Paula sat on Simon’s lap and then
kissed Kara as part of a weird night.
For a brief moment — or two, or three, or four — I thought I had inadvertently stumbled across one of those “Girls Gone Wild” commercials.
There they were, judges Paula and Kara — half of the Fab Four, no less — embracing and feigning a kiss on Tuesday night’s American Idol audition show from Jacksonville, Fla.
A long kiss, no less.
Yeah, that was kind of uneasy.
I’m still not even sure how it all happened. At some point in the midst of the first 15 minutes of the show, the judges were all babbling incoherently, and all of a sudden Paula leaps on top of Kara … and let the games begin.
“She kissed me,” Kara said. “… She kissed me! I thought Simon would be the first one to try and kiss me.”
Fortunately, the show moved forward, but I’m still scratching my head over that one.
Jacksonville produced a handful of memorable performances but may have been the weakest of the auditions to date. This is the final week of these things, and that’s probably just as well. It’s time to move on to Hollywood where things will get cutthroat.
Some observations from Jax:
Jasmine Murray: She sang Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” one of my favorites from the past year, and she handled herself extremely well. She’s the first Jasmine I can remember on Idol since the woeful Jasmine Trias in 2004. This 16-year-old seems mature well beyond her years, which could bode well for her in Hollywood.
Joshua Ullga: Not too shabby with Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” but I doubt if he has any real staying power in the next round. When I saw his name I started thinking about Dan Uggla, the second baseman for the Florida Marlins, which further reminded me that pitchers and catchers report to spring training in 15 days. I love this time of the year.
Sharon Wilbur: She definitely has THE LOOK, but the voice seemed a bit weak on the Carpenters’ “Superstar.” Whenever I hear that song I think about the late Chris Farley and “Tommy Boy.” I was mildly surprised the judges voted her through.
Hey, George Ramirez: Speak up! We can’t hear
you! (On second thought, just stop singing.)
Anne Marie Boskovich: This 23-year-old from Nashville might be a real sleeper at the next level. I think she’s only scratched the surface. Her rendition of Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly” was great.
George Ramirez: We’ll always remember George and his beard. He was the oldest looking 18-year-old I have ever seen. Can’t sing a lick, but he would be great to invite over for a game of Scrabble. He’s a calculus major somewhere.
Naomi Sykes: The poor girl really thought she could sing, so of course when the judges told her the brutal truth, there were tears, and then there was a group hug … and then there was the obligatory talking into the camera and telling us that she knows she can sing and she would continue to pursue her dream. Yada. Yada. Yada. See ya, Naomi.
Darin Darnell: I thought this kid would do very well, judging by all the air time they were giving him. He LOOKED like he would be a great singer and sounded like one during his bantering with Ryan. But as soon as he opened his mouth, it was obvious Darin’s best bet would be as a professional lip-syncher.
Michael Perrelli: Michael LOOKED the part, too. Guitar, bandana, no job, supported by mom and dad. Time to kick this spoiled little creep out on his non-musical behind. The way he treated his mother after failing his audition even upset Ryan Seacrest. I hope the kid comes down with laryngitis. The sad thing is he was not a terrible singer. He just wasn’t great.
T.K. Hash: He sang John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Let’s just say he was no David Archuleta.
Julissa Veloz: She wore a tiara, was Miss Latino Something-or-other and kind of came off as a poor woman’s J-Lo. But she was fun. She’ll get killed in Hollywood, but she’ll be entertaining.
I liked the opening tribute to Journey, featuring footage of Randy Jackson on guitar. I also liked the ending that highlighted Katrina and the Waves’ “Walkin’ On Sunshine.”
Those commercials for the movie “He’s Just Not That Into You” intrigue me. I’ve always liked Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Aniston. Remember Barrymore in that movie a couple of years ago, the one Jimmy Fallon was the big Red Sox fan? I loved that movie. (What was the name of it?)
Hmmm … a Dunkin’ Donuts commercial. We really need one of those in Quincy.
If you haven’t seen “Lie To Me,” make sure you watch it Wednesday night after Idol. It is quality television.
SImon: Some of the spark seemed missing tonight, and did you see that T-shirt he was wearing? When he stood up, I thought he had borrowed it from Josiah the homeless kid from last year. The man makes a gazillion dollars a year, at least wear a decent shirt on national television. Score: 7
Kara: She was never the same after Paula kissed her. Score: 5
Paula: Let’s see, she kissed Kara, walked out of the room once because she felt she was being ignored … yep, the old Paula is slowly, but surely returning. Score: 4
Randy: The Dawg was acceptable. He seemed a little more upbeat than most shows to date. Score: 6
From those auditioners we have seen through the first five shows who have received decent air time:
1. Danny Gokey, 28, Milwaukee, Wis., music teacher. (Kansas City audition)
2. Adam Lambert, 26, Hollywood, Calif., stage actor/singer. (San Francisco audition)
3. Lil Rounds, 23, Memphis, Tenn., customer service rep. (Kansas City)
4. Emily Wynne-Hughes, 21, Los Angeles, Calif., singer. (Phoenix audition)
5. Scott MacIntire, 22, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Phoenix)
6. Michael Sarver, 27, Jasper, Texas. (Phoenix)
7. Jasmine Murray, 16, Starkville, Miss. (Jacksonville audition)
8. Leneshe Young, 18, Cincinnati, Ohio. (Louisville audition)
9. Anne Marie Boskovich, 23, Nashville, Tenn. (Jacksonville)
10. Bikini Girl (Katrina Darrell), 20, Chino Hills, Calif., model. (Phoenix)
Honorable mention: Stevie Wright, 16, Phelen, Calif., student. (Phoenix); Von Lee Smith, 22, Greenwood, Mo., student. (Kansas City); Jamar Rogers, 26, Milwaukee, Wis., bartender. (Kansas City); Asa Barnes, 20, Kansas City, Mo., band director. (Kansas City); Kai Kalama, 26, San Clemente, Calif., musician. (San Francisco)
Next: Salt Lake City, Utah.