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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 Chico Alexander, Jason Block, Don Harpwood & Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host Ryan Seacrest
Judges Randy Jackson
Jennifer Lopez
Steven Tyler
Mentor Jimmy Iovine
Creator Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP Nigel Lythgoe
Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
Packager 19 TV & FremantleMedia North America
Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles
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Airs 8p Wed & Thurs, Fox

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Auditions: Nashville
January 27

They don't call Nashville Music City for nothing; with its strong roots in country, blues, and rockabilly, it is part of America's musical heritage. Will someone carve out their own niche in this storied city, or will it be the fall of the Titans? Tonight on American Idol, it's...

Bridgestone Arena/Ryman Auditorium

They showed up at Bridgestone Arena 17,000 strong. Across the street at the Ryman Auditorium, a storied venue of the Grand Ole Opry, we start with Christine McCaffrey (27, West Palm Beach, FL), a dental assistant hoping to make the judges smile with ... well, whatever it is she's got. She goes with Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance". I hope she leaves.

Entering now, Chelsee Oaks (23, Nashville) and Rob Bolin (23, Nashville), who are... exes. They've been singing together since the day they met. For a while, it looked like they were getting back together. But there's no way in hell that they can be friends. They start with something together, "To Love Somebody" by the Bee Gees. Rob starts with Marvin's "What's Goin' On". A bit short on soul, but the meat is there in the sandwich. Chelsee is next with Brandi Carlisle's "The Story". Same deal. Bit short, meat, sandwich. But they're going to Hollywood!

Allen Lewis (26, Franklin Furnace, OH) is a tattoo artist and a warrior. He sings "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. The tone is actually there... but he's all over the place. It's anything but simple.

Next up, Stormi Henley (19, Crossville, TN), a former Miss Teen USA (2009). She sings "Father Can You Hear Me" by Tiffany Evans. Steven's waiting for her to belt. He says yes. Jennifer says she isn't strong enough, saying no. Randy... gives her the go-ahead.

From a storm to Adrienne Beasley (22, Wickliffe, KY), a farmgirl. Her parents adopted her when she was 2, and she's been a vital part of the family ever since. She sings "American Honey" by Lady Antebellum. She's a little bit country, a little bit R&B, but it's something special. She's through to Hollywood.

Day 2 starts up with Kameela Merricks (28, Oak Grove, KY), a junior regional soloist with a huge voice for a small frame. How huge will it be for this room? She sings Chaka Khan's "Sweet Thing". Very sourly. Things didn't get any better for this shadow figure in a full-body spandex suit.

Jackie Wilson (not that one) (28, Nashville) hopes to turn the tide with "'Til You Come Back to Me" by Aretha. She does a weird key-change thing, but she otherwise nails it. She's through.

Next is... Latoya "Younique" Moore (26, Nashville), a recording artist who sees herself as a star. She's a little bit of a diva, isn't she? Hope she lost that recording deal, because it's on for Latoya Moore with "When I Close My Eyes" by Shanice... when I close my eyes... it still sounds whiny. She's not going to Hollywood, but Paul McDonald (25, Nashville), Jimmie Allen (25, Franklin, TN), and Danny Pate (23, Auburndale, FL) ARE.

Hoping to follow in their footsteps is Matt Dillard (27, Cheatham County, TN), a big brother to a few special needs fosters. To him, family is everything. They inspire him to sing "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban. The judges are split with Steven the decider... and he's going to Hollywood.

From a pool of 17,000, we're down to just one more, Lauren Alaina (15, Rossville, GA). She is your typical 15-year-old. She loves to sing, thanks to her cousin Holly. three years ago, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She's since recovered from it, but she would be on chemo for the rest of her life. She closes the hour out with "Like We Never Loved At All" by Faith Hill. No doubt they've saved the best for last. She has real natural talent. She's DEFINITELY going to Hollywood. And she joins 55 others on the road to Hollywood. But did we find the one tonight?

We'll find out as we go to Austin to continue our search for the 10th American Idol. Will we hook'em here? Stay tuned, America.

To see extras from this episode, go to www.americanidol.com.