Last night, we embraced the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler in the place in our heart that we used to hold for Cowell and Kara DioGuardi. Wait, did people actually have a place in their heart for Kara? (Check out our premiere recap here!) Tonight, Seacrest, in his spray tan nature, takes us down to the heart of Louisiana. Don’t forget to join us each and every Wed/Thurs for our live blogging Idol threads in our FORUMS! So let’s see what other Steven-isms we find tonight, which 15 year old girl he’ll hit on, what song will we be subjected to for the montage of crappy singers, and how many times Randy says “dawg?” Answers to all those questions and more below, so what’re you waiting for?
Tonight we got a peek at 7 of the lucky Golden Ticket holders and I’ll go out on a limb to say this bunch was better than the 11 we were lucky to witness last night. But more on them later. Plus, there was no silly montage of horrible singers on my TV tonight. More importantly, no Miley Cyrus. And Idol fans, we have gone 3 hours without a certain teeny bopper audition *cough*JustinBieber*cough.* Speaking of Bieber, does anyone else get the idea that this year producers are looking for the next teen sensation? Between the age limit and countless auditions shown of the teens, are they trying to warm America up to embracing the next J Bieber or Miley?
Was it just me or was Steven Tyler a little bit more discombobulated tonight? I mean, he had his fair share of Steven-isms, didn’t really hit on a young girl, and still had some questionable grammar, but last night’s editing made me forget about Simon Cowell. Tonight, once … and yes, just once … I found myself wondering where he was. But then the whole panel showed emotion and I remember how nice it was to have three judges passionate about music. Yes, even the dawg knows what he’s talking about sometimes.
In one hour’s time, Idol only subjected us to 2, yes only TWO, “sob stories.” Dare I say, Paris’s story actually tugged at my heartstrings and was one of the very few contestant stories that actually pulled me in. In all seriousness for a second, seeing J.Lo drawn in to her story like that was refreshing in my eyes. Sure, that last scene with J.Lo walking up to meet Paris’s daughter was probably planned, but it was a nice touch. Anyways, let’s get into tonight’s Golden Ticket winners and see was NOLA had to offer.
Jordan Dorsey: The night kicked off promising with this 21 year old piano teacher. Facing the judges in what I’m sure was a deliberately tight shirt for J. Lo, Jordan took the traditional “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and jazzified it, New Orleans style. Definitely a solid contender this season, who wants to bet on how many times we might see him behind a piano if he makes it to the main stage?
Sarah Sellers: Season 10′s Adele. Damn did this woman have that raspy, jazzy voice fit with some soul. It was love at first sight for Tyler and this luscious lipped gal. Spinning some R&B on a Dylan classic, Sarah easily sold her talent to the judges and America. Catch that pun? Aren’t I clever? It’s a wonder they don’t pay me for these columns. This large lipped friend of ours brought out the best Tyler-ism so far. “You had me sold from the second you laid eyes on me.” Now if you can comment and tell me what that means, you win the grand prize. What is the prize? I’ll get Kara to write her next big hit just for you. I’m sure it’ll include something about shooting for the stars and living life with no boundaries. Just ask Kris Allen. (Remember him, Season 8′s winner?)
Jovany Barreto: You knew it was BOUND to happen that we’d get a J. Lo. & Marc worshiper. Well, we got him tonight. Oddly enough, he was able to convince (easily, I might add) Randy and Tyler to spice things up a bit. Why he didn’t work on getting Jennifer to join in on the fun, I’ll never understand. How many of you were happy to see the dawg’s belly button? Or were you too drawn to Steven Tyler’s abs? Did anyone else think this guy probably belonged on yesterday’s Jersey auditions? ‘The Situation’ resemblance much? All in all though, this dude’s got pipes.
Jacquelyn Dupree: To top the judge’s lovefest trifecta, Idol was gracious enough to bring us Jacquelyn, whose uncle was actually Randy Jackson’s football coach back in the day. Now, did you really think Randy could say no to her after that? Lucky for him, her cover of “I’ll Stand By You” was worthy of a golden ticket and maybe even more. And no, Steven Tyler, I wasn’t talking to you.
Brett Loewenstern: You know Idol was bound to touch the bullying issue. I’m just surprised it didn’t happen last night. Carrot Top’s twin, aka Brett Loewenstern, spoke out about being OK with being different and shared his comfort with being who he is. Take that bullies! Working the falsetto on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Loewenstern wowed the rocker judge and probably amazed America with his developed singing voice compared to the “I haven’t reached puberty yet” talking voice.
Jacee Badeaux: In keeping with the theme of showcasing why lowering the minimum age to 15 was a great idea, it was time to bring out Jacee. By the looks, you didn’t expect such a solid, sweet voice from the stocky young teen. What really comes to mind with this performance is a Susan Boyle-like touch (thanks Yakksters for that comparison!). Not quite the same shock and awe factor, considering Idol prepared us for it for 3 commercial breaks in advance, but you get the picture. Taking an Otis Redding classic and breaking it down the way he did … not many 15 year olds can tackle that with such ease and grace.
Paris Tassin: And we’ve reached our last Golden Ticket winner of the night. With the back story that tugged at America’s heartstrings, leading most Idol viewers to cry for at least the second time in as many nights, Paris did was most Idol auditioners don’t – pick a song not only relevant enough to showcase your talent but relevant enough to show your passion and impact on your own life. I couldn’t have picked a better written, emotional song than Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home” for Paris’s story and she made sure we knew that. Her rich tone, stunning looks, and strong passion, brought Lopez to tears, speechless almost.
Well fellow Idol worshipers, that brings us to the end of the 2-night Season 10 premiere. Joining our ticket holders from above are 30 other NOLA glories who proved the city is not cursed. Be sure to join us next week when Idol hits Milwaukee in our live blogging threads! So what’d you think about tonight’s episode? Have any favorites that stood out? Let us know!