The 2010 edition of American Idol kicked off tonight, and Idol starved fans got what they’ve been waiting for. It seemed like so much happened since Kris Allen was crowned the current American Idol, I was almost American Idoled out before this season began.
Boston was the first stop, and Victoria Beckham was the guest judge tonight as Ellen DeGeneres won’t appear on camera until Hollywood Week starts. The four judge panel again seems to be a little clunky for me. Each judge seems to hold back on what they would say if there was one fewer judge. I don’t really miss Paula at all, but Victoria Beckham didn’t quite fit in. I thought she might be able to relate better to the performers as she was one of them back in the 90s, but her critiques and opinions kind of left me as blah.
As far as the contestants, there was a good cross section in Boston. I think the girls fared better than the guys in Beantown. Early tickets to Hollywood were given to Maddy Curtis and Claire Fuller. Both were good, but not great. AI producers may have that Latin star they’ve been looking for in Ashley Rodriguez. She was an attractive girl and had a confident voice. Simon’s comment to her was that he thinks she might have “it,’ and that is usually a good early sign for contestants. I think for years the show has been trying to find a Latin star. They’ve had just about every other type of contestant, so this might be the year. The last contestant, Leah had a good look and a beautiful voice. Randy and Kara said she was one of the best they had seen. I look forward to hearing more from her.
As for the guys that were good, we saw a small part of Bill Bloom belting out a song, and I thought he was good, and I like different, so Mike Davis kind of fit that bill for me. Maybe a dark horse, a Nigerian American by the name of Bosa had a good raw voice. The judges agreed he lacked star power, but he can improve and make some noise.
Since this is the audition round, we are going to see some bad singers as well. The fist audition of the show, Janet McNamara claimed to have mastered the American Idol video game, but she couldn’t have been worse in person. Another reject was Lisa Olivero, who looked confident coming in, and almost left in tears walking out.
Maybe one of the most memorable contestants to me was a guy named Andrew Fenton. First, he looked like he didn’t want to be there, also he wore some huge Clark Kent looking glasses that made him stand out like a sore thumb. He complained, stumbled around and acted like an idiot. His singing was worse, but the show always highlights a few of those.
The best line of the night was Randy Jackson telling one contestant to ‘stop singing forever.”
All in all, I rate the contestants a “C”. They said 31 made it through to Hollywood. That’s about right.