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Sherrill Fulghum Sherrill Fulghum
January 24th, 2013 12:47am EST

The third episode of “American Idol” featured some good singers, really good country singers, and the well publicized fight on the juding panel. Making its first visit to Charlotte, North Carolina Idol held the auditions at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery made a visit to the race track to speak with the singing hopefuls.

Things got off to a bit of a rocky start when the first two singers earned unanimous no votes; but the auditions turned around when the next two singers got yes votes; followed by a clip of more singers with good news and tickets to Hollywood.

Matthew earned four nos; but online nominee Isabel received four yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

The day's events began to get a little rocky when rock band singer Taisha got two yes and two no votes; but Keith carried the decidng vote and gave Taisha her ticket to Hollywood.

Summer ended day one of the auditions when after performing a country song and the ensuing discussions about what style of music best suited her voice and three yes votes, a seemingly bored Nicki Minaj began a rather aggressive discussion over her fellow judge's comments. The ensuing “discussion” ended with Nicki walking out on her fellow judges and ended the day's auditions.

Day two of the Charlotte auditions got off to a better start when the first two singers earned their tickets to Hollywood; followed by a clip of Nicki giving the singers nicknames.

With Randy calling her real, Janelle got a unanimous yes vote from the judges.

After a series of bad auditions, street singer Rodney gave a performance that had the judges singing a chorus of yeses.

Keith left in the middle of the afternoon to go and see his wife Nicole Kidman an award.

Last season Candice was eliminated during Hollywood week when the singers traveled to Las Vegas. This year she returned for a second audition that had the judges singing her praises. Mariah called her the best singer so far and Randy said that she was the best singer all season. Candice earned her second ticket to Hollywood with four yes votes.

Former rapper Brad failed to impress the judges and got a chorus of nos; but Ja”Bria got yeses and shocked the judges with her story of frog hunting.

The final audition of the night and Charlotte was from Seretha who had her three year old daughter in tow. Hoping to surprise her boyfriend, who was at home recovering from a serious accident, with good news; Seretha got three yes votes and a ticket to Hollywood and Nick got a picture with three year old London.

In all Charlotte produced 37 golden tickets for Hollywood.

On Thursday Randy goes home when Idol travels to Louisiana.



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