'American Idol': Houston and Galveston, Texas Auditions
Thursday night the Idol bandwagon stopped in Houston and Galveston, Texas. The initial auditions were held in Houston while the three judges came to Galveston to give out the golden tickets to Hollywood.
No Problems in Houston and Galveston
Thankfully the Texas hospitality made for a much more entertaining audition episode on "American Idol" than the one in Aspen. This is the ninth time in 11 seasons the show has been in Houston, Texas. Ryan Seacrest pointed out it was at the Houston auditions in 2002 when a hopeful by the name of Kelly Clarkson came to seek her dream. There was a number of outstanding talent with excellent backstories to show us.
On the flipside we saw more of the "on purpose" bad singers. Phong Vu opened up the show with his silly tearful low self-esteem. He is in another world and butchers Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart." Another delusional hopeful is bent on creating a revolution. Alejandro Cazares sings, or murders is more like it, Paramore's "Looking Up."
JLo and her two fellow judges couldn't agree on some singers. The ones Lopez liked the other two did not. There was definitely one who was truly awful that Lopez detested, yet Tyler and Jackson sent her through. I think they did that intentionally to anger her. Now get to know these four singers whom the judges were enamored by and the TV viewers enjoyed.
I'm not at all keen on someone who likes killing a deer and mounting it on their wall. Aside from that, Laine, 17, impresses the judges with "Hell on Heels" by Pistol Annie. Her family owns a general store that is the equivalent to today's convenient store with a deli. They've had their business for 70 years, which is a popular place in her community. Skylar Laine is in some ways like Miranda Lambert.
Talk about deja vu. 16-year old Baylie Brown first auditioned in San Antonio during season six. Needless to say she got all flustered during Hollywood Week and did not make it to the Top 24. Now at 21 she is back better than ever. Her country version of Bon Jovi's "Bed of Roses" impressed Randy Jackson who told her "you got significantly better." It will be interesting if she overcomes her nerves while in Hollywood.
This Garland, Texas resident wowed the judges and television audience with his version of Adele's "Like You." The college student and warehouse worker was raised by a single mom. He, his mom and brother were homeless for two years where they lived with friends for a while. Cortez Shaw said about his audition, "No one can put a definition on your life," he says. "American Idol is opportunity at its greatest."
Last but definitely not least the show closed out with a truly amazing story that needed to be seen to believe. Garcia was born with no ears. When he was born the doctors told his parents he would not be able to speak or hear. During his many surgeries it was discovered at age 4 he had an eardrum and all the inner ear functions. Now in front of the judges Ramiro Garcia sang a beautiful rendition of "Amazing Grace" re-written by Chris Tomlin.
All the ticket holders to Hollywood got to run into the Gulf waters in Galveston, at the behest of host Ryan Seacrest, where the auditions where held earlier on shore.