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American Idol: Season Ten Premiere – New Jersey Auditions

January 20, 2011 12:37 PM by Lisa Princ


American Idol on FOX kicked off season ten tonight with the debut of our new judging panel. As they ventured to New Jersey for two days, there was some good talent and a lot of talentless hopefuls – and despite the rumors Randy Jackson did not prove to be too mean…yet anyway! Keep reading for all the comical details on the very first auditions of the season!

Watch videos from last nights auditions!

Michael Perotto
Caleb Hawley
Travis Orlando
Brielle Von Hugel
Yoji “Pop” Asano
Devyn Rush
Melinda Ademi
Victoria Huggins
Ashley Sullivan
Chris Cordeiro
Robbie Rosen
Tiffany Rios
Achille Lovle
Kelsey Palmer
Rachel Zavita

American Idol on FOX season ten kicked off tonight with two days of auditions in New Jersey. The very first audition was Rachel, a 22 year old who auditioned in season six, made to Hollywood and got cut on the first day. It was emotional moment for both Rachel and Jennifer Lopez, who remembered Rachel which made Rachel’s day. After singing “Hallelujah” it ended on a sour note that even made Steven cringe, however after debating it the three decided to let her go through thinking she would grow along the way. Next up was Caleb, who belted out “Proud Mary” and had Steven singing right along and clapping the entire time and earned him a golden ticket.

Then we met Kenzie, a 15 year old who had a beautiful voice but did not show much of the “star” quality to either Randy or Steven, however Jennifer debated that with them and they wound up sending her through. After a few more quick golden tickets the judges thought they had it in the bag, but they found out very quickly how hard it was to say no. Achille was up next to sing “Dress you up” by Madonna and I think everyone ran for the earplugs as this girl could not sing a note and they cut her off. She tried to blame it on her Caribbean accent but Jennifer told her that it had nothing to do with her accent and it was about her singing – oddly enough Jennifer was struggling saying no, even joking that she wanted to go home.

And the weirdos kept coming on American Idol as we then met Tiffany, a dance teacher who came in with metals stars stuck to her bikini top. Tiffany raved that her Puerto Rican heritage had blessed her, but it looked to me like she was rocking a beer gut along with everything else. After performing her “original” song with lyrics “you need to put me through to the next round” no one could stop laughing. After Steven accused her of blinding him with those stars, she sang the judges yet another song and in what I, personally think was a horrible choice they sent her through claiming she had good energy but needed to work on her appearance.


Then of course Steven Tyler was having some fun with the ladies, when in came Chris, a boyscout from a small town who even showed us his home video of the dangers of texting while driving. Chris came in looking like he was ready to go fishing and completely confident that he was the next American Idol. But as he started to sing “My way” by Frank Sinatra, it was clear that it could not get any worse. He pleaded to do the chorus only for them and all three judges were trying to hold back the laughter and Randy ended up telling him that he scared everyone in the room. And it just got worse with Michael who came in and sang “Proud Mary” as everyone tried not to crack up laughing, Randy stopped him and asked if ate a lot of paint chips as kid, followed by Steven who told him that American Idol had higher standards.

Ashley was next up and she got a little  emotional as she walked in and started rambling on and on. The self proclaimed Britney Spears’ biggest fan started off her audition well but ended it kind of scary, she looked like she was going to attack someone. She brought some laughs to the judges and after begging them, for some strange reason then sent her through. After multiple bad performances, Jennifer Lopez finally grew stronger with telling people no, but maybe the next audition would not need a no. In walked Robbie who was in a wheelchair with a severe case of hip synovitis in which this 16 year old thought he may never walk again, but he beat it and was walking again. When he sang “Yesterday” it was definitely not what most of us were expecting by looking at him, but it was beautiful and Randy called him “crazy, mad vocals” – without a vote, he got a Golden ticket and Steven called him the best in New Jersey.

