Tonight was our last round in Hollywood Week for American Idol Season 9.
For the first hour of the show we go from the crooning voice of Ryan Seacrest as the judges deliberate, to the solo round of Hollywood Week. We hear many outstanding performances including Angela Martin, Casey James who dazzled me by singing “Bubbly,” Jermaine Sellers who had to make the King of Pop proud by his rendition of “Man in the Mirror” and one of my favorite solo auditions of the night by Crystal Bowersox who sang “If it makes you happy.”
 
The 71 remaining contestants are broken up into 3 groups and separated into different rooms. Rooms 1 and 3 make it to the final round while room 2 is sent home. Those in room 2 were Mary Powers who said she was not intimidated by the competition, Charity Vance, Hope Johnson and Lloyd Thomas the dock worker. I thought he sang “Man in the Mirror” very well and deserved the chance to move on.
The judges are then sent to consider which contestants should move on to the Top 24 to sing for our votes. Tonight we got the official word on 7 of them.

Our first contender was Michael Lynche whom we all know as the new father of Layla Rose.  His poor wife gave birth to their daughter while talking to him on the phone.  His hard work paid off and he is chosen by unanimous decision to be a part of the top 12 guys.

The first female out to see the judges was Didi Benami who is in my top 3 favorites right now. She has an amazing voice and incredible stage presence. I think she will go far. The next through was Katelyn Epperly. I’m not too sure about her. I thought her solo was off key and pretty weak. Shelby Dressel who was the first told she hadn’t made it sang much better. Even Simon said it was a mistake not to include Dressel in the top 24.

We then see four guys make it. Casey James, whom Kara undresses with her eyes; Aaron Kelly, the young 16 year old; Lee Dewyze, and Todrick Hall who is a dancer with no voice training.

Jessica Furney was the last hopeful of the night and when the judges inform her she hasn’t made it she tries to plead her case to no avail. She manages to tick off Simon who finally tells her that’s enough.

All in all we had a great episode with the all the necessary dramatic effects from Ryan Seacrest and emotional outbursts from the singers.  Who was cut that you wanted to see in the top 24?


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