Posted: 7:00 pm Thursday, January 30th, 2014

‘American Idol’ Omaha audition recap 

By Rodney Ho

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Omaha Auditions: Contestant Madisen Walker auditions in front of the judges on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Thursday, Jan. 30 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 FOX BROADCASTING.

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Omaha Auditions: Contestant Madisen Walker auditions in front of the judges on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Thursday, Jan. 30 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 FOX BROADCASTING.

Tonight is the final audition episode and 10th hour of  “American Idol” this season.  And while in the past, I’d be seriously sick of auditions at this stage, I’m okay this time around. It felt just about right.

The focus on good singers this year, more than ever, made a difference. Jokesters and baddies were kept to a minimum (the folks who liked that stuff are long gone from the show at this stage.)

In the end, we saw nearly all the 31 spoiler finalists. Only a couple showed up tonight. (UPDATE on ratings: 11.2 million in early ratings and a 3.1 18-49. That is way below the 13.8 million and 4.5 18-49 a year ago. The show took a major beating against a new episode of “The Big Bang Theory,” the first time it faces a new BBT this season.)

Omaha drew 21 tickets, the lowest of any of the cities, and 212 total over seven cities. That’s one of the lowest numbers they’ve had in many years.

Still, there is no doubt we’ve seen some potential big talent overall. Any stars? Too early to say.

I am looking forward to the next round. It appears “Idol” has truncated the Hollywood episodes so keep your eyes on who is given a lot of airtime. I don’t think they’ll be wasting much time on those that don’t make it with maybe a couple of exceptions.

Here’s the recap:

Nice to see Ryan Seacrest driving the judges to work in Omaha. What? No driver?

Quaid Edwards looks like he could be Harry Connick’s son. He’s just okay despite his mom’s connection as someone who worked with Keith Urban in his early days. J. Lo said he didn’t get all his notes in. Keith said he likes him but he doesn’t feel the runs. HCJ said he’s “heading in the wrong direction.” But he has raw talent. He’s just as green as they come, as he noted. So he’s IN. It’s doubtful he’ll get anywhere in Hollywood, though.

Simon Hauck is terrible. OUT. Next. Then more no’s. Clearly, Omaha was the least fruitful of the cities in terms of talent.

Madisen Walker, a 15 year old Iowan, is very chipper but her vocals don’t have any authenticity, the thing HCJ is always seeking. “A perfect karaoke rendition,” Keith said. J. Lo gives  her a chance. Keith stares at her and says yes anyway. She’s probably going to disappear once Hollywood rounds begin, which HCJ anticipates. IN.

Alyssa Siebken, the selfie queen with Ryan Seacrest from Fremont, Neb., decides to do a rap song by Atlanta’s Waka Flacka as if it were a singer-songwriter song. Very creative though J. Lo said this has been done before. J. Lo liked her breath control and said yes. HCJ didn’t get it and said no. Keith is generous, gives her a yes. IN.

Tyler Gurwitz is a dude who goes after Adele, in this case “Set Fire to the Rain.” He’s passable. “I don’t know where I’d place you in ‘American Idol,’ ” HCJ said. “It’s hard to describe.” Keith said he has great range but you sound so angry and it’s “hard to watch.” HCJ said he may have trouble singing other styles. Keith said no. J. Lo said yes. HCJ also said no but Tyler asks for another song on the spot. He should have a back up instantly but struggles. He finally comes up with Jeff Buckley’s “Grace.” It changes HCJ’s mind. “That’s the first time I second guessed myself.” OUT.

Then more no singers, plus a dude who can do imitations of several U.S. presidents. Tyler Marshall, a party promoter from Omaha, is fun and a good voice but has no real star power. Still, the judges liked it. IN.

C.J. Jones said he’s going to sing “Stand By Me.” HCJ joked, no, he won’t. So C.J. insists he actually stands by him. He dances with him. He isn’t fazed. “I like the sound of your voice. It’s a pleasing voice to hear,” Keith said. IN.

Montage alert: Dajontae Lenear is smitten with J. Lo and is worthy of a ticket to Hollywood. Dylan Becker, a shoe caddy, sounds great.  Both are IN.

