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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 Mariah Carey
Randy Jackson
Nicki Minaj
Keith Urban
Mentor Jimmy Iovine
Announcer Mark Thompson
Creator Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP Nigel Lythgoe
Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
Trish Kinane
Packager 19 TV & FremantleMedia North America
Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles
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Hollywood Week: Part 4
February 14

It's been six years since a woman won American Idol. One of the women in tonight's sing could very well wrest the title, but which one? And who will be in the Final 40? It's the FINAL FINAL FINAL day of Hollywood Week.

Valley Performance Arts Center - Northridge

Today is the day you lay it all on the line. And for 47 women who are dog tired, they're going to have to dig deep if they want to be on the show. Twenty-seven voices will be silenced... tonight.

DAY 3: The Women's Solo Sing

Angela Miller (18; Bevely, MA; food worker) is taking a risk with an original, "You Set Me Free", showing off her skills as a singer, a pianist, and a songwriter. Big risk. BIG payoff. And even if this doesn't work out, this will be a single SOMEWHERE. Ladies... the gauntlet, she is thrown. "I know so many people at home are like 'Where do I get that song'?" Yes, Keith. Yes we are. Pressure is on for Candice Glover and Janelle Arthur, both are in the group. Candice (23; St. Helena Island, SC; administrative assistant) sing "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys to acclaim, though it's her weakest performance. Janelle (23; Oliver Springs, TN; fitness instructor) sings Carrie's "I Told You So". Nicki loves her subtlety.

And then things get weird when Zoanette Johnson (20; Tulsa, OK; habitation health specialist), as she performs an original, "Ba Ba Da Ba Ba", in a crazy outfit... with her drums. I don't know what was crazier, making up a song on the spot... using the drums... dressing up like THAT.... or... the audition itself where she stops midway, tells the band to slow it down... or ....screaming. And this is where I change the channel to "The Big Bang Theory". ... or the Leafs-Canes game.

... Okay, let's get to the result. Janelle... Jett Hermano... Angela Miller... Zoanette... are all through! So is Candice. Kiara Lanier from Chicago... not so much.

And that was just the beginning. Shubha Vedula (17; Mt. Pleasant, MI; student) wows one judge with "When You Believe" (guess which one), Juliana Chahayed (15; Woodland Hills, CA; student) makes a landslide performance of "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac, and Kez Ban (27; Durham, NC; fire performer) will perform an original, "Flying". I... don't think she wants to play in the Idol sandbox anymore. And... the judges put her out of her misery. I'm sure your mom's proud.

Final group with Ashlee Feliciano (20; East Hartford, CT; student) with Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years". With a trill at the end. Not a bold song choice. Way too serious, Randy says. And it just gets more depressing from there. Melinda Ademi (19; Yonkers, NY; retail) ... SAVE US! She does with "Price Tag" by Jessie J. Thanks for breaking the monotony, Melinda. Good song choice, and now we know who she is, so anything less would be a copout. What about Kree Harrison (22; Woodville, TX; demo singer), who's about on her 15th second chance with "Stars" by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. We get it. You like Grace Potter. Let's see what you can do. It's very nasal.

Lauren... Kree... Melinda... moving on. So it's farewell from Briana Oakley, Sarina-Joi Crowe, and Ashlee.

And that's it for the cuts... OR IS IT!? Yeah, you know what's going to happen next. We have more girls than we know what to do with, so we have to pare it down to the final 20 girls AND the final 20 guys.

We start with 24 girls. Four must leave. Lauren Mink... Holly Marie Miller... Ariel Sprague (another returner from last year)... GONE. Which leaves us to cut one more, and how will Randy do that? A sing-off. Stephanie Schimel (21; Milwaukee; lingerie shop worker) sings "Home" from the reigning Idol, Phillip Phillips. Countering that will be Rachel Hale (21; Prescott, AR; student) with "Undone" by Haley (yeah, she was on this show too) Reinhart. And ensured of a spot in the top 40 is...


Now to the men... Twenty-eight singers... we need seven of them off the stage now. And this will be all sing-off.

Adam Sanders (19; San Antonio; musician) sings "Taking Chances" by Celine Dion. Josh Holiday (24; Celeste, TX; caregiver/vocal coach) sings "Georgia On My Mind"... while splitting his pants.

Peter Garrett.... Marvin Calderon... Devon Jones... Kenny Harrison... Will White,... Tony Foster... David Leathers Jr.... and Adam Sanders. It's over. Yes, David. Again.

And here are your Top 40! You want interviews, go to AmericanIdol.com. But for them, there's one song standing between them and the public vote. SUDDEN DEATH from Vegas next time!

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