Were the American Idol Judges Too Mean in Chicago?
Tuesday’s American Idol episode brought Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Shania Twain to Chicago for the third night of auditions. While they only handed out 13 golden tickets out of 12,000 hopefuls, was show was pretty routine — the judges praised the best singers and snickered or questioned the authenticity of others with less talent. Amy Lang, a 26-year-old waitress from Westchester, Ohio, began her audition with a sudden (fake) faint. The judges didn’t give her much of a chance after that but, then again, she wasn’t very good. But were the judges too mean? What do you think of how they treated Amy — and four other contestants — in the Chicago auditions?
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Despite being very polite — and keeping a straight face — Brian Krause, a 27-year-old substitute teacher from Pittsburgh, could hardly convince the judges that his Tiny Tim impression was not a joke.
Alannah Halbert, a 19-year-old bookstore clerk, attempted “I Will Always Love You” and Shania and Kara even tried to coach her, but she left confused and without a golden ticket.
Chicago resident Curley Newbern, 26, sang a song by Maxwell. But his high-pitched voice only made the judges laugh.
Chicago construction worker Harold Davis, 25, had big hopes of making it to Hollywood but he left the audition room in tears.