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American Idol: Season 10, Episode 7 :: San Francisco Auditions

February 09, 2011

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Season 10 of American Idol wrapped up their auditions on February 9 (episode 7) in San Francisco.

Audition #7: San Francisco

The Golden City offered a lot more than just talent. One man in particular, Drew Beaumier, sported a homemade Transformers costume that will surely make him millions. His singing voice, on the other hand...not so much.

But let’s focus on the Idol-worthy talent. Many of those who made it to Hollywood auditioned with a sob story. First was Stefano Langone, who had an accident that nearly cost him his life. With large scars to remind him of his survival, he became more determined to live life fully and to sing his heart out.

Another was 20 year old Julie Zorrilla, who’s family moved from the war-torn Columbia when she was young, hoping to make a better life for themselves. And with their daughter’s amazing voice and great stage presence, they could certainly be living the good life when this competition is said and done.

Emily Anne Reed, who’s house burned down a week before the audition, impressed Randy Jackson with the unique, old-time sound to her voice. It may not be powerful, but it’s something the judges have yet to see in the competition. When Steven Tyler said no, Jennifer Lopez held Emily’s fate in her hands. Ultimately, she gave her a chance.

Last was 21 year old James Durbin, who lost his father to a drug overdose when he was nine. Now he suffers from Turrets Syndrome and Aspergers, but his loving and supportive girlfriend encourages him to strive for his goals. He finished off the night by stunning the judges with a voice much like Adam Lambert’s. Could James win the title that Adam deserved? We’ll have to wait and see.

Hollywood Week: Day 1 and 2

On the first two days of Hollywood Week, the 300+ remaining contestants were each given one chance to prove they deserved to stay. Most of the early favorites made it through to the next round. But the judges had to cut a few memorable faces, including little miss personality Victoria Huggins, Miss Teen USA Stormi Henley, accountant Steve Beghun, young Leonardo DiCaprio look-a-like Nick Fink, and Travis Orlando.

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