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American Idol Episode: "Hollywood Round #4"

Season 8, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: The Hollywood rounds advance with the unveiling of the Top 36 semifinalists.
Original Air Date: Feb 11, 2009

American Idol Episode Recap: Hollywood Week, Part Four Season 8, Episode 11

Welcome to the final evening of Hollywood week: The judges mