January 31, 2007 10:39 PM by Joe Reality
Guest judge Olivia Newton-John joined Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and
Simon Cowell for the American Idol 6 Los Angeles auditions. Martik
Manoukian from Tujunga, California kicked off the auditions by showing
off his panther moves. Martik sang “Sweetest Princess.” Simon Cowell
described the audition as “horrific” and “horrendous.”
Sholandric Stallworth from Los Angeles, California sang “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again.” Simon Cowell pulled out another h-words and called his audition “hideous.” Angela Mo, Grace Pugal, Sophat Peou, Marianna Riccio all auditioned and met with quick rejection. Marianna got down on her knees and begged to sing another song, but all the judges said no.
Struggling singer Alaina Alexander from West Hollywood, California was ready to give up on the music business and called American Idol her last chance. Alaina sang “Feeling Good.” Simon Cowell called the performance “really, really, really, really great.” All the other judges said yes as well, and Alaina made it through to Hollywood.
When Phuong Pham told her mom that she was going to try out for American Idol, her mom told her that she wasn’t “TV pretty.” Phuong sang “Dancing In The Streets,” while attempting to channel Taylor Hicks’ dancing style. Simon Cowell said he wasn’t sure if the singing or the dancing was worse.
Background singer Brandon Rogers from North Hollywood, California sang “Always On My Mind.” After Brandon’s audition, Paula Abdul applauded, and Simon Cowell called it by far the best audition of the day.
Brian Miller from Placentia, California sang “A Change Is Going To Come.” Even though Simon Cowell thought he was forgettable, the other three judges put him through to Hollywood.
Sixty-four year old Sherman Pore told the judges that he was coming on American Idol for his lady love who recently passed away from cancer. Sherman sang “You Belong To Me.” Since Sherman was over the age limit, he didn’t make it through, but he was actually one of the best auditions of the show. Simon Cowell shook Sherman’s hand and Paula Abdul and Olivia Newtwon-John gave him a hug.
Cavett “Sparkles” Carr flirted with Simon Cowell during her audition, while her boyfriend Darold Gray waited outside with Ryan Seacrest. Despite the obvious romantic connection between Sparkles and Simon Cowell, she didn’t make it through to Hollywood. Her boyfriend Darold Gray was also rejected by the judges.
Eric Mueller from West Covina, California claimed that people were going to hear his voice and say that they hadn’t heard anything like that in a long time, and he was correct. Simon Cowell told Eric that his audition was “absolutely atrocious.”