The final auditions of day one were Victoria from North Carolina who at only 16 has been waiting for this day since season two. She came on as very cute but with an annoying high pitched voice…Luckily she could sing as she got three yes’s from the judges for her voice and personality. She was followed by Melinda, whose dad was a war refugee and was lucky enough to be able to take the family and start over in the US from Kosovo. Melinda blew everyone away with her voice, giving her a golden ticket and ending the first day on a good note.


Day two started off in New Jersey with Devyn who sings while she serves food in Times Square, NY whose interpretation of “God Bless the child” was a hit with everyone despite the fact that she came in without the typical image they were looking for. But things hit a sour note after that as the judges were graced by quite a few bad auditions and just when things could not get any worse, in walked Yoji aka Yoji pop who claimed he was singing Michael Jackson in the womb. As he started to belt away Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” Randy couldn’t help himself from laughing and neither could I as I could barely even understand a word he was singing – or maybe we were focused on his insane dancing instead. Day two was definitely filled with more bad talent than good talent, or at least what we got to see.

As day two wound down, the talent was really dwindling and Steven Tyler was desperate for some talent. Lucky for them, we met Briell from Staten Island, who credits her singing talent to her dad who is struggling with throat cancer. At only 16 years old, Briell came in and sang a beautiful version of “Endless Love” but before the judges would tell her anything, they asked to bring her dad in and then gave them both the good news of her golden ticket. Before we got to see the final audition, we saw plenty of tears and heartbreak, but would the final audition make it through? Last but not least was Travis Orlando who went through some very hard times and lost their home, forcing their family to live in a shelter. Travis, another 16 year old came in and sang “Eleanor Rigby” by the Beatles, but as he finished Steven asked to hear something else and he belted out some Jason Miraz and it paid off as he walked away with his golden ticket!

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for another round of auditions on American Idol on FOX at 8 pm EST!

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8 Responses to “American Idol: Season Ten Premiere – New Jersey Auditions”

  1. Myrna Jo Larkey Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I predict this is going to be the best season yet of American Idol…The Judges are people that have been there and done that! They know what it takes to be a real performer and know what it takes to get to the criteria that it requires.
    CONGRATS!!! On picking the best of the best to doing the judging.
    I’m looking to the finals and see what they pick
    It’s going to be the BEST!!!

  2. Myrna Jo Larkey Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Don’t tell me I’m going to get emails from all the people listed over to the left or I will have to give up on the whole program…this shouldn’t be about moderation, but about excelleration. and I was talking about excellence here.!

  3. Dallas Branham Says:
    January 20th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    The auditions went really well. I enjoyed it so much! I am defiantly trying out for next season :)

  4. Ty Rodriguez Says:
    January 20th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    This season is going to be great! Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are awesome judges. Fox executives and show producers got it right.

  5. julia Says:
    January 21st, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I like the first two audition session of American idol season 10 ! Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez really make a difference. I believe that they will bring the show back with lots of excitement. Eventhough, there are less people watching compared to the first few session of audtions of American Idol season 9, but the number of viewers already dropped during the season 9 and it will take time for people to get back. The reason Season 9 had lots of viewvers at the beginning because ADAM LAMBERT was the reason people watched American Idol. ADAM LAMBERT has reached the stardom that nearly nobody can be cmpared. REmember, for nearly 3 past decades (since the late 70s), people have not found anyone who has such talent as ADAM LAMBERT, so …..it’s not easy to find someone as such.
    With the help of Steven Tyler and Jen Lopez, i have great hopes.

  6. julia Says:
    January 21st, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Let me clarify, the reason lots of people watched season 9, because people they were hoping to find someone like ADAM LAMBERT…AS you all know, since Season 8, ADAM has brought in so so many viewers for American Idol.

  7. Kathy Says:
    January 21st, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Disappointed with this season, none of the judges seem to have a back bone. Someone has to have common sense when the singer is not American Idol material.

  8. Kathy Says:
    January 21st, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I am disappointed with this season, none of the judges seem to have a back bone. Someone has to be the bad guy when the singers do not have talent.


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