UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter confirms Joesplace spoilers about Hollywood Week re: Vegas trip and how the contestants will be winnowed down (60 will go to Vegas, 40 will return to Hollywood)
Idol producers say there are 325 contestants participating in the Hollywood Round! Also, the Top 12 will live together in a house and will be able to tweet with fans. The twitter rules will be relaxed this year. Producers still have not figured out how house antics will be incorporated into the show.
Read more HERE.
Hollywood Week is Underway! Check out a few deets from TMZ’s Too Fab:
The 200-plus “Idol” hopefuls, who arrived from across the country after auditioning in their home cities, attended an orientation session Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at a Pasadena hotel, TooFab has learned. The hopefuls will compete over the next several days to snag a spot in the group that heads to the next round.
Sources tell TooFab that contestants were given a list of songs that they can sing during the “Hollywood Week” competitions. The songs on the approved list include those by artists including The Black Eyed Peas and The Jackson 5. The hopefuls will sing in groups, as well as solo.
Sounds pretty much like business as usual so far.
MORE DETAILS FROM JoesPlace”
Today and Tomorrow are acapella days. They will cut about half of the contestants in the next two days. Thursday is Group Day (My fave, drama filled day). Friday is the final Solo performances. By the end of Friday’s performances the field will have been cut to 40 contestants. (Our Top 40)
The remaining 40 contestants will then TRAVEL to Las Vegas and will sing a song with the cast of Love by Cirque du Soleil. The contestants will draw from a hat to determine which BEATLES song they will perform with the cast.
Update: Photos of Jennifer Lopez arriving at Hollywood Week from TooFab.