American Idol 2010: Hollywood Week Has Finally Arrived

I am soooo happy we finally made it to Hollywood for season 9 of American Idol!  It seemed to me that the audition process went on much longer than 3 weeks.  We got to see some amazing talent last night and of course the judging debut of one Ellen DeGeneres. 

Before I write about the episode, let me just say that I am really going to miss Simon next year.  His facial expression and smart @$$ comments make me laugh so hard and when he likes someone, he embraces them and I love that about him.  He is genuine and real and I don’t see how they are going to bring someone in to replace him.

Ellen DeGeneres did a pretty good job and brought just enough comic relief to dispel Simon’s bad mood.  I am pleasantly surprised and happy I gave her a chance to prove herself.  At the beginning of the episode when she said that she may not know a whole lot about the music industry but does know what it is like to stand on a stage and try to please a room full of people, I knew there was hope for the lady.  She was also honest with the hopefuls without being rude about it so perhaps this was a good choice for Paula’s replacement even though I stand by what I said about the contestants needing criticism from someone in the music business.

What about all the singers?  It was wonderful to see so many people with amazing voices take the stage.  We saw so many of our top 24’s.  One who did not sing well was Vanessa Wolfe from Tennessee.  She was awful and I felt bad for her and I know many of you were hoping to see her get through but she didn’t deserve it.  Maybe she can come back next year and do better. 

I was upset when they didn’t send Justin Williams or Maddy Curtis to the group round.  I thought they both sang well enough to move on and let’s face it, Justin is a little doll.  His blue eyes can sing to me anytime lol.

The best auditions of the night for me were Andrew Garcia who sang Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up.”  He has a terrific voice and put his own spin on the song which is what I like to see.  Also Didi Benami who sang “Terrified” by Kara DioGuardi and Crystal Bowersox who stole the show singing “Natural Woman.”  I liked the fact that Big Mike got up there and did well with his wife in labor with their first child.  Of course if it was me and I was in labor and my husband was off in Hollywood, I think I would be a little ticked. 

Be sure to check out our Top 24 spoilers so you will know who to watch for tonight during the group round.

Who stood out to y’all during the first round of Hollywood week?

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  1. Ellen did great. Thank goodness.
    What happen to the Tennessee girl she was aweful. The best of the night for me was the single mother with the dreads she was fantastic. Dont like the muscle guy whose wife was giving birth..she cant sing.

  2. I was VERY disappointed to see Justin Williams leave Hollywood after his first performance. Am I missing something? I am very surprised that Simon didn’t recognise this man’s amazing talent, charisma and star potential.He reminded me of a young Marty Pellow, with his gorgeous smile and enthusiasm.He is INCREDIBLE!I was so looking forward to watching him week after week. I am very sad to see him go. I’m sure an astute record producer will snap him up pretty quickly. Good Luck Justin.

  3. WOW..WOW..WOW…Ellen DeGeneres did a very good job last night. I was going to stop watching the show because it’s always the samething years after years and I gave it a last chance last night.. What a nice surprise…She sure makes us laugh with her big blue eyes. I am more than surprised because Simon was at his place and for sure I will keep watching the show because I like her reactions I don’t know how she does that but she is always right on the spot with her jokes and her comments. Thank you Ellen for being on the panel and you deserve to be there.

  4. Did anyone else see casey james? I don’t need no doctor was freakin awesome. I think he and andrew garcia are some of the best all around muscisians of the year.

  5. I was disappointed when Vanessa was eliminated, but understood it. However, I didn’t even begin to understand why Maddy Curtis was eliminated. The girl can plain flat sing and sing well!! She didn’t come on just screeching a lot of volume but indeed truly sang, with melody, clarity and all which should go with it. Eliminating her was sheer madness.

  6. I THOUGHT ELLEN WAS AWESOME LAST NIGHT. I AM SO GLAD THAT SEE MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION…NOT QUITE SURE HOW I WILL TAKE SIMON’S REPLACEMENT RIGHT NOW BUT I’M JUST GOING TO ENJOY THIS SEASON…..THERE ARE SOME REALLY GOOD TALENT THERE. I REALLY LIKE THE TOP 24…..(OF COURSE THERE IS NO ADAM LAMBERTS BUT HE WAS A RARE TALENT)….I AM REALLY GETTING EXCITED ABOUT THIS SEASON AND I REALLY THINK ELLEN IS GOING TO BE OKAY…..

  7. Ellen was great! First time I’ve seen all the judges act like adults—-Ellen definitely has a claming effect on them. My favorite contestant is Lilly—beautiful voice.

  8. I THINK YOU MISSED SOMETHING WITH MEGAN WRIGHT.. I THINK AMERICA HAS MISSED SOMETHING BY YOU NOT PICKING MEGAN WRIGHT.. AND I SWEAR I DO NOT KNOW OF HER EXCEPT THAT ONE TINY EXERPT IN THE COMPETITION. SHE TO ME.. HAS SOUL. AND IT HIT DEEP.. BUT IT DOESN’T TUG AT YOUR EMOTIONS.. EXCEPT IN A SOULFUL LIGHT WAY… THAT MAKES EASY LISTENING EXCEPT WITH HER IS IS NOT “LIGHT”.. IT IS JUST CAPTURING.. GOSH I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HER AT LEAST HAVE A CHANCE IN THE BIG COMPETION.. I LIKED HER SO MUCH THAT IT MAKES ME WEEP INSIDE… THAT AMERICA MAY NOT GET TO HEAR A LOT OF HER… THANKS FOR LISTENING..J

  9. hola
    parece que en esta edicion de American Idol, no basta con cantar bien, sino que por encima de todo hay que ser bien raro, pelú, bien feo, etc. Ya no es el canto, las principal carta de presentacion de un contestant.
    Lamentable pasar por delante de un supuesto panel de expertos y ni siquiera motivar un comentario que no fuera el compliment de Randy Jackson:
    LAMENTABLE LO QUE LE SUCEDIO A JUSTIN WILLIAMS EN LA NOCHE PASADA

    I am so sorry for those not reading spanish, sorry

    thanks

    aojeda
    FLORIDA

  10. Crystal was awesome singing “Natural Woman” .. The big guy CAN sing .. he’s good. The group show; too much talking, too many commercials, I’d like to hear the contestants more.

  11. I STILL CAN’T STAND GROUP NIGHT……IT SEEMS SO CONFUSING…… I SAY LET THE PERFORMERS SHOWCASE THEIR TALENTS…..THIS IS NOT THE X FACTOR, ITS INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES……THAT BEING SAID…..I REALLY FEEL THAT ELLEN IS DOING A VERY NICE JOB, YES, SHE IS NOT PAULA ABDUL BUT PAULA CHOOSE TO LEAVE THE SHOW….
    ANYONE WHO STOPPED WATCHING BECAUSE OF ELLEN REALLY DID THEMSELVES AN INJUSTICE…THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD TALENT THAT THEY ARE MISSING OUT ON AND ISN’T THAT THE PURPOSE OF AI…..FINDING NEW TALENT???????

  12. Yes, they are insane, I heard they are letting all the good male talents go home because they want a girl to win this year. That explains why Samuel Larsen and other maale talented contastans are not being air in their auditions. It is no right to do that.

  13. I am happy for ALL of you ladies and guys who made it into American Idol. I know that I don’t know any of you but I am very proud of you. You guys have bigger guts then me, I will be AFRAID to see of what Simon will say if I try out. But it doesn’t mean that I can’t try out right? I am 15 years old I still have a few years to practice and then try out.

    To those who didn’t make it, I still want to congrads you for trying out. Trying out is showing to what you want to be.. That is really something..

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