February 06, 2007 10:33 PM by Joe Reality
Akron Watson was one of the feel good auditions of the American Idol
San Antonio auditions. Akron showed up at the auditions with his
cousin William Green. Akron described how he was like Bruce Banner and
his cousin was like the Incredible Hulk. William explained that they
were both unemployed with no source of income, and they were putting
everything they had into the auditions.
After Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson giggled through William’s audition, the judges didn’t seem to have high expectations for Akron. However, Akron Watson sang a soulful rendition of “A Change Is Going To Come” by Sam Cooke. After Simon Cowell called him a good singer but boring, Akron sang “Let’s Get It On.” The second song impressed Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul enough to put him through to Hollywood.
After leaving the audition room, an exuberant Akron leapt into his cousin’s arms and was hugged by family and friends. Viewers at home likely couldn’t help but feel good for this unemployed guy, who just got the chance of a lifetime. However, it turns out that Akron’s American Idol story didn’t have a happy Hollywood ending after all.
According to Pegasus News, Akron Watson was later uninvited from the Hollywood auditions. American Idol representatives apparently never even fully explained to Akron why he wasn’t being allowed to go. One possibility is that Akron does have a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession on his record, but Akron claims that he told American Idol about his past. Other contestants with even more serious felony arrests have been allowed to proceed on Idol in the past, as long as they were open and honest with producers.
The even more confusing thing about Akron Watson’s elimination is that all indications seem to be that he has turned his life around since his arrest. Pegasus News notes that after a wakeup call when his brother died, Akron dedicated himself to being a good Christian. Pegasus News tried to get an answer from American Idol, but an American Idol representative told them that the show would not ever be giving a reason for Akron’s elimination from the competition.
In addition to talking to Dallas media about his disqualification, Akron Watson has launched a MySpace page in an attempt to raise support to get back in the competition. On Akron’s MySpace page, Akron explains what happened, “WELL, TWO DAYS BEFORE I WAS SCHEDULED TO LEAVE FOR HOLLYWOOD, I recieve a call from Idol saying I’m being cut for "unknown reasons". I don’t know about you, but that seems jacked up to me. I want, need, and deserve my shot @ being the next AMERICAN IDOL.”