“American Idol,” Feb. 12

12 Feb

Finally — Hollywood Week!!

Tonight was a two-hour special, and I’ve got pages upon pages of notes…so let’s get started.

This year the rules are a little different at Hollywood round.

Round 1: If contestants got a “yes” from the judges, they were sent immediately to Round 3.
If they got a “no,” they had to go to Round 2. 
Contestants were allowed to perform with an instrument.

Round 2: About 10 contestants stand in a line, and each one must sing a bit of a song a capella. They were either eliminated right there on the spot or sent on to Round 3.

Round 3: Have to sing a song of their choice (out of a possible 200 choices) with the band and backup singers — just like in the Top 24 round. They are either eliminated right out or make it to the Top 50 (and, if they’re chosen out of that, they’re in the Top 24).

According to sweet Ryan Seacrest, out of the seven cities “Idol” visited and out of the thousands of people who tried out, only 164 were sent to Hollywood.

Alright, Round 1.

Brooke “I’ve Never Seen an R-rated Movie” White performed “Beautiful” on her keyboard. I loved her performance and so did the judges — she’s on to Round 3.

David Hernandez did a great job of “Love the One You’re With.” Simon said he felt very comfortable up there — “which is a really, really good sign.” He’s through to 3.

Also with an express pass to 3 is rocker/nurse/motorcyclist Amanda Overmeyer, who did a kick-butt job of “Light My Fire.” Simon warned her that all of her songs are starting to sound alike, though.

Josiah “Homeless Kid” Leming sang Mika’s “Grace Kelly” with his keyboard and nailed it. That’s one of those songs I can’t imagine anyone else singing, really, but little Leming was awesome. On to 3.

Ones who must come back to round 2 include Amy Flynn, Jeffrey Lampkin, Leo Marlowe and Cardin McKinney.

Round 2

Jeffrey Lampkin’s sister was eliminated early on in Round 2, but Jeffrey won a pass to Round 3.

Perrie Cataldo, who many remember as a single dad, was eliminated.

Amy Flynn, the dance team captain who taught Simon about abstinence, was eliminated after her poor performance of “Love Will Bring You Back.”

Kristy Lee Cook, an early favorite who sang “Amazing Grace,” didn’t do so well in Round 1 and had to sing a capella in Round 2. And her song choice? “Amazing Grace,” yet again (are the words to this song literally the only words she knows?…Pick another song, dear…fast). She makes it to Round 3.
Please excuse my snarkiness with her…I know a lot of folks chose her as an early favorite but I feel like I’ve already heard her (*cough*carrieunderwood*cough*) before.

Angela Martin, the young mom with a sick daughter, has it even more rough — her dad, who had planned to go to Hollywood with her, has just died. Although I thought her audition was a million times better than Kristy Lee’s, Angela is eliminated.

Also out are Angelica Puente and Kayla Hatfield.

On to Round 3.

David Archuletta, who fabulously sang John Mayer in his first audition, is singing “Heaven” by Bryan Adams. The judges loove loove loove him, as do I, and he’s through.

World, meet your next Sanjaya — presidential hopeful Kyle Ensley. He’s got a voice but I don’t think it’s good enough for the show. Apparently I’m wrong because the judges love him, and he’s in the Top 50 (and, yes, I know, he’s been spotted in Top 24 photos…prove me wrong, Kyle!!).

Bless Jeffrey Lampkin, he sang “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin” (seriously….whaaa?) and it’s bad and he’s eliminated.

Syesha (didn’t catch her last name but that’s such a good first one we may not need a last one) was fabulous at “Chain of Fools,” even though her voice was giving out. She’s on the Top 50.

OK. A lot of people like contestants more for their looks than their voices…and I’m guilty in this instance: Aussie Michael Johns was great at “Bohemian Rhapsody,” so he’s through. *sigh*

Carly Smithson’s through, too, on her performance of “Alone.” I don’t know, I’m still not sold on her yet.

Asia’h Epperson was wonderful on “I’m Goin’ Down.” The judges love her.

Beauty queen Brooke Helvie tries to sing “Unchained Melody” but butchers it. Randy says no, Simon says yes. It’s up to Paula. For some reason they let her sing a little bit more of it, but Paula still says no.  Brooke then cries that they didn’t give her a “fair chance”…umm…honey…they gave you two chances, more than anyone else got. Don’t complain.

Josiah Leming had a rough night practicing with the band. So he goes on stage, tells the band they’re amazing, and then asks them to leave. He sings “Stand By Me” by himself and it’s terrible, but the judges put him through to the Top 50.

Tomorrow night — the Top 24 are chosen.

Drew Poppelreiter Watch: Didn’t see much of the Saltillo native tonight. There were a few shots of him packing for Hollywood, and then celebrating that he’s into the Top 50.

6 Responses to ““American Idol,” Feb. 12”

  1. farley662 February 12, 2008 at 9:42 pm #

    I see Grace Jones got the ax. That made my day.

  2. farley662 February 12, 2008 at 10:04 pm #

    Syesha sucks. She is the Tamara Grey this year. A screamer, not a singer. She is the new person I don’t like.

    The Aussie is awesome. Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi!

  3. Kady Malloy February 13, 2008 at 12:42 am #

    Terrific write up! We’re Rooting for Kady Malloy! She’s gonna go all the way! (just so you know.. heh. :P)

  4. sheenabarnett February 13, 2008 at 11:29 am #

    amy flynn getting the ax made my day. i wasn’t sure i’d be able to watch the season of she stayed on.

  5. farley662 February 13, 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    The fact that she hired an American Idol loser to be her coach speaks for itself. I though it was funny when dumpy season 4 loser was loading up on french toast and told skinny anorexic chick she couldn’t have any. Bought died laughing.

  6. farley662 February 13, 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    Bout not bought.

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