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American Idol Episode: "Hollywood Round #3"

Season 8, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: The Hollywood rounds continue with the singing hopefuls vying for a position in the Top 36.
Original Air Date: Feb 10, 2009

American Idol Episode Recap: Hollywood Week, Part Three Season 8, Episode 10

As Ryan Seacrest says at the beginning of Tuesday's episode, "It's do or die time." The remaining 75 Idol contestants will perform solo for the judges, accompanied by the band, backup singers  and, if they choose, they may play an instrument. After last week's ridiculous amount of drama, let's hope the judges and producers finally get down to business.

The judges will not comment after the singers' performances: Contestants will only know how they did at the end of the day when more cuts are made. Yikes.

A note before we go any further: I just want you to know that I try as hard as possible to write down everyone's names and song choices for your reference. But, as seen last week, occasionally Idol doesn't supply us with contestants' names, and sometimes I have no earthly idea what they're singing... and neither does Google. Just sayin'.

Best Auditions
Adam Lambert, otherwise known as "Wicked guy," desperately wants to be this season's David Cook. He switched up Cher's (yes, you heard me right... Cher's) "Believe," and though I found it kind of pitchy, Simon gives him a thumbs up.
Matt Giraud, the awesome, dueling piano player, proved his chops — on the keyboard and with his vocals — with a stirring, soulful version of "Georgia." I actually got goosebumps, and Kara thought it was "hot."
Jamar Rogers sang a funky and fun version of "Hey There Delilah" and his BFF Danny (Downey Jr.) Gokey went with the sappy "I Hope You Dance," but managed to turn it into a "cool" song. That's talent. But seriously, Paula needs to control herself.
Anoop Desai got the audience on their feet with "My Prerogative." I could not love him more if I tried.
Scott MacIntyre (the vision-impaired contestant from the Phoenix auditions) does Daughtry a solid by singing a wonderful version of "I'm Going Home" while playing the keyboard. He's awesome! Paula gave him a standing ovation, which of course, he couldn't see, but appreciated nonetheless.
Mishavonna Henson, where have you been all this time? This girl has a unique and mature voice and I hope we get to see more of her soon.

What the Heck Happened?
Why are the women so shouty? Lil Rounds blasted her way through "If I Ain't Got You," while Kristin McNamara got a little raspy during "Because of You." You are both very talented, and there's no reason to blow out your vocal chords. Need we remind you of Von Smith? Sometimes less is more.
Joanna Pacitti fell apart due to some major nerves. She forgot the words to "If I Ain't Got You," and couldn't recover.
Stephen Fowler, who I loved last week, also forgot the words to his song and just walked off the stage.

A Category All Her Own
Tatiana Del Toro... Oh, Tatiana! After seeing that she sang half a dozen songs on the first day of Hollywood week and annoyed the judges severely makes me almost positive that the only reason she's still around is for the drama she adds to the competition. Yes, she can sing, but her annoying personality far outweighs any talent she might have. And in this round, she sings "I'm Your Baby Tonight," and not even halfway through, she veers off the music and lyrics and just starts doing random musical runs. WTF are you still doing here? The poor backup singers look puzzled, and the judges look embarrassed for her. OK, producers, time to let this balloon go.

My point is proven further by the judges moving her from one room to another. When the judges appear in the room, she's so frazzled and fragile, she actually starts rocking back and forth and weeping.

First Group Through
Miraculously, some contestants who massively messed up still made it through to the next round. Those peeps who are moving on are Stephen Fowler, Joanna Pacitti, Jasmine Murray, Nathaniel (please someone make him stop crying) Marshall, Alexis Grace, Kai Kalama and Michael Sarver.

Second Group Through
Anoop, Scott, Jamar, Danny, Adam, Lil', Jorge Nunez and Jackie Tohn.

Third Group Through
I can't even talk about Tatiana. But she is through, as is Nick Mitchell (aka Norman Gentle)! Is this the apocalypse? Several others make it, too, but I don't know half of them or how to spell their names. I'll dig up a list and post it here ASAP.

What did you think about round three?

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As Ryan Seacrest says at the beginning of Tuesday's episode, "It's do or die time." The remaining 75 Idol contestants will perform solo for the judges, accompanied by the band, backup singers  and, if they choose, they may play an instrument. After last week's ridiculous amount of drama, let's hope the judges and producers finally get down to business. read more

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