American Idol 2018: Hollywood Week BTS (PHOTOS VIDEOS)

American Idol 2018 Hollywood Week has been taking place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles all week. Monday and Tuesday were initial solos. The remaining contestants performed in the dreaded group round. And after further cuts, contestants sang final solos on Thursday, hoping to be chosen for the final Top 36/24 on Friday (Jan 26).

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Media were invited inside on Day 3 during group round. Billboard posted an account HERE. As far as Hollywood Week is concerned, it seemed to be business as usual, except that after a brief appearance on Sunday, host Ryan Seacrest had to head back to New York for his regular Live with Kelly and Ryan gig.  Billboard assessed new judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan thusly:

After watching Richie critique the first group of performers, it was instantly apparent that he was born for the job. And Perry and Bryan know it. At one point, the “Swish Swish” star took a playful jab at her musical elder, accusing him of coming on American Idol to solidify his “legendary status.” But in his defense, Richie was overflowing with advice — from the perspective of being a performer in a rising musical group, the Commodores, to achieving accomplished solo artist status.

Perry brings the sparkle to the set. The pop star sat in the middle spot in a flashy shirt, a black leather beret and matching leather pants and was a fitting contrast to her male counterparts. While she was predictably the most bubbly of the bunch, what we didn’t see coming was Perry’s bluntness.

Bryan brings the Blake Shelton to the podium. He sat still during the majority of the performances but came alive with each and every chance he had to toss a cheesy joke into the mix. The country star got a few witty comments in here and there, but it wasn’t until a group performing under the moniker of “Tako” came out that he really began to shine.

Check out all the sights and sound of American Idol 2018 Hollywood Week below. KEEP your fingers crossed for SPOILERS. I we get ’em, we’ll post ’em.

The Gang’s Back Together

The musical team of old, including Michael Orland, Dorian Holley, Adriana McPhee (Kat’s sis) have returned to the show.

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Judges Hijinks Day 4

American Idol 2018 Hollywood Week Day 3 Video Clips Part 1

Sights and Sounds!

American Idol 2018 Hollywood Week Day 3 Video Clips Part 2

Contestants on the Bus

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The photo isn’t very flattering?

Contestants Prepare for Group Day

Radio Disney Talks to the Judges Day 1

The Set at the Dolby Theater


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