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23.57: All in all, 53 people have progressed to the next round from the San Diego auditions. "A great day, an amazing day," J-Lo says.
See you on Wednesday (January 25), when my colleague Jennifer will be live blogging the next round of American Idol auditions from Aspen, Colorado. Thanks for bearing with us through the football delays - goodnight!
23.51: Jason Hamlin - better known as 'Wolf' - is a mechanic on a golf course, of all places. He shows off his "git fiddle" (a guitar) to Ryan. The instrument was made for him by his late father, who died in February 2010.
"By the way, every female friend of mine - when I told them I was coming here - said I had to give you a kiss. But I'm not actually going to do it," he tells Ryan.
He sings a bluesy rendition of 'Midnight Special' by Creedence Clearwater Revival for the judges. It's pleasant enough, if not remarkable. The panel aren't totally convinced, and Steven wants to hear something else.
"Can I play my git fiddle?" Wolf asks, to which Steven replies "I'd say 'Hell, yeah!'" and Wolf belts out a blinding rendition of Johnny Cash's 'Folsom Prison Blues'. He's through to Hollywood. "I like him," Randy muses, as the Wolfman goes postal in front of the Idol backdrop after his audition, stopping to calmly fix it when it splits along the seam. And Ryan gets his kiss on the cheek as a thank you.
23.48: Another montage which mainly consists of screaming girls getting golden tickets. As was the case in Pittsburgh, the hit rate in San Diego has been impressively high - at least from the auditions we've seen on television, anyway.
23.44: Jane is 24 years old, and works as a waitress. "I'm a huge ham, I always liked to be on stage," she says in her pre-audition tape. She has an unusual story - her father is comedian Jim Carrey, and she says that it has been hard trying to find her own identity. Jane admits that her last name helps her on occasion, but it also brings extra pressure as she constantly fears that people will say she only succeeds because of her father's name.
"I remember you when you were little!" says Jennifer. "I was one of the Fly Girls!" Jane sings 'Something to Talk About', and it's okay. J-Lo gives her some tips on making the most of her "pretty" voice by investing more in the performance, and Steven wants her to project more - but it's a trio of "yes" votes and Jane is off to Hollywood. She rings her dad, who's delighted. "She's so wonderful, she's amazing," proud Jim says. "This is going to be an exciting year!"
23.41: Poor Joanne Childers is drowned out during her audition by an excessively loud ship's horn, and she's not the only one. Planes and ship's horns interfere with a number of auditions, and the incessant honking starts to become a little irritating.
"Normally we have to go to great lengths to censor Steven during the auditions, but here on the USS Midway, the job is done for us," Ryan says ever-so-sincerely, as we see the Aerosmith frontman's strong language bleeped out by all manner of motorised vehicles.
23.33: We've entered day two of auditions on the USS Midway. "I can't wait to hear 40 people sing the same Adele song for 6 [bleep] hours," declares Steven - Idol's censor is so on the money that I couldn't tell you what the offending word was. 'Whole'? 'Entire'? I suspect neither of those words.
Our next auditionee is 19-year-old Kyle Cruise, who is studying full-time at the University of California, Berkeley. Apparently, Kyle has a tendency to serenade every girl he sees, and his frat brother confidently declares that he is a "ladies' man". Man alive. Before auditioning, he confesses to Ryan that he can't stop thinking of Jennifer Lopez's voluptuous lips. I think I know where this is going.
Anyway, Kyle dedicates his surprisingly good rendition of 'Angel of Mine' to J-Lo. "The best male voice we've heard yet!" says Steven, who does later add that he's going to have to "lose that shirt". Don't worry, he means a style makeover, of course. Kyle can't believe the praise he's getting from all three judges, and the ladies' man looks like he might be getting a bit teary as he thanks the panel. All three judges vote "yes", and Kyle's off to Hollywood.
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23.26: 19-year-old Ali Shields wrote a song saying how much she wanted to meet Ellen DeGeneres in a (successful) bid to get on her show, and we see excitable clips of her on Ellen and backstage at the 2010 American Music Awards, where she gets pecks on the lips from Usher and Mike Posner. Ryan then appears to set Ali up for a kiss with a random crew member for his own amusement, before giving her a hug himself.
