Last time, 96 singers were looking for something
to believe in. Only 71 were able to find it and make it all the way to the end
of Hollywood Week. Tonight, it's the Solo Sing, and you'll begin to find out
which ones of these brave souls has earned a spot in the Final 24. This is the
most important day of their lives... The remainder of your competitors will
either congratulate or console you.
The contestants have done all that they can at
this point. The judges have made their decisions.
In room #1: Casey James, who struggled in group
day, but sang "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat, Tim Urban, Tori Kelly, Lilly Scott,
Tyler Grady, Andrew Garcia, and Todrick Hall. Katie Stevens is also in the room.
Jermaine Sellers went with "Man in the Mirror" by MJ, and then the man threw the
band under the bus. Siobhan Magnus is worried about her first impression. She
went with "Living for the City" for her final sing. Crystal Bowersox went with
"If It Makes You Happy". Alex Lambert went with "I'm Yours" on his trusty
ukulele. Big Mike Lynche also sang the Jason Mraz favorite. So did Todrick.
In a case of mistaken identity... Thaddeus
Johnson gave Michael the look when they started "Bubbly". The song Thaddeus was
going to sing: "Man in the Mirror." Good thing, too, because that vocal with
"Bubbly" would've been a little... awkward.
In room #2: Keia Johnson, Mary Powers, Lloyd
Thomas, Hope Johnson (who sang "Home" by Daughtry... rather flatly), and
Christian Spear. Jermaine Purifoy took a risk with "Brick House". He's in the
same room. Charity Vance from Chicago went with "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles.
Tasha Layton and Mary will share the same fate. Mary sang "Hot N Cold". Lloyd "Succsexy"
was busy thinking about his family back home. He went with "Man in the Mirror".
Bryan Walker and Tisha Holland from Atlanta are also here.
In room #3: Shelby Dressel, Haeley Vaughn, Maddie
Penrose, Jessica Furney, Didi Benami, Lee Dewyze, Lacey Brown, and Angela
Martin, who went with "American Boy" for her solo sing. Shelby couldn't remember
her lyrics to "More Than a Feeling" in rehearsal. It takes a toll on her. She
did remember her lyrics, but Aaron Kelly forgot "Angel" a little. Ashley
Rodriguez ended on a high with "Battlefield" by Jordin Sparks, as did Lee with
"You Found Me" by the Fray, Joe Munoz with "Man in the Mirror", and Haeley with
Janell Wheeler has been struggling with her voice
a lot this week. Hopefully she can recover with "Love Story" by Taylor Swift.
Kara thought it was the wrong song.
The judges are on their way, their decisions even
tougher than before.
First up is room #1... Ellen delivers the news...
She takes a little while longer to deliver the news... and she's sending them
And as we prepare to visit the other two rooms,
we must pause 10 seconds for station identification. You're reading "American
Idol 9" on the Game Show Newsnet.
... and we're back, and Room 1 has made it to the
final judgment. Room #2 is next. Simon gets this room. It's never good... For
Room #2... it's bad news. Room #2 is OUT. But they all applaud their effort up
to this point.
That's good news for Room #3, as they're put
through... eventually... Randy... and Kara. Now rooms 1 and 3 can celebrate
BUT... the good times are short lived, as the
remaining 46 must now be cut to the Final 24.
It's Judgment Day for Hollywood. This year, it
will take place on the stage of the Kodak. Twenty-four singers will make it
through to the public vote. The others will go home. The longest walk of
American Idol... is even longer.
First up is Michael "Big Mike" Lynche, who became
a father during the week. He's been consistently good over the week. Can he
continue that streak? He'll get a shot. Michael is IN, 4-0.
Didi Benami is next. She thinks that she did well
enough, but in the end, it's all up to the judges. She's not as consistent as
the others... but she'll get a shot to prove herself. She's IN, 4-0.
Katelyn Epperly felt a lot of disconnect with the
judges. She's just hoping for the light at the end of the tunnel. Ellen lets her
stew for a bit... before telling her she's IN.
Shelby Dressel is next. Her final performance in
Hollywood left her with a good feeling? Did the judges pick up on it? Nope.
Casey James is next. Kara's been a big fan. What
about the others? Oh yeah. Casey's IN.
Will Aaron Kelly follow him to Television City?
Aaron pulled it together at the solo sing, but did he do enough? Yeppers. He's
Lee Dewyze is feeling confident, even though he
struggled the entire week. He had a powerful voice... but the judges only saw a
lack of confidence and lack of star quality. The panel didn't agree... until
five minutes ago. He's IN!
Let's take a break to just enjoy Hollywood, all
the friendships and great experiences that were had... okay, that's good enough.
Todrick Hall is next. He's a trained dancer, not
a singer, so this could go either way. He's never had a vocal lesson in his
life. It's a quick "yes" from the judges, and he's IN.
Jessica Furney has been through this before. She
was rejected in the line sing last year. Now can she seal the deal after a good
showing this year? She ... didn't make it this time. And now she's begging. This
doesn't help her one bit.
And this is what it looks like so far...
TOP 24... So far.
Michael "Big Mike" Lynche
We finish your lineup next time. We're looking
for 10 more girls and seven more guys.
For more info on the auditions, and to see this episode in its
entirety, go to www.americanidol.com.