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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 Simon Cowell
Ellen DeGeneres
Kara DioGuardi
Randy Jackson
Creator Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
Packager 19 TV & FremantleMedia North America
Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles
Web americanidol.com
Airs 8p Tues & Wed, Fox
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Hollywood Week: The Solo Sing
February 16

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 "I'm Yours".

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 ALL THROUGH!

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 together...

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. Shelby's OUT.

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 IN!

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.
Didi Benami
Lee Dewyze
Katelyn Epperly
Todrick Hall
Casey James
Aaron Kelly
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.