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We all know the initial few episodes of American Idol typically provide us with more flops than favorites.

Take Paul Martarano last night, for example, who wrote an unnamed love song for Paula Abdul that went something like this: I broke into her house when she wasn’t there/Took off all my clothes and tried on her underwear…

Still, a few singers did stand out from the Philadelphia round of auditions. Here are a few names of contestants headed for Hollywood. You never know, one of these might become the next Carrie Underwood…

  • Kristy Lee Cook (pictured)
  • Junot Joyner
  • Angela Martin (whose daughter was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome)
  • Chris Watson (whose lost over 200 pounds; this is the Mike Huckabee of the group)
  • Melanie Nyema
  • Jose Candelaria

Here’s a video of Joyner’s audition. Take a look at the wink he receives from Simon Cowell at the end. We wonder what that means: