Going to Kansas City!

Tonight, it’s American Idol in Kansas City, baby!

My kudos tonight go to Matt Breitzke singing Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Jessica Furney -- the sweet girl who lives with her 93-year-old grandma -- singing Janis Joplin’s “Cry Baby,” Milwaukee’s own Danny Gokey -- with the heart-wrenching tale of his wife’s death -- singing “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” and Anoop Desai singing Boyz II Men’s “Thank you” …

But my favorite audition was, hands down, Asa Barnes singing Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” … Seriously, great song, despite what Simon says. Though I’m a little ashamed to admit it, I told Kates last night it’s a song I’d probably pick if I ever tried out for “Idol.” But, as the judges pointed out, few people do it justice … Asa, however, nailed it.

And Michael Castro!? … Seriously, judges!? Do we really need another Castro? Do you really think Jason’s brother is going to fare any better than Jason did!? … Aye. Simon hit on the head when he said he didn’t know what to think about the Castro boys, and wondered if they’re in it for the right reasons.

Oh, and then there's this from last night's auditions.

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