Thia Megia: Jazzy vibe on “Chasing Pavements,” but I found her cadence jarring, and the tone of her voice slightly unpleasant. Oh, and “she’s only 15!”
Scotty McCreery: Charm runs as deep as his baritone, but does he have range? “We discovered him!” shouted J.Lo, feeling like Marie Curie.
Scott Dangerfield: Agree that J.Lo’s favorite had a cool vibe and felt the music in his body, but to my ear, his Amos Lee cover wasn’t quite Nokia-worthy.
Haley Reinhart: Big, booming voice on “Oh Darlin,” but girl threw in more runs than an IBS sufferer at Taco Bell. Needs fewer gimmicks, more emotion.
Tiwan Strong: Always impressed by uptempo auditions, and his “Twistin the Night Away” was mercifully unfussy. I’d praise more, but (ouch!) charlie horse!
Steve Beghun: Loved that Sir Aerosmith slapped a “disturbingly good” label on hulking CPA with pretty little voice. More likable than amazing though?
Jerome Bell: OMG YOU ARE SHOUTING “LET’S GET IT ON” LOUDER THAN VON SMITH. THIS IS NOT A NOISY BAR MITZVAH, DUDE. (p.s. Hate your cropped tux jacket!)
Given that 53 folks made it from Milwaukee to Hollywood, I have to say it might’ve been nice to see more than 12 of ‘em singing, especially since the “joke” auditions — radio DJ wannabe with traj ‘stache; Barack impersonator who inspired Randy’s cruelty; Civil War reenactor who wasn’t really terrible — brought neither laughs nor drama. I really wonder if, at this point, the show would be better served by featuring more “on the fence” tryouts (where perhaps it’s a two-to-one no-to-yes ratio) instead of total chumps with giant toothbrushes.
What did you think of the Milwaukee auditions? Who was your favorite? Which contestants did you think should have been held back from Hollywood? Did you notice Randy is the only one who openly laughs at failing singers? And were you totally wowed by the handspring-meets-camera catastrophe? Sound off below! And if you have some strong thoughts or opinions on anything you saw tonight on Idol — pertaining to judges, contestants, trends or conspiracy theories — and you’d like to share them on the next episode of TVLine’s new Idol-related Web series, Idoloonies, email a paragraph or two to firstname.lastname@example.org (and be sure to include a contact phone number). We’ll be selecting a handful of readers each week to join me in cohosting the Webcast via Skype or video chat (to tape on Friday afternoons). We’ll also be choosing a Twitter Question of the Week, so don’t hesitate to fire your best shots to me @MichaelSlezakTV. Be sure to tag it #Idoloonies!