published Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Idol Chatter

Hollywood round: Trauma tops auditions for air time


by Christine Simmons

Christine Simmons: “American Idol” is winding up the Hollywood round, and we can finally get past some of the horrible auditions.

I’ve noticed that it seems like contestants have watched the show for so long they seem to think if they make it to Hollywood they’re already stars. I’ve never seen so many divas in one place before, male and female.

But thankfully “bikini girl” is gone. I couldn’t believe that she completely blew off the competition.

One person I was sorry to see go was Rose, the dreadlocked blonde who’d lost both parents. What an amazing story that girl had. She’d shown the ability at a young age to pull herself up and try. Granted, she didn’t have a great voice, but I won’t soon forget her.

Susan Pierce: I can’t remember a previous year where anyone has shown such self-centered arrogance as Katrina the bikini babe. When she blew her group off the morning of tryouts and said she wasn’t coming down, they should have held her to it when she showed up late.

She obviously felt that she’d gotten so much air time, that she was already a star; she could do what she wanted and not be held accountable. Thank you, Simon Cowell, for proving that wasn’t the case. Yet even when he asked her group who the problem had been, and she was censured in front of the judges’ table, she still wasn’t the least remorseful.

Christine: I keep hearing discussion about whether or not it’s fair to have the group auditions. Obviously the producers think so or they wouldn’t do it, but fans of the show seem to dislike this part of the competition.

I agree that it doesn’t seem fair, but from watching this week it looked like most of the judges already had their minds made up about who they wanted to continue on and who they didn’t.

Susan: I really would have liked to see less trauma and more tryouts. The editing just blew past one of the most surprising moments of the show: the axing of David Osmond. He’s An Osmond, For Goodness’ Sake! An Heir Apparent To America’s Musical Family!

We’d already seen he could sing, and he was cute with good stage presence. What in the world could have gone wrong? But viewers only saw a quick peek at his group audition, leaving us to wonder why he was cut.

(It wasn’t until the following night on “Entertainment Tonight” that it was revealed Osmond had laryngitis the day of tryouts.)

There were other fan faves whose fates we were cheated out of as well, such as Jason Castro’s little brother, David. Why build a back story for him in the audition round and then not follow through in Hollywood? He evidently was cut, but why?

That’s just poor editing.

  • Hollywood round: Trauma tops auditions for air time
    Hollywood round: Trauma tops auditions for air time
about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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Laura said...

Thank you for the recap However, you got the name of Jason Castro's brother wrong. It's Michael, not David.

February 10, 2009 at 10:16 p.m.
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