It was a tough "American Idol" audition in Chicago as only 13 golden tickets were issued out of thousands. Simon Cowell uttered some nasty words when a lot of the auditioners were either mediocre or plain bad. At one point he said, "Do you find that when you sing at home, a lot of animals turn up outside the house?" Nicer Shania Twain appeared as the guest judge.
The show however was kicked off with a successful audition from Katelyn Epperly. Singing "Syrup and Honey", the curly blonde impressed the judges and went through with unanimous vote. The next act, however, brought the tone down. 26-year-old Amy Lang has an inappropriate dream about Ryan Seacrest and when she entered the room, she butchered her audition by displaying a kind of "boob boxing".
A remedy was quickly brought in with the appearance of 16-year-old Charity Vance. Her parents own a salon and she has been dreaming about getting into the show since little. Her rendition of "Summertime" had Randy Jackson thinking that she has a small but interesting voice. Simon simply said it was great and she went through.
Then came Angela Martin who had a series of unfortunate events in her personal life when she tried out for "Idol" twice. Her dad passed away just before Hollywood Week and the second time around, she missed the Hollywood days due to a court date for traffic violation. Trying her luck in season 9, she went through again after belting "Just Fine".
In the next few hours, a man named Harold Davis cried when he did not get the ticket, a college student named John Park got Shania blushing, and a girl with lethal asthma, Paige Dechausse, went through against Simon's vote.