Welcome to a special Sunday night, post-football edition of American Idol! Set to "Danger Zone" from Top Gun, the show opens as we see Ryan, Jen, Randy, and Steven standing on the deck of the historic USS Midway. That’s right — the San Diego auditions take place on an aircraft carrier. Should we expect a beach volleyball game later? Perhaps. At any rate, San Diego has a lot to live up to after the Pittsburgh and Savannah auditions earlier this week. Can Cali bring it? Here are our faves from American Idol’s turn in San Diego!
Adorable single mom Ashley Robles blows the judges away with “I Will Always Love You.”
Jayrah Gibson has a smooth name and even an even smoother R&B voice.
American Idol or America’s Next Top Model? Aubrey Dieckmeyer isn’t sure which one she’s auditioning for, but she sails through to Hollywood.
College student/frat boy Kyle Crews may not have the look, as the judges say, but he does have the sound.
Jane Carrey, who just happens to be Jim Carrey’s daughter, steps out from her dad’s shadow and gives ‘em something to talk about.
Mechanic Jason Hamlin (you can call him “Wolf”) honors his late father with a turn on the “git-fiddle.”