'American Idol' recap: Steel Planks

Well, that was a rather staid auditions hour. One and done! I always go into these episodes assuming we're in for all sorts of colorful, crazy, time-wasting crap, but I think the wackiest part of this one was Steven Tyler proudly displaying his "secret red box" (not a euphemism, surprisingly) and GIANT plate of fruit.

I also loved when Steven treated the kids to a singalong of "Pink" as Jennifer Lopez sauntered in late, ready for some play, wearing her own glorious abs as a belt. Where can I buy a belt like J. Lo's abs? Let me know if you have ideas.

Heejun Han, 22, set the tone for the episode. If anyone was going to be a trainwreck, it might be him -- swanning around backstage as if in a daze, claiming "Now I'm thinking I'm not good at all," marveling at Ryan Seacrest's fist-sized face but then shying away from a side-by-side comparison because "I don't think so, it's just too much." I very much enjoyed the Korean nonprofit organizer from Queens' perspective and laid-back energy, and the fact that he delivered a convincing rendition of a Michael Bolton classic makes him one of my early faves. Read More...



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