So we have come to our last stop for this season of American Idol auditions; Oklahoma City.
We start out with the contestants giving us a little "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO klahoma, where the wind goes sweeping down the plains."
Idol reminds us that Carrie Underwood is from Oklahoma.
First up is a small-town bus audition winner.
Karl Skinner- 27- Joplin, MO
"I Feel Good" is a little loud and crazy. Seems to startle the judges when he begins. Keith asks his to sing something with his guitar and we get an original sing which is better than the first choice but still not that good. For some reason unbeknownst to me, he gets Yes X4 and we will see him again in Hollywood.
Time for a few verses of "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning" to lead in to a montage of not-so-beautiful auditions.
Nate Tao- 24- Reston, VA- sing language teacher
Both of Nate's parents are deaf and they are worried about him auditioning because they don't know if he can sing. "For Once In My Life" by Stevie wonder is a great choice for him. I love his voice and spirit. I can tell he wants to sign along as he sings. Keith says his singing is effortless. Nicki says he has a unique tone. Yes X4 and he will continue on to Hollywood.
Halie Hilburn- 27- Vernon, TX- horse trainer
Halie is also a ventriloquist and has brought "Oscar" in for the auditions. They are singing a duet to "I Want To Be Your Cowboy Sweetheart" with Oscar doing howls and yodeling at the end. This girl can yodel without moving her lips. Why did she not audition for America's Got Talent? She is actually pretty good. Nicki asks for 15 seconds with Oscar and Halie is even better. Yes X3 Randy still doesn't get it. Judges convince her to ditch the puppet and we leave with Oscar sticking out of a trash dumpster.
Zoanette Johnson- 19- Tulsa, OK
Singing "The National Anthem with Flavor". I personally prefer my NA basic, with respect. This gal is scary, makes weird gestures and facial expressions while singing, and has forgotten the words. Keith falls out of his chair when she hits the ultra high notes, which actually are the correct notes. Randy says "You are a whole party by yourself." The judges have lost their minds and Zoanette gets Yes X4 and a ticket to Hollywood.
Time for "A storm of tears to flood OKC." Lots of girls crying because they were rejected and one guy crying because he gets a golden ticket. All of this to lead into the crying girl's adult replacement.
Anastacia Freeman- 25- Ardmore, OK
"Unbreak My Heart" by Toni Braxton has never sounded like this before. The judges are unanimous on NO. She tells them that God told her to audition and Idol puts together a whole dramatization skit about her vision.
Kayden Stephenson- 16- Tulsa, OK
Kayden was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 18 months. He knows that he won't live to be very old so he wants to everything he can while he can. He wants to inspire other kids to try. Singing "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder. He looks and sounds so much younger than he is. He has a very sweet voice. Nicki thinks he sounds like a baby MJ and I concur. I don't know how he will be able to handle the pace and pressure, but he has Yes X4 and a Golden ticket to Hollywood. Maybe someone will see his audition and just help him get a career going without the Idol craziness. That would be the best for him.
Well, Ryan tells us 45 golden tickets were handed out in OKC. Too bad we only saw a tiny part of the goodness and a lot of the crazy.
And speaking of crazy, We have one more audition: Pepper
Of course Pepper is not a contestant, she is Steven Tyler, in drag. Too funny.
Next week "Hollywood Week" begins.
At the end of that the gang will be cut to 20 guys and 20 girls. It should be a barrel of crazy, as usual.
Favs from OKC: Really only one sort of, Nate Tao.
I like Kayden but I don't think this is right for him.