service.

Did the city that brought us Chris Daughtry produce another winner tonight, or were you underwhelmed? Can Casey James or Nikki Nix overcome so-so auditions and rally in Hollywood? And should the judges have paid more attention to Bikini Boy? (Yeah, I didn’t think so either.) Post your comments below and be back for more “Idol” goodness on Wednesday night! –Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on February 3, 2010 12:14 AM
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