American Idol Blog: Familiar face turns up in Chicago

The Windy City didn’t blow in much talent on the third episode of American Idol Season Nine. It may be “My Kind of Town” but it wasn’t an Idol town, as only 13 golden tickets to Hollywood were given out.

Here is a recap of the night. Hopefully tonight’s episode from Orlando will bring us more potential.

AUDITION LOCATION:Chicago

GUEST JUDGE:Shania Twain: The country-crossover sensation spoke up often and even had some funny moments (see below).

CONTENDERS:

■ Angela Martin, 28, Chicago Ill. You might remember Martin. She auditioned for Season 7 and 8, and even made it to the top 50 last year but had to go home because of an arrest warrant for a traffic violation. She continued to wow the judges with great control of a perfectly picked Mary J. Blige tune.

BEST BACKSTORIES:

■ Paige Dechausse, 21, Morris, Ill. She battles asthma and almost died a few years ago from an attack. She then had her family and even Ryan Seacrest in tears after earning a golden ticket.

FUNNIEST MOMENT:

■ John Park, 20, North Brook, Ill. The college student surprised the judges with a deep smooth voice but he sent Twain over the deep end. She started out by saying “You were very pleasantly surprising.” But then she raised some eyebrows by adding “You have a beautiful bottom end and nice lips.” And if that wasn’t enough to make Simon Cowell blush, she told Park “You have a nice tone down there.”

OTHERS GOING TO HOLLYWOOD:

■ Katelyn Epperly, 19, West DeMoines, Iowa. The cute blonde impressed the judges with her version of Duffy’s “Sugar & Honey.” Twain said, “I think you have a voice that could sing a hit song.”

■ Charity Vance, 16, Little Rock, Arkanas; The daughter of hairdressers reminded me of a young Norah Jones.

■ Justin Ray, 20, Marysville, Indiana

■ Keith Semple, 27, Hanover Park, Ill.

■ Marcus Jones, 18, Gary. Ind.

TRAIN WRECKS AND FREAK SHOWS:

■ Amy Lang, 26, Weschester, Ohio. The waitress faked judges out by pretending to pass out at the start of the audition. She should have stayed right there because her audition was a bit over-the-top.

■ Harold Davis, 25, Chicago: The construction worker said he is tired of eating microwave dinners and wants to make it big so he can eat steak. Well let’s say Swanson doesn’t have to worry after Davis’ performance.

■ Curly Newborn, 25, Chicago: Sounded like a high-pitched train whistle and was the start of some pitchy singing.

■ Alannah Halbert, 19, Chicago: Even higher and almost as bad as Newborn.

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