Single mom Britnee Kellogg sings You're No Good for American Idol's Portland auditions

Britnee Kellog at the Portland American Idol auditions

Britnee Kellogg wore her story on her sleeve from the moment she stepped out of her car with supportive family and all her kids in tow. Britnee, a 27 year old banker from Vancouver, auditioned for American Idol in Portland.

She was quick to tell the judges about her philandering husband, a basketball player who persued his career and then began “persuing other women”. But, in a sardonic twist, Britnee opted to sing You’re No Good by Linda Ronstadt as her audition song! This meets with a howl of approval from the judges. Eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed that the camera zoomed in to Jennifer Lopez slightly at this point, subtly tying on single mother to another. This matters later on in the audition…

As to Britnee’s singing, she had an unexpectedly smoky tone to her voice, sultry in all the right places. I honestly didn’t expect that, but on a second listen I find I like her more. But I’m one of those people who doesn’t place much weight in people’s backstories unless they’re truly remarkable. Britnee claims she put her life on hold for her husband’s career and he betrayed her. Irrelevant. All that matters here is the voice.I don’t want every performance she gives from hereonin to be framed by the fact that she’s a single mom and was cheated on.

Jennifer screeches “Britnee, I’m feeling you right now!” Randy Jackson raves “I like the attitude. I like the vibe.” All three judges vote to send Britnee through to Hollywood. But it doesn’t end there. She stops to ask Lopez how she manages to balance having a professional career with having kids. Now, this felt completely scripted to my cynical ears, but it’s a pertinent question all the same: and JLo responds that she takes the kids with her. And her mother, naturally.

Anyway, minor quibbles about the Idol format – sob stories and scripted conversations – aside, what did you guys think of Britnee Kellogg? Does she have what it takes?

by Gerard McGarry on February 2nd, 2012

Gerard is the founder and editor of Unreality TV. He writes about TV dramas as well as reality TV talent shows and is obsessed by sci-fi and Doctor Who. Follow him on Twitter @gerrybot or Google+

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