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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
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Vegas Round
February 16

Another Hollywood Week is in the books, and when the dust settled, 70 dreams are still alive. Those dreams are now on buses heading toward their next challenge on the road to Nokia Theatre LA Live.

... Welcome to the Vegas Round!

Aria Las Vegas

This season's Vegas Round will be played in two parts. The first part will pay tribute to the King of Rock'n'Roll Elvis Presley on the stage of Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis at the Aria in Las Vegas' famed city within a city, CityCenter. The second, it's sing-for-your-life. But more on that later.

Before leaving Hollywood, the contestants were formed into groups of 3 or 4 and given a song from the 50s or 60s. They have to come up with their own routine for that, and after they perform, they will be judged and cut. Helping them out, Idol's army of coaches including the ever-so-sweet Peggi Blu. I'm crapping myself FOR them.

First up, Skylar Laine, Colton Dixon, Cari Quoyeser, and Chase Likens singing "Dedicated to the One I Love" by the Shirelles. Unfortunately, the judges didn't like Cari, as she's the first one of the Vegas round to be cut.

Jeremy Rosado, Ariel Sprague, Gabi Carrubba, and David Leathers Jr. all met each other in the Savannah auditions. They've been friends since. Today, they're all going to rock "Rockin' Robin" by the Jackson 5ive. Much better than the first group, but that isn't saying much. But they're ALL through!

Right now, it's "Great Balls of Fire" courtesy Adam Brock, Angie Zeiderman, Erika Van Pelt, and Shelby Tweten. The number suited all of them. Their "sentence", as Randy put it... another day in Vegas for Adam... and Shelby... and Erika... AND ANGIE!

Next up, Schyler Dixon (Colton's sister), Molly Hunt, and Brielle von Hugel with "Why Do Fools Falls in Love" by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. Schyler & Brielle don't fall, but Molly is given an honorable discharge. Joining her: Wayne Wilson, Ashley Robles, Stephanie Renae, Aubree Dieckmeyer, Janelle Arthur, and Tenna Torres.

Next up, hoping to turn it around are Haley Johnson, Reed Grimm, Elise Testone, and Eben Franckewicz with "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" with a bit of a modern jazzy flair to it. That. Was. Electric. Albeit a little weak for Eben. But they're ALL through!

Jermaine Jones and Richie Law are the only group of two in the Vegas Round. Finding a group was a bit of a struggle there, but the good news. They're together, and they're both baritones. They have a round with the de facto leader of the coaches, Debra Byrd, but she cannot teach lack of communcation. they sing "Breaking Up Is So Very Hard to Do" by the Righteous Brothers. They seem to mesh together, but you can tell that it was a bit awkward between the two of them. They're both through.

But it was a good day for Hallie Day as well as Baylie Brown and Chelsea Sorrell.

One group left, and they're Jessica Sanchez, Deandre Brackensick, and Candice Glover. They're going to be singing "It Doesn't Matter Anymore." With the help of coaches Michael Orland and Peisha McPhee, they're going to update it to fit them. Will it work? Sounds like it did. All three of them blew it out of the water, and they're all through. In total, it was a good day in Vegas for ... hold on, the judges want them back. ... looks like they're going to see 10 more groups tomorrow. Some of these people MAY NOT BE SAFE!

Day 2

Las Vegas Day 2 begins with Clayton Farhat, Adam Lee Decker, Curtis Gray, and Scott Dangerfield are dancing to the "Jailhouse Rock". Well, these four are not making it easy for the Day 1 groups. Scott... is through. Clayton... is also though. Adam.... is ALSO through. Curtis... not so much.

Next in Elvis land with "Burning Love" are Caleb Johnson, Joshua Sanders, Blaire and River. They're through. Joining them are Joshua Ledet, Shannon Magrane, and their "Blue Suede Shoes".

The Neapolitans - Courtney Williams, Britnee Kellogg, and Jessica Phillips - all out of Portland are giving it their all with "You Keep Me Hangin' On". Which one of these will hang on? Britnee... in. Courtney.... in. Jessica... out.

It's 6pm in Vegas, and Lauren Gray, Wendy Taylor, and Mathenee Treco come under the watchful eye of Peggi Blu, who is known for delivering zingers like "Do. Not. Not. Sing it," "SING, DAMMIT!", and "There's no crying in singing." They're going to sing "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". Good question. The answer... no. For Mathenee. The ladies get a pass.

Also under Peggi's tutelage are Jairon Jackson, Neco Starr, Phil Phillips, and Heejun Han, the new MIT. They sing "I Only Have Eyes For You" by the Flamingos (C-Note: having sang this once, it's almost deceptively easy). Easy for these guys, who get a nice helping of Peggi's soft side. Heejun... Jairon... Neco... and Phil... are ALL THROUGH!

Final group is Creighton Fraker, Jen Hirsh, Nick Boddington, and Aaron Marcellus - aka Groovesauce. Without Reed. Now they're Lady and the Spectacles. They're going to continue their barbershop vibe, but will it gel with their song, "Sealed with a Kiss"? I'd say so... but Nick wouldn't. And the specter of Groovesauce is now down to three.

So now that the judges have seen all the groups, they need to get to a workable number, that number being 40.

Cut from this round... Gabi Carrubba, Schyler Dixon, Angie Zeiderman, Candice Glover, Johnny Keyser, Jairon Jackson, and perhaps the most damning, Britnee Kellogg.

Now the celebration begins for the top 42. But remember when I said that this was in two parts? Next time is part 2... SING FOR YOUR LIFE.

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