Magic Cyclops. This dude, of unknown age, definitely marches to the beat of his own drum, only that drum is banging away somewhere in the Twilight Zone. Davenport, Iowa native Magic Cyclops has a British accent from growing up and watching too much PBS programming, says he had to leave his hometown because he owes a lot of riverboat gambling debt and owns 11,000 air guitars (which, according to him, is five less air guitars than some guy in Belgium has). He screams out “Cracklin’ Rose” for the judges, and Neil Diamond must be so, so proud. So does he make it through? Randy gets up to take a bathroom break rather than vote, so there’s your answer.
Haley Smith, 18. Hippie chick Haley Smith loves the outdoors and does housecleaning, buses tables at a restaurant and is a vegetarian who makes sausage out of “ground everything”. She also apparently has a thing for old Rufus and Chaka Khan tunes, as she auditions with “Tell Me Something Good”. We found her interpretation of the R&B song to be sharp and, to be blunt, unpleasant, but she the judges love it and so she’s through.
Jairon Jackson, 19. One of the few Aspen decent auditions, in our mind, comes from this guy. Despite the advice of his friends, he belts out an original number that he wrote, because, as he says, “I have a lot of faith in this song.” J.Lo is instantly smitten at Jairon’s R&B tune, and declares that he’s “a lover.” Do you agree?
Shelby Tweten, 17. Sob story time! Young Shelby was diagnosed as being bipolar last year and has been struggling with depression since 4th grade. “American Idol has given me a reason to stay on my meds,” she says. (Hmmm. If only the same could be said for Magic Cyclops.) The sweet teen’s audition song is Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home”, and she’s actually not too bad. We just wonder if she’s going to be emotionally equipped to handle the dreaded Hollywood Rounds after earning her golden ticket?
When all was said, done and sung, 31 crooners made it through to Hollywood. Next up: Idol heads to Houston.
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