American Idol Recap: Steven Tyler Auditions (1/31/13)
The Oklahoma auditions went down easy, unlike all the dragging rest. Pizza Chef Karl Skinner, who sang his own song, the kooky Zoanette Johnson, a 16-year-old Bieberish cystitic fibrosis patient Kayden Stephenson and Nate Tao, son of deaf parents got four yeses. Ventriloquist Halie Hilburn gets three. Anastacia Freeman did not get through. Steven Tyler auditions as a woman.
In the Ann Lacy Event Center of the Devon Boathouse, Oklahoma, where Olympians train, they got the unanimous vote:
- Pizza Chef Karl Skinner, 26, of Joplin, MO (Missouri), who sang “I Feel Good” then his own funny song, and who Randy Jackson dubbed “Idol Mascot”
- Like: Sign Language Teacher, Nate Tao, 24 of Reston, VA (Virginia), whose “For Once in My Life” made me smile and got applause from Mariah Carey and Keith Urban. His parents are deaf.
- Habilitation Health Specialist Zoanette Johnson, 19 of Tulsa, OK (Oklahoma), “Star-Spangled Banner,” who I thought was kooky but not that talented. She reminds me of Nick Mitchell from Season 8. Simon Cowell had asked him, When are you going to get serious?
- Drama and light came from Kayden Stephenson of Tulsa, OK, 16, whose voice was not quite developed. Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 18 months, he has a life expectancy of 35. The judges, Ryan and I like his confidence. Don’t ask me why his parents’ names are Stephanie & Rick Franklin. Rick’s not his real dad?
Through anyway was Horse Trainer, Halie Hilburn, 27, of Vernon, TX (Texas), who got a no only from Randy Jackson. I really enjoyed her ventriloquist act, but none of the judges did. I don’t get why they liked Zoanette’s over-the-topness and not Halie’s yodeling dog Oscar, who had a “Will yodel for food” sequence.
Stay-at-Home Mom Anastacia Freeman, 25, of Ardmore, OK,whose “Unbreak My Heart” had Keith literally falling off his chair, got a unanimous no.
The Steven Tyler audition fell flat for me, although he got Randy to laugh loudly and Keith to pound the table. The judges were laughing off the bat and recognized Tyler immediately. When Randy asked him if Steven’s chest had grown, he pressed his breast, which had a clownish horn sound. He didn’t sing, but got a golden ticket anyway. I wish that Ryan had not spoiled it by talking about it on Ellen.
That’s our recap of American Idol show today, 1/31/13. We’ll have another recap on Wednesday, 2/6/13. Check out our American Idol archives HERE.
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