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American Idol Review: Stories and Dreams

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On American Idol's first time in Portland, the show opened with the handy, dandy Contestant Cam. My friends tell me I shouldn't be as annoyed by this gimmick as I am, but it gives screen time to people I'll never see again and I'd rather watch more of the contestants who are going to Hollywood. Anyway, enough about that.

Ryan said that everyone in Portland has a story and a dream and that was clearly the theme of tonight's show. Here are the highlights:

  • Romeo Diahn on American Idol
  • Britnee Kellogg on American Idol

"Tripster the Hipster," aka Brittany Zika, made an unforgettable entrance which prompted Steven to quip, punnily, "Did you fall for me"? Oh, Steven! Brittany told us the story of the time she sang a duet with Sara Bareilles and how that experience was her motivation for auditioning. She nearly yodeled which makes me think she should be singing Jewel. However, she had a decent voice and is welcome to keep on singing, but until she gets a better bra, she needs to refrain from dancing. We'll see her in Hollywood.

Ben Purdom made his way onto my TV screen for being good at blowing his nose, apparently. It certainly wasn't because he could sing. Dream crushed.

Jermaine Jones is a church singer who was born to sing (and born singing) according to his mama. Apparently Mama does know best. While I was only somewhat impressed and wish he'd chosen a different song (Barry White could totally be his wheelhouse), the judges loved him and handed him a Golden Ticket for his gentle spirit and soulful voice.

Mom of two, Britnee Kellogg, who looks a little like Miss Britany herself, opened with the tearful story of giving up her dream to help her ex-husband pursue his only for him to cheat on her. She sang, quite fittingly, "You're No Good." J.Lo added a backing track to Brittnee's audition and said "I am FEELING YOU right now!" Makes you wonder what was behind the J.Lo/Skeletor split, doesn't it? Britnee asked J.Lo how she does it being a mom and J.Lo said she never leaves her kids behind. Britnee's going to Hollywood and taking her two sons with her.

Sam Gershman is a "motivational dancer," whatever that is. Her audition was all kinds of trainwreck. They mistakenly said her last name was "Gershwin" when she walked in, prompting her to crack a joke about how her Dad's name was Ira. No one laughed. Steven cracked wise no less than three times about her boobs and said she would make a good Easter bunny, to which she replied she was Jewish. AWK-WARD.

David Weed. Auditioning in Oregon. His last name is weed. In Oregon. Steven said it's a wonder no one's nicknamed him Smoky. The possibilities for jokes are endless with this one. But we only have one hour and he didn't make it to Hollywood so, moving on...

Liberian refugee Romeo Diahn told the cameras that while in the camps waiting to come to the United States, he saw so many people perish he never thought he and his family would make it. That while in the camps he sang for his life. He went with Bob Marley's "Is This Love." Steven loved his heart. J.Lo was worried about where his unique vibe would fit into the competition. All three voted yes and gave him a Golden Ticket. Good move, judges. Good move.

Naomi Gillies got gutsy and sang Aerosmith's "Cryin'." No one sings Steven like Steven and most people just shouldn't try it. Ever. I was unimpressed. The judges, however, were impressed and their votes are the ones that count right now. She's going to Hollywood.

"Adorable" (not) Ben Harrison was, well, I'm not sure "hyper" is quite a strong enough word to cover it. He sang Queen's "Somebody to Love." He tried to hit a note so high I'm surprised my dog didn't start barking. The judges did not love him. I didn't either. But hey, at least he didn't puke or pee his pants, right? He's not going to Hollywood, but his parents got him some pizza.

Jessica Phillips had to give up her dream of pursuing a career in music when she unexpectedly became caretaker to her boyfriend of five years after he suffered a massive stroke. While her voice wasn't the strongest of the night, her heart might've been. If for no other reason than because she's given up a lot of her life to help with his rehabilitation and deserves this chance, we'll see her in Hollywood.

Stories were told tonight and dreams are being realized for the 45 contestants who made it through to Hollywood. Ryan and Co. should've stopped in Portland a little sooner because it's quite the talented place. From tonight's episode, Britnee Kellogg's going on my "One to Watch" list for Hollywood. What'd you think of Portland? Who's going on your list?

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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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Anyone know what track was played during the run up to the very last girl contestant in Portland. Male voice with
piano accompanying, brilliant but must know what it was! Thanks to anyone who can help!

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What is the song played before To Build a Home" by The Cinematic Orchestra ??

Miranda wicker

Hey y'all! Jessica Phillips sang "Again" by Faith Evans, but the song played during her audition story was "To Build a Home" by The Cinematic Orchestra. Here's a link to the video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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The mom of two she will make the botten 10 go girl sing for me and the rest of the world u are a blessing keep ur head up and never look back u shud make a family afair never leave them behind include them in evrything we will like ur voice mo matter if ur singing the kuds to sleep or singing to us

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Yes!! The song that played when jessica Philips was telling her story, I've heard it before but I don't remember what it is... Please help! In sure you can find it on YouTube and if I recognize it please tell me @ therosecaptainn.tumblr.com

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What is the song played in Jessica Phillips video? I can't find it and I really liked it!!! Any help??!?

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I follow you on twitter (@_TheLouLou) and I LOVE READING YOUR TWEETS about #idolsnark. I always agree with you! The girl who sang Steven's song, should have sang something different because she has a decent voice. And I'm actually not crazy about the last girl, it's an amazing story but I feel like she was just okay.