American Idol and Salt Lake City

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It was a good night for Utah on American Idol. The Salt Lake auditions for the hit show were finally shown last night, and for the most part the judges liked what they heard.

They started with an Osmond. Judge Simon Cowell asked David Osmond, "I'm sure you get asked this all the time, but are you a relative?" David said, "I'm one of a million, yes." The show went more in-depth into David's background, revealing that he and his father Alan Osmond both suffer from MS.

The judges put David through to the Hollywood round. They also advanced Austin Sisneros, the senior class president at Riverton High School. He made me think of David Archuleta, because when he got that golden ticket his soundbite was: "(sniffing, tears) I'm so excited." Remember David's tears at the Murray homecoming party?

Other favorites were 16-year-old Taylor Vaifanua from Hurricane Utah, and 23-year-old Megan Corkrey from Sandy. Cowell said Megan was "one of my favorite auditions, because you're different. You are one of the few I'm going to remember."

They may also remember 26-year-old Chris Kirkham from Ogden, who brought along a man in a bunny suit for good luck. He did not make it through to the next round. There was also the goth-like girl from Salt Lake who sang "Fly Away" from Moulin Rouge. The judges said it wasn't pretty. She wasn't happy about their reaction.

Others were happy though, and the judges seemed surprised by how nice all the auditioners were, even when they were told no. The montage was funny with all the "OK, thank you!" "Have a nice day!" comments, all the while Simon's eyebrows kept going up.

There were sooooo many people who came out to EnergySolutions Arena in July, and a few hundred that were sent to the Judges' round in September. It was fun to see how it all came together in last night's episode.


Mary Richards


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