American Idol Auditions: Kristy Lee Cook and Junot Joyner Impress

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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:


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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]