July 19, 2006 12:32 AM by Joe Blackmon
The One singers perform on stage for the very first time together, singing appropriately enough “Feels Like The First Time.” Host George Stroumboulopoulos introduces the judges Mark Hudson, Andre Harrell, and Kara DioGuardi. Jackie Mendez sings “Hot Stuff.” Andre Harrell says she looks like a “Cuban dessert.” Mark says she almost changed the color of his beard. Kara says she “nailed the ending.”
Jeremiah Richey sings “When You Love Someone.” Kara says “you really did me proud tonight.” Andre says “you were like a movie star from Texas playing Jeremiah.” Jadyn Maria sings “You Keep Me Hanging On.” Mark says “Those notes when I was so hoping you would just nail with power, you still didn’t.” Andre calls her “ferocious.” Kara says she is hot and sweet.
Syesha Mercado sings “Chain Of Fools.” Andre says “I think you started off a little bit shaky and you were acting, but I think by the time you got to the end, you were truly a soul singer, and it was great.” Kara says “I think at time you were a bit theatrical.” Mark says “You can make a rock n’ roller like me testify.” Michael Cole sings “Devil With A Blue Dress On.” Mark calls him “the good bad boy.” Kara says “you should do whatever you want.” Andre says “one thing for sure, you’re definitely not a bum.”
Austin Carroll sings “The Weight.” Kara says “you have greatness in you.” Andre says “you make us feel.” Aubrey Collins sings “Born To Be Wild.” Andre says “I didn’t believe that.” Mark says “I work with a lot of rock people and you are right there with them.” Kara says “at times I feel it’s a little flat.”
Nick Brownell sings “Let’s Get It On.” Kara says “we’re going to be getting it on, me and you.” Mark says “there is some work to be done.” Andre says “I don’t know what you were thinking about, but it wasn’t sexy like Marvin sang it.” Scotty Granger sings “Ain’t To Proud To Beg.” Andre says “you killed that.” Mark says “it was great.” Kara says “you had feeling.” Caitlin Evanson sings “Addicted To Love.” Mark says “you nailed it.” Andre says “I love that raspy rock soul country thing you’ve got.” Kara says “This is Caitlin’s coming out party tonight.” Adam McInnis sings “American Woman.” Kara says “a little big pitchy” but “incredible visual image.” Mark says “you’ve got to let you be Adam and that’s good enough.” Andre says “I think you’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Austin Carroll stood out as head and shoulders about the rest of the singers and looks to be the frontrunner at this point. Syesha Mercado, Scotty Granger, and Jeremiah Richey also seemed to have potential. Who will be in the bottom three? Our prediction is Jackie Mendez (the curse of going first on a two hour show is that people forget you unless you’re spectacular), Jadyn Maria, and Aubrey Collins.