"I really like you!" Ali gushes at Steven, who's loving it, naturally. She launches into a half-sung, half-spoken rap - and while it's not my cup of tea, the judges like it. As they make the decisions about these things and not me, she's off to Hollywood, grooving on the top deck of the Midway with her friends to celebrate. "Steven, I'm here for good, and I'm gonna kiss you, and you're gonna like it," she declares confidently afterwards. Ooh-er.
23.19: "Our SoCal auditions are cruisin'," Ryan tells viewers. Oh, Ryan. I love a good seafaring pun, I do, and there's still 40 minutes of this show to go.
Receptionist Aubree Dieckmeyer is supported by her family, and accidentally says that the thought of becoming America's Next Top Model fills her with inspiration. Oh dear. She wants to be a model, which, combined with her confusion over which TV show she appears to be auditioning for, gives me all manner of preconceptions.
Anyway, Aubree's rendition of 'Feeling Good' is actually rather nice. Maybe all that Top Model stuff was an elaborate double bluff. "I love all the sweet parts in your voice, it's really really good," says Jennifer, who thinks she's gorgeous. Randy says that Aubrey could work on her upper range, but the talent is there. I'm inclined to agree with his thoughts, but she's off to Hollywood with 'yes' votes from all three judges regardless.
23.15: Happy Hollywood montage o'clock, including a very tall young man smacking his head on the ceiling before declaring: "We're on an aircraft carrier" in a slightly dazed manner, waving his golden ticket - which is actually yellow - around.
23.12: Jayrah Gibson says that he has no "B plan", because he wants to concentrate on his life goal of becoming the next American Idol. He's positively effervescent as he faces the judges, a bit like a kid on his first school trip. There's some cute banter with Randy and I can't keep up. I must be getting old.
He delivers a soulful rendition of Musiq Soulchild's 'Just Friends' that has the judges bopping in time just bars in. "Listen, I thought you were mad, mad good, dude," says Randy. He thinks Jayrah is "ready to make records". Steven says that his performance was "the whole ball of wax", whatever on earth that means, and J-Lo is looking forward to hearing Jayrah sing more melodic numbers. Presumably, we will see him doing just that in Hollywood, as he is sent through by all three judges.
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23.07: It's midday on the first day of auditions in San Diego, and Steven's reading out a bawdy poem which is partially bleeped out, then cut off in its prime. Our next auditionee, single mum Ashley Robles, is a local girl who works in insurance accounts and has a second job as a DJ. She's working to support her adorable 5-year-old daughter, who tells Ryan Seacrest that she's going to be a backing dancer for her mum when she grows up.
Ashley is singing Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' and she's got a good pair of lungs on her, I'll give her that. Really nice phrasing, and she doesn't miss a note. J-Lo is staring intently, and Steven nods approvingly. Randy chuckles to himself. "That's how you audition, right? Where've you been all this time?" he says. "You've got a great voice there - natural."
"Ashley Robles, you're gonna be big!" Steven declares enthusiastically, and it's a ticket to Hollywood for Ashley from all three judges. There's a lot of screaming from Ashley and her buddies. Her daughter is running around with her hands over her ears in a rather theatrical manner, but it's kind of cute and she's understandably delighted for her mum.
23.02: The judges are even flabbergasted by the boat at first sight. Steven Tyler's in his element, donning a pair of old-school aviator goggles and matching cap.
Our first hopeful - 19-year-old Jennifer Diley - is dressed in a stars and stripes-themed bikini top and very very tiny shorts, and modestly declares: "I am just all-American, look at me... perfect!" She sings 'With Me' by Jessica Simpson and it's okay... but the judges aren't feeling it.
Steven thinks that Jennifer's voice "lacks the oomph" that her outfit has. "Come in dressed like that, you've got to blow us away," says Randy Jackson, while Jennifer Lopez adds that a contestant's voice still has to be up to scratch if they're to progress to the next round. She pleads to sing 'Hero' by Mariah Carey, and gives us a few bars, but it's a firm 'no' from our panel.
23.00: Good evening! Did we think that football game was ever going to end? I honestly didn't. Anyhow, the New York Giants are going to be facing the New England Patriots in next month's Super Bowl, and order has now been restored as the latest round of Idol auditions gets underway. And it's a good one - they're on a boat. And not just any boat - it's the USS Midway. Oh my life.