February 01, 2013 12:19 AM by Melissa Stavarski
American Idol made its first-ever stop in Oklahoma City tonight. And, while Ryan Seacrest claims forty-five golden tickets to Hollywood were given out, we were subjected to a yodeling puppet named Oscar, a zany rendition of the national anthem, a slightly unhinged contestant, three legitimate “yes” auditions, and Steven Tyler in drag.
Yes, Steven Tyler shows up wearing a blonde wig, sporting bright red lips, squeaking his boobs, and auditioning as drag queen and fashion designer Pepper LaBeija. Dude looks like a lady who has been around the block a few times. Shockingly, Oklahoma City gets weirder…
Karl Skinner tells the judges that he needs to move around or he gets stale. He auditions with James Brown’s “I Feel Good” and an original with his guitar. Everyone is laughing and having a grand time but not much judging is happening. Nicki thinks his guitar holds back the “monster inside” and Randy nominates Karl to be the American Idol mascot. And just like that, the judges vote to send him to Hollywood.
Ventriloquist Halie Hilburn and her puppet Oscar sing Patsy Montana’s “(I Want to Be A) Cowboy’s Sweetheart” together. Entertaining? Yes. American Idol material? No. On her own, however, Halie impresses the judges with “More Than Anyone.” Keith says, “Baby, you can sing! I loved it.” Halie advances to Hollywood; Oscar does not.
For reasons unknown, Halie and her family brought a 7-foot-tall Halie cardboard cutout to the auditions. How odd.
Nate Tao has two deaf parents who worry about his audition because they can’t tell him if he’s good or not. Nate sings Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life” well enough. Mariah likes his song choice and says he has a beautiful voice. Nate gets four yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.
Zoanette Johnson is, um, interesting. She
sings butchers the national anthem … with flavor, she says … which has to be code for ridiculous runs, screaming, missing words, horrid dancing, and pitch so bad it knocks Keith off his chair. When it’s done, which is not soon enough, Randy says, “You are a party all by yourself!” Nicki says, “I am obsessed with you,” to which Zoanette replies, “Me too!” I have no idea how or why but the judges send Zoanette to Hollywood.
After Zoanette leaves the room, Mariah mumbles, “That was a wreck.”
Anastacia Freeman sings Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart” because God told her to audition for American Idol after Phillip Phillips won last season. That’s her story – and she’s sticking to it. Everything about Anastacia makes me uncomfortable. Thankfully, the judges say no this time! Anastacia doesn’t take rejection quietly, she rants, “I will no longer listen to Mariah Carey. And I never listened to Nicki anyway so that’s no loss. She worships the devil I heard anyways. Just to let you all know, if they’re here next year, I won’t be back. Sorry.”
Kayden Stephenson, 16, suffers from cystic fibrosis. He shares, “Knowing that my illness is terminal is definitely scary, but, also, it gives me an opportunity to do everything now, while I’m young.” Kayden wins the judges over with his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish.” Nicki says that he reminds her of a baby Michael Jackson. Mariah and Kayden go on to trade compliments back and forth for, what feels like, 3 hours and then he’s through to Hollywood.
Tune in next week for the delicious drama that is Hollywood Week.
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