Paula Hunt, an Air Force band specialist, does a quality Etta James cover. I don’t particularly like her look but she brings it. And her mom has MS and her voice was taken away from her. But her daughter fills the gap. No doubt she’s IN.

Andrina Brogden is from North Dakota, a state not yet represented on “Idol” among finalists. She is clearly an amateur but has a “halo” about her. I like her. “You’re singing with a little bit of fear,” J. Lo said. “I wonder how going through a competition, will you be able to be fearless?” HCJ said you’re way better than average but not good enough for “Idol.” Keith said she has a great voice. “I feel you’re going to rise to the occasion.” IN

Christian Scholl, a square dance caller, can’t hold a key at all. Yeesh. OUT.

Casey McQuillen has a decent voice but feels more theatrical to me than pop. “Angelic,” J. Lo said. “You sing beautifully,” Keith said. HCJ enjoyed it. All IN.

Now the final audition of season 13: Tessa Kate from Arkansas goes Johnny Cash on us. She has a cute voice and persona with serious cheeks. HCJ is smitten. She reminds him of Barbara Mandrell. “You have a timeless sound to you.” “So sweet,” J. Lo said. “It was almost in chipmunk territory.” Easy IN.

199 comments
DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I'm happy to tell everyone that Justin Guarini(second place, 1st season) has been cast in a major role in the Broadway production of Wicked.

MercedesS
MercedesS

And good morning, all. Gray and soon to rain in Atlanta, but that's ok.

MercedesS
MercedesS

I liked it too!  Did you also read "Me  Before You"? 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I just spent the last hour crying.  I was finishing the book The Fault in Our Stars.  I enjoyed it very much if you can actually use the word "enjoyed" in conjunction with something that makes you so freaky miserable!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I think I'm gonna have a problem either Wed or Thurs night with Idol - the "Team Ice Skating" competition is supposed to be on one of those nights. Since that (and hockey) are basically the only sports I enjoy watching I will definitely be tuned in for it.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Deirdre: re the son - if you took Frank S's head and Mia's head, put them in a centrifuge and spun it till they blended, you'd have that guy - near-spitting image of Frani.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Howdy Wood - guess you survived in Athens.Hope the traffic was a little better Tuesday than we had around the ATL.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Deirdre: Agree, we do NOT know what went on, and Mercedes: this has been going on for a long time, and as D said, several psychiatrists.interviewed the girl and concluded that she had been coerced by Mia F. I'm not a big Woody A fan or defender, but I so strongly remember those preschool teachers out in CA who were accused of child molestation, and several sent to prison, later to find the young kids' minds had been "altered" by their parents and psychologists so strongly that they had totally false memories, and a few years later every single teacher was exhonerated.

D: Glad your 'gagabout" got home safely!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Sam, Hubby missed the worst of the snow and ice although he got into the traffic jam going to work.  He came home on Friday morning and left again Saturday night.  He got home this morning at 6am.  He is currently sleeping.  Yep, the life of an airline captain is super glamourous.  ;-)

MercedesS
MercedesS

And Sam, "this Mia Farrow junk"????

MercedesS
MercedesS

I can't respond to comments. Nasty red box comes on and says "an error has occurred".  Tried to respond to Deirdre's post 4 hrs ago. Here it is: If you read the daugther's letter, she  more or less calls out Cate Blanchett a la "what if it was your daughter, Cate,  who got molested by Woody Allen?"

Rickster_
Rickster_

Have a great evening, everyone!

Rickster_
Rickster_

When I asked the Lovely and Gracious Mrs. Rickster what made her fall in love with me.... she said (with a straight face) "Your sense of humor."

Isn't that what you tell people who you're trying to set up on a blind date with someone whose ugly? They have "a great sense of humor."

