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'American Idol' in Orlando: Glitter Man, Second Chance and Ex-Con

"American Idol" recovered from the minimum talents that Chicago offered yesterday, issuing 31 golden tickets in Orlando. Kristin Chenoweth who won an Emmy last year, assisted Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson at spotting the talents that range from a man who did not make it to Hollywood round once to an ex-con who just wants to put a smile on his family's face. But first of all, the show welcomed a very shiny man named Theo Glinton who wore long scarf and glitters on his face. He sang "Heartbreaker" but couldn't maintain the key so he did not qualify. The first 'yes' was given to Seth Rollins whose son is autistic. His rendition of "Someone to Watch Over Me" got the unanimous vote. Then there was Jermain Purifoy who did not make it the first time around in season 7. He sang "Smile" and Kristin thought it was pure. He got four yeses, the same amount that Shelby Dressel earned when she sang "Turn Me On". Shelby has an undeveloped facial nerve that makes her right side unable to move. On the second day in Chicago, Kristin had to leave so there were only three judges. One contestant displayed a painful audition, literally. Cornelius Edwards said he has some friends who dances for money, and he practiced one during his performance. His pants got ripped when he did a split but he went through anyway. Much worse audition came from Jarrod Norrell who sang a bad rendition of "Amazing Grace". He is the type of guy who couldn't take a no and then went on singing. He had to be escorted out by security and still he fought back. The best was saved for the last. Matt Lawrence is the guy whom Kara predicted will go to Top 12. When he was 15, he robbed a bank using BB gun. As a result he was in jail for four years and that's when he realized that he had let his family down. Singing "Trouble", Matt not only was given the golden ticket but also "brilliant" from Simon. "Easiest yes I've said today," Simon said. Next week, "American Idol" scouts talent from Los Angeles with Katy Perry. Source & Video

Tonight's 'American Idol' Auditions: Kristin Chenoweth in Orlando

I wasn't that surprised when I read that last night's auditions in Chicago only resulted in thirteen tickets to American Idol's Hollywood round. Think about it: how many good singers did you spot last night? That said, I'm a bit dismayed that there were only thirteen golden tickets last night--a testament, perhaps, to the unpopularity of accordions and what Randy called "musical boobs". Fingers crossed, then, that we see more big talent in Orlando. It's only the second time Idol rolls around that city--it seems to prefer Miami more--although season 4 runner-up Bo Bice started his stint on the show after passing auditions there. And I think he's the only one from that batch of try-outs who made it quite far. Tonight's guest judge is a certain Kristin Chenoweth, the woman behind three modestly successful albums. Her debut, Let Yourself Go, was released in 2001, and featured her take on several jazz standards. Her follow-up, 2004's As I Am, was a collection of Christian songs. Just two years ago her Christmas album hit number 77 on the Billboard albums chart. But of course that's not all she did. You must've seen her on television. Yep, she did win an Emmy last year for her role on the cancelled and still-lamented Pushing Daisies. She also showed up on The West Wing's final season. If you've seen Sit Down Shut Up, you must've recognized her voice. And Glee-starved gleeks know her as Mr. Shue's crush back in high school, April Rhodes. But Chenoweth, of course, is best known for her stage career. She's been singing from childhood, and has a reputation for hitting all those high notes despite being under five feet tall. The one-time beauty queen kicked off her Broadway career in 1997, building a name for herself in productions of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and The Apple Tree--and, of course, Wicked, that popular musical which earned her a Tony nomination, one that she would lose to her co-star Idina Menzel. In case you're in New York this April, you might want to catch her on the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises. If you're auditioning in Orlando, please, do not get intimidated. I think Kristin is a very nice fella. Oh, wait, the auditions are already over. My bad. Let's just see whether we'll see more good talent this time around. Again, fingers crossed... Source Here