Cut to a bit about how the ship is supposedly haunted. Ryan wanders deep in the boat amid some mysterious noises and some cheesily-edited fake ghost footage. Some of those fake ghosts supposedly join a run of bad auditioners, because that's hilarious.
Micah Johnson is going to be the last contestant of the day. There's something up with his speaking voice, which he reveals is the result of a complicated tonsillectomy that resulted in nerve damage and the permanent speech impediment we now hear. Cut to the audition room, where Mariah admits that she's had some nerve damage of her own but in her arm, which, for Mariah Carey, is also a speech impediment. Mike explains that this is pretty much how he's going to sound for good, but then he launches in to "Chicken Fried" by the Zac Brown Band, leaving his speech impediment far behind. Impressive. Randy calls it the biggest fake-out ever. They gush about how awesome he is and he's in, big time.
A ten-year-old sings us a snippet of "Valerie" on deck and vows to be the next American Idol in five years. At which point I'm sure we'll see that footage again. The second day of the Long Beach auditions starts with Rachel Hale from southwest Arkansas with an accent to match. She sings "People Get Ready," not badly but with a few too many Jan Levenson from The Office faces for my taste. The judges don't seem to watch that show, though, so they're totally into her. Rachel's going to Hollywood and Randy declares her the happiest contestant ever. I don't think that can be true and I didn't even watch this show for most of a decade.
The next auditioner, Briana Oakley from Antioch, California, plays the bullied card right off the top of the deck, which she blames on her appearance on Maury at age 12 as one of America's most talented kids. That's sad, but I'm not sure what else she expected. Apparently things are better now after she changed schools, so she's going to sing "Up to the Mountain" by Patty Griffin. Don't hear much of her on this show, but Briana pulls it off, doing that slow start with a gradual build that more and more people seem to be getting the hang of on this show. The judges love her, Nicki to the point where she can't say anything but "wow" for a while before telling Briana that the stars have aligned to bring her here today. With Briana's whole family (and Ryan) peeking in through the curtains, they give her four yeses, and the whole fam comes swarming in to celebrate. Sure, she'll have to change schools again now, but for now it's worth it.