the Hollywood Round came to a harrowing finish... and 50 are still alive.
But before they can find out whether or not they've made it to Television
City in Hollywood... There's one more challenge. Prepare yourself for
another American Idol first as the contestant find out that they're headed
first ever Las Vegas Round. The assignment: learn and perform a Beatles song
in just 24 hours. Succeed, and you move onto the final judgment. Fail... and
you could be going home. It's do or die for the 61 that live to sing another
day. They have to divide themselves into duos and trios, pick a song, then
hope that they're in the two-thirds that will do proper justice to such an
arrive, it's all hands on deck for the vocal coaches, including one Peggi
Blu... because someone has to be the villain this year.
Oh, did we
mention that some people didn't know who the Beatles were? Time for some
help. Enter our in-house mentor for the year, Interscope Records exec Jimmy
Iovine, a guy who's worked with John Lennon himself.
Lauren Alaina, Denise Jackson, and Scotty McCreery. And we have a problem.
Back to the drawing board. And it doesn't get any better from here. They
need a little inspiration, as if the fact that there's only 24 spots wasn't
enough, all the quarterfinalists head off to watch "Love" by Cirque du
First on the
Love Stage: Stefano Langone & James Durbin with "Get Back". They're
& Karen Rodriguez were actually in the same high school group before
reuniting on Idol. They're going to sing "Money Can't Buy Me Love". And...
it didn't end well. Started well, didn't end well.
Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, and Naima Adedapo, a lot of firepower in this group,
but they can't overdo it all the time. They'll try the less-is-more approach
with "The Long and Winding Road". Turned out to be very very nice.
Zevita plays "Eleanor Rigby", Lauren Turner & Jovany Barreto sing "Let It
Be", Tim Halperin and Julie Zorrilla play "Something".
Lakeisha Lewis, Jerome Bell, and Tatynisa Wilson play "I Saw Her Standing
There". They were strong, but Jerome was the weak link.
McDonald & Kendra Chantelle duet with "Blackbird". They were beautiful
together, as do many of the duos in play. And speaking of beautiful duos,
Ashley Sullivan is working on the perfect dress for... the perfect day?
That's right. When Ashley found out that the next stop for Idol was Vegas,
she and David (her boyfriend) are going to make it official. With Dave the
Camera Guy as their witness. And.... next stop, "The Newlywed Game"!
now, the honeymoon's over, because Vegas Week continues on the Love Stage.
First up, Thia Megia & Melinda Ademi with "Here Comes the Sun". They were
trained by the Vocal Coach from Hell. Thia was on point.... Melinda... not
so much. They drug each other through the mud, basically.
Sophia Shorai & the newlywed Ashley Soraiva with "We Can Work It Out".
Unfortunately, they can't.
Lauren, Denise & Scotty take the stage after taking a thrashing from Jimmy
Iovine. Their song... "Hello Goodbye". Their performance... whimsical.
Denise was not as strong, but Scotty and Lauren were good.. though the song
didn't do them any favors. Carson Higgins & Caleb Hawley put a little sauce
in their arrangement, as did Chris Medina & Casey Abrams ("Hard Day's
Night"). Aaron Sanders, Robbie Rosen, and Jordan Dorsey deliver our grand
finale with "Got To Get You Into My Life". And it was grand indeed, though
the harmonies went a little flat to start.
Scotty... Jordan... Ashthon... Robbie... Lauren Alaina... and an unnamed
seventh... ARE THROUGH! The rest of this group, including Molly DeWulf,
Carson Higgins, and Caleb Hawley, Denise Jackson, Melinda Ademi, and Ashley
Sullivan are going home. From 61... down to 40.
in Vegas will end in Vegas for a great majority of these people. But first,
let's pause 10 seconds for station identification. This is "American Idol"
on the Fox Broadcasting Company.
An undisclosed hangar...
surviving the Vegas Round will be asked to sing one more time, walk down the
lonely road to the judges. On one end, the top 12 guys and the top 12 girls
will go on to make up your top 24. On the other end... an airplane taking
them back to reality. It's time to Sing For Your Life (TM).
Adedapo. She "Put Your Records On" for one more shot with Corinne Bailey
Rae. The tears of pain turn into.... tears of joy. She's IN THE TOP 24!
One down, 39
to go. Hollie Cavanagh is next... She tried "No One" by Alicia Keys... But
it wasn't enough, as Hollie's road to Idol ends here. But she'll be back
next year, maybe. Joining her... Lakeisha Lewis and Alex Ryan.
Gamboa is hoping for better results with "Hello" by Lionel Richie. And we
say hello... to him. He's through.
and Haley Reinhart is about to find out whether her return trip will be
worth it. She made a major name for herself as a comeback kid. And the
ultimate comeback... claimed. She's #4 through to the vote. The news would
not be as sweet for Deandre Brackensick.
McDonald was a silent wind from Nashville who breezed through Hollywood
Week. He took a risk with an original song and a very original suit. Will it
pay off? YES. Ashthon Jones is hoping to hear the same result. She tried "I
Wanna Dance with Somebody" for her SFYL number... And it pays off. She's
is next. He was a powerhouse as well. Will "Fix You" fix him into the top
24? Every song was for his fiancee.... but unfortunately, that was the last
song that he'll sing this year on Idol, a decision that sends Jennifer to
all that Fox is going to give us tonight. To recap...
THE PUBLIC VOTE
Clint Jun Gamboa
19 to go. Will Jennifer find the strength to continue? And who'll make the
final spots in the top 24.
you and me, though... I think J-Lo'll be back.