American Idol Hollywood or Home (Review & Videos)
On American Idol tonight, the contestants who did well in their auditions and got given Golden Tickets are now in Hollywood. It won’t be smooth sailing for them, though, as right from the start of their being in Hollywood, they will be expected to have a song ready to sing. After 2 weeks in Hollywood, only 30 contestants will remain. Which contestants will have what it takes to survive these impromptu auditions in Hollywood, and which will get sent home?
Ryan Seacrest, the host of American Idol, started off the episode by saying that there will be a “shocking new twist” a brand new round. Right from the airplane, the contestants are being transported to an airplane hangar. Some of the contestants will be asked to sing again, and if they screw up, they will be sent home tonight. Harry Connick Jr. tells the contestants “There will be cuts made today.”
Johnny Newcomb is the first person up. He says he will sing “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People. I think he sounds pretty darn good. He accompanies himself on his guitar.
The judges discuss his performance amongst themselves — then, they ask to hear Conner Zwetsch, 20, rather than tell Johnny if he made it or not. She sings “Let Her Go” by Passenger.
Ali Jane Henderson, 19, sings “Toxic” by Britney Spears. She sings a really great version, and the arrangement is suited for her. Caitlin Johnson, 16, sings “Only Girl in the World.” She fights back tears and doesn’t think that she’s done very well. The pressure and tension gets to many of the contestants.
Then, Adam Roth plays the keyboards, and sing “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. I thought he did quite well, though Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban didn’t think much of his keyboard playing.
Tristen Langley, 15, the first-ever second generation American Idol, was up next after the commercial break. He performs “Make You Feel My Love.” He does great — the judges don’t say if he passed the audition or not. The judges cover their mouths so the contestants can’t lip read what they say.
Morgan DePlitch, 15, sings “Brave” by Sara Bareilles. She plays the piano as she is singing. I think she sounded fantastic — Harry Connick, Jr., says she sounds “extraordinarily weak.”
Several of the singers don’t do all that well — Keith Urban says that they sound like they’re “phoning it in.” Harry Connick says:
“It has to be a knockout. If you screw this up, it’s over.”
By the end of the day, the judges have heard over 50 contestants.
Eric Wood sings a great version of “She Talks to Angels” and Necco Starr sings “Gorilla” by Bruno Mars. They both do great, and both move on.
The 52 contestants that the judges saw were split up into two groups, one that would stay, and one that would go. Harry Connick Jr., said that there were two buses parked outside the door, one which would take one group to their hotel, the other would take the second group to the airport to go home.
The contestants on Bus One were taken to the airport, while those on Bus Two were transported to their hotel in Hollywood. Ryan said that “they are safe — for now.”
The contestants “would be moving onto a new stage in the competition, where the stakes are even higher,” according to Ryan Seacrest. Ryan added that the final spot in the Top 30 will be decided by you, the voters of America.
Majesty Rose York, John Fox and Brandy Neely perform next on American Idol after a commercial break, with three other performers. Majesty sings “1234” by Feist, and NAILS it. Brandy, Majesty, and John Fox get to move on to the next round, while the other three go home.
Spencer Lloyd of Arkansas sings “Say Something.” He has a very emotional, rich-sounding, smooth voice. He plays the keyboards as he sings. He does an AWESOME job, nailing it — he will go on to the next round easily.
Austin Wolfe sings “Take It All” by Adele. She sounds fantastic — then, Bria Anai sings, and she has a very powerful, cool voice. Selena Morena sings next. She’s one of twin sisters — her sister didn’t make it past the first round of auditions. Selena screws up, painfully, stopping singing her song in mid-sentence. Selena is upset with herself — Selena has a really great voice, but nerves got to her, IMO.
Austin, Bria, and Jessica Muse are in the first group — Harry Connick Jr. tells them that they will move on. Selena is in the group who won’t be moving on. Lauren Ogburn will also be going back to her home.
Sam Woolf, who auditioned in Boston, is up next. He sings “Waiting On the World to Change.” He sounds terrific. Then Keri Lynn Roche sings, then Ayla Stackhouse.
Last up in this group is C.J. Harris, and he accompanies himself on the guitar. He sings “Trouble.” What a great voice! He played the guitar really well, also. His performance might be the best of the night, so far!
Keith calls the names of C.J., John Martin, and Ayla Stackhouse. He says that everyone but C.J. will be going home of these three. Sam Woolf will be moving on to the next round.
Alex Preston, 20, sings “Scream & Shout.” He gives a really great performance, also, and gets to move on to the next round! He, also, just might have what it takes to be the last one remaining at the end of this season.
Sydney Arterbridge, 15, then sings “All of Me” by John Legend — and then, Jesse Roche, from the Austin auditions, and Bryan Watt — he has a super great voice, and performs the song “God Gave Me You.”
“Bryan, Jane, Sydney,” are names Keith read out. They will all be going home. Alex Preston and Jesse Roach are the ones advancing from these performers.
