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American Idol Recap: Hollywood Night Round Three, Michael Castro and Leneshe Young Eliminated

American Idol Rundown: Hollywood, Night Three

You know, I was about the biggest supporter out there of American Idol expanding the Hollywood round to two weeks of shows. I love the drama, but most of all, I love the singing we get to hear once all the total trainwrecks of the audition rounds are gone. But this year's Hollywood shows have been heavy on the drama (Tatiana! Bikini Girl! Emo Nathaniel!) and light on the singing. So it was a relief on Tuesday to finally get to see a few more contestants perform solo.

But what on earth are they going to do tonight? If Seacrest's narration is to be believed, the singers have already performed for the last time. So is Wednesday's entire two-hour show just watching all 54 contestants sit in those fancy chairs in the judges' mansion (side note: there's a judges' mansion?) and either make it through or get sent home? Why not squeeze another performance in there?

Anyway. Tuesday's show did produce some interesting results, both in terms of favorites who got sent home and unlikely contestants sticking around. To chat about it, just


  • You know, I'd been wondering what happened to Leneshe Young after she brought down the house during her audition. It was so nice to see her again — but it was just in time to see her headed home. I wonder if by showing the abbreviated version of her sob story again, they were trying to go all Josiah Leming on us?
  • I was surprised that Simon actually stopped Kaylan's performance. It's her final solo! Let the girl finish singing, OK? Maybe Randy, Paula, and Kara would have outvoted him. Yeah, probably not, but still. I felt legitimately sorry for her.
  • Apparently being an unbearable joke wasn't enough to get anyone kicked off, cause you know who's still with us? Tatiana and Norman. Yup. Tatiana won't stop with the singing and the begging, and Norman . . . well, I think the dude's hilarious, but he really needs to go just start up his one-man show. I think the judges will tell Norman as much in the end; Tatiana is another story, but I think America will send her home out of spite even if the judges don't.
  • Speaking of which, maybe the most awesome part of the whole night was the other contestants' bug-eyes when Tatiana joined their room.
  • You know what room was obviously safe? The one with Danny, Jamar, Adam Lambert, Anoop, etc. I can't imagine anybody in there took one look at the other 17 people sitting around them and worried, even for a second.
  • Coming out of basically nowhere to impress me: Junot! Really, Randy was worried about his star potential? He's so lovable already!
  • It's been a while since we saw Stevie Wright, but she's so composed, I have a hard time believing she's 16.
  • A couple of interesting song choices on Tuesday, including two "Tattoo"s and one acoustic rendition of "Disturbia" from Nathaniel.
  • So despite Simon's cautions that forgetting your words gets you sent home — and the apparent truth of that warning on Group Night — tons of people who forgot their words got through! Including Joanna "I was basically already famous once" Pacitti. Why even say it if you don't mean it?
  • Apparently there will be no Castro family dynasty on Idol. I'm surprised they didn't show us more of Michael just for the name recognition.
  • And finally: What was hanging around Paula's neck?

Up next, unless the producers have some special secret performance planned: Two hours of watching people sit in chairs and cry! Woohoo!

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christielynn_ christielynn_ 8 years
Paula's necklace! hahaha i wanted more singing last night... cannot imagine what we will be sitting through tonight.
Katie-Kat398180 Katie-Kat398180 8 years
You said it, pookie...Tatiana's drama is be honest, though, most of the drama American Idol cultivates only serves to irritate me. Just think. Rather than keep Tatiana on, they could have let some deserving person through. She is completely not American Idol material and the judges know it.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Ah, you totally summed it up, Buzz.
lylpookie lylpookie 8 years
I agree, I think Tatiana was kept on because of the drama...but the thing is, it's not good drama it's just annoying drama.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
I think they are keping Tatiana for ratings..but I dont think they'll keep her around tonight. If they do she will most likely win Idol with the help from the losers over at votefortheworse.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Huh, you know what I just realized? I actually don't have a big problem with people who had deals earlier going on Idol, but I do hold them to a higher standard. Like, if some nobody from Kansas can remember the words, a past pro like Joanna should be able to do it for sure. That might be unfair, but it's definitely how my mind works.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
I don't know why but I've taken a liking to Kristen McNamara. Maybe it's because she kinda reminds of Anna Faris? Idk, either way she does have a good voice along with her level head (loose lips burn ships or something?). I can't believe how I've gotten into this show, I disappoint myself...
Shanabbey1215 Shanabbey1215 8 years
I told my family last night, that if that horrible Tatiana made it through I was going to stop watching. Crap, I like watching Idol with my family. But maybe I can just say if she makes the Top 36.
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
We were also annoyed that Simon didn't stick to his guns about people forgetting the words. I think Tatiana is obviously just being kept on for the drama so they can have a crazy person on to keep things interesting- same with Norman, who TOTALLY needs to go do his own off-Broadway cabaret program, and Emo-Whiny-I-Only-Own-Two-Shirts Nathanial, who needs to go sing musical theatre on a cruise ship, stat. I continue to love Jasmine- she is really sounding great and seems so calm. I like some other people, but I'm not emotionally invested in anyone. I was sorry to see the girl who rapped go home- they should have let her RAP songs in her own style, just to add some diversity from the Diva-wannabes who all sound and look alike anyway. Lol, last week when they had their group thing, my finacee was like, "They aren't going to make the blind guy dance with the group, right?" After Ryan made the guy try and high-five him, that would have just been too ridiculous. And then we never even got to see his group perform! Once again Idol just shows us these dull recaps of who they want us to see and don't just show us PEOPLE SINGING. The style of editing is very poor IMO. I'd just like to see more actual singing.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
Unlike a lot of you, I guess, I really don't have a problem with contestants coming on American Idol who have already had failed record deals. It's no fault of their own that their former labels either didn't know how to market their music or market them correctly. Idol is for people who haven't made it yet, and neither Carly Smithson nor Joanna Pacitti had "made it" yet. That defense aside, I too was incredibly surprised that Simon's "forget your words and your gone" motto was completely forgotten about on the second night. I was very surprised Joanna made it through considering how harsh Simon was just 24 hours before about word-forgetting. She should have gone home on that basis, not on the basis that she previously had a failed record contract. And Tatiana . . . there should be a special rule just for her that excludes her from further competition. I don't know what that rule should be, but there should be one.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Some of these guys are :love: this year with their grovely voices and mean piano/guitar skills. I am so over Pacitti (hello you have had TWO record deals and actual air play, WE DON'T LIKE YOU ANNIE HAS BEEN!!!) Tatianna is going home - it makes me think the judges are idiots for keeping her around. Seriously, girl's voice is annoyingly whiny.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
WHY are they keeping that Tatiana girl?? What a wreck! So annoying! But man some of those people were just GREAT. I can't think of his name, but there's one guy, the first to sing last night that was so shocking. The voice didn't match him but it was awesome. Tonight should be interesting!
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
I couldn't believe Joanna was safe. It looked like she hummed a lot of her song. She needs to go.
em1282 em1282 8 years
"So despite Simon's cautions that forgetting your words gets you sent home — and the apparent truth of that warning on Group Night — tons of people who forgot their words got through! Including Joanna "I was basically already famous once" Pacitti. Why even say it if you don't mean it?" AMEN! That was irritating. That Pacitti chick needs to get outta there, too...Carly 2.0. :oy: The constant pimpage of the "chosen ones" is a little tiring, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the Danny bits, as well as the performances from the dueling pianist (Matt?). So I can't complain too much. Amen on the Paula necklace, too. Awful.
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