Lil Rounds, Casey Carlson Lead Second Night of American Idol Auditions

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While the opening night of American Idol was dominated by Katrina Darrell and her bikini, the second installment of season eight auditions revealed a few contenders.

Foremost among them? Lil Rounds, a singer Randy Jackson referred to as a mixture of Fantasia and Mary J. Blige. Wow. Should we just hand her the trophy right now?

Here's a look at the five contestants that impressed us the most last night:

  • Ashley Anderson: From Clarksburg, NJ; sang “Footprints in the Sand “ by Leona Lewis 
  • Casey Carlson: From Minneapolis, MN; sang “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton 
  • Asa Barnes: From Kansas City, MO; sang  “The Way You Make Me Feel” By Michael Jackson 
  • Von Smith: From Greenwood, MO sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” 
  • Lil Rounds: From Memphis, TN; sang “All I Do” by Stevie Wonder

Von Smith, left, was all business last night; while bikini photos of contestant Casey Carlson have already surfaced online. Might one of these be the next American Idol?

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]