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AI - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Okay... they're back. But that was a pretty boring audition round show.

Dear rehearsal manager: The outraged contestants don't work if you see them practicing their lines first. And finding a costumed fan willing to rant on cue about mundanes isn't exactly a great feat. It may have been harder to find the costumed fan willing to have his chest waxed to fit in Leia's slave girl outfit, but... so? And come on, this was the year of Harry Potter. You couldn't find someone in Hogwarts robes?

Eh, the audition rounds are always sucky, but they're less fun without my old roommate to watch with.
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dreagoddess From: dreagoddess Date: January 16th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked the single mom, although I hate it when they play up the sob story too much. "I'm only doing this for her!!" -- really? Really? Because if you were concerned about nothing more than getting the best medical care, you wouldn't be singing at weddings, you'd be getting the best job you could find. With health care. You want to chase the dream, go for it, but don't pretend it's philanthropy. Good voice, though.

My main talent prediction from this one is Mr. Cheekbones. I think his name was Chris Jones? Black guy, braids, cheekbones that could cut glass. ;) He's got the talent, the look, and the charisma.

I don't know how Temptress (way to set her up for success with a name, Mom!) thought she was good, but I liked seeing even Simon show a heart.
purple_ladybug1 From: purple_ladybug1 Date: January 16th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, Mr. Cheekbones was hot!
From: arclevel Date: January 16th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was really amused by the guy who was struggling with his English and said that he loved women, from their hair to their nipples. I did hear that right, didn't I? There was also considerably less Simon nastiness, which was fine with me, since the last couple years he really seemed to substitute the same four or five jokes for anything actually resembling critique or judgement.

Yeah, I realize that the ranting contestants worked well for them once or twice because they were entertaining, but there's just been too many of them. It's become mandatory, and people know that it's the second easiest way onto TV, and if it works, it will get you longer screen time and more teaser play than simply being ridiculous *at* your audition (and results in less to-your-face mocking from the judges).

Princess Leia actually looked reasonably sincere about it, which suggests to me that the judges screwed up in letting her down easy. They don't like *anyone* in costume, so Randy used that to say it was *both* costume and performance, rather than pointing out that she really just can't sing. She actually didn't start too bad, but got worse and worse as she went on. Which, oddly, perfectly describes the annoyance level of her ranting -- I wound up fast-forwarding through the end montage of winners because I didn't want to listen to her over top of it.

Sparkly Girl just pissed me off, though. It was obvious that she was either going to make it through, or else she was going to rant for 15 minutes about how much they sucked at how pissed she were, and how they all (especially Simon) are **** who can go ****ing *** themselves. I only listened to the start of the rant (yay for fast-forward), but it was totally clear that what she was yelling about was completely unrelated to what they'd said about her. Since, you know, they'd actually been rather complementary, given her performance, and Simon had done and said nothing that the other two didn't.

I just really wish the producers (which includes Simon, mind), didn't give so much screen time to people who are so blatantly there to get on TV, no matter how.
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: January 18th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey Fern, this is random and not related to the topic (I wasn't home on time either Tuesday or Wednesday to watch American Idol) but I'm trying to read all your fics, which is easier said than done, because your lj is so vast- BUT I WILL DO IT!- and I remeber before I was reading the beginning of the Ted-and-Andromeda-escape-from-Hogwarts-with-the-help-of-the-Marauders fic, though I wondered where part 2 was, but I've lost it since (I found the link in a reply to a comment you made or something.)

So, umm, do you know where that is? And part 2 if you wrote it?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 18th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't finish that one, and instead just told it here and there in other stories, when people reminisced. Lily, who was friends with Ted through the Muggle-born alliance he sort of runs, helps as well.
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: January 19th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Forgot to include Lily in that, but what I actually meant (and... didn't explain correctly) is I lost the first part as well- I was a bit into it before I stopped reading and stuff, and was wondering where it was... *though feels stupid now for asking*
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