February 07, 2006 11:40 PM by Joe Blackmon
Even though Simon Cowell predicted that “a boy could actually win this competition this year,” it’s the girl contestants that seem to have stood out the most so far. Many news agencies are touting names like Paris Bennett, Katherine McPhee, Lisa Tucker, and Kellie Pickler as the early favorites. The trend continued in Boston where for awhile it looked like only girls were going to make it through to Hollywood.
The Boston auditions kicked off with James Yokley Jr. performing a patriotic rap. While Randy Jackson loves his outfit and Paula Abdul appreciates the lyrical content, the judges are not impressed with his vocals. Randy tells him “I wouldn’t even do the music thing if I were you, dog.”
Things pick up a little bit with Ayla Brown who sings “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Even though the judges initially say they aren’t impressed, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson send her through to Hollywood.
Things turn a little strange with Irada Jafarova who sings “Unbreak My Heart.” She pulls open her dress to reveal a smaller dress. She also does a sexy dance. Simon Cowell says “you’re one of those packages you get at Christmas time where you say can I give it back.” However, Randy Jackson asks for something else, and Irada sings “Chain of Fools.” Simon says everything about the audition was horrific, and Irada storms out of the room.
Of course no American Idol audition city would be complete without a set of twins. The O’Donahue twins profess that they “do everything together.” Well, apparently everything but sing together, because one of them is recovering from vocal cord surgery. Rebecca O’Donahue sings “Black Velvet,” while her twin sits by the door and mouths the words. Again, the judges appear unimpressed, but Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson ultimately put Rebecca through to Hollywood.
Tatiana Ward says she is trying out because she has something to prove to her grandmother, who she says disowned her mother when her mother married a black man. After her performance, Tatiana tells Randy “if I tell you that I like your sweater will that matter.” On the other hand, Simon tells Tatiana (who has frizzy hair) that she reminds him of “a pet poodle.” Following the theme of the day, Simon says no, but Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson wind up sending Tatiana through to Hollywood.
Holly Corrente, who works at a rehabilitation center, gets one of those sentimental background stories that usually only contestants going through to the next round get. Despite a decent performance of “Left Outside Alone,” all three judges say no.
Things get strange again with Kenneth Maccarone who sings “Believe” by Cher. Simon Cowell tells him to “be a female impersonator.” Kenneth responds “absolutely not” because he doesn’t want to dress up like a woman. Simon responds “You sounded like Cher, you want to do Judy Garland, and yet you don’t want to wear women’s clothes."
Just when it’s looking like not a single boy will make it through, sixteen year old Kevin Covais sings “You Raise Me Up.” Simon Cowell isn’t impressed and says “I think anyone over the age of eighty would love you. I don’t think anyone under the age of twenty would be able to relate to you.” However, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson like him and put him through to Hollywood.
The Boston auditions end with a contestant that looks very similar to Clay Aiken. However, Michael Sandecki only looks like Clay Aiken. When Michael sings “In The Still Of The Night,” it becomes obvious that he doesn’t have Clay Aiken’s voice. Simon Cowell says “Let’s just deal with the Clay Aiken thing which is quite obvious who you’ve modeled yourself on, at least he could sing.” Michael offers the excuse “I’m nervous as hell and I’ve gotta pee.” The judges let Michael go take a restroom break, but when he returns, Simon says he is worse.