Jim Carrey's daughter sets own path at American Idol audition

Jan 23, 2012 at 9:17 a.m. ET

Apparently American Idol didn't get the memo: Hello, Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest -- and NFL Championship games! What's with the special night of auditions featuring Jim Carrey's daughter, Jane?

American Idol lost Thursday's ratings war to the nerds of The Big Bang Theory last week and, while we feel for the one-time TV giant and its ratings slip, we weren't sure a special Sunday night airing of season 11 was necessary -- until we saw it.

The two-night premiere of American idol was a big blur of boring yeses and forgettable embarrassments last week, but thanks to Sunday's San Diego auditions, and Jane Carrey, we have high hopes that we might make it through the season without falling asleep.

To put it mildly, the San Diego talent blew the Savannah and Pittsburgh auditions, aside from Phillip Phillips (Savannah, Georgia auditions) and Hallie Day (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania auditions), out of the water.

San Diego began with single mom Ashley Robles. She had us saying "Whitney who?" with her version of "I Will Always Love You."

Then there was Jayrah Gibson. We haven't moved our shoulders to a contestant's funky R&B sound that much since, well, we don't know when.

The list could go on and on with singers like Aubree Dieckmeyer and the surprising Kyle Crews. Steven Tyler dubbed Crews the "best male voice yet."

Of course, they saved the most interesting two for last. The first was Jim Carrey's daughter, Jane Carrey. Yes, we said Jim Carrey -- the comedy actor.

She's got a voice and proved it with "Something To Talk About." Her vocals are a bit quiet right now, but we can't wait to see a famous father's daughter pave her way on AI. Especially when it's Jim Carrey's daughter.

Last up was Jason "Wolf" Hamlin. The mechanic, who has only been singing for three years, came in with his git-fiddle and wowed all the judges with his bluesy rock feel.

We have to ask: Does this crop of contestants mean there's better days ahead for Idol viewers?

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