Before going to the next commercial break, Ryan showed a clip of a female performer, Madilyne Patterson, and asked the home audience if we thought the judges said she would be going onto the next round or would be going home. I’ll say that she will be going home, but I didn’t here very much of what she sang, really. It turns out she will be going on.
Kenzie Hall sings next — she “throws it down,” as Ryan says, singing very fast, rapping a part of the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song “Can’t Hold Us.” Quaid Edwards performs “The Man Who Can’t be Moved” by The Script. Kenzie Hall is the only one to move on of her small group.
Ben Briley, 24, sings “Stars” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. He has a pretty AMAZING voice. Briston Maroney sings “Royals.” Dexter Roberts, 22, performs “Barton Hollow” by The Civil Wars. The singers and songs are coming fast and furious tonight — then, Dexter asks Keith Urban to play his guitar, and Urban jams out on the it. All three of the guys in this group get to move on.
Blond-haired Rachel Rolleri sings the Bonnie Raitt song, “Angels from Montgomery,” while playing the guitar. She has an angelic voice.
Casey Thrasher is in the next group to perform. Maurice Twonsend sings first — “Impossible.” Then Casey sings “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones, and does an AMAZING job of it.
Then, Emily Piriz, Malcolm Allen, 21, Tiquila Wilson, Ben briley, Dexter Roberts, Briston Maroney, Rachel Rollewri, Casey Thrasher, and George Lovett sing and all of them will move on to the next round.
Next, the guy, Mnfarid Zaidi, that Harry Connick, Jr. Picked up and cradled in his arms sings “Proud Mary.” Ethan Thompson sings, as does Austin Precario sings. All three will be moving on to the next round!
Caleb Johnson sings “Symphony for the Devil.” Then, Stephanie Hanvey performs “Girl On Fire,” and Kristen O’Conner performs “Nobody’s Perfect.” Stephanie, Caleb, and Kristen all will be moving on to the next round, also!Their American Idol dream lives on!
Emmanuel Zidor, 24, performs next. His song choice is “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” He is certainly unique, but he brings it, also, and he will be going on to the next round.
Brianna Oakley sings “Mama Do (Uh Oh Uh Oh)” by Pixie Lott and Jesse Cline sings “Lights” by Ellie Goulding and both of them move on to the next round, but then we hear a few people who don’t do so well and are sent home.
Keith London performs “If I Were a Boy.” He knocks it out of hte park — it’s a somewhat unusual choice of a song. The judges say that they talked all the way through it and really didn’t pay much attention to how he sang — so, he sings another song, “Same Love” by Macklemore & Lewis, and the judges really like how he sounds singing this song.
Ali, Tiffany, Olivia, and Keith are all going through to the next round!
Malaya Watson plays the keyboards and sings a powerful rendition of “Brand New Me” by Alicia Keys. Jena Ascuitto from Detroit sings “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey. She has a powerful rich voice. Savion Wright dedicates the song he performs to his brother, Alfie, who died just two-and-a-half weeks ago. He plays the keyboards as he sings “Breathing Under Water.” What an AMAZING performance! He brings tears to the eyes of some audience members. Only 104 will be moving on.
Keith Urban tells them that tomorrow will be group day. The remaining contestants will have to split themselves into groups of three-four, and more cuts will come.
Casey Thrasher finds a group right away, but others are not having as much luck.Ryan says that each group will get to work with vocal coaches on a first-come, first-served basis.
It’s frustrating for some of the performers, who find themselves in groups with people who they don’t get along with, like Jessica Meuse. One of her group members, Matthew Hamel, is singing along with her instead of harmonizing with her. She doesn’t want to go home based on how the other members perform.
Clark King has to drop out of the competition, as he is coming down with the flu and can hardly speak. Jessica Meuse searches to find another group, while most everyone else has already formed groups.
Dexter Roberts, Ben Briley, and Casey Thrasher are among the first of the contestants to form a group. They call it The Backstreet Cowboys.
Many of the contestants don’t go to sleep until 3:00 a.m. or later.
After commercials, Emmanuel and Carmen Delgina search for their missing group member, Terrica Curry.
The groups are going through their final dress rehearsal. Many of them, like “Loud and Fierce,”are having a hard time of it.
Jessica Meuse joined the group “Sparkles,” but Tanya of the group is already wearing on Jessica’s nerves.Also, one member of the group “Clarity” has left the others in the lurch, wanting the day off. The have to work quickly to change their quartet into a trio.
Ryan: “The infamous group round is about to begin.”
Jennifer Lopez announces that at least half of all of the remaining contestants will be CUT tomorrow. It should be a tension-filled episode of American Idol tomorrow, to say the least.
That’s the end of tonight’s episode of American Idol! a lot of heartaches, tears, dramatic moments, smiles, laughs, and great singing made up this episode. There were both weak and outstanding performances. The group performances, tomorrow, will be interesting to watch, but many talented performers might be going to be sent home who simply had the misfortune to be in the wrong group at the wrong time.
Written by: Douglas Cobb