Me, from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, waiting to see Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell. On my left is Jason Edwards. The girl is Laressa Knight.
  • Becky O'Donahue from New York. Made it to the TOP 24 for American Idol 5!!!....and was also one of the first to leave:-(
  • This is Curt from Danvers, Ma. and Anthony from Peabody. This pic was taken off of Curt's myspace profile. I joined him for lunch.
  • Ayla Brown from Wrentham, MA. Made it to the TOP 16 for American Idol 5!!!
  • Tuesday, November 08, 2005

    Boston Hollywood Contestant Speaks Out!

    At the official American Idol webpage chat forum thing, I posted an article on Ayla Brown. I then made another post entitled "ANOTHER stupid article on Ayla Brown"
    Check this response out guys and tell me what you think...

    OK folks. I just stopped by the board for the first time since my auditions and I have something to say about this.

    1st of all, I created a new profile with a fake name and a "fake" e-mail address (I used the same fake info to make the account), so don't bother to try and find out who I am. I did all of this because I did make it to Hollywood and we ARE NOT allowed to tell anyone.

    Believe me or not, I don't care. I just hope someone from the staff sees this because I am starting to get pissed. When I got my ticket I came out of the room and after celebrating with my friends I had to go wait to go give my "after" confessional. While I was waiting I called my whole immediate family and about 10 of my closes friends. After my confessional I proceded to the registration table. The first thing that was said to me was "You haven't told anyone yet have you?"

    "Ummmmm..." I said, "Not THAT many people... why?"

    "You're not supposed to tell anyone except for the people who must know, like your Mother or your employer"

    "Uh, well, I wish someone would have told me that before I went in or right after I came out but, uh OK, what I do now?"

    "Well, its not a huge problem, you just need to make sure that anyone you told understands that this information is confidential and that you could be DQ'ed if it 'gets out'"

    "OK, no prob"

    Then, along with some other ticket holders, I met with the head of PR for AI. During this meeting, the confidentiality agreement was discussed again. She told us that The most important thing was that our names DID NOT end up on the internet OR in the Press. This was for the obvious reason that AI does not want the public to know who is going to Hollywood when the show begins to air, but also because they want to make sure that every contestant has EQUAL opportunity to get press and hometown support. In other words they need to control the info so that it is FAIR.

    Now, the article that shortynspice posted does end like this:

    "As for whether or not Ayla Brown was ushered on to Hollywood, the network is keeping that a closely guarded secret until the audition show airs in January. Abdul offered the only words that could be said on that topic: 'Stay tuned.'"

    HOWEVER, This is on her school's webpage:

    Nobles News
    Ayla Brown Makes It to “American Idol”

    Ayla Brown, Class I.
    Class I talent Ayla Brown, who sings soprano in the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Greensleeves (the girls' a cappella group), has beat out 14,000 contestants for the final round of "American Idol," a highly rated television talent program.

    In acknowledging this accomplishment along with that of Nobles' first Pulitzer nominee, Liz Kopelman Borgwardt '82 (see related story), Head of School Robert P. Henderson, Jr. '76 said: "Nobles students are known for their academic, artistic and athletic accomplishments. These two students represent the epitome of success in all these areas."

    Ayla Brown '06, a premier vocalist as well as a nationally recognized basketball talent, is one of 32 finalists from the Eastern seaboard, beating out 14,000 over three callbacks. Her dad, State Senator Scott Brown of Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex Counties, said of Nobles: "We're very proud and appreciative that she goes to a school that supports Ayla and her dreams."

    The auditions leading up to "the big one" before celebrity judges Paula Abdul, Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson had two things in common: Ayla wore her lucky blue jeans and white top at each and sang "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," made famous by Diana Ross and the Supremes. After the Boston round, Seacrest said: "There's a spirit and a spark (here) that is pretty unique." Ayla will be flown to Los Angeles for four days in early December for the final round before appearing on "American Idol."

