First up at the second night of San Francisco auditions was 16-year-old Johnny Maxwell from Castro Valley, CA, who hit the stage with a lot of energy and confidence. "That's an entrance," mused Simon. The teen then took a chance in performing one of his original songs, a moving hip-hop song with a killer rap, "All These People," which he said was about not letting negativity get in the way of your dream.
Well, nothing got in the way of this being one amazing performance which had L.A. Reid bobbing his head from the get-go and singing the lyrics by mid-song. "You took a great risk doing an original song, but you are exactly what we need," said L.A. "You have swag," smiled Demi Lovato, who also called him "cute." Added Simon Cowell, "Well, that's what called giving it 100%" Indeed.
Jason Brock, a 34-year-old divo trapped in the body of a tech support representative from San Francisco, was the next lucky guy to make it through to Boot Camp. He raised many eyebrows pre-audition with his confidence and flamboyant ways, but once he hit that stage, that bravado was completely justified. But before he could freak out the judges with a surprisingly amazing performance of Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind," he freaked them out with a little story about where he sees his career. He painted the picture of walking out on a dark stage with smoky lights as two dancers descend from the ceiling on either side of him and his platform rises and then, and this we quote, "the dancers will jump up with a big glitter explosion!"
"Okay, back to Planet Earth," Simon said, raining on Jason's parade. But, Simon didn't keep that snarky tone for long as Jason's larger-than-life performance turned the judges into believers. "Suddenly we were at YOUR concert. You love music and it shows I loved the audition," Simon said. "I thought it was magnificento," said Britney. "You sparkle and you ooze of joy when you're singing. It makes me want to fall in love with you," said Demi. But the biggest compliment of all came from L.A. who gushed, "You are completely flawless. Your voice is as song's best friend."
Though his performance was very unassuming, it wasn't exactly the most unassuming of the night. That honor might go to 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar from Westchester, NY, who seemed like the typical sweet little girl next door until she gave Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" a whirl at her Providence audition and out came the voice of a tortured, seasoned singer. All four judges gave her a standing ovation.
"Wow, miss thang. You are a little diva! You were unbelievable," said Britney. "Honey, you may be 13, but your soul is old," said L.A. Simon joked, "That's not you singing. Somebody is behind you, behind the screen, singing that song." She sweetly answered, "I promise! I promise!" to assure him it was her. Awwww.
Well, those were our three lucky ones tonight. Now onto the not-so-lucky. Poor Patrick Ford, a 20-year-old cashier at the Providence auditions. He is Britney's biggest fan. Seriously. Biggest. Fan. Ever. He creeped us all out by showing up with roses for her, saying things like, "I think she might be my sister," and then destroying her song "Circus" right before her frightened pretty eyes. "It was like you had an argument with Britney Spears, got drunk, and decided to scream the song at her," said Simon. Mr. No. 1 Fan said that could never happen because he would never argue with Britney. And, with that, he tipped the creepy scale to 11!
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