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The ninth season of “American Idol” continues with more auditions.  Wednesday night Fox’s hit series paid a visit to Atlanta.  Several singing hopefuls impressed the judges, but it was Jermaine Sellers’ rendition of Joan Osborne’s “What If God Was One of Us” that left Simon and crew pining for more.

While Sellers received positive reviews, not every contestant was quite as fortunate.  Lamar Royal caught the attention of the censors when he was informed that he wouldn’t be advancing on to Hollywood.  Despite attempting to impress the judges with several different songs, Royal had to be escorted from the audition room by “Idol’s” security team.  Last night’s episode also provided what will almost assuredly be one of the funniest moments of the season.  While 62-year-old Larry Platt is too old for the “Idol” competition, he treated everyone to a laugh with his song “Pants On The Ground.”

R&B songstress Mary J. Blige served as a guest judge on last night’s episode.  Blige, along with the rest of the panel, uncovered several talented vocalists in Atlanta as they handed out a total of 25 golden tickets.  The show now heads to Chicago.  Catch the next “American Idol,” airing on Fox   Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.