Forget American Idol, I’m a Steven Tyler fan. Throughout all 10 (has it really been 10?) seasons of this stuff, I think he has been the most brutally honest, yet most empathetic judge they’ve had. Simon just didn’t give a crap about people’s feelings, Pauler didn’t want to hurt anyone at all, and Randy is now, always has been and forever will be a parrot of all other judges. Ellen didn’t really have much input because she didn’t know a whole lot about the industry. And who was that other dude? Well, anyway both Steven and JLo bring something fresh to these stale auditions and I like it.
Steven likes to close his eyes when he listens so he can actually hear the notes, the tone, the emotion. He even admits to liking singers who are “outside the box”, but lets them know that they’re just not right for the competition. And dude can still sing! Towards the end of last night’s show, Allyson Adados sang Beatles hit, Come Together, but wasn’t really that great, so she sang a few bars from one of Aerosmith’s greatest hits, Dream On. Steven helped her out by singing the last few powerful “dream on”s. And it gave me chills.
His little quips throughout the night keep me laughing. After hearing the first contestant’s country vocals, he said something about setting ducks on fire. That’s a good thing right? Later in the show he told one guy to not quit his day job. Funny thing is, the guy wasn’t working.
The sob story of the night turned out to be a real tear jerker. Chris Medina sang Break Even, but his back story broke my heart. Back in October of 2009, two months before his wedding, his fiancé was in a terrible accident and suffered severe brain damage. She is now paralyzed in a wheelchair and cannot speak. After Chris’ wonderful performance, Steven whispered in her ear, “I see why he sings so beautifully. He’s singing to you.” You could tell it was very sincere and genuine.
I’d like to see Steven get his own reality show. Put Liv on there too and maybe they can finally do Armageddon 2 where the moon will actually blow up! Awesome.
I hope they give him lots of air time during the season. He would have the most helpful input and make the most sense I think.
Let’s see what tonight’s show has in store.
OH! I forgot to include some info on the contestants. Uh, let’s see. . .
Emma, 15, sang True Colors. Good, young talent, but was just too young. Duh. A little bickering over whether she should stay or go home. They liked her enough to send her through.
Naima Adedapo – Good strong voice and is doing this all for her kids. She cried a lot. She reminded me of my friend, Joy. Y’all know her?
Jerome Bell – Surprised me with his powerful rendition of Let’s Get it On. He was just a little off, but his energy took him through. JLo advises us to “remember his name.”
They let a whole passel of 15 year olds through. Ryan reported that every 15 year old who walked in front of the judges received a golden ticket. Having realized this, I think the producers poked fun at themselves by letting cute little 5 year old Valerie audition. Cute as a button, but didn’t make it to Hollywood. Go figure. They may have done that as a joke, but that’s the direction the show is headed. Mickey Mouse Club, here we come.
Thia Megia 15 – not sure what she sang, but she had a good voice.
Nathaniel Jones, a Civil War reenactor, sang The Lion Sleeps Tonight. We all know that’s not an easy song to sing well, but he kind of pulled it off. Steven even pointed that out. He liked it, but said it wasn’t right for the show.
One surprise performance of the night was long legged, modelesque Molly Swenson. She graduated from Harvard, and is now an intern at the White House. She admitted to loving President Obama, but not in a Monica/Bill kind of way. I think we all know that Michelle would definitely not play the role of Hillary in that situation. Molly sang Dock of the Bay, and sailed through to Hollywood.
Hailey Reinhart – Big voice for a little girl.
Tiwan Strong – Good, soulful voice
Steve Biggoon – an Accountant. Big guy with a light voice. Sang I’m Not Moving and sang it well. Surprisingly.
And the Stank Attitude Because I Just Want to be on TV award goes to Vernika Patterson, who tried to sing Minnie Ripperton’s Loving You, a song nearly impossible to sing by any lay person. When they told her she just didn’t have what it takes, she flew off the handle and said it was because she was fat. They quickly reminded her of Ruben Studdard. “He’s a man.” Yes, but he’s way fat. They pointed out the female winners who were not exactly on the skinny side, but that wasn’t good enough for Wykesha, or whatever her name is. She stormed off the set and down the street, I guess trying to take a stand for big girls across the land. Please do NOT give this girl a show.
And so went the auditions in the land of the cheese. Go Steelers.