Straight from the Valley Performance Arts Center in Northridge, CA, here’s your latest American Idol 12 Hollywood Round update!
The guys finished their rounds Thursday with a solo performance with the band. The ranks were narrowed down from 43 guys who survived the group rounds, to 28. Those boys will be cut down to 20 on Sunday (They WON’T perform before this cut).
There were a total of 16 groups that competed on Wednesday.
Correction: Here is a partial list of the 43 guys who competed in the Solo Rounds on Thursday
Johnny Keyser (Top 60 AI11)
Matheus Fernandes (Glee Project, Season 1)
Peter (guy wearing turbin)
Christian Lopez (cut today during narrowing down to 20-30 male contestants)
David Leathers Jr. (Top 40 AI 12)
John Jada (female impersonator)
Curtis Finch Jr.
Watch for MAJOR DRAMZ from a group called Oz, featuring Adam Sanders, Frankie Ford, Charles Roach and Papa Peaches –
The girls arrived in Los Angeles yesterday, and will compete in a capella, group, and solo rounds. The Top 20 boys and the Top 20 girls will head to Vegas on Monday for the next phase of the competition. There are 230 girls competing for a total of 347 hopefuls (Yes, there ARE more girls).
None of the 28 guys who remain are guys who perform with guitars. Watch for a heavy dose of R&B and country.
On Thursay, Nicki Minaj was late. By the time she arrived, 12 contestants had already performed. Nicki has the potential to be the break-out judge. She has flair and isn’t afraid to be honest. Some of her critiques are Simon Cowell-esque. Oh, and Jimmy Iovine was in the house on Thursday for the solo rounds!
Here are contestants to keep an eye on. They had cameras following them around and had great critiques and audience response (also they survived Thursday’s round. 28 will be cut to 20 on Sunday)
1. Gabe Brown
2. Adam Sanders - Phenomenal vocals
3. Johnny Keyser
4. David Leathers – His vocal pitch has dropped quite a bit since last year.
5. Paul Jolley
6. Matheus Fernandes – He’s the little dude from The Glee Project season 1. Matheus and Gabe Brown are roommates.