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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
Web americanidol.com
Airs 8p Wed & Thurs, Fox
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Hollywood Round: Part 1
February 8

Eight cities... Hundreds of thousands of auditions... 310 survivors. Now it's time to step up or get sent home. It promises to be the most intense Hollywood Round ever on American Idol.

This... is Hell Week.

HOLLYWOOD... Sort of.
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Day 1

Round 1 as always begins with the Line Sing. One by one each person will sing a cappella for 90 seconds, and then the judges will cut from front and back with no feedback. And half of them will go home today. For our purposes, singers will be followed by their audition city.

First line features Johnny Keyser (St. Louis) and Heejun Han (Pittsburgh). Johnny sings "Dreamin'" by Amos Lee. Heejun sings "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" by Michael Bolton. Both are in the front line... and...front line GETS ANOTHER DAY IN HOLLYWOOD.

Elise Testone (Charleston) sings "Virtual Insanity" by Jamiroquai, Baylie Brown (Galveston) sings "If I'm Not in Love With You" by Faith Hill, and Hallie Day (Pittsburgh) gives us Aretha's "(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman". All three are through. Nice start...

Next in the line, Jen Hirsh (Galveston) with "Up to the Mountain" by Patty Griffin and Lauren Gray (St. Louis) with "One and Only" by Adele. Jen and Lauren ... are THROUGH!

Heather Youmans, Sascha Julian, and Candice Russell... are not as lucky.

Midday on Day 1... and Steven needs to rally the troops.

After that, we get Phil Phillips (Savannah), our Georgia pawn star with James Brown's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and Reed Grimm (Pittsburgh) with Jack Albertson & Peter Ostrum's ode to being lucky... from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory", "I've Got a Golden Ticket". Sidebar... he's a performer. Travis Orlando (Pittsburgh) was sent home from Hollywood last year. Will he redeem himself with "All I Do" by the Regulars Band. Surviving... Phil and Reed. Travis.... it isn't your day. Again.

Also saying goodbye... Ramiro Garcia (Galveston), Wolf Hamlin (San Diego), and Jenni Schick (Aspen).

... and at the end of day 1, we are 68 people short.

Day 2

The second half of hopefuls are lined up and ready to fire.

Adam Brock (Pittsburgh) has been told that there is a "large black woman trapped inside of (his) body". Unfortunately there is not a small white girl beside him for the first time in a while... his daughter. He sings "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn. Following him, Jane Carrey (San Diego) with "Lookin' Out My Back Door" by CCR. Stepping forward... Jane. Front row.... it's the end of the line. Adam's in. And who better to hear it than his little girl.

For a few auditioners, "yes" means "yes", "no" means "yes", but "stop or we're calling the police" means... just that.

David Leathers (Savannah) hasn't stopped macking on the ladies. Joining him, Shannon Magrane (Savannah). Shannon sings "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys. David sings "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion. Both bring the house down. Joining both of them, Jessica Phillips (Portland) with Whitney Houston's "All the Man That I Need". Another one to bring the house down, but it's like Chris Bosh to Lebron and D-Wade before her. All three stay back. And all three are INVITED BACK. Joining them, Angie Zeiderman (Aspen) and Brittany Kerr (Savannah).

Next line! Erika Van Pelt (Pittsburgh) with "Glitter in the Air" by Pink, Creighton Fraker (Pittsburgh) with Queen's "Somebody to Love", and Aaron Marcellus (Pittsburgh)... which was part yelling. All three are through.

Next line! Lauren Mink (Savannah) has "Alone" by Heart, Jeremy Rosado (Savannah) has "Superstar" by Luther Vandross, and Symone Black (San Diego) has "Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding.



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