Paula Abdul was late for the first day of auditions in Omaha. Uh oh, that could've been a bad omen for those contestants.
Rachael Wicker (23, Richmond, MO; is a former multi-time arm wrestling champion!)
Michael Sanfilippo (19, South Barrington, IL)
Angelica Puente (17, Kenosha, WI)
David Cook (24, Tulsa)
OK but still made it:
Jason Rich (21, Stout, IA; forgot part of lyrics early on)
Samantha Sidley (22, L.A.)
Elizabeth Erkert (19, Springfield, IL)
Denise Jackson (17, Madison, WI)
Sarah Whitaker (25. Council Bluffs, IA; looked like a British magician!)
Chris Bernheisel (24, Fremont, NE; too goofy with "Since U Been Gone"; he brought the male judges gifts before he began singing!)
Johnny Escamilla (18, Scottsbluff, NE; his "Shout" performance was funny and he wore a gold jacket!)
Sung made-up song and advanced:
Leo Marlowe (23; Charlotte, IA)
Many people forgot their lyrics, which you can't do on a certain game show hosted by Wayne Brady.
About midway in the episode, Ryan Seacrest decided to take Paula's judging chair during Samantha Sidley's audition!!!
19 made it through to Hollywood from here.