American Idol Premiere: Boston! Bawling! Beckham!

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The first few episodes of American Idol are typically an exercise in patience and predictions.

Viewers must sit through an endless stream of pathetic auditions - some amusing, most annoying - in order to hear that one voice and/or see that one face that could truly become the next American Idol.

Did we meet him or her on last night's season nine premiere? It's possible, although only 32 golden tickets to Hollywood were handed out.

In between the crying, screaming and mannequin-like presence of Victoria Beckham in Boston, the following contestants stood out. Keep these names in mind. One of them could be the next Adam Lambert...

Maddy Curtis: 16 years old, sung “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. The ninth of 12 (!!!) chldren, she has two brothers with Down Syndrome and seemed awfully mature for her age. Simon made us chuckle by saying she's actually not an annoying teenager.

Boston Hopefuls

Amadeo Diricco: 28 years old, a classic Italian from Providence. Outsized personality will make for entertaining TV if he sticks around. Sung “Hoochy Coochie Man” by Muddy Waters.

Tyler Grady: A 19-year old drummer stood out for thre reasons. First, he broke both wrists when he fell out of a tree. Second, he had a smooth voice. Third, Kara appeared to want to jump him right on the table.

Katie Stevens: The best voice? No. The best story? Yes, on this night. Just 16 years old, sung “At Last” by Etta James and is very close to her grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s and only speaks Portuguese. The phone call between these two caused Ryan's eyes to tear up after Katie received her ticket to Hollywood.

Justin Williams: Also a great personal story, but we heard it last season when he advanced to Hollywood (and was part of the “White Chocolate” group with Kris Allen and Matt Giraud). A cancer survivor that has undergone multiple surgeries.

Leah Laurenti: A 22-year old from Medford, New York with a powerful voice. Grew emotional as she talked about her upbringing, dreams and religious family's quasi ban on secular music.

WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE CONTESTANT?

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Last nights show with that one girl from Billerica Ma. that declared she had a great voice, was excited to let you hear it etc. now has to deal with the total humiliation of the total outcome that did not stop at just her voice. It wasn't bad enough she had to feel badly about not making it with her voice but got a 10 with her body. Now as she left the stage with basically a walk that pretty much stated "Kiss my Ass" and that music started to play like she was some sort of hooker or stripper was sooo unappropriate and then a lewde remark had to follow. So what she had a nice body, they still had no right to play that striptease music and make any kind of comments. Now think of how this young lady is going to feel when she sees this!
I hope she sues for sexual harassment to be honest, it was just outrageous.

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Maddy has 4 brothers with down syndrome. 1 is related by blood, 3 are adopted.

Levi1132

February 9.

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Katie.
I want to know when Ellen will be on the show - tell me that!

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]