American Idol 2009, the group auditions

[[Ryan Seacrest]] promised a bloodbath at tonight’s round of American Idol auditions.

Group night is where the contestants have to get together and prepare a routine for the judges. Singing seems to come secondary to the enormous personality clashes though!

Wow – I’ve never seen anything like this before. There is a stream of overemotional diva types. Within seconds, I was already tired of Nathaniel Marshall and his tears-on-tap routine. His entire demeanor was just awful. Some people are arguing whether he’s entertaining or annoying. Well, can you guess my verdict?

Another high-maintenance crier/control freak/bloody oddball was Tatiana Nicole Del Toro, who flip flopped between groups, caused massive amounts of panic and arguing. Obviously a highly strung character, Tatiana virtually embodies the ‘cult of me’.

Before the judging commences, [[Simon Cowell]] warns the contestants – “Forget the words, and you’re out.”

India Morrison, Matt Giraud, Kris Allen and Justin Williams came out with an inventive acapella version of I Want You Back which got them through to the next round without incident.

In the midst of the auditions, Simon got pretty frustrated with some of the acts and unleashed the sharp tongue. Especially when he requested a crate of Advil.

The group featuring Danny Gokey, Jamar Rogers, Taylor Vaifanua took on a rendition of Queen’s Somebody To Love. Again, all four got through to the next round based on their awesome performance.

Jeremy Michael Sarver, Adam Lambert, Matt Breitzke and Jesse Langseth got together on a bluesy jam which was fantastic.

After Team Diva’s strops on the morning of the auditions, Rose predicted that they would be one of those train wreck acts. Their version of Duffy’s Mercy was a total wipeout, with ‘bikini girl’ forgetting the lyrics. Only one of the singers got through to the next round.

Tatiana’s audition went alright, but she just had to be a little bit annoying by singing “I want to get through” to the judges. And in the VT afterwards, she thanks “everyone involved in this show” in a tearful speech that would have led me to be reaching for the sedatives. Or a tranquilizer gun. Or a harpoon. Actually, a harpoon would be the weapon of choice.

Team ‘Compromise’, the most ironically named group of the night take the stage. Nathaniel – not my favourite person to begin with – is 200% cringeworthy and over the top camp. Nancy Wilson fumbles over the lyrics a little bit, and the end result is a bit messy. Simon accuses the members of “out and out sabotage on each other”.

Not content with the uncomfortable display on stage – which was commented on by the judges – Nancy got booted out and swore at Kristin McNamara on the way down to the seating area. Dignified…not.


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  1. Gail Killough

    Too much talk and not enough singing.  Want to see the actual singing and contestests not the DRAMA.  You are loosing your audience.

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