American Idol in San Diego: The only one to be idolized is Jennifer Lopez
Last night's episode of American Idol saw auditions in a vastly different location than usual: the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego, California. At points, the industrial and fly-over noise was a nuisance, but it didn't stop nearly all of the contestants who saw air time during the episode kiss Jennifer Lopez's booty. The first, Jayrah Gibson, 24, serenaded Lopez and her assets with a song he wrote in her honor. Sounding a bit like The-Dream, Gibson's original song, "Shake Your Money Maker," saw Lopez awkwardly acknowledged in a flatteringly pathetic, "Can I get your numbah?" sort of way.
There's only room for one idol in this city. It's Jennifer Lopez.
But Gibson wasn't the only one. Kyle Crews, a nineteen-year-old student at UC-Berkley, dedicated his surprisingly strong take on Monica's "Angel of Mine" to Lopez. And that was after Ryan Seacrest grilled the kid on his favorite part about J. Lo's body, to which Crews noted, her "voluptuous... lips."
Further shout-outs to Lopez's rump came from Ali Shields, nineteen. She booty-bounced twice during her audition -- once after rapping her way through Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now" and once at the end of the audition. Lopez, whose booty was once rumored to be insured for millions of dollars, didn't look like she appreciated competition.
Almost as awkward was Lopez response to being told that another contestant, Ashley Robles, 26, has a five-year-old daughter whose favorite song is "'On The Floor' by J.Lo" -- note that she even called her "J.Lo" during the audition. Upon hearing the kiss-assery, Lopez wasn't blushing or remotely flattered. In fact, Lopez looked nonplused, annoyed even. After all, how dare a contestant enjoy one of Lopez's dance-floor guilty pleasures.
Beyond the awkward exchange, Robles had a great audition. She may have been the first contestant in recent memory able to pull off "I Will Always Love You" during the auditions round.
Other strong performers during last night's auditions were Aubree Dieckmeyer, twenty, who sang a Michael Bublé track, and Jason "Wolf" Hamlin, 24, who sang both a Creedence Clearwater Revival track and a Johnny Cash classic.
We also got to see Jane Carrey, actor Jim Carrey's 24-year-old daughter, successfully make it through to Hollywood. Unfortunately, though, Jim Carrey never made an appearance during the show. No matter, there's only room for one celebrity on Idol these days. Hint: it ain't Seacrest, Steven Tyler or Randy Jackson.
Next Up: Wednesday's episode brings us footage of the one and only Magic Cyclops, along with the other callbacks from the Denver auditions in Aspen.
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