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American Idol Recap: Hollywood Week, Round One

American Idol Rundown: Hollywood, Round One

Welcome back, American Idol fans! We've made it through the long and grueling audition rounds — though shorter and less grueling than in years past — and on Tuesday night, this year's crop of Idol hopefuls finally stepped onto the Kodak Theatre stage. Apparently, just 147 people from the thousands who auditioned nationwide got golden tickets, and in Tuesday's episode, they had one more chance to sing in front of the judges or get sent home — "the most important day of your life," as Simon told them. Nope, no pressure.

I really, unabashedly love Hollywood Week — it's some of my favorite Idol all season — but Tuesday's episode passed in a blur. So many vaguely familiar faces, so little time! A lot of thoughts like "Hey, there's that cutie from Puerto Rico . . . and she's crying, so that's not good" and "Wait, did we meet that guy? They seem to think we met that guy." It's hard enough to get a handle on a few dozen contestants for the semifinals, much less twelve dozen. Still, there were some standout performances (both good and bad) and a few baffling mistakes, so to chat about it, just


  • From watching the audition episodes, I felt fairly certain that this year's crop of contestants was weighted toward the girls, but on Tuesday, the guys really started to make their move. The downside is that a lot of them seem to sound the same; at least the girls have a little more variation in their styles than what I'm used to. But people like Von and Jorge could be around for a while.
  • Have the people who audition for this show ever watched it? Song choice is everything, or at least 75 percent of everything; beyond a certain point, everyone can sing, so it's about making yourself distinctive. Which is why you don't change your song at the last second on stage in front of the judges, Emily Wynne-Hughes.
  • I like Danny. I like his style. But I did not like his "Kiss from a Rose." Glad he's through, but not sure he deserved all the praise. Lil Rounds falls in the same category for me; I can tell she's good, but that particular performance wasn't.
  • Is Jackie this year's Amanda Overmyer? Her faux Janis Joplin is driving me nuts . . . but I did get a kick out of the "Girl, you crazy!" look she got backstage from her "best friend" Deanna.
  • Do either Bikini Girl or "Nick/Norman/Nolan" deserve to still be in the competition at this point? Nick/Nolan actually can sing, but he needs to go do it in a Rocky Horror revival. Meanwhile, Katrina is less appealing fully clothed, even if I do like the way she makes Kara's claws come out.
  • There's one poor guy who's only showing up in my notes at this point as "the one who looks like Spencer Pratt." Anyway, Spencer Two made it through.
  • I loved Randy Jackson whipping out the Mia Michaels-coined term "banoodles"!
  • Best insult to Simon of the season so far: "For somebody so rich, your pants are very, very cheap."
  • I actually wish we could have seen a little more of Idol Boot Camp. That seemed like a really smart idea — and a way to make sure contestants aren't just thrown to the wolves with no guidance.

In the end, a whopping 104 contestants are still around, which surprises me only because the judges seemed to be ditching an awful lot of people. But hey, that's just more fun for tonight: the infamous group night!


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emalove emalove 8 years
I wish this show would just go away. At least for a couple of years.
cherrygirl143 cherrygirl143 8 years
I think the bikini girl is ridiculous. She really needs to go. I know that she is there for drama but she comes across as such a whore!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I can't stand Katrina either, but she does sing well but I don't think well enough to make it through the competition. There's better out there and I think if she does make it she will be stuck on ha-ha
suziryder suziryder 8 years
Grooooouuuuppp niiiiiggghhhtt! Woo I can't wait for all the drama to explode! :D And I don't know who anyone's names are yet...!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I can't stand Katrina, either. And, she can't really sing. Whenever someone who was fairly good didn't make it through to Hollywood, my roommate and I would just say, "Bikini Girl!" I mean, there were people who didn't make it through who were a lot better than her. I also think Norman/Nick is funny (and can sing), but he's not right for this show. I could see him doing his own one-man musical theater show, or doing something like a singing version of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. (Maybe the Complete Works of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Abridged) or something like that?) I could also see him doing something similar to Jack Black. But, he's just not right for Idol.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I really felt it was soooo rushed last night! LOVE Danny, but totally agree on Kiss From a Rose, it wasn't all that. I also really like his friend, but have yet to commit his name to memory. I love Rose, she's adorable. I said the same thing about Jackie- this year's Amanda. I also adore Von, but he didn't bring it for me last night. I can't stand Katrina- I think she's awful. As for Norman/Nick, I do like him because he IS funny and can sing, but he's also pretty stupid. The novelty will wear off for the judges and he needs to drop the act, or at least scale it back, if he wants to stick around.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
It was WAY too much packed into 1 hour. I felt overwhelmed watching it. I can't wait until tonight or next week when it is toned down a bit more.
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