American Idol: Hollywood Week Round 1

February 9, 2010

“181 contestants started Hollywood Week.  New Judge Ellen joined the panel and the first round of competition begins.  Each contestant in groups of 8 has one chance to impress the judges with an A Cappella performance or they can also use an instrument of their choice.  96 contestants made it to the next round of groups, but there were many familiar faces, some bad, and only a few we haven’t seen in the past.  Here is the rundown:”

Day 1

The Good – These are the singers that got airtime and we got to see their performances (Thanks American Idol for telling us who to root for)

Katie Stevens 17 – Good voice but nothing memorable

Andrew Garcia 24 – This guy was phenomenal on the guitar. Taking a Paula Abdul song and making it his own.  Even Kara compared him to Adam in the way he is able to change the song.

Janel Wheeler 24 – Another girl who changed up the song and played the guitar

Haley Vaughn 16 – This girl is interesting.  An African-American girl that sings country and she sounded good!

Mary Powers 29 – Rocker Mom does PINK and actually sounds like her

Also making it through but didn’t get airtime:

Todrick Hall (Dallas) – I remember this guy had an amazing voice

Charity Vance (Chicago) – All I remember about her was that her parents are hairdressers!

Ashley Rodriguez (Boston) – Don’t remember her audition?!?

The Bad (Every year its always about presentation, song choice, the way they sang it, nerves, forgetting the lyrics..what did I miss?)

Skiibo Ski 22 – Still trying to figure out how he made it through (ratings) and I am glad he was eliminated)

Cornelius Edwards 24 – Bad Song choice

Meagan Wright 21 – All over the place!

Amedeo DiRocco 28 – Failed to find his voice.

And of course:

Montage of bad singers… playing instruments


Vanessa Wolf 20 – For someone who didn’t make it through.  I was surprised how much time was spend with her back story and her first trip on an airplane.  Such a pity!!

Day 2

(Montage of bad)

The Good:

Lilly Scott 20 – Didn’t remember her audition tape but she was pretty good

Michael “Big Mike” Lynche 26 – His wife was giving birth around the same time as his audition.  But the most interesting thing about this guy is the controversy surrounding his booting from the show because his Dad was interviewed recently stating he had made the show which is a breach of contract.  My question now is, why do they keep showing him then?!?

Tim Urban 20 – This is the first time we are seeing this guy despite a quick b&w of his audition we didn’t see.

Casey James 27 – Great Blues voice

Didi Benami 23 – This girl sang a Kara song.  Great song choice of course!

Crystal Bowersox 24 – Don’t remember seeing her audition but they show a clip of her getting a tattoo of her son.  She sounded amazing on the vocals!

The Bad:

Jay Stone 25 – Blake Lewis Beatboxer.  Too bad, unlike Blake, this guy did more beatboxing than singing

Montage of some of the girls we saw in the auditions

Erica Rhodes – Barney Dominatrix Girl

Paige Dechausse – Don’t remember her audition!

Amanda Desimone and Bernadette Desimone – Jersey Sisters

Maddy Curtis 16 –  Showed her back story but the song choice was horrible.

The Surprise:

Justin Williams 27 – I was very surprised he didn’t make it through.  The cancer survivor who looks and fits the part but the judges didn’t let him go through.  Interesting…

Final Thoughts:

Ellen was pretty good.  She delivered on nice and mean in a good way.  However, there were no fights between the judges.  It was all to orderly and cordial!  The performances as a whole were actually not that exciting.  No goosebumps or any major standouts besides Andrew Garcia but besides that there wasn’t anything memorable and there was also no drama.  It seemed like a pretty straightforward first round.  Hoping for a much more exciting Group round and hopefully some singers we haven’t seen yet showing us something new and unique.

Update: 27.7 million viewers +12% from last week (Most views since premiere)

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