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In the world's ultimate talent search - where the eyes of a nation are upon the best undiscovered singers in the country, where the audience has the power to make or break you, and where a million-dollar recording contract is on the line, there is only one rule: If you can sing it, bring it.

Recaps by Gordon Pepper and Chico Alexander, GSNN


FACT FILE:
Host: Ryan Seacrest
Judges: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson
Creator: Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP: Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Simon Fuller
Packager: 19 Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America
Airs: Tuesdays at 8:00pm ET and Wednesdays at 8:30p ET on FOX


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February 3 - Back to Hollywood

We started with thousands - we are down to 117 - and in a week, we will be down to 32. We have gone through the 'Keith' stage - now we have to seperate the very good to excellent stage - and we need to see who wants it more.

We start with Simon being....Simon. "These kids will need to have therapy when they get here." The pressure also goes to the people - like Matt Rogers and Lisa Leuschner, who has been here last year at this point - and got cut. We get a montage of all of the potential singers -from Scootergirl and Alan Ritchson to the twin Romans - and they all think that they will be idols...

But only 32 of them will, as Fantasia Barrino starts off the personality round. The singers start off - and we are reminded that a number of these singers did not get all yesses from the judges the first time around. Fantasia did - and there's no reason why she won't advance to the next round.

Jon Peter Lewis, who was described as a pen salesman, also performs, but Kiira Bivens, who had a pitch problem the first time, has another one, and with only Randy supporting her the first time, it doesn't look good. Michael 'Big Ego' Keown also has a pitch problem, but other singers just bring the ego - like Alan Ritchson, who fondles himself on the stage for the judges. With that, Simon tells the singers that they are all boring - and to have fun.

What constitutes fun? Writing your own song lyrics! The people have to create their own lyrics to one of 10 different song titles. Everyone is hard at work - except for Mr. Richtson and Lisa Wilson, who are swimming at the pool. Will their voices float, or will he be drowning with the competition? Alan gets closer to the edge, as he is flirting with all of the women instead of composing his own songs. That's not a good type of flirt.

Eric Yoder flirts...with Paula, with a smooth song with her and Simon. "I have to give you marks for sucking up more than any Idol in any competition in the world." Lauren Enswiler talks about her ex-boyfriend, who is gay. Goofy, but cute, and Randy says that it could be a country hit. On the other side, Taryn Southern, who starts out strong - and then blanks out with the lyrics in a day of nerves. We get a montage of people who forget their lyrics, including 16 year old John Stephens. Simon again reminds everyone that if they haven't written their lyrics out, they have made a huge mistake.

Did Lisa Wilson make a huge mistake in not practicing? Yes she does, as she screws up as well as everyone else. Michael Keown sings off-pitch, but he does get through the song, which Randy and Paula say that it's boring. Scootergirl is up, and she gets a good comedy song. Simon? "I don't know if you sing a good song that is funny, or a comedienne who can sing." Nicole says it's the former, but Simon is implying that it's the latter and that could spell trouble down the line. Also spelling trouble could be Matt Roger's effort, as Simon wonders if he is taking it seriously.

Then there is Kira Scott, who talks about dating the wrong man - something that Simon's ex-girlfriends could have been working on. OUCH. That is NOT a good way to get Simon's good side - and after the performance, insulting the judges is also not a good way to do it - she does have a bone to pick with Simon, who dissed her in New York, telling like calling Simon 'Gay'. "I think you are winning us over, but destroyed her chances by being disrespectful." Kira leaves and says that she doesn't think that she was being disrespectful, but with that attitude, she's as good as gone.

Who will be joining her? That's what the judges are figuring out as they assign the contestants into 4 rooms. In some of them, the contestants will be advancing, but in at least one of them, the singers will be going home. Kira, John, and Lisa Wilson think that the are gone, wile Kiira Bivens think that she is staying.

We will find out the fate in room #1, where Fantasia, who was great, and Alan, who was...well...swimming. The judges tell them that they have advanced, and joy erupts in the room. In room #2 is John Stevens, Cassie Lebeau, the pen salesman, and Lisa Wilson - and surprisingly, they also all get to stay.

In room #3 is Laura Enswiler and Kira Bivens - and they have to go home. Room 4 has the disrespectful Kira Scott, Scootergirl and Michael Keown - and they will get another chance. Bivens won't, and she is pissed, as she says that the theme this year may be Trailer Trash Idol, and that the show will suck because she's not on it. Uhh....ok.

We now get to one of my favorite parts of the competition - the group singing. People have to sing in groups of three and they have to sing one of these three songs. Alan's group hasn't gotten a song - and it's 1:30 am. Meanwhile, Lana Philiips, one of the people who has forgotten hey lyrics, is trying to find a group - but other people know that she was miss forgetful and steer away from her like the plague.

Jesus Roman. Matt Roman and George Roman finally get a song going - but Lisa Wilson's group is looking for her - and they can't find her - and they may have wanted to be looking for Lana at this point. Lana finally finds a group with Amy Adams and Scootergirl, while Brie Garcia is upset that someone's mom is trying to get in the way. "She's not getting up there to sing with us." Jesus Roman is upset that the group is quitting at 3am, while Matt says that sleep is the biggest part of the competition. Jesus thinks that he picked the wrong group...but who is the weak member of the group? We'll find out tomorrow, as we conclude and get to the final 32.

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