The second round of semifinal auditions on season eight of American Idol were scheduled for last night.
Unfortunately, Barack Obama decided that a nationally televised address to Congress, regarding the dire economic situation, took precedent over Paula's latest antics and Ryan's latest immature jokes.
The delay has simply increased anticipation for tonight's performances. Here's a quick rundown of who will take the stage, along with the odds of America voting each singer through to the finals:
- Nick Mitchell (10-1): Sketch comedian that goes by the alter ego "Norman Gentle."
- Adam Lambert (6-1): Theatrical, controversial, over-the-top stage actor.
- Megan Corkrey (8-1): A font designer with a two-year old son named Ryder.
- Kris Allen (20-1): Student at the University of Central Arkansas, majoring in business and not having a lot of air time so far.
- Mishavonna Henson (12-1): 18 years old, California native, long first name.
- Matt Breitzke (15-1): Likable welder, but may have lost "average Joe" status/popularity to Michael Sarver.
- Kai Kalama (22-1): Plays guitar, ukulele, bass, piano and drums.
- Jasmine Murray (5-1): Only 16 years old, adorable, strong voice.
- Jesse Langseth (17-1): Dissed by Simon during the opening auditions; brother is Grammy Award-winner Johnny Lang.
- Matt Giraud (3-1): Michigan native is a dueling piano player and early fan favorite.
- Allison Iraheta (15-1): Junior high school student that has been signing since she was five.
- Jeanine Vailles (30-1): Not a second of air time yet this season.
Matt Giraud, Adam Lambert and Jasmine Murray have each received ample screen time in their run up to tonight's semifinal performances on American Idol.