Marcus Terell Butts, eighteen, Kansas City, MO, has decided to change the words so that he's singing directly to Jaymes. I don't know how, but it works, and they call him back anyway. Angela gets called back as well. She says, "Honestly, this is a good thing for me, getting this audition, because I'm nineteen years old. Having a baby. I thought my life was over with, but apparently not yet." "Thanks, Mommy," says Angel Christian.
Lindsey Pearlman, twenty-two, from Chicago, was not my best friend last year. She made the second round of callbacks but was cut. I don't think I was interested in her, and I do remember that she cried. This year she's my best friend. She's got better hair, better makeup, and her mom came with her. She tells the camera that she's feeling it this year, that she slept outside on the sidewalk and she brushed her teeth and spit in a coffee cup and she's feeling rugged. She roars like a lion and announces that she's ready to go. Unfortunately, she's just not that good in the audition. Her voice isn't all that great. They don't call her back. She tells us that she thought she did really well, but apparently she's not what they're looking for. She starts crying and says it sucks to get rejected. Poor girl. Go do comedy. That's what all of us rejected girls end up doing. You'll love it, Lindsey.
Oh, and Joe Warrick, twenty-one, from Griffith, IN. No personality, military-looking, borderline talent. He gets a callback. Why are all these boys so boring?
Forty-three people got called back from Chicago. We met, like, two of them.
D.C. Two girls rap very poorly. Another girl tells us that she eats, sleeps, and lives music. Tony flirts with the crowd.
Donavan Green, twenty-three, Baltimore, MD. The narrator tries to get us to believe that this guy is a "local talent" with his fashion design. Using a puffy paint pen to write the word "Popstar" on a t-shirt does not make you Ralph Lauren, okay? The judges act all impressed with Donavan's Breakdancing Chic, and he admits he made the shirt and the bandanna, but a friend made the pants. He sings and tells us in a split screen that he thinks he can sing, dance, and he's like what everyone is listening to these days. They keep asking him to stop singing and he keeps on not stopping and just keeps on singing. Tony says he asked Donovan to go to the chorus, and he didn't. "You feelin' it, though," he says, and then calls him back.