When Jennifer Lopez revealed last year that she had just had her first real fight with other "American Idol" judges, it probably happened in Texas. During the auditions in Houston which aired on Thursday, January 26, the only female judge was mad at Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler who gave "no" to some singers whom she thought were good.
The disagreement continued when Linda Williams sang Alicia Keys' "Fallin' ". Though her version sounded a bit shaky, Randy and Steven gave her a passing grade, prompting J.Lo to shout, "Wake up! Honestly, I feel like somebody slipped you something." Accusing the guys of judging the contestants by their looks, the "On the Floor" songstress complained, "That was awful. That was awful!"
The three judges, however, came up with a same decision for 28-year-old Ramiro Garcia who was born without ears. Doctor said he would grow up mute, but after several surgeries he got a voice and hearing. He impressed the judges with his rendition of "Amazing Grace" and got a ticket to Hollywood.
Kristine Osorio also made a good impression. The single mother of three, who used loaned money to buy a plane ticket to audition, wowed the judges with her cover of Adele's "One and Only".
Cortez Shaw also came with a touching story and a good singing skill. Revealing that he had to move from one friend's house to another's while his single mother struggled with homelessness, the 20-year-old gave a R&B twist on Adele's "Someone Like You", which earned him a Golden Ticket.
The Texas auditions gave out 54 Golden Tickets, which was the most among other cities so far. Also among those who made it to the next round were Baylie Brown, who returned after getting rejected 5 years ago, and Skylar Laine, a 17-year-old country girl who looks like a brunette version of Miranda Lambert.