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Come on Rickster, you know the lovely Mrs. Rickster fell for your "Body Like Beckham"! You know, when you love someone they always seem handsome/pretty, at least to you. Guys I used to date and thought were gorgeous when I was young, looking back at my photos, I now just don't get it! Love is a really weird thing!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Oh, Harry P  fans: Jo Rowling was recently quoted as saying she regrets the way she ended the HP series - that Hermione should never have married Ron - that someone as smart as she would never have found any appeal in Ron, and that she should have married Harry. I disagree, because you can't help who you fall in love with, and I've seen gorgeous women with uggo men, and very plain women with great looking men. And opposites do seem to attract - smart vs dumb is not that uncommon.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

JT: Guess you've never had the pleasure of actually watching "Downton Abbey". A beautiful show with wonderful acting and a great variety of storylines all going on simultaneously. And Professor McGonagall to boot!

Cate has won every single award, so probably this won't affect her much. I don't think she deserves to win - at least 3 others I believe were better (haven't seen Meryl yet), but I'd hate for this Mia Farrow junk to be put on her.

D: Did hubby miss all the ice and snow? He's in the midst of summer in Brazil now, so quite a change of temps.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I think that Cate Blanchett's chances of winning Best Actress are pretty slim now that Mia Farrow's daughter has resurrected the molestation charges against Woody Allen...although I really don't know why it should have anything to do with Cate Blanchett's performance.  Hollywood has an interesting way of picking and choosing its causes.  

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I think people might be surprised to hear that Downton Abbey and Walking Dead appeal to the same audience but...they DO!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Thanks, D! I was out from 12:15 Tues thru Thurs - returning Friday. B-oring! Early daytime tv (before about 3ish) is not very interesting.

I did PPV "Blue Jasmine" - I did NOT like that film, and I really didn't see anything special about Cate B's performance! She's always good, but for me Emma Thompson's performance in "Saving Mr Banks" was far superior - I'm baffled that she was not nominated. And my personal fave performance for the ladies was Sandra B's - what a totally mentally and physically difficult role, and she was totally believable. Not to mention Judi D, also wonderful. And Amy Adams - another wow performance (in a film I disliked totally!).

We usually DVR "WD" in the middle of the night - around 2:00 am. Since I decided to drop "Revenge", and we DVR (usually - but watched it last night) "DA", I watch "The Good Wife" unless it's a repeat, then maybe look in on  "Revenge". It's totally crazy of the networks to put on 4 really good shows, all of which pretty much appeal to the same audience, at the same time! Several nights during the week, not to mention Sat nights, are pretty much a wasteland save a show here and there (Wed - Idol, then not so much; same for Thurs).

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Good to see you back Sam.  I was afraid that the storm got you.

Hubby is in Brazil so we will watch Sunday's Downton tomorrow night.

And re WD...can't wait!!!!!!  Remember that AMC repeats the episode right after it airs the first time so those of you with too many shows to tape on Sunday can go for that option.

And yes, Hollywood Week starts this week.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Didn't/dont watch Super Bowl games, but it must have been a real bore!

Re Hoffman: heard he'd been clean for 20 years, so I guess he was just plain stupid! Wasting his life for heroin, and breaking the hearts of his partner and their 3 small kids - sick. As Plutarch was a pretty major part of the #3 Hunger Games book, wonder how this will affect the movie filming now.

Does Hollywood Week start this week? I hope so.

And, D & M - have you all watched "Downton" yet? If not, do not miss the preview for next week - a real UhOh moment, at least for me.

Really looking fwd to "WD" next week! TGFor On Demand, since most of the shows I hold dearest are on at 9"00 pm Sunday night.

MercedesS
MercedesS

An error occurred, so I'll try again... in response to D's comments about the ads. My favorites: the horse and his adopted companion dog plus "America the Beautiful" sung by people of the Americas.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Was an awful awful Super Bowl Game.  It felt to me like the Seahawks were playing a high school football team.  Yuk....But like Deirdre I enjoyed the commercials.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Talked to my son in Dallas who works for an ad agency.  He said watching the Super Bowl with a bunch of advertising people was a unique experience.  It wasn't about the game(not that there was a game...the Seahawks were playing football.  I don't know what the Broncos were doing).  It was all about the ads and why they worked or didn't.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Gotta be the worst Super Bowl game ever.  I don't know who that guy was in the orange uniform but it couldn't have been Peyton Manning.  

