This week on American Idol 2012 season 11 we all head to Hollywood! Over 300 contestants clutched their golden tickets (metaphorically) and took to the stage. But only 70 of them will come out the other end as contenders. That’s how tough the cut is.
If you don’t want to go through the pain with the contestants, you can see who makes it through Hollywood Week and to the live shows here. But come on! This is all in the fun.
Let’s have a look at howHollywoodwent. The contestants came out in groups of ten.
Johnny Keyser was the first contestant to sing and he really impressed the judges, as did Heejun Hee despite being really nervous. They make it through the first, with Gabby and June.
But it’s the second group of four that really impressed the judges, with all ten getting through, including the amazing Elise Testone and Baylie Brown.
The third group made me giggle, as Lauren Gray just kept singing because she didn’t see Randy trying to stop her; she made it through with Jen Hirsh.
Phillip Pillips disappointed me next but Reed Grimm blew everyone away with his stage presence as much as his voice. He even got a standing ovation. They both survived. Travis Orlando was devastated by being sent home again at this stage, just like last year.
That wrapped up Day 1 inHollywoodweek and put the judges in a good mood for Day 2.
It started well, too, with Adam Brock giving it some serious power. But Jane Carrey (daughter of actor Jim) who had impressed earlier, was a little off for my taste and the judges too. She was eliminated with Joe but the others in the group all make it through. So that’s an early favorite gone at Hollywood Week.
Shannon Magrane, David Leathers Jr. (who is being championed by the American Idol 2011 Scotty McCreery) made it through next, with Jessica Phillips and four other contestants.
Next up was possibly the best audition of Hollywood Week so far: Erika Van Pelt. Along with fellow showstopper Creighton Fraker she made it through. In fact, that entire group did.
Next up, Lauren Mink sang beautifully and Jeremy Rosado gave judge Jennifer Lopez goose bumps.
But wait, that’s no the biggest drama of the day. Symone Black sang an Otis Redding song with her dad looking on and she fainted, actually falling off the stage. It’s OK, though, because as far as I can tell, she made it through too.
Thursday night, the pressure builds for part 2 of Hollywood Week: group night, the night when something always seems to go wrong for someone I’ve really liked from the start.
The groupings should be interesting, and I’m keen to see how Symone Black recovers from her fall offstage. How about you?