Saturday, January 17, 2009

"American Idol" 1/14

The second stop on the eighth season "American Idol" audition tour was Kansas City, the hometown of most recent winner David Cook.

Jason Castro made a cameo at the beginning! His brother Michael auditioned!

David Cook's mom and stepdad, Beth & Grenvell respectively, also made a cameo.

GOOD:
Ashley Anderson (Clarksburg, NJ; sang "Footprints in the Sand", co-written by Simon Cowell; originally sang it as "Footsteps in the Sand" by mistake)
Casey Carlson (Minneapolis, MN)
Von Smith (Greenwood, MO)
Michael Castro (Rockwall, TX)
Matt Breitzke (Bixby, OK)
Jessica Furney (Wamego, KS)
India Morrison (Kansas City)
Jamar Rogers (Milwaukee)
Danny Gokey (Milwaukee)
Asa Barnes (Kansas City)
Dennis Brigham (Glen Carbon, IL)
Lil' Rounds (Memphis; last Kansas City qualifier)

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR:
Jasmine Joseph (Norfolk, NE)
Andrew Lang (Columbia, MO; brought two female cheerleaders)
Michael Nicewonder (Grand Island, NE; tried two original songs)

EPIC FAILURES:
Brian Hettler (Kansas City; butchered Aretha Franklin's "Let's Go Back")
James Michael Avance (Edmond, OK)(too squealy and cocky)
Billy Vinson (Lebanon, MO)(voice too faded)
Vaughn English (Prarie Village, KS)(too cocky and goofy)

Like in Phoenix, a total of 27 made it through from the two days worth of auditions.

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