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January 13, 2010 at 4:50 PM

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'American Idol' live-blog recap: 'Pants on the ground!'

Posted by Bob Payne

Wednesday night was Episode 2 of Season 9 of "American Idol." The show went to Atlanta in search of talent.

Here's how the evening unfolded:

5:00 - "This ... is 'American Idol'"

5:01 - Oh man, the intro included a picture of Ryan Seacrest as a little boy in glasses. Very funny. He was born in Atlanta, the site of tonight's auditions.

5:10 - Back after a computer crash! But I don't think I missed anything ...

5:12 - Kiea Johnson sings "Our Love Will Go On." Nice hair! Guest judge Mary J. Blige is lovin' her. She makes it through easily. Four yeses.

5:14 - A medley of divas that made it through to Hollywood. Hot-lanta lives up to that name.

5:15 - Church singer Jermaine Sellers from Illinois is the first human-interest story of the night. He takes care of his sick mom. Randy says "This is the real deal right here." The judges say he's the best of the day so far.

5:17 - I want a moratorium on "100 percent yes" and "million percent yes."

5:22 - Christy Marie Agrownow takes a misguided stab at Pat Benatar. It doesn't help to make weird faces as you sing.

5:26 - Vanessa Wolfe is up! She jumps bridges, and they're showing her do it! That's the road to fun in Tennessee. No money for Vanessa to do much else. She sings a country song and the judges call her "authentic" and send her through. The show hints at her being another Carrie Underwood.

5:35 - Jesse Hamilton of Alabama says he's almost died three times, and he's only 26. He sings a Garth Brooks song, eventually. Mary Blige can't stop laughing. Kinda cruel. "Go back to weld," Simon says. The producers really tried to milk the "almost died" thing, including a joke about the elevator crashing, but it fell completely flat. Oh well.

5:46 - Holly Harden belts out a Loretta Lynn song while dressed as a guitar. But her voice has a real sultry quality. Mary doesn't get it. But Simon has the decisive vote and sends her through to Hollywood.

5:50 - The usual medley of rejects.

5:52 - Mallorie Hailey from South Dakota is next and does very well. Mary says she's the best so far. She gets four yeses.

5:58 - Oh now "Skiiboski" is a character. He tackles Marvin Gaye and seems to do it decently, if not showing a lot of range. The judges send him through with only one no vote from Simon, who looks in shock. I'm guessing he won't last long in Hollywood.

6:03 - The dynamic duo of Lauren Sanders and Carmen Turner is next. Lauren sucks, Carmen is OK if somewhat shrill. Simon argues to send both through as a team but the other judges disagree and the best friends forever must deal with the fact that Carmen is going to Hollywood and Lauren is not.Tears. Hugging. You get the picture.

6:12 - Yet another medley of rejects. And Mary can't keep herself from gasping.

6:14 - Bryan Walker may redeem the show at this point. He's a cop from Tennessee. And yes, he's got the chops. Nice job. And sails through to Hollywood.

6:16 - And this point I have to say I've appreciated Mary Blige tonight much more that Victoria Beckham last night.

6:17 - Now we've got Lamar Royal. He's screaming as he sings Seal. The judges try to give him constructive criticism, and he won't stop singing. Awkward! Oops, here comes security. Could it have been staged? I noticed Simon wasn't on the panel for this.

6:24 - Time to wrap things up for week one of AI 9 with the last audition from Atlanta. Time for General Larry Platt. "Pants on the ground!" This guy is hilarious, and he can do the splits! And he's 62 years old! Dang, sorry to see him go. I think Simon's right though: We probably haven't seen the last of The General. That song will be a hit!

OK, so Atlanta was not so hot afterall. The show had its moments, but not a lot of talent shone through. But I must do a ranking for the night, so here we go:

1. Jermaine Sellars, the church singer
2. Mallorie Hailey from South Dakota
3. The lawman with the voice, Bryan Walker

Who were your favs?

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