Heads up. American Idol auditions from Portland air tonight. Tomorrow it’s St. Louis and then…that’s it people! The auditions are done! At least, according to the FOX Schedule, the Hollywood rounds begin on February 8. YAY.
Originally, there was an 8th audition episode airing on the 8th, with Hollywood beginning on the 9th. But, it appears that 8th episode has been scrapped. Hooray for Hollywood, I say!
According to Idol Maniac of The Idol Pad, the hastily scheduled cattle call, in Rutherford New Jersey–which was to be the 8th city–stopped at the producer’s round. Not sure what happened to those hopefuls. Perhaps they were farmed out to other cities to sing in front of the judges. What didn’t happen for sure, according to IM, the judges did not see hopefuls on location in NJ/NY.
They might have been planning to air a “best of the rest” episode next Wednesday, but then decided to skip ahead to the next phase. It’s not like the audition episodes have had stellar ratings.
Not sure what the elimination of the audition episode means for the next few weeks leading up to the live shows, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon.