Season 11 Premiere: Top 3 American Idol audition standouts in Pittsburgh, Pa 1/19/2012 (Videos)

“Everything we do, we do biiiiggg!!” –Idol hopeful (oh but see, everything’s bigger in Texas!)
American Idol Season 11’s two-night premiere continous and Thursday’s episode showed the audition at the second-largest city in Pennsylvania– Pittsburgh at the Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Have the Idol producers, after eleven years, finally listened to their critics? This is the first episode in the history of American Idol where they didn’t show the ridiculous, delusional crazies. Instead, they showed auditioners who were borderline, could possibly improve, come-back-next-year, idol hopefuls. Sure, the judges still turned down people but they got rid of the jokesters and nuisance auditions out of the episode. Was it better? Absolutely!!

Now, we can almost hear it- the very critics who lambast them by showing the crazies are going to be the first ones complaining that the show is now boring!! Well, it’s NOT boring. For once, Idol producers are showing more talents than giving 5-minute of fame to the people who clearly do not have the talent!

Nonetheless, we feel they’re testing the waters here. Since this is only an hour-long audition, they figured it best not to rob us from seeing the talents in the Steel City. So none of the jokes and more of the talents. Still out of the 38 who made it to this stop, they only introduced us to 9 people going to the next round. Perhaps next week, at the San Diego stop– they WILL show us the crazies & less of the talents!

The nine we must say could saaang!! So it was hard for us to pick our Top 3. We’re not predicting them to win but have the potential to make it into the Vegas round at least and one going into Top 24?! Hollywood & Vegas week are gamechangers always. We’ve seen so many breakdowns, meltdowns and all kinds of downs happening on these rounds… but here they are, in no order:

Check out: Top 3 standouts in Savannah, Ga.

Heejun Han, 22 yo Originally from Korea and now lives in Flushing, NY
‘How Am I Supposed To Live Without You’ by Michael Bolton

Hallie Day, 24 yo from Baltimore, MD
‘I Will Survive’ by Gloria Gaynor

Erika Van Pelt, 25 yo South Kingstown, RI
‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ by Carol King

People who made it to Hollywood:

Hallie Day
Samantha Novacek
Creighton Fraker
Eben Franckewitz – Judges love this 15 year old because they’re also finding one who could be the next Justin Beiber!
Travis Orlando
Erika Van Pelt
Shane Bruce
Heejun Han
Reed Grimm

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