But some of the ads were good.  The Seinfeld reunion was fun, I loved Radio Shack's the 80's called.  The clydesdales always warm my heart.  And Laurence Fishburne's reboot of The Matrix was kinda fun.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

So terribly sad to hear about Phillip Seymour Hoffman.  Such a wonderful actor.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Just here to wish everybody a nice and calm weekend. Went to the mall yesterday; still scary driving with ice on shade roads.

Rickster_
Rickster_

Just poppingin to say "Hello, everyone."

Have a nice weekend!!

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Maybe when IDOL gets to Hollywood rounds more folks will come back....Maybe?

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

"Idol" took a beating vs. a new episode of "The Big Bang Theory." Idol drew a mere 11.2 million viewers in early numbers (it may be upped to about 11.4 million when finals come out.) BBT drew more than 18 million. Among 18-49, BBT had a 5.1 while Idol had a mere 3.1. No contest, eh?

JTesla
JTesla

Nice! He needs to visit us again.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS  

I haven't read that one yet, Mercedes.  I think I need something funny first.

JTesla
JTesla

I know the feeling Deirdre. Last night I finished reading the “soil” chapter in “Growing Vegetables west of the Cascades” by Steve Solomon. It brought tears to my eyes when I realized that the manure-compost blend that I could have been using for the past five years is not the best option for my garden. My poor soil. 

Same thing right?

JTesla
JTesla

Give curling a try too. I started watching it during the last Winter Olympics and got hooked.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@Sam-A1  Not bad at all Sam, stayed home on Wednesday and watched the Atlanta follies.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS

Psychiatrists from both sides interviewed the young Dylan Farrow Previn and concluded that there was no evidence that she had been molested, neither physical evidence nor psychological.  I don't know what the truth is.  IF Woody Allen is guilty of molesting that child then he will rot in hell.  We already know that Dylan's mother doesn't know if Woody's son Ronan is actually Woody's son or Frank Sinatra's son.  That says a lot about her, imo.

A few years ago, the academy awarded a best director Oscar to Roman Polanski, a man who was convicted in a court of law of raping a 13 year old girl.  They also gave the best actor Oscar to the lead actor in that film.

All I'm saying is, if that was ok with the academy, then nominating a man who has not been tried and/or convicted of these charges shouldn't be a problem.  

JTesla
JTesla

@Sam-A1 With you 100%, Harry as a friend worked, it would have been too cliche for their to be a love interest with Hermione.

Rickster_
Rickster_

@Sam-A1 "I've seen gorgeous women with uggo men"

That's how I lucked out with the lovely & gracious Mrs. Rickster!!

JTesla
JTesla

@Sam-A1 I do like Maggie Smith, I don't like period pieces, that period in particular, or the lack of things blowing up.

Rickster_
Rickster_

@Sam-A1 I've eaten at the Abbey Downtown. But that's not the same thing, is it?

JTesla
JTesla

They appeal to people who lost their remote and can't be bothered to get up and change the channel when Downton Abbey comes on?

JTesla
JTesla

@DeirdreC My personal favorite was the Audi Doberhuahua commercial.


Seemed to be a good game for me, but then I was rooting for Seattle, and love a good defensive game. If I didn't care about the outcome then I would have a different perspective.

Rickster_
Rickster_

@MercedesS If it wasn't for the people using them... the drugs would cease to exist.

I have all the sympathy in the world for his family... but what depths do you have to descend to to think that sticking a needle in your arm is a good idea?

Maybe I'm naive.. but I don't get it. Belushi, Farley, Hoffman, Phoenix, Joplin, Hendrix... the list is almost endless.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@RodneyHo  

BBT was hilarious last night.  It's no wonder it beats almost everything in the ratings race.  I dvr'd and watched it after Rake.

Hemmorid_Sufferer_2
Hemmorid_Sufferer_2

@DeirdreC @RodneyHo  Could someone explain what makes that show funny? I've tried watching numerous time and not once cracked a smile, let alone laughed. I find it too predictable. I anticipate the joke/punchline, which makes it not funny. How are others able to ignore this and laugh?

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MummyHead @DeirdreC @RodneyHo  

My husband doesn't find it funny either.  Different strokes, I guess.  However, if you're a Star Wars fan you might be sorry that you missed last night's episode