We then watched a very uncomfortable Summer leave the stage with her golden ticket, only after having to watch and listen to the judges fight. Again.
Brandy sang an Etta James song, got her golden ticket and before leaving said to the judges "Please don't fight, it makes me sad." By the expressions on Nicki and Mariah's faces it looked as if they felt it, but would they actually stop fighting because it made Brandy sad? The night's still young.
Standing at just five feet tall, clad in a platinum blonde wig, the biggest surprise of the night had to be Ashley Smith. Ashley had all of the makings to be one of the night's biggest spoofs. She pranced around the audition holding room, welcoming everyone to the Ashley show, the wig, the glow in the dark lipstick and even the outfit, surely this will be one for the worst of the worst footage by the end of the season, right? Wrong! Boy could Ashley sing. Ashley got a golden ticket and a Nicki Minaj nickname -- welcome to the "Blondie" show, folks -- and Ashley, welcome to Hollywood.
The show took us on a Nicki nicknaming trip and showed us footage of Nicki giving everyone names she could remember.
Next up we met Janelle, yet another awesome country singer. Keith Urban could barely contain himself. Off to Hollywood Janelle, you were no surprise. Keith Urban kinda gave it away, with the big cheesy grin on his face the entire time she was singing.
Alas, our first formerly homeless story angle of the night. Rodney Barber, "The Voice Of Charlotte." Rodney is a street singer, who performs for tips and splits his profits with the homeless people still left without shelter on the streets of Charlotte.
Rodney gives the homeless money because he knows how tough it is on the streets because just four years ago, he too was homeless. Rodney sang, blew us all away, brought tears to our eyes and received his golden ticket to Hollywood. Yay, Rodney!
Keith leaves to hold Nicole Kidman's hand as she receives a New York Film Festival award and the three judges left behind are given the opportunity to see and hear Candice return after being cut in the Vegas round during last season.
Unanimously the best audition heard all season by each of the judges, Keith you missed a good one. Candice is off to Hollywood for a second time. Chances are we'll see Candice right up to the very end this year. That's if Nicki doesn't get her hands on her and "skin her" -- yeah, that's how much Nicki liked Candice. "I wanna skin you and wear you," Minaj said. Kinda creepy, Nicki, but we think we know what you mean. Run Candice, run.
We met frog leg-eating Jabria and Brad Harris, whose rap name is "Bakon" -- I don't make this stuff up.
Finally, we're introduced to Seretha Guinn. First, I have to thank Rena, Ebony and Alicia. I was so captivated by Seretha's story and singing chops, I had actually missed her name. I sent out a social media APB and these three gave me Seretha's name. Big thanks to other faithful Idol fans and social media junkies.
OL, back to Seretha and the final sob story of the night. Boyfriend in a nearly fatal accident, lost a finger, metal plates in his hands, eight surgeries and two to go and they have the cutest 3-year-old in the world and we haven't even heard her sing yet.
What will she sing? Unbelievable: Seretha did the theme song from "The Fresh Prince of Belair" and made it the most beautiful ballad most of us have ever heard in our lives. "The Fresh Prince of Belair?" Yes.
She was asked to sing another song and did, this time getting compared to the late great Whitney Houston. That doesn't happen often. Seretha didn't tell her boyfriend that she was going to audition for the show -- she wanted it to be a surprise. I'd say a golden ticket to Hollywood is sure to lift his spirits.
Seretha ended the show on a great note, literally, and she'll join 36 others that also got their golden tickets in Charlotte.
Tomorrow night, we're headed to Randy Jackson's hometown of Baton Rouge. Let's bring it, Louisiana, (and the Ravens are going to bring it in Louisiana too -- SUPER BOWL, I'm sorry, excuse me, sometimes I can't help myself).
It's "Idol," baby!