|Steve Beghun, 27, an accountant from Bloomington, MN, sings Haven’t Met You Yet, and seems to still be strong in voice. By finding his own happiness, he hopes he can spread that to people at home. He doesn’t make it through, but calls making it this far a vote of confidence. Seriously, I thought he was better than some of the people that have gone through. Sarah Sellers, 28, a marketing analyst and and food and music blogger fro mRichardson, TX, and Jacquelyn Dupree, 24, a cosmetologist from Summit, MS, head home as well, as does Heidi Khzam, 23, a belly dancer from Agoura Hills, CA.
The next day sends even more contestants out on the stage, and more people are struggling. Ex-couple Rob Bolin, 23, a restaurant worker, and Chelsee Oaks, 23, a waitress, both from Nashville, take the stage amongst all this, but still aren’t on good terms. He’s rooming with Nick Fink, 19, a suit salesman, and she’s rooming with Jacqueline Dunford, 22, a receptionist, the community college choir sweethearts from Scottsdale, AZ. This required the four of them to all hang out together in the same hotel room. Rob and Chelsee even brushed their teeth together.
Rob sings an appropro I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, while Chelsee sings Up to the Mountains. Both of them make it through. Nick sings New Shoes, and Jacqueline sings Bring it on Home. Nick and Jacqueline hold hands waiting to hear their fate. He steps forward, she stays in back. She makes it through, while he doesn’t. He begs the judges for another chance. Randy tells him he was told one shot. He tries singing on the way out, trying to get it in anyway. It’s definitely bittersweet for them.
Scotty McCreery, 17, of Garner, SC, is singing the same song, Your Man from his audition to highlight his baritone voice. Jennifer jams and the audience cheers. Jackie Wilson, 28, a bar manager/singer from Nashville, also sings the same song from her audition, as does Jerome Bell, 27, a bar mitzvah singer from New Yor City, with Let’s Get It On. All three make it through.
The last line takes the stage, with Tiffany Rios, 21, a dance instructor from Morris Plains, NJ, up first. She’s the one who had the stars on her chest. Before she sings, she states she’s going to be honest, that she’s tired of seeing people try to pull off what she knows she can. She better pull it out now. She sings All I Could Do Was Cry, and is just way too affected.
Travis Orlando, 17, of the Bronx, lived in a shelter for a few years when his dad was sick. He has a hard time finding the melody of This Love. J-Lo notes afterward that Tiffany isn’t likable after what she said. He is asked to step forward in the line while she stays back. He goes home, while she stays. The sad thing is she’s just going to think she was right. He vows to not give up and to come back next year.
Clint Jun Gamboa, 26, of Long Beach, CA and Julie Zorrilla, 20, L.A. make it through as well. Also making it through are Naima Adedapo, 25, and artist from Milwaukee; brothers Mark and Aaron Guiterrez 28 and 27 a substitute teacher and shoes salesman, from Redlands, CA; Molly DeWolf Swensen, 22, a White House intern from Seattle, WA; Emily Anne Reed, 26, a barista originally from Arlington, VA; Stefano Langone, 21, Kent, WA; and Ashley Sullivan, 25, of Springfield, Massachusetts.
This was a night that made it hard to see exactly what we’re headed for this season. It seemed more like a cattle call than anything else, and I’m sure the contestants felt the same way. There were a few that seemed questionable that moved on, and a few that seemed stronger who went home. But that’s just like every week and every season of American Idol. However, It’s just round one of Hollywood, and there does seem to be an overall feeling that it’s going to be more competitive than ever.
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