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Auditions wrapped up in Oklahoma City, OK. They started with Karl Skinner, 26, from Missouri, who was recruited on the American Idol small towns bus tour. He sang “I Feel Good” and even did the screaming and stomping included. He pulled out his guitar and sang a song he wrote himself. Randy said, “You lit up the room! I like this guy.” Nicki said she felt like the guitar was limiting, but he got four yeses anyway.

Next was Nate Tao, 24, from Virginia, who has two deaf parents. He sang “For Once in My Life,” by Stevie Wonder. Mariah said, “I enjoyed it! Great song, and I thought you did a really nice rendition.” Nicki said, “I like your charisma. You have a really nice, unique tone for a guy.” Randy said, “I like you too, man. It was very unassuming. You’ve got a very nice voice.” Keith said, “It seems like singing is easy, and listening to it is easy. Effortless, and beautiful.”

So the latest strange contestant was Halie Hilburn, 27, from Texas, and her ventriloquist dummy, Oscar. She announced that they were doing a duet. They sang “I Wanna Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” and Oscar contributed a few notes, including some yodeling. Then she put the puppet down and sang, “More Than Anyone,” by Gavin DeGraw. Keith joked, “I think Oscar’s holding you back.” Mariah said, “I think you’re going to have to sever the ties to pursue your career.” Nicki said, “I like you, your voice is pretty.” She got three yeses, because I guess Randy still had trouble with the whole puppet thing.

Zoanette Johnson, 19, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who decided to sing “The National Anthem with flavor,” to give you an idea of her personality. It was basically just hilarious, because this girl clearly just wanted to have fun, and even managed to forget some of the words. Keith fell out of his cheer at one of her highest notes, and she even added some dance steps into it. Nicki said, “I love you. I’m obsessed with you. Your voice is out of this world.” This girl was just out of control. They voted yes, but Randy added “I think.”

25-year-old Anastacia Freeman, from Oklahoma rounded out a lot of criers, some happy, some sad, and some just overwhelmed. She sang Toni Braxton’s “Un-break My Heart,” and while she felt she was “born for this,” her voice was very whiney, and really annoying. The judges couldn’t hold back their laughter. She said she felt like God told her to audition, and the girls told her to be proud of herself for following her heart, but they all voted no.

Finally, auditions wrapped up with their best story. Kayden Stephenson, 16, from Oklahoma, who has cystic fibrosis. He has the outlook that because he has a much shorter life expectancy, he has to live every day to the fullest. He sang Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish,” and Nicki said, “I loved you voice. You are so unique, I just think so many children would be inspired by you.” Mariah said, “I’m beyond inspired, I’m like let’s go make the record now. I think girls will fall on the floor when you walk in the door.” They all voted yes (of course), and that sweetheart came up and shook all of their hands and said thank you.

Oh, and Steven Tyler came out and pretended to audition as a woman. Yeah, that was weird. Next week is Hollywood Week, so tune in!