But as I interviewed the castoffs one by one and asked them to warble a few bars for me, I realized I was going to have to change my "crazy" story angle. Because none of these people seemed all that crazy. They were for the most part handling their rejection maturely and with humor, some optimistically vowing to audition again, and none of them were flipping off my camera, throwing tantrums, or shrieking hysterically about how the judges were idiots for not recognizing the fact that they could actually sing.
And you know what? Most of them actually could sing!
This scenario made me definitively realize how many of the singers who actually do get through the preliminary audition process (and then advance two more rounds, until they get in front of Simon and the Idol cameras) often get through for the wrong reasons: because they make good television, not good music.
I'm sure the screeners at the Rose Bowl last week gave the thumbs-up to a decent number of talented Angeleno auditioners--otherwise, there'd BE no season 9--but I do believe they let a few promising people fall through the cracks. So I decided to compile some of the rejects' impromptu parking-lot performances and interviews into a 30-minute "lost auditions" outtakes episode of my own, since these people will never be shown on TV when season 9 airs next year. Even if the audio was sometimes a little screwy (it was windy that day, sorry), I decided to use the footage anyway, as I figured these people deserved their screen time as much as, say, Tatiana Del Toro.
And since these singers were filmed in Los Angeles (a city teeming with talented unknowns), all of them were "through to Hollywood" in their own way: