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AI8 Redux Part Two: The Auditions Go On…and On…and On….

January 27, 2011

By guest blogger “Idolholic”


Welcome to Part Two of our “American Idol 8 Redux” series!  Last week, in honor of the January 20 two-year “Adam-versary” of the first time we saw/heard Adam on American Idol, I shared with you some of my email correspondence with my little group of fellow die-hard Idol fans.  I would like to continue sharing those emails with you this week, but it turns out I was uncharacteristically silent for the next several days in 2009 and didn’t send any emails!  I  guess I just didn’t see anything very spectacular that inspired me to write any comments.  (Maybe, unbeknownst to me, my first exposure to Adam on January 20, 2009 left me speechless?  That’s my story and I’m sticking with it!)

So for this week’s Redux post, I’ll share with you some history of American Idol 8.  It premiered on January 13, 2009.  The first three weeks included seven broadcasts of the auditions from eight different cities.  Here’s a list of those dates and their auditions cities, including links to Michael Slezak’s articles on for the last three auditions shows (links to Slezak articles for the first four auditions shows were posted last week):

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 – Phoenix

Wednesday, January, 14, 2009 – Kansas City

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 – San Francisco (including the fabulous Adam Lambert!)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 – Louisville

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 – Jacksonville, FL (Entertainment Weekly post)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 – Salt Lake City (Entertainment Weekly post)

Thursday, January 29, 2009 – New York  & Puerto Rico (Entertainment Weekly post)

At the end of the auditions rounds, there were approximately 147 contestants who had received their Golden Tickets and heard those magic words:  “You’re going to Hollywood!”

To Be Continued….

Here is the entire series:
The First Time Ever We Saw His Face
Part Two: The Auditions Go On…and On…and On….
Part Three: Hooray for Hollywood Week!
Part Four:  And Then There Were 36
Part Five:  Let The Voting Begin!!!
Part Six:  Adam Gives Us “Satisfaction” and We Give Him Votes!

Part Seven: Lucky 13!
Part Eight: Adam and Those Twelve Other Finalists
Part Nine: Adam’s “Ring of Fire” Leaves Us “Confused…and Sort of Happy”
Part 10: Adam Gets a Standing O from Smokey Robinson!

Part 11: Adam Gets “Funky” !

Part 12: Adam’s “Mad World” Gets a Standing O from Simon!
Part 13: Adam Tells Us He Was “Born to be Wild”

Part 14: Adam Lambert Soulfully Sings “If I Can’t Have You”
Part 15:  Adam Lambert Has Us “Feeling Good”

Part 16:  Adam Lambert Gives Us Every Inch of His Love

Part 17:  Adam Lambert has us cryin’
Part 18: A Change is Gonna Come for Adam Lambert

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