Original Air Date: Jan 26, 2012
Patricia Morris Buckley — Sr. Staff Writer
This was the first time I’ve heard the producers admit that the mass auditions are one place (Houston) and the auditions in front of the judges are in another (Galveston). Now if they would just admit on air that these auditions take place months apart… but who am I kidding?
I’m just so happy that finally this season we met a singer who really has the potential to win. The great part is that loyal viewers have met her before. I remember five years ago a 16-year-old country girl named Baylie Brown came in and swept the judges away. She was already marked a favorite before Hollywood. But in the group number, she forgot her words and got the boot (that was back when they really enforced that rule, unlike last year when people made up the lyrics and still got through).
Baylie is not only a looker, but she has a rich, soulful voice that has marinated in flavor over of the last five years. She’s already my favorite to win.
And what do you know? Right behind here came another singer who has great potential. I didn’t have much hope for 18-year-old Kristina Osorio, who was auditioning for the first and last time. She spent the loan she took for a divorce on a ticket, which sounded like a fool’s errand — until she started to sing. She’s got a rocker’s edge and raspiness along with a voice that can handle ballads as well.
But we paid a price for these two with a lot more crazies. I didn’t like how the show made fun of Phong Vu, who appears to have a mental disability. Or Alejandro Cazaros, who was egged on by the producers to yell about starting a “revolution,” only to get a well deserved “no.”
The judges also argued a lot over which singers to send on, something we rarely see with these three. I agreed with JLo that Reagan Wilson had something good about her voice, but the two male judges said no, then said yes to a weak-voiced Linda Williams.
The last singer had an amazing backstory — Ramiro Garcia was born without ears. But many surgeries later, he not only defied the doctors by learning to talk, but he also sings fairly well. I don’t think the judges would have gone so nuts over him without his history because his voice is good, but not great. But he might make it to the final 24. We’ll see.
They handed out 54 tickets in all. Next up, Portland.
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