January 30, 2008 08:39 PM by Joe Reality
On the sixth audition episode, American Idol 7 visited Miami. Ryan Seacrest introduced the city, complete with a Miami Vice background theme. A background segment on eighteen year old Shannon McGough covered her work in her parent’s meat market and her ability to belch. A number of previous singing awards seemed to indicate that Shannon could be a contender, but the judges were not impressed. Simon Cowell said he had a late night and Shannon’s singing made him feel a lot worse, and Randy Jackson said that Shannon might be tone deaf.
After Shannon, twenty-five year old Robbie Carrico from Melbourne, Florida was introduced as a former boy band member turned rocker. Robbie faired better with the judges and made it through to Hollywood.
Next up was twenty-seven year old Ghaleb Emachah from Miami, Florida. Simon Cowell said he would like Ghaleb if he were drunk, but sober it didn’t work for him. However, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul were more receptive and put Ghaleb through to Hollywood.
Two of the most likable contestants in Miami were best friends Corliss Smith and Brittany Wescott. Twenty year old Corliss Smith from Jacksonville, Florida sang to Randy Jackson, while twenty year old Brittany Wescott from Jacksonville, Florida sang to Simon Cowell. All three judges were in agreement that Corliss and Brittany should both go to Hollywood.
Also joining the two best friends in Hollywood were single mom Suzanne Toon, nineteen year old Ramiele Malubay, twenty year old Syesha Mercado, twenty-nine year old Natashia Blach, and twenty-eight year old Ilsy Lorena Pinot.
Not making it to Hollywood were twenty-six year old Ben Hausbach, twenty-seven year old Carroy Bethea, twenty-four year old Grant Rhea, twenty-eight year old Fabienne Hyppolite, nineteen year old Richard Valles, and former top twenty American Juniors contestant Julie Dubela.
The last contestant proved to be one of the most bizarre. Twenty year old Brandon Black came bursting into the audition room with some type of comic routine. However, Simon Cowell said, “You weren’t funny.” Brandon Black first sang “I’ll Make Love To You” and followed it with the original song called “I Am The Next American Idol.” Simon Cowell said the audition was verging on desperation. When Branson refused to stop his routine, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell got up and walked out.
In all, seventeen contestants received their golden tickets to Hollywood in Miami.
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