Ashanti Johnson has actually made it to Hollywood twice. Man, so close, and yet so far. She's actually not bad, but Simon and Randy said that she sounded too old fashioned and cabaret. Ashanti starts pleading her case, as if her life depended on it. Weepy violin music plays during her melodramatic scene. It doesn't work, and Ashanti is sent home.
Amanda and Antonella are two pretty girls who are best friends and try out together. I knew immediately that both would go through because there's footage of them frolicking at the beach in bikinis throwing a beach ball back and forth to each other. Jeez. Amanda goes in first, but the judges call in Antonella as well. When the judges ask them who they think is better, Antonella immediately acquiesces, mentioning that Amanda is trained. They try to sing a duet, which was a huge mess so the judges asked them to sing separately. Amanda sings a Patsy Cline song, which was plain and okay, but lacked control. Still, the judges let her through. Then it was Antonella's turn, and in my opinion she was better than her trained friend. She had a sultry, sexy voice with great control. The judges echoed my sentiments; Carole in fact says that she liked her better.
Kia Thornton had received the best praise from Simon, for he told her that she was the best that day. Carole is a little more conservative with her praise, warning Kia not to oversing. She makes it through the next round. And that concludes Day One.
Day Two starts off quite interesting. According to Ryan, Simon has a "singing hangover" and would be arriving late. This must be good news to the first several people up to bat. One of them is 16-year-old Jenry Dejarmo, who is a dead ringer for model Tyson Beckford. Wipe your drool Paula, he's only 16. Bryan is a little pitchy, but he's sent through anyway since both Carole and Paula seem to like him. Gee, I wonder if it has something to do with his looks.
Where do I begin with Sarah Goldberg? She seems perfectly normal when we first see her. She's cute in her red cowboy hat and looks a little like Natalie Portman. She sings Selena's "Dreaming of You", and it's a complete mess. Not a single note is on key. Carole asks Sarah if she truly believes she can sing, and Sarah admits that she knew perfectly well that she can't. You see, in Sarah's little world, a person can be an American Idol without knowing how to sing!