Confidence was the name of the game tonight as American Idol combined auditions from San Juan, Puetro Rico and New York City before heading to Hollywood. Unfortunately, much of that confidence was misplaced.
Adeola Adegoke was so sure of her talent that she actually quit her job as a bank teller in preparation of her journey to Hollywood. Maybe instead of a resignation letter, she should have let her boss critic her version of Jennifer Hudson's "And I Am Telling You." It might have saved Simon the call to ask for her job back. Who says that Simon doesn't have a soft side?
Confidence didn't work for Jessika Baier, a waitress in a 50s café, either. She won the trip to Puerto Rico to audition in a contest and was sure that was her ticket in. But after hearing "I Surrender" the judges thought differently.
But the self-assured did win out in a few instances.
Cut up Nick Mitchell, who couldn't even get through "Amazing Grace" without some antics entertained the judges enough for a second chance. It'll be interesting to see what he brings to Hollywood. But as Kara said, he doesn't have a shot in hell.
And nine-year-old Christopher had enough confidence to help snag a golden ticket for his sister Monique Garcia Torres. Her version of the Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" resulted in a split vote. Personally, I liked this girl, but she definitely needs to be choosier about her songs.
Pleasantness just oozed from the very upbeat Melinda Camille who aptly chose to sing "Feeling Good." Kara called her a vitamin boost. However, I have to say that I will remember her bubbly personality more than her voice.
A healthy dose of optimism helped Jackie Tohn through when her first song choice "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz left the judges a bit undecided. Personally, I'm not totally sold on her either, but she was kind of funky and it'll be interesting to see what she does later in the series.
For a couple contestants, their fluency in Spanish was enough to secure them a spot in Hollywood.
The judges were not initially impressed with Patricia Lewis Roman when she sang "I want to Dance with Somebody," but when she sang in Spanish the judges - all but Paula - were swayed.
College student Jorge Nunez got a similar reaction when the judges preferred the Spanish version of "My Way" to an English version of "Wonderful World."
The accent was very alluring in their singing and adds an interesting dynamic to their voice, but I have to wonder how well they'll fair - especially when they will have to sing on theme nights.
Among the clips of the wild and weird, we were treated to a montage of a trio headed to Hollywood but who we didn't really get a chance to hear sing - Ashley Hollister, Kenny Hoffpauer and Kendall Beard.
Overall not a bad night of auditions. Nine tickets were given out in Puerto Rico and 26 in New York. The only down point was a return visit from Alexis Cohen did nothing but swear in the Philadelphia auditions last year. I don't have a problem with her auditioning again. I hate the Idol gave her more air time.
Next week we start with Hollywood Week.