Tuesday, July 29, 2008

American Idol Auditions

I may have the coolest brother of all time. His adventures never seem to end. He just completed his American Idol audition.

Round 1 consists of a four person try out with a talent scout. And what did my brother sing you ask? Patrick Swayze - She's like the Wind. A stirring rendition I am sure because in his group of four he is the only person who moved forward.

Between round 1 and round 2 you do interviews for the cameras. They asked him, "Why will you be the next American Idol?" To which he quickly responded he wasn't sure he could be the next American Idol because he didn't having the dashing beauty of the Davids.

Round 2 he was before the producers of the show. You sing the three songs you prepared for the audition. His three songs - Patrick Swayze as mentioned above to express his romantic side, Styx - Renegade to express he could rock and "a haunting version" of Nirvana - Where Did You Sleep Last Night. After singing all three songs to the judges including both verses of She's like the Wind, it was a big hit, they handed him a list of five songs and asked him to pick one of the five songs to sing. He had 30 second to one minute to prepare. After immediately ruling out the Whitney Houston song - he says he struggled through Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get Together."

The round 2 judges thanked him, told him they loved his personality advised him take some voice lessons and audition again next year. I asked him, "Were you upset?" To which he replied, "Actually the first thought that went through my head was, 'Well, at least I won't have to do those stupid Ford bits."

Bless him for giving the judges some variety today. They said that in all eight years they'd never heard those three songs sang for an audition. And here's one for karma, as he left he got a call from the local radio station, his name had been pulled from the hat - he'd won the grand drawing and had a limo, dinner, front row seat prize for the Motley Crew concert tonight awaited him!