Hollywood Round, Part 1 (2012)
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"American Idol" - Hollywood Round #1 - Feb. 8, 2012
We start with video montage of people being awakened and getting ready to head off to Hollywood. Ryan tells us there are 309 of them. Then we get the sequence of planes landing, buses arriving, people jumping on beds, and prepping to sing at the theatre. The judges give a pep talk.
Now conestants come out in groups of 10, sing a cappella, get no feedback and then the sudden death decisions.
We remeet Heejun Han and Johnny Keyser from auditions. Johnny sings Amos Lee and does well. Heejun is next and is nervous, and as we see in video, not very confident in general. He sings his audition again and we overhear JLo say to Randy that she loves him. And he does do well. They are both put through to next round, as well as three other people from their group.
We meet Elise Testone who sings Jamiroquai and gets good feedback. We see Baylie Brown again as well as Hallie Day. Those three are put through as well as others from their group.
It's 10 am and Ryan tells about the stress and pressure and a few auditioners admit to nerves.
We see Jen Hirsh and she sings Patty Griffin's "Up to the Mountain" quite nicely and Steven doesn't want her to stop. We watch of a montage of the rest of her line perform including Lauren Gray who misses the cue to stop. Both women are put through.
We get a montage of folks who don't do as well with bum notes and nerves doing them in.
It's now 12:15 and Steven heads backstage and gives a pep talk to the next set.
Next is good old Phil Phillips who does a growly "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and then Reed Grimm who scats his way through "I Got a Golden Ticket" from "Willy Wonka." And then up is Travis Orlando who got cut during round one last year and has the tough backstory with his mom leaving and homelessness. Phil and Reed make the cut but Travis is cut yet again in the first round.
We get a montage of other folks crying after they were cut, including Ramiro Garcia the guy born with no ears.
68 people were cut by the end of day one.
Day 2 dawns with a montage of excited and anxious contestants.
Adam Brock isn't nervous, however. He has been told that it sounds like there's a large black woman trapped inside him. We watch him tearfully say goodbye to his daughter. He sings Marc Cohn because JLo mentioned him at his audition. Then we remeet Jane Carrey daughter of Jim. She sings CCR and is cute if not spectacular and is kind of awkward at the end. Adam is put through but not Jane.
We get a montage of whose who take no well and others who don't and resort to begging.
We see David Leathers again the confident, funny, cute teen who once beat Scotty McCreery in a singing contestant. We're also re-introduced to the teen that Steven called hot in front of her dad, Shannon Magrane. We also remeet Jessica Phillips, the girl whose boyfriend had a stroke. She's even better here than she was in the audition.They are all put through. (He is particularly good.)
We get a montage of folks who did well and were put through Erika Van Pelt and Creighton Fraker and Aaron Marcellus. (Although I thought the middle guy was a little rough.)
Next up is Lauren Mink the smiley, friendly woman who works with adult with disabilities. And then it's Jeremy Rosado. Jlo doesn't love Lauren but Steven seems to and Jeremy gives Jlo goosebumps. Next is Symone Black a teen with a very supportive stage dad. She sings "Dock of the Bay" but at the end as she chats with the judges she stumbles and falls off the stage. Thus, ensuring that even those who were bored will tune in tomorrow night to make sure that she's okay.