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American Idol recap: Omaha Auditions, No. 6

Harry Connick Jr. provides a gentle dance assist during the final auditions in Omaha

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American Idol Recap

American Idol

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest
Reality TV

Biggest takeaway from tonight’s final night of auditions? The Hollywood Week previews look AMAZING. So deliciously trashy and intense. I love the new judging panel’s camaraderie, but auditionland has been pretty placid overall, and part of me really misses the drama!

Quaid Edwards, 21, sang way too many runs in “A Change Is Gonna Come” — but did you see his face? That is some face. The girls are gonna scream, concedes Harry, “but if you wanna be a singer who changes the game, you’re headed in the wrong direction.” Don’t worry, Quaid insists he has an amazing work ethic and is as green as they come. Okay, then. Welcome to Amazing American Work Ethic. Oh, and Quaid’s mom, Jolie Edwards, used to sing with Keith Urban with her band Jolie and the Wanted. Even cuter than their double reunion-hug?

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“Your folks ROCK.”

Madisen Welker, who likes to eat brownies (I would have given the exact same answer), delivers what Keith aptly calls “the perfect karaoke rendition” of Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”. There’s nothing that makes it stand out, but, she’s also 15. Why is being 15 considered a plus all of a sudden?! Give the child a few years to grow if she’s not there yet. “We wanna see if any of what we said makes any sense to you in Hollywood,” J. Lo warns Madisen — so I guess that’s as good a reason as any to send her through. I suspect she may not know what she is supposed to take from their comments, though. All I heard was Harry raving that Idol is the only competition show that produces mega-stars and Keith telling Madisen he wasn’t wowed. Maybe she’ll wear a crazy hat.

Here’s a preview of Hollywood Week, on the house: “The heartbreak she’s gonna get there is gonna outweigh this moment of joy,” says Harry. Well, that’s part of it, too. She shouldn’t have worn that hat!

Alyssa Siebken tries an acoustic version of Waka Flocka Flame’s “No Hands,” and I think she’s mostly included here for a dash of different flavor. Cool girl, hearty personality — but gets the dreaded “I just don’t think your voice is strong enough” from Harry. No problem. Two yeses.

Tyler Gurwicz would like to “Set Fire to the Rain”… via ONLY HIS FACIAL EXPRESSIONS! “You just look angry when you sing,” Keith Urban worries. Harry has no idea where a male Adele specialist with a nose ring will fit into this competition. So could Tyler try one more song? No! He can’t think of any! I believe this moment was drawn out much more than it should have been; Tyler switches to Jeff Buckley’s “Grace” without a vocal hitch. He can carry a tune, but I’m just not feeling it.

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Do you want to watch this every week?

NEXT PAGE: Candice Glover cover in the background!