January 22, 2008 07:33 PM by Joe Reality
American Idol 7 paid a visit to San Diego, California, and over twelve thousand contestants turned out to audition. The auditions started out strong in San Diego. Twenty-four year old Tetiana Ostapowych from Venice, California kicked things off by singing “Someone To Watch Over Me.” Even though Simon Cowell told Tetiana that he didn’t think that she was as good as she thought she was, Tetiana still made it through to Hollywood by a unanimous decision from the judges.
Next up was single dad Perrie Cataldo from Phoenix, Arizona. Perrie sang Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love To You.” The twenty-seven year old singer also met with unanimous approval from the judges. After Perrie, twenty-eight year old Michael Johns from Los Angeles, California sang Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.” Michael became the third contestant in a row to get a ticket to Hollywood.
Just when it was starting to look like everyone from San Diego might be on their way to Hollywood, things took a turn for the worse. Twenty-two year old Marat Hayrapeytan, nineteen year old Christopher Mitchell, twenty-eight year old Tehilla Lauder, twenty year old Valerie Reyes, twenty-one and seventeen year old Joseph & Juanita Mejia, twenty-four year old Monique Gibson, and twenty-two year old Christopher Baker were all rejected by the judges.
It took a Simon Cowell admirer and her sister to break the chain of no’s from the judges. Twenty year old Samantha Musa from Baldwin Park, California sang Aretha Franklin’s “Until You Come Back To Me,” while her sister sat in the judge’s chair with Simon Cowell. After Samantha made it through to Hollywood, she and her sister gave Simon Cowell a group hug.
Then, it was quickly back to the rejects. Twenty-two year old Blake Boshnack from Long Beach, New York was on his eleventh audition. In season five, Blake made it on camera by dressing up as the Statue Of Liberty, but he barely got a couple of notes out before the judges sent him on his way. This year, Blake didn’t dress up, and the judges let him sing for longer. Unfortunately, Blake still didn’t get a ticket to Hollywood.
Also, getting told no by the judges were sixteen year old Alexandria Ruiz, twenty-four year old Sarah Long, twenty-eight year old Alberto Hurtado, and twenty-eight year old Aaron Garrett.
Finally, San Diego ended on a strong note with two more contestants impressing the judges. Sixteen year old David Archuleta from Murray, Utah had suffered from vocal paralysis a couple of years ago. However, he had no vocal problems performing “Waiting On The World To Change” in front of the judges, and the judges sent him to Hollywood by a unanimous decision.
Twenty-three year old Carly Smithson from San Diego, California actually made it through to Hollywood in season five, but she was disqualified because her Visa paperwork didn’t come through in time. For her second chance on Idol, Carly Smithson sang “I’m Every Woman.” Even though Simon Cowell told her that it wasn’t as good as two years ago, all three judges put her through to Hollywood.
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