American Idol’s always dramatic Hollywood Week round begins this week, and here’s a little glimpse of what to expect for the next 3 episodes, as Idol puts 200+ contestants through the paces, eliminating singers until 51 remain at the end of the round.
Check out previews of solo performances from Trent Harmon, Jessica Cabral, Dalton Rapattoni, Michelle Marie and Kristi Jewel. Plus, judge Harry Connick Jr. reads the riot act to the remaining contestants getting ready for the infamous Group Rounds.
American Idol airs Wednesday and Thursday on FOX at 8/7c PM.
Trent Harmon – Twenty minutes before he takes the stage, Trent learns that he has full blown mono. The doctor advises that he rest immediately, or find a way to go home early. He stays, impressing the judges with a performance of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down.”
Here’s a snip of Jessica Cabral putting her own unique spin on Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph.” I can’t believe I’m at Hollywood Week.” the singer says in voice over. “Knowing that it was the last season, I knew I had to be a part of American Idol.”
Former boybander, Dalton Rapattoni, performs a cover of “California Dreaming” by Mamas and Papas.
Michelle Marie Lecza says Hollywood is where winners like Carrie Underwood “took off.” It’s her time to shine she says. The young country singer performs “Dibs” by Kelsea Ballerina. Next, it’s Kristi Jewell takes the stage with a performance of “Rock Steady” by Aretha Franklin.
The judges, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr. introduce the remaining contestants to the group rounds. The singers are told to break up into groups of 3 or 4. “It’s totally up to you to choose your choreography, the styling the song,” says Jlo. “Everything is up to you guys. But make sure you do enough to stand out.”
Assuming there had been a couple of rough days, Harry lectures the group, “Ya’ll need to get real. This is a competition. What do you all really want? Tomorrow, when you show up, be ready to work, be ready to give it all. I said it before. Ya’ll got to lay it out! You’re performers, this is what you do. You can’t go half-assed on this stuff! I’m looking around ‘Are these the same people that we put through?’ We’re gonna find out tomorrow. Good luck. Get some sleep.” Sleep? FAT CHANCE! Heh.