    Among her extraordinary athletic accomplishments at Nobles, Ayla is the lead scorer in the history of girls' varsity basketball, with 1896 points; she was the most valuable player in the ISL (Independent School League) last year and has led Nobles to back-to-back ISL titles. In addition to her considerable talents as a solo artist, Ayla has always been deeply involved in Nobles' Choral Program.

    Date: 10/28/2005


    OK. That's it. I would love to have my former school do a story on me and start getting support in my community, I have a relationship with a local Morning Radio show and would love to do an interview with them.. But I am not as special as Miss Ayla, so I don't get to.

    I am not going to rat her out to the producers, because Karma can be rough. But I had to vent about this. It is SO wrong.

    End of Rant.


    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You are absoluntely right. That is unfair. Good luck to you!

    Sat Nov 19, 06:06:00 PM 2005  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Completely unfair if that is the case. Because, having read the story, I am already making a mental note to look for the contestant mentioned. If it's part of a confidentiality agreement, perhaps the person who is putting it up should remove it-- otherwise, maybe it should be reported.

    Sun Nov 27, 06:37:00 AM 2005  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I dont get it! What are you trying to say and who is the anonymous poster that posted this? Are you saying that it is Ayla? and if it was why would that have anything to do with anything?

    Tue Dec 27, 03:37:00 AM 2005  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Gimme a break! She's only 17 and still in high school so she probably needs to inform school officials why she's missing classes. What they do with that info for their internal publications is out of her hands. How about we just let her sing and let the chips fall where they may? Or are you fearful of real talent??

    Tue Jan 03, 10:38:00 PM 2006  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i witnessed the high hype about ayla in hollywood first hand. (yes, i was a hollywood contestant) your blog really interests me. i agree almost all of your points. kudos.

    Thu Jan 19, 06:06:00 PM 2006  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    WOW! I guess this Idol thing is full of sore losers. Maybe if you followed Ayla's history, this girl is TOTALLY self made and lucky enough to have a loving family behind her. She has a very big support system, so-what? If you made it to Idol as well, I am sure you would too. Other than the fact the girl has a fabulous voice, she is an extremely talented individual in all aspects of her life. I was there too for the Boston try-outs and what I saw was a supportive 17 year old w/ the others that were trying out. I did not see one arrogant thing about her. Some of those contestants should be embarrassed on how abnoxious they behaved! I also heard her interview they do w/ most of the contestants before they go in before the judges where she was asked what would she do if she won? Well, let's see, if she does not win, she has a full paid scholarship to BC on her sports talent alone, not to mention she is an HONOR student at Noble academy as well. She went into try-outs w/ a sinus infection, recovering from a throat infection, and a double ear infection and still won....Whether her dad is a senator or not, and whether or not she goes all the way to become the next Idol, she is just a 17 year old kid putting just one of her dreams into action. I am sure she would have been crushed if she didn't make that audition, but I know she wouldn't have acted like some of those others that did not make it. I would be so embarrassed if I saw my self behave so poorly on national T.V. If those people think they are so good, they should chalk up the A.I experience as just that, an experience and continue w/ their dream. Ayla, where ever she ends up, will end up #1 with what ever direction her dreams takes her and it's not whether or not her parents are in the public eye, but because she has what it takes to make her own destiny come true, and has done it on her own! I wish her the best and all the others as well that make it to hollywood to compete. These are people w/ talent and dreams. Something that most of us can only think about and wish we had the guts to do 1/4 of what they are doing. why do people have to be such sore losers? Yes it stings, but get up and support the rest. You know what it took to get there and you know those people who get it are good. As I am sure you were as well. Why don't you brush yourself off and just support the ones who made it and don't sound like a whiney jealous baby over someone's family's successes which have nothing to do wheter or not Ayla can sing. I think you should look back on some of the other winners A.I and see that most did not come from families of public influence. They won on talent. If you got it flaunt it, even if it's not on T.V. and Ayla will in fact do that whether she makes it or not!

    Sat Jan 21, 07:07:00 PM 2006  
    Blogger shortynspice said...

    Well said. This is 2007 and I'm just now seeing these last 3 posts on this comment. Wow.

    Wed Jan 31, 11:36:00 PM 2007  

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