American Idol 9 – Hollywood Week Part 3

  • Check out my guide to the Top 24 HERE

UPDATE: ROOM 1 and 3 are through to the next round
Room 2 is cut

TOP 24

Michael Lynch – TOP 24
Didi Benami – TOP 24
Katelyn Epperly – TOP 24
Casey James – TOP 24
Aaron Kelly – TOP 24
Lee Dwyze – TOP 24
Todrick Hall – TOP 24

Shelby Dressler – Cut
Jessica Furney – Cut

WOW, that was long, and it took me forever to recap, so much detail packed into 2 hours.  Not to many surprises for me, because I’ve been following the spoilers (which have been right so far) But a couple of disappointments–both Tasha Leighton and Jermaine Purifory should have gone on to the Top 46.  Tim Urban, Haeley Vaughn, and Jermaine Sellers, not so much…

VIDEOS and Recap after the JUMP…

It’s Part 3 of Hollywood week. 71 Idol hopefuls will take the stage for one last chance to impress the judges, and at the end of tonight’s 2 hour episode, a few of the Top 24 contestants will be revealed…The show begins as the contestants are split into 3 rooms.

In Room #1: Casey James, Tim Urban, Tyler Grady, Andrew Garcia, Michelle Delamore, Katelyn Epperly, Jermain Sellers, Siobhan Magnus, Crystal Bowersox, Michael Lynche, Thaddeus Johnson, Tori Kelly, Lilly Scott, Katy Stevens and Todrick Hall

In Room #2: Kia Johnson, Lloyd Thomas, Mary Powers, Hope Johnson, Tisha Holland, Jermaine Purifory, Charity Vance, Tasha Leighton, Bryan Walker and Christian Spear

In Room #3: Shelby Dressel, Haeley Vaughn, Maddy Penrose, Jessica Furney, Chris Golightly, Lacey Brown, John Park, Aaron Kelly, Ashely Rodriguez, Lee Dwyze, Joe Munoz, Janelle Wheeler and Angela Martin

Angela Martin – “American Boy” – Kara mouths “I love her” as Angela sings. Angela feels good about her performance. She breaks down recalling how hard it’s been (Her mom went missing right before Hollywood Week) – VIDEO

Casey James – “Bubbly” by Colbie Cailat – Very nice flip! Clever. – VIDEO

Jermaine Purifory – “Brickhouse” by the Commodores – Really like his vibe – VIDEO

Room 1 contestants:

Jermaine Sellers – “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson – Oversinging ahoy! (Dude is overrated). Now, he’s throwing the band under the bus! And Kara is not happy. – VIDEO

Siobhan Magnus – “In The City” by Stevie Wonder Ellen told her she’s too serious for a 19 year old. So, she sings a fun song? That’s how Ryan describes it. Whatever. Siobhan kills it. – VIDEO

Crystal Bowersox – “If It Makes you Happy” by Sheryl Crow – She plays guitar and harmonica. I like this girl, a lot. – VIDEO

Alex Lambert – He sang “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5 during his Day 1 audition, and he got the “no personality” critique from Simon. He tackled “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz in his final audition, feeling more confident. Alex accompanied himself on ukulele on both tunes. – VIDEO

Michael Lynche – “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz – Great neo-soul vibe. – VIDEO

Todrick Hall – “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz – He’s a bit of a show off, but dude can sang.- VIDEO

Thaddeus Johnson – “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson – His mama is so proud. And in yo face! The band started playing “Bubbly” by mistake. Oops. I’m not bubbly! But I’m a bubbly person, says Thaddeus. Once he’s on the right track, Thaddeus wails and Mama cheers. – VIDEO

Room Two contestants:

Charity Vance – “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles – Nice, but nothing special –  VIDEO

Tasha Leighton – On Day one she sang “The Scientist” by Coldplay, and it was pretty awesome. Love her tone. Beautiful. – VIDEO

Mary Powers – “Hot and Cold” by Katy Perry – She’s way over-confident. She tells Ryan the song is a piece of cake, but it definitely ain’t all that. – VIDEO

Lloyd Thomas – “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson – Becomes really emotional when he talks about his family. – VIDEO

Bryan Walker – The singing policeman is also really confident with his final performance (which we don’t hear for some reason.) – VIDEO

Hope Johnson – “Home” by Daughtry – Whoa off-key! – VIDEO

Room 3 contestants:

Shelby Dressler – “More than a Feeling” by Boston – Gal with the facial paralysis, she had trouble with the lyrics in rehearsal and began to freak out but nailed it when she hit the stage. – VIDEO

Aaron Kelly – “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan – He blows his lyrics on stage. Shouldn’t he be eliminated? – VIDEO

Ashley Rodriguez – “Battlefield” by Jordin Sparks – Ashley is already a pro. – VIDEO

Lee Dwyze – “You Found Me” by the Fray – VIDEO

Joe Munoz – “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson – VIDEO

Haeley Vaughn – by Jason Mraz – Hm. Her vocals are rough. – VIDEO

Janell Wheeler – “Love Story” by Taylor Swift – Her voice is shot. – VIDEO

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More Room 1Tori Kelly – “Hot and Cold” by Katy Perry, Lilly Scott – “Rich Girl” by Hall and Oats, Andrew Garcia “Chasing Pavements” by Adele. – VIDEO

All 4 judges are present when Ellen delivers the news to Room 1 that they are THROUGH. Lilly Scott, Siobhan Magnus, Michael Lynche, Thaddeus Johnson, Katy Stevens and Tyler Grady are through to the next round – VIDEO

All 4 judges deliver the news to Room 2. Simon delivers bad news brusquely, Room 2 is cut. then tells them to give themselves a round of applause. Well, they do, but they mostly cry. Saying goodbye to: Mary Powers, Charity Vance, Bryan Walker, Christian Spear, Lloyd Thomas and Hope Johnson. – VIDEO

Randy and Kara deliver the good news to Room 3, they move on to the next round. The doors open and both rooms celebrate together. Janelle Wheeler, Ashley Rodriguez, John Park, Angela Martin, Jessica Furney and Shelby Dressel move on. – VIDEO

46 contestants have made it to the next round. Now it’s time to cut to the Top 24. Oh wow. No Mansion? No special chair episode? The Top 24 will be revealed in the auditorium of the Kodak theater.

Contestants are in a holding room and take a long walk to sit in front of the judges.

Michael Lynch – TOP 24 – Simon tells him that the panel wondered if he had enough confidence, but he proved himself at the end. He’s through. NOT disqualified. So much for stupid rumors. – VIDEO

Didi Benami – “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan – TOP 24 – Simon tells her she was not consistent but she is put through anyway. The decision was unanimous. – VIDEO

Katelyn Epperley – “Bubbly” by Colbie Callait – TOP 24 – Ellen tells her she’s not going to make her wait…yet she does make her wait! Ha ha. And, Katelyn is through. – VIDEO

Shelby DresslerCUT – Shelby wants the spot so bad. Randy says she had some high and low points, and that unfortunately, she’s going home. Randy encourages her to come back. – VIDEO

Casey JamesTOP 24 – This dude reminds me of Bucky Covington, only better. Kara thinks he’s hot! – VIDEO

Aaron KellyTOP 24 – Aaron screwed up his words during group rounds. – VIDEO

Lee Dwyze TOP 24 – This guy hasn’t gotten much face time, but I like him. Dark horse? Kara mentions his lack of confidence and star quality. Lee disagrees. Kara tells him he’s through. – VIDEO

Todrick HallTOP 24 – Says he’s a dancer, and has never had a voice lesson in his life. He worked with Fantasia in Color Purple, and she gave him advice. Kara says, simply “Yes.” – VIDEO

Jessica Furney –  CUT – “If It Makes You Happy” – Randy says he won’t delay it…but she didn’t make it this time. She begins to beg. “You have no idea what I can do…I know I can do better…I have this in me..I can do this.” They let her go on and on for awhile. Simon tells her they are NOT going to change their minds. Simon says she didn’t sing well enough. Jessica complains that she lost her voice. Ellen tells her that it’s not the end of her life. It’s just one no, she says. – VIDEO

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