Top 5 People To Watch from the San Diego auditions:
Jane Carrey, 24. If Ace Ventura’s daughter displays a somewhat laid back attitude about her famous father, there’s a good reason. “He’s not the most extravagant celebrity, so it’s been fairly normal,” Jane says during her intro. “It is difficult growing up in the shadow of something and trying to find your place in the world underneath this huge shadow.” At any rate, Jane found her way to Idol, where J.Lo immediately is thrown for a loop. “Do you remember me? I was one of the fly girls,” the onetime In Living Color dancer and Jim Carrey co-star asks. Jane’s reply: “I think I was like 2.” Aaanyway, Jane sings Bonnie Raitt’s “Something To Talk About”, and she’s just alright. The judges see her potential — and likely her ability to up the curiosity factor among viewers — and thus send her through to her hometown of Hollywood.
Ali Shields, 19. Another hopeful who is no stranger to the spotlight at this point is Lodi, California native Ali Shields. Her claim to fame is that she wrote a song for Ellen DeGeneres, which led to the daytime talk show host/former Idol judge calling Ali up on stage and assigning her the gig of doing red carpet interviews at the American Music Awards in 2010 — where she landed her first kiss with Mike Posner. And her second kiss with Usher. And her third kiss with… where were we? Oh, right — Ali’s rap audition. The Femcee spits out Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” for the judges and then, upon request from Randy, does some “ghetto dancing”. Classy. Let’s just say her booty-shakin’ is better than her singing on Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Like A Star”. Still, she manages to get a golden ticket. (Personality, it seems, does go a long way.)
Ashley Robles, 26. We’re absolutely smitten with this single mom/insurance account manager/DJ. And, in our minds, she gives the best audition by belting out — not to mention absolutely nailing — Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You”. Super cute daughter, too.
Kyle Crews, 19. This blond-haired California native has “a tendency to serenade every pretty girl” he sees at his UC Berkley frat house. Awww. What a charmer. He even flirts with judge Jennifer by dedicating his audition song, Monica’s “Angel Of Mine”, to her. Turns out he’s got the pipes to back up his Casanova ways. (Kyle, you really have got to lose that flannel shirt, though.) “Best male voice we’ve heard yet,” Steven Tyler announces. Do you agree?
Jason “Wolf” Hamlin, 24. The final one we see auditioning in San Diego is golf course mechanic Jason Hamlin, aka Wolf. The burly dude tells Ryan that many of his female friends want him to plant a kiss on the Idol host. Despite this, he declines from doing so… until after his audition. Speaking of which, Wolf sings two songs — Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Midnight Special” and Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”, the latter on which he plays a guitar his father, who died two years ago, made. Jason is just okay, to be honest. He’s kind of screamy on the Johnny Cash tune, but again, it’s personality that wins the judges over.
Finally Seacrest gets that kiss on the cheek. “Thank you for channeling the ladies,” he mutters to Wolf. And with that, Idol is off to see what talent Colorado has in store for Wednesday’s upcoming episode.