*"I have the gift", this is what Christine McCaffery says before walking into the room singing, before she even says "hello" to the judges. A pretty interesting and actually kind of entertaining choice to start the show. Randy Jackson asks if "she is serious", I don't think she actually was. You always get a few of those.
*Allen Lewis might be one of the more scarier lookin dudes on the show this season. A lot of times the voice doesn't match the look, but in this case his voice really matched him. Despite a valiant effort and a heart of gold, he leaves with 3 "no's".
*Former Miss Teen USA Stormi Halley looks like she can sing and quickly Steven Tyler is enamored. Tyler enjoys her voice enough and puts her through. Jennifer Lopez says "nope", but Randy puts her onto Hollywood. Lopez feels that the boys let her beauty move on and not the voice. Stormi probably won't go very far. Even the bikini girl from a couple years ago got to go to Hollywood despite a nice face and semi okay voice but she was quickly gone once you put her into a room with singers who have the whole package.
*Kameela Merricks looks the part and the producers even show a little taped package on her, but she really can't sing. Randy Jackson tells her not to even practice singing, because it's not going to work out.
*A missing member of the Blue Man Group comes in, a few other not so good performers also try it out, and then they get pretty emotional with Ryan and with other family members. What is sad is that someone is telling these people for years that they are good, so when they hear they aren't it's such a shock to the system. Think if their family members or friends just told them the truth they wouldn't be as shocked and saddened as they are.
*Jackie Wilson is the first very pure country singer of the day. She has a beautiful voice. All 3 judges clap for her, which is very rare. I enjoy Jackie a lot. I'm not the biggest country fan, but Carrie Underwood made me appreciate country and maybe Jackie will as well. All 3 judges agree and send her through to the next round. Outside waiting for her is her mother and mother's boyfriend, but actually, like Ryan learned very quickly, it was really Jackie's. Whoops!
*In a quick montage of 3 deserving guys. Paul McDonald sounds very much like Rod Stewart and has a nice voice, Jimmie Allen has a bit too many hand movements but a great voice. Danny Pate gets joined in singing by the 3 judges, which is always a good sign. All 3 are going to Hollywood.
*Country boy Matt Dillard is a member of family that cares for hundreds of foster children a year. He looks just like he woke up on the farm and forgot to change before going to work. He has a decent voice, Randy hesitantly puts him through, J.Lo says no, but Tyler puts him through.
Steven Tyler: He likes the ladies. That's for sure. When Miss Teen USA walks in he goes googly eyes. When you actually remember that Tyler is more than 5 times older than the majority of these girls, it seems creepy, but he makes it like a fun creepy.
Randy Jackson: As stated, Randy at least tells the contestants when they are terrible and are delusional. He has been doing this for 10 years, so he can pretty much tell who is playing around and who is there for real. I'll definitely give him some credit for that.
How Was The Show?:
I said it before and I'll say it again, 1 hour shows are perfect for audition rounds. It gives a much better mix and balance of great, well deserved singers to ridiculous, delusional ones. The hour flies right by.
Join us next week for Audition Round 5 in Texas. Only one hour shows next week. This kind of format is much better and I'dol Be The Judge will be back with its recaps and more commentary. We'll see you next Wednesday February 2nd. See you then.