Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson
Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.
Original Telecast: Feb. 15, 2012
Seacrest last week said that this final round of “Hollywood Week” on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, would be the “most drama ever” – yes, taking a page out of THE BACHELOR’s book o’ promotions.
Well, it was dramarific for sure with the culmination of the dreaded group night where every year singers crash and burn under the pressure, the rehearsal and having to work with others. And to no one’s surprise it was full of crash and burns, some in-between and some pretty good performances.
And while group night is always enjoyable just because of the circus that it is (which is the appeal more so than just the singing) it isn’t a good barometer for who is left from the initial cuts that might be in the final contestants.
No, that came during the solo performances where those that made it past group night had to perform with the band by themselves without a net. There was no cutting in this round as they would wait until they gathered them into groups for the final cuts during Hollywood Week. And many of those that we have already seen many times shined including Phil Phillips, Jen Hirsh, Shannon Magrane, Reed Grimm and Adam Brock.
The only problem with this was that they only showed a handful of the good ones and not even a marginal look at the bad ones other than in montages. While this is fine in terms of moving the process along, since this is the best part of IDOL before the actual competition begins, it would have been nice to explore this a bit more.
This is a big complaint I have because this would give the audience more time to bond with the people that eventually do make it to the final cut and when they begin voting. It would give them people to cheer for and talk about. By skipping out on most of the solo performances and focusing more on the group stuff we miss much of what the judges saw and why they moved some people along and cut others.
Anyway, I will dispense with the drama and just get you the results of who made it in and who didn’t (at least to the best of my ability).
Those that made it that have been heavily profiled this year (I probably missed a few):
- Jen Hirsh
- Hallie Day
- Erica Von Pelt
- Creighton Fraker
- David Leathers
- Johnny Keyser
- Adam Brock
- Jermaine Jones
- Lauren Gray
- Joshua Ledet
- Reed Grimm
- Phil Phillips
- Skylar Laine
- Shannon Magrane
- Jessica Philips
- Jairon Jackson
- Ritchie Law
- Stephanie Renee
- Bailee Brown
- Angie Zeiderman
- Heejun Han
- Gabi Carrubba
- Britnee Kellogg
- Jeremy Rosado
Here’s the list of people that didn’t make it from those that were profiled this year (again probably missing a few):
- Rachelle Lamb
- Brittany Kerr
- Jennifer Marsh
- Madison Shaney
- Jayrah Gibson
- Kyle Crews
- Dustin Cundiff
- Amy Brumfield
- Jacquie Cera
- Christian Lopez
- Alisha Bernhardt
- Samantha Novacek
The next episodes continues the singing process but this time in Las Vegas where everyone either hasn’t been or doesn’t realize they can get a room for like $75 bucks during the week at some of the cheaper places because they seemed to be a little more than excited.
Anyway, I’ll be here, snark in hand.
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