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The Hollywood Round: Part 3 - February 15

Last time, 109 remain was cut to 44. Tonight, the moment you've been waiting for... After weeks on the road, thousands of auditions, and nearly endless drama, Paula, Randy, and Simon name the top 24.

Again, same as last year, the judges will review the tapes of all 44 players. Then they'll cut the roster to 24, 12 men, and 12 women. THEY will go to the public vote next week.

We go to the Pasadena Civic Center for this phase. The contestants will go up the elevator to see the judges, who are waiting. Then the contestants will hear a yes or a no. And then... well, that's pretty much it.

First, Jessica Santos... No. Bobby Bullard... No. Brooke Barretsmith... No. Nick Whitten... No. Stephanie White... No. Five down, 39 to go.

Crystal Stark sang "Wishing on a Star" during Hollywood Week, an audition she thought was the best. The judges?... Not unanimous... It's a no.

Bobby Dillard is next... Meanwhile, Katharine McPhee is upset about Crystal not making it through. She thinks that the judges made a mistake.

Back to Bobby.... Another no.

Katharine McPhee, having cracked her knuckles out of pure nerve, is on her way up... She sang "My Funny Valentine" on day 4 of Hollywood Week. Randy loved the first audition... The Hollywood Round got a little tough. ... The verdict...

Katharine McPhee: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

We have our first yes! And Katharine's kissing everyone! And she can't stop going on about it... Maybe Ace will get to kiss Simon... Ace Young is next. He was consistently good. But his only trouble.. choosing a song for Day 4 on Hollywood Week. He chose "She's Out Of My Life". Did he make the right choice?

Brett "Ace" Young: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

"Hell yeah." Hell yeah, indeed, Ace. Antonio Bridges, meanwhile, gets a no, as does Eugenia Littlejohn, who says that her career is over before it began, peaking at 26. Robert Bennett Jr. is awaiting his fate.

Robert Bennett, Jr: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Mandisa Hundley relives that little tasteless comment by Simon.  "Yes you hurt me, and I cried, and it was painful, but I've forgiven you." Simon is humbled... for once. But all is forgiven when...

Mandisa Hundley: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Four down, twenty to go. Awaiting her fate now is Melissa McGhee...

Melissa McGhee: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Mark Adam Locklear... not. Lisa Tucker, who performed in "The Lion King", knocked it out during Hollywood Week... But is it enough?

Lisa Tucker: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Can her mother handle it? Can David Radford have it? He is next, humming "The Final Countdown" on the way up. "Dream a Little Dream?" Keep dreaming...

David Radford: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Sway Penala is next, as his mom reveals that it's Sway's birthday. If you remember, he almost blew it by going to bed... tough choice...

Jose "Sway" Penala: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE
Elliott Yamin: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Downstairs, it's a happy birthday indeed, while Brenna is reflective about having it out with the judges. Brenna Gethers is...

Brenna Gethers: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

"Let's make good TV!" So we have five women and five men. Still twelve spots to go. Will one go to Marcy Smith? Remember, Brenna was in her group, and she nearly sabotaged her audition. They have not spoken since. She won't speak to her ever again, becuase she's not going through. Nicole Ortiz, David Avram, William McCoy, and Breanna Taylor also don't make the cut.

Gedeon McKinney is next, having sung "Let's Stay Together" in the Hollywood Round. He says "You have to have it." He has it alright...

Gedeon McKinney: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Half of the men are decided. Stephanie Scott hopes to make it half of the girls. She was very operatic, so she says. Her "I Believe in You and Me" left little to be desired.... But it's enough.

Stephanie Scott: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Next, Ayla Brown, who at least has something to fall back on if her rendition of "Reflection" doesn't pass muster. ... It did.

Ayla Brown: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Ayla's an underdog, at best, though. This according to the judges. Meanwhile, Chris Daughtry is stuck in the elevator. After a group performance of "Emotion", is he on the next ride out? Security gets him out in time to see our happy threesomes. And he is the latest in a line of North Carolinians to take the Idol stage...

Chris Daughtry: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Paris, meanwhile, is playing slotter as she figures out her chances. Meanwhile, Rebecca O'Donahue survives a split decision.

Rebecca O'Donahue: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Nine spots remaining. Heather Cox and April Walsh from Denver are next... April goes home. Heather....

Heather Cox: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Next, Bucky Covington, who was off singing "Broken Road"... Doesn't matter.

William "Bucky" Covington: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE
Patrick Hall: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Kevin Covais... Simon didn't think he was the best... The parents are waiting...

Kevin Covais: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Paris is finally going up the elevator to hear her own fate, but given how she's doing... She thinks the lost a little charisma. She'll have a chance to get it back.

Paris Bennett: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

And she's off to tell mom. Four chairs left, eight people fighting for them. But first, an update. If you've been reading the GSNN pages, you know about the escapades involving the Brittenum twins, Terrell and Derrell. This is where they take the stage on the show. They say their behavior has been "absolutely flawless"... Not so. The twins are in lockdown, and out of the competition.

Kellie Pickler still has a chance, though. As much as I'd like to see two North Carolinians in this competition... I get my wish.

Kellie Pickler: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

Taylor Hicks never got love from Simon.. "They will not put you through in the final group to be voted on by the public." Right or wrong? He enters drawing a harmonica. He exits..

Taylor Hicks: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

That leave two girls and two guys. And two seats. First up: Kinnik Sky and Megan Bobo. The result...

Kinnik Sky: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

And finally, Syd Harcourt and William Makar. Both deserve it. Both want it... Only one will get it...

William Makar: GOING TO THE PUBLIC VOTE

And there you have it. Twenty-four of the best undiscovered talent America has to offer. One of them will be the next American Idol. This is how it's gonna go down. Next Tuesday, the women will perform. Next Wednesday, the men will perform. Next Thursday, the two men and two women with the lowest vote total will be eliminated. This continues until we have 12. They'll take the Idol stage and be picked off one by one until there are only two left to sing at the Kodak Theatre in May. Then your votes will determine who is named the season five American Idol...

And we'll be there laughing our way through it. Hope to see you as well. Cheers!

 

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