Apparently, there were a lot of good people in Austin. We had several montages of good people getting golden tickets, running around, calling family, and receiving yeses from the judges. But American Idol chose to only show us the ones with the good stories. It wasn’t a super memorable episode either.
It started with a couple of siblings. We thought the story of how the male and female siblings grew up apart and didn’t meet each other until they were teens was really cool. They became best friends and the sister supported the brother’s singing. Siblings are some of the most valuable relationships you can have in your life, and it’s nice to see some that click. The guy’s voice, however, was mediocre. It was pretty clear and high. It sounded like a poor-man’s Rascal Flatts. Good riffs though.
Then they had Hollie Cavanaugh, a nervous girl from McKinney, Texas (by way of Liverpool). She looked like a blonde version of Kristen Stewart. We loved her voice and style, but she kept changing keys in her audition. The judges asked her to sing something else, and she picked another song that’s hard to sing a cappella: Miley Cyrus’ The Climb. As much as people bash that song (and it definitely is cheesy), it's a good song, and very easy to relate to. The judges liked that better though (it sounded like she only changed keys once) and gave Holly a golden ticket. We have high hopes for this one if she can get some background music to keep her in one key. Then came John Wayne, who probably made it that far because of his name and glowing exterior. J-Lo could hear Jesus in his singing, haha (she told him that the gift of faith came through in his performance).
One of our favorites was Courtney, the girl who was in love with Ryan Seacrest. We laughed so hard at that part and at her chicken imitation. She was working the hilarity to stand out. It was surprising that she could sing, and the weaknesses J-Lo talked about probably came from nerves. Then the show featured a couple in love, Nick and Jacqueline, who aspired to be AI’s first power couple. The girl had five notes that she could belt, but one of us can already hear that she doesn’t have a range. The guy had a mediocre voice too, but they were both pleasant. Leeard really liked them both. Ern preferred the pretty, blonde country girl who was out to prove that country people had all of their teeth and just enjoyed a more leisurely life. She sang two songs and got a big yes from all three judges. She had some beauty to her voice, rather than just belt.
The show ended on a high note with Casey Abrams, the guy who looked like Fraggle Rock (and Seth Rogan). We could tell he was going to get a yes from the first two seconds of his bluesy song. Very talented and entertaining guy. But AI had better be saving the good people for later on the show, because they let a lot of people in, but they mostly showed us the ho-hum ones with more gimmick than talent. We like that they are giving the question marks a chance to shine in Hollywood though.
Episode Grade: B
Side note - They let 50 people through to Hollywood from Austin? WHAT?!