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near the end of the show we will all look back at these auditions threads to see if we were anywhere near right on our guesses :)

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vanessa awful for me i dont see what judges saw in her megan 2.0 well i guess that was it :( authentic here we go again......

seem a lot singers got advance just because they filled country music quota didnt matter if they were good or bad

i hate country music

Skiiiii bo ski glad he made it through because i know he will bring drama in hollywood round, he was a better singer then i expected but a bit too full of himself

bryan very very good i figure he would be good but not that good. he had good vocal control

fav of night bryan by far none of girls really impressive me in atlanta

atlanta from what was shown was weak boston was better talent wise

hate that show ended with a bad singer well two bad singers

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I dont like it when they audition together and one doesnt make it...how can you feel excited about going thru

LOL the old guy was crazy.....LOVED HIM!!!!

"Pants on the ground, Pants on the ground"

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Vanessa will never make it past Hollywood week. But I'm glad she's getting to ride on an "aer-o-plane". She's too old-fashioned country.

No one wow'ed me last night. I guess I'd have to say Mallory was my favorite.

I hated the "Pants on the Ground" guy. I fear I'll be hearing a lot more of this.

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Vanessa us the girl from Tenessee who likes jumping off of bridges. I don't remember the "cereal" comment you mentioned, but I wouldn't be surprised if she said it.

Yeah, I doubt if she will make it past Hollywood. If she DOES somehow make it to the top 12 or whatever, she's going to have a tough time breaking from her country roots.

The reason I liked Mallory was she took a Joplin song but didn't try and sing it like Janis did. That's what the judges are looking for in the late rounds. Also she was pretty cute.

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I hated the "Pants on the Ground" guy. I fear I'll be hearing a lot more of this.

no doubt he will be at finale

pants on the ground is trending on twitter

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'American Idol': Atlanta not hot, but Mallorie Haley and Bryan Walker wow

By Andrea Reiher

January 13, 2010 6:40 PM

Hotlanta? More like Notlanta on "American Idol" Wednesday (Jan. 13) night.

Did y'all see the junior high-age picture of Ryan Seacrest during the opening?!?! What a pudge muffin! I love it.

We kick it off with Dewone Robinson, who has some serious Motown roots. He sings an original song called "Lady, We're Not Together Anymore" and it's about as good as you'd expect a song called that to sound. The judges crack up over Dewone and we are treated to some more of his song on the Elevator of Sadness ride after his audition.

Keia Johnson, with her huge smile and curly hair, really brightens up the room. Mary J. comments that Keia won "Miss Congealiality" in a beauty contest. So she's the most Jello-like? Keia sings "My Heart Will Go On" and I much prefer her quiet singing to her big notes. She gets a little shouty for me. The judges think she can sing and she has a great personality, though Simon does say she can be a tad musical theater, but she's through all the way.

Good Montage. Mariam Lemnouni and Noel Reese show off their belting voices, while Tisha Holland gets soulful and is declared "best we've seen all day" by Kara. Well, then why didnt' we see her whole audition? Sheesh.

Now we have Jermaine Sellers, a boy who has been taking care of his mom, who has Spinal Bifida. He sings "What If God Was One of Us" and puts his own R&B twist on it, which is very cool. Kara goes bonkers over the version he did, Randy says best vocal they've seen yet (I wouldn't go that far), Mary J. loves his control and Simon just says, "Yes." Golden Ticket for Jermaine.

We now have Christy Marie Agronow, a perky little TV show host who sings "Love is a Battlefield." She not that good. There's talent in there but she picked a horrible song. Either way, it's just a way to get her face out there because she's on TV. Mary J. Blige looks like she wants to stab Christy with her pen. It's four nos for Christy.

Elevator of Sadness Montage. Mohawk, Cute Guy, Denise Richards, sad face, sad face, Lionel Ritchie from 1978, sad face, Kristen Stewart and her dance team entourage.

Vanessa Wolfe is the last audition of the day. She "jumps bridges," is from Tennessee and all of a sudden I'm hearing "It was the 3rd of June, another sleepy, dusty, delta day" in my head. Vanessa plays guitar and sings and feels trapped in her small town in Tennessee. Aw, I hope she makes it. She sings "Wagon Wheel" and while she sings a little through her nose, I like her voice. The judges like her authenticity and her country vibe, though Simon says she is very ill-prepared for this. Yes.

Vanessa is basically Kellie Pickler in need of a makeover. Her success gets Carrie Underwood's "So Small" as its theme music. Love you, Carrie!

After some excruciating "Idol" reenactments of Jesse Hamilton almost dying three times, he finally gets in front of the judges and totally chokes. Mary J. Blige loses her total s**t with laughter, it's hilarious. Jesse finally launches into "If Tomorrow Never Comes" and I have just one piece of advice -- try "America's Got Talent," you'll get $1 million and a Vegas show!

Holly Hardin the "human guitar" is next. She says people ask to "tune her guitar" and "string her." It's unclear as to whether she understands the double entendre. I take it back, Holly is this episode's Kellie Pickler. Vanessa's too smart to be Pickler. She sings "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man" and a big, beautiful alto voice comes out of this little girl with a high-pitched voice. Wow.

Mallorie Haley sings "Piece of My Heart" and she sounds A LOT like Carrie Underwood. She's also the first audition of the night I REALLY like (hey, it's no secret I love Carrie). But Mallorie can really sing. Mary says, "She could go to Hollywood" and that that was the best vocal. Mallorie is through unanimously.

Now we have Skii Bo Ski, whose real name is Antonio Wheeler and he sings "I Heard it Through the Grapevine." It was miles better than I was expecting. I figured that for a trainwreck, so it's nice to be surprised. Simon's put off by the attitude and thinks the singing was awful but Kara agrees with me -- he's better than the disaster you expect him to be. Mary, Kara and Randy's yay votes are enough and he's through.

We now have two annoying BFFs named Lauren and Carmen. Lauren Sanders sings... something, it doesn't matter, it's terrible. Carmen Turner sings "Where Is Your Heart." She's pretty good. The judges go yes to Carmen, no to Lauren. Simon says, "They either want to go up together or down in flames together." I think he should've left out "in flames together." Zing! So Carmen's going to Hollywood. Please someone grab a mop and take all that makeup off her first. Please. She looks like a hooker.

Bad Montage. Mary J. Blige gets the giggles again and one girl lacking MUCH self-awareness goes, "Should I stop?"

Bryan Walker, a small-town police officer, sings "Superstar" in the style of Ruben Studdard. Simon is weirdly absent. Anyway, Bryan has a nice voice and he's got the Michael Sarver-thing going on. The judges like him and he's through with three yesses.

Next up is a big Mary J. fan named Lamar who hurls his way through "Kiss From a Rose." It's terrifying. Why is this man screaming at me? He won't listen to the judges, he keeps bursting forth with "Kiss From a Rose" and then launches into "My Cherie Amore" and has to be escorted out by security while he shouts profanity. You stay classy, Lamar.

General Larry Platt ends Atlanta with a song called "Pants on the Ground" and that's about how I feel about how this night treated me. To his credit, Larry is freaking hysterical and sends everybody into huge laughs. Well done, Larry.

However... thanks for the (mostly) wasted 90 minutes, "Idol."

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What I hated about last night was all the carpet baggers who came to Atlanta to audition.

Fuskie

Who is Atlanta born and Atlanta dead and wishes all those outsiders would audition in their home states instead...

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The reason I liked Mallory was she took a Joplin song but didn't try and sing it like Janis did. That's what the judges are looking for in the late rounds. Also she was pretty cute.

Yeah, but what she did do was take a Joplin song that was covered by Faith Hill (country singer) and she sang the exact version that Faith Hill made HER own.

What I hated about last night was all the carpet baggers who came to Atlanta to audition.

Fuskie

Who is Atlanta born and Atlanta dead and wishes all those outsiders would audition in their home states instead...

But Idol doesn't GO to every state!

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Ohhh, my bad SugarB. I didn't know Faith Hill had redone that song. That happens a lot on AI. I remember the kid with dreadlocks who sang Over the Rainbow like that Izzy guy from Hawaii. Many people thought he did his own arrangement.

I still think Mallory or Mallorie? Is a good singer and very cute.

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From Mallorie's MySpace page:

Mallorie Geneice Haley hails from Winner, South Dakota. Knowing she wanted to be a singer at the tender age of three, she embarked on her career much later at the age of 5, according to her mom, singing the national anthem at a rodeo in South Dakota. Since then she has traveled frequently to sing at the NFR in Las Vegas, as well as the Porterfield Country Music Festival in Wisconsin. She sang the National Anthem at the Texas Rangers baseball games, and performed several times at the well known Johnnie High Music Review in Arlington, Texas and numerous music festivals throughout the Midwest. Mallorie has opened shows for Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Crystal Gayle, Chris Ledoux, Linda Davis, Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry, Pam Tillis, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley

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i didnt notice or remember much of mallorie

but it seem pretty much everyone here like her

i know for a fact a girl will win this year lol

what i see with idol the person usually with industry experience may go far but they never win

the underdog typically appeals more to america

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From Mallorie's MySpace page:

Mallorie Geneice Haley hails from Winner, South Dakota. Knowing she wanted to be a singer at the tender age of three, she embarked on her career much later at the age of 5, according to her mom, singing the national anthem at a rodeo in South Dakota. Since then she has traveled frequently to sing at the NFR in Las Vegas, as well as the Porterfield Country Music Festival in Wisconsin. She sang the National Anthem at the Texas Rangers baseball games, and performed several times at the well known Johnnie High Music Review in Arlington, Texas and numerous music festivals throughout the Midwest. Mallorie has opened shows for Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Crystal Gayle, Chris Ledoux, Linda Davis, Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry, Pam Tillis, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley

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Maybe she's "attracting attention" but not actually landing the recording deal. Plus, let's face it, national coverage is a whole lot better than only state or regional coverage!

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'American Idol's' Larry Platt marched with Martin Luther King before 'Pants on the Ground'

By Hanh Nguyen

January 18, 2010 11:21 AM

As you honor Martin Luther King, Jr., Monday, don't forget General Larry Platt.

During the Atlanta auditions of "American Idol," Platt became a viral sensation when he sang his original song, "Pants on the Ground."

But don't think that Platt is just any old kook who crashed the auditions: The General has a serious history as a crusader in the civil rights movement. In fact, as a teen Platt had marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and Hosea Williams in the 1960s, reports Access Atlanta.

Williams himself that gave Platt the nickname "General," an honorary title to indicate his importance in the civil rights movement, not a true military rank.

Not only that, but according to USA Today, the General was honored with his own holiday in Atlanta, Larry Platt Day, on Sept. 4, 2001 for giving "himself in service to the people of the City of Atlanta, the State of Georgia, and the nation...Larry Platt merits the highest recognition for his many valuable contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and his dedication to the struggle for equality and human rights."

Some of Platt's past civil rights activities include working with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Georgia, organizing sit-ins in the South and marching in the Bloody Sunday march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery.

The paper also points to this Civil Rights Movement photograph , claiming that the 16-year-old on the left side of the picture is a teenage Platt.

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