1/27 American Idol 8 Audition: Jacksonville’s Sweet 16

There is one thing that is persistent on American Idol. On some shows there are memorable talents, on some there are horrific jokes, but the one thing that seems totally pervasive are the completely deluded.

This week’s show was no different. Several of the performers were included in the TV production primarily to let us know how unaware people can be of how badly they sing. Now, some aren’t really all that horrible, but just aren’t good enough to be a star. We understand that. But some seem to be absolutely broken hearted that they are not chosen for Idol after absolutely horrific auditions. We know some of them must just be willing to do anything, including making total fools out of themselves, to get on television, but others seem genuinely hurt when their dreams are dashed by reality.

Dana Moreno of West Palm Beach, FL was a prime example. She screeched like a cat in the throws of death, but we give her credit for her taste in clothes. She was rather ticked after she was voted out, but she honestly had a horribly shrill voice.

Kaneswa Finne, 16, from Jacksonville, FL came in encouraged by her mother to perform. She was horrible, absolutely horrible. And she had no idea. Her mother had less of a clue and had encouraged her own daughter to make a fool of herself. What a waste of show time!!

We were on the fence about Julissa Veloz from Orlando. She had bang-itis, and was not a knock-em dead singer. She is a likely early departure in Hollywood, but made it through this week.

And then it happened again. Darin Darnell came on and sang worse than a howling dog. And he was genuinely disappointed. He wasn’t joking? How could he not be?

Then the biggest joke of the night. Naomi Sykes sang “Loving You” in a way that would make even the deaf cringe. Certainly this had to be a complete farce, and yet she broke into tears when she realized she was not to be the next Kelly Clarkson, and she needed consoling hugs, etc.

Jasmine Murray
Jasmine Murray

There was the weekly freak. George Ramirez came in wearing a beard that looked like something out of the 1800s. He looked the part and played it perfectly singing like he was completely tone deaf, but he wasn’t funny like the best of the Idol freaks. He was so distressed when his audition failed. Certainly this had to be a joke, but these people act so seriously upset about their failed audition that one has to believe they honestly think they have talent. Could they have watched the great talent on this show rise to the top and honestly think they had a prayer?

Jasmine Murray, from Starkville Mississippi, was good, but overly nasal and has no chance at serious contention.

Rounding out the talent was TK Hash, from Concord, North Carolina and Anne Marie Boskovich of Nashville, TN. Both talented, but not very memorable performers. They got put through to Hollywood, but we don’t see them getting far.

Overall, Jacksonville was DULL. There weren’t enough humorous blunderers and there weren’t enough standout talents to make Jacksonville memorable as an Idol episode. However, we did find one very unique talent and dubbed Joshua Ulloa of Beverly Hills, Fla the most unique talent of the auditions thus far. His voice was strong and his personality quirky enough to make him standout.

One major complaint, the show spent way to much time playing up to the joke talents and should have shown more winners than whiners. We really hate getting to Hollywood not having seen the bulk of the talent that makes it prior to the serious competition, and we would find it more enjoyable watching talent than people making fools out of themselves, unless, of course, they are crazed psychos or extreme sociopaths.

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