‘American Idol’ Aspen Auditions Recap: Shelby Tweten, Jenni Schick Win Our Hearts
The latest 'American Idol' auditions took place in Aspen, Colo. and the higher elevation certainly made for a heightened and increased level of talent, courtesy of hopefuls Shelby Tweten, Curtis Gray, Jenni Schick and Jairon Jackson. But of course there were just as many crazies, like Alanna Snare and Magic Cyclops. It was nothing if not entertaining, but we must say we're looking forward to getting to the Top 24 ASAP!
For those of you keeping score at home, PopCrush is here with you handy recap of who did, said and sang what!
Jenni Schick: Holy Schick, this Virginia-based music teacher has buckets of stamina. This energy vampire sang Pat Benetar's 'Heartbreaker' in a wild, crazy, anything-can-happen way. She laid a big ol' smooch on Steven Tyler after she wrapped her perf and found out she was moving onward and upward. We went and took a nap, since her energy levels made us tired.
Curtis Gray: He offered up a blue-eyed soul take of Boyz II Men's 'It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.' He was a little off-key to our our ears, but the 'Idol' triumvirate loved him because he's good looking and sang great. He was sent to Hollywood by all three judges unanimously.
Tealana Hedgespeth: She sang Melissa Etheridge's 'Bring Me Some Water' and she was dramatically whacky. She may be nerdy cute, but she is not moving forward.
Haley Smith: She lives in a log cabin and performed Chaka Khan's 'Tell Me Something Good' and gave it her own, twangy spin that's wasn't "granola." It sounded nothing at all like the original and in the best possible way. She made it sound like a new song.
Alanna Snare: She sells Rocky Mountain oysters, which are bull testes. That's all we needed to know. She sang Dolly Parton's signature song 'Jolene' and butchered it like one might butcher a bull. Not good at all, so said the judges.
Jairon Jackson: He offered up an original piece called 'So Hard' in a slick, sexy R&B way. He's a lover, not a fighter and because of that fact, he was sent to Hollywood.
Angie Zeiderman: She is a vintage glitter queen with granny glasses that says people call her Lady Gaga on the street. Not buying that one. She also wants to be BFFs with the Mother Monster. She performed like a Broadway musical chick, singing 'When You Got It, Flaunt It.' She got a second chance, performed 'Blue Bayou' and her unusual style got her a ticket to Hollywood.
Magic Cyclops: He was a complete gimmick. He's from Davenport, Iowa but cultivated a British accent watching English TV shows. Uh huh. He was a comedy act, but not a singer. It was a judge's choice and he said he'd perform James Buffay (AKA Jimmy Buffett) or Neil Diamond upon request. The judges chose Diamond, so the 'Clops rocked 'Cracklin' Rosie' whilst playing air guitar. He then popped off a little 'Margaritaville.' It all made Randy excuse himself and go to the little boys room.
More to come tomorrow night at 8PM ET on FOX.