Hollywood Week (or "How to Lose Friends and
Influence People to Kick You When You're Down") - February 13
"Too many people work too damn hard to get
into this game and fight to stay alive." -Jeff Probst.
One hundred seventy-two people heard the three
magic words... "Welcome to Hollywood". But unfortunately for 148 of them, their
stay in Tinseltown will be short-lived. The cutting begins... right now.
Day 1 begins with breakfast, and it's the first
time the group has seen each other and the first chance they really get to size
each other out. But the guys stress less than the girls, because they're
performing TOMORROW. Today, it's all women, all the time.
We get these words of wisdom... Look to your left
and to your right. One of you is going home today. That's from a contestant.
First phase: in groups of six, each singer will
perform individually. First group: Jory Steinberg, Geri Guyer, Kelly Caruso,
Lisa Morrison, Christen Itam, and Jeromisha Lemar..... all of them... are going
Welcome to Hollywood indeed.
Next group: Perla Meneses, Rachel Jenkins, and
four others. Rachel... is cut. Perla is through, but she's "personality over
Next line: Baylie Brown and five others...
Ashlyn Carr got a second chance in the audition,
but she's going home. Porcelana Patino and Sarah Burgess... same deal. Both are
Last contestant of the day... Nicole Turner. Her
family says "Sing 'Ain't No Way'"." She complies. Reluctantly. The end result? A
ticket back home. Her mother takes the stage on her behalf. The judges honestly
believe that it was not the song choice.
In the end, 56 of the 114 girls are cut. Early
faves Melinda Doolittle, Gina Glocksen, and Jamie Lynn Ward are all through.
Day 2 of Boot Camp showcases the guys. Sundance
Head and Brian Miller both know the score. The men are on a roll. First out of
the gate is Brian, Jarrod Fowler, and Matt Sato. Matt and Chris Sligh are
through. Jerrod is going back to the ship...
And Matt Sato is still emotional...
He joins 33 others in the next round, giving us
92 total singers remaining, Nicholas Pedro, Phil Stacy, Blake Lewis, and Sean
Michel are among the ranks still in the running. But the hardest work is still
Night 2. The group round begins. It's hard to
even find a group. Matt continues to find a group. Meanwhile, Matt Buckstein
from last year is back with another group of cowboys. Chris Sligh is struggling
with his group with choreography. By 11 that night, groups are starting to gel,
but not so for Baylie and BFFs Amanda and Antonella. Baylie is beginning to have
Midnight, back to the hotel. 1a... back to
practice. Gina's having an issue with Dre's harmony. Baylie, Antonella & Amanda
finally choose a song, but need help with lyrics on "This Old Heart Of Mine"...
Amanda predicts failure. The other two... go to bed. Amanda, meanwhile, is
flirting with disaster.
3:30a. Gina's group continues to bicker.
Day 3 is here, and everyone's putting in last
minute rehearsal. And for good reason, because the sheriffs are laying down the
law on forgetting the words. That's.... an INSTANT cut.
Matt Sato finally found a group, but lost his
words. He's gone.
Upstairs, Perla is trying to get it together
mentally. Jessica Gordon, Gina Glocksen, and Marisa Rhodes... already together
mentally. Perla is cut.
Chris Sligh, Rudy Cardenas, Tom Lowe, and Blake
the Box are shining. All four are through, and forces to be reckoned with.
Sundance Head, meanwhile, has to improve from
yesterday if he's to stand a chance. L'Paige Bedford, Robyn Troup, and Sundance
Head are together... But only Sundance shines. But only just. "I gotta get
something right or I'm going home."
Baylie, Amanda, and Antonella are finally ready
to perform. Baylie.. forgets the words. Amanda... flubs. And Antonella is really
the only standout. The two BFFs go through, but Baylie is out. Amanda &
Antonella have high opinions of themselves while Baylie has words for both of
them, having worked the hardest. And we have footage that disproves Amanda's
"job interview" approach.
Baylie joins 35 others cut, leaving 56.
Day 4... and 56 will be cut to 40. It's the final
performances. Three rooms at the end of the day. Who's in? Who's out?
In one room, Gina, Blake, Chris, and Buckstein.
In another room... Antonella and Sundance and
Sanjaya... They're ... THROUGH.
Meaning that room three, with Shyamali (Sanjaya's
sister) and Amanda (Antonella's BFF)... it's over.
From this group of 40, the judges will have to
make their hardest cut of all... to the final 24.
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