‘American Idol’ Aspen Auditions: ‘Fearless’ Bipolar Contestant Captures Hearts

By ABC News

Jan 26, 2012 12:59am

“American Idol” auditions continued Wednesday in Aspen, Colo. Judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler braved the colder temperatures looking for singers to send on to Hollywood. Here’s what they found:

The Good

Hyperactive music teacher Jenni was nervous to sing to Steven, who was on the list of celebrities her boyfriend would allow her to kiss. Ryan Seacrest was on the list of people Jenni’s boyfriend wanted to kiss, but unfortunately he wasn’t at the audition. She tried out with a commanding performance of Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker.” Randy said it was wild and crazy. Jenni is headed to Hollywood, and she ended up getting her coveted kiss from Steven.

Curtis has been playing music since childhood, and he chose Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” for his audition. Randy loved the song selection, and Jennifer thought he was good looking with a great voice. Steven called Curtis a major talent, and he’s on to the next round.

Eighteen-year-old Haley lives in a log cabin and holds down three jobs to make ends meet. She tried out with “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus & Chaka Khan and impressed the judges with her powerful, interesting delivery of the R&B classic. Randy liked her flower child spin on the song, and Steven loved her voice. Haley’s going to Hollywood.

Shelby from Minnesota is dealing with a recent bipolar disorder diagnosis and a lifelong battle with depression. She says “American Idol” gives her a reason to stay on her medication. Shelby tried out with “Idol” champion Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home,” and Jennifer said it brought tears to her eyes. Randy thought Shelby was fearless as a singer, and she got a big yes from all the judges.

Jairon wrote a new song for his “American Idol” audition called “So Hard,” and it really showed off his silky voice. Jennifer said Jairon was a lover, and Randy said he was ready for the charts. Jairon walked out with a golden ticket.

Purple-haired Angie says people sometimes call her Lady Gaga when she walks down the street. She hopes to one day become friends with Gaga and perform with her. Angie also hopes to be the first “vintage, glitter queen” to win “Idol.” She tried out with a really over-the-top performance of “When You Got It, Flaunt It” from the Broadway musical, “The Producers.” At one point, Angie dropped to her knees and hit the floor to deliver the line, “Show the boys your birthday suit.” Randy didn’t like that Angie did a show tune, so she agreed to sing a second song — Linda Ronstadt’s version of “Blue Bayou.” Randy said that performance changed his mind about her, and the other judges agreed to send Angie on to Hollywood.

The Bad

Nineteen-year-old Tealana sang with her talented, twin sister for years, but now she’s trying to step out of her sister’s shadow for the Idol audition. Tealana’s audition with Melissa Etheridge’s “Bring Me Some Water” was so bad Jennifer whispered to Steven that she’d kill him if he asked Tealana to sing a second song. Randy thought Tealana was funny, and Steven suggested she record her voice and actually listen to it. She didn’t make it to Hollywood.

Alanna works at a bar and restaurant where they actually serve Rocky Mountain oysters, more commonly known a bull testes. She kept it down home by trying out with Dolly Parton’s ’70s hit “Jolene,” and it’s safe to say Alanna won’t be leaving the Rocky Mountain oysters behind anytime soon. Steven said she was all over the place with the melody, and Randy simply said, “It was terrible.”

Are You Kidding?

A guy dressed in a patriotic outfit who called himself Magic Cyclops gave the final audition of the night. He claimed to come from Davenport, Iowa, but had to leave town because of running up riverboat gambling debts there. Cyclops wore a bandana with “Magic” written on it and said no one talked to him because he was frightening and looked homeless. Magic also claimed to have 11,000 air guitars and blamed his British accent on watching a lot of BBC programming on PBS as a kid.

Magic let the judges decide whether he’d perform a song by Neil Diamond or Jimmy Buffett, who he called “James Buffet.” The judges chose Neil Diamond’s “Cracklin’ Rosie,” and then he went into “Margaritaville” at Jennifer’s request. Both performances were atrocious, and Randy actually excused himself to go to the bathroom saying the whole thing was a joke. That’s when Magic blew confetti out of his backside. The explosion led Jennifer and Steven to curse, and the whole Magic fiasco ended the show on a really odd, unfunny note.

Thirty-one singers from Aspen are going on to Hollywood. “American Idol” returns Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on Fox with auditions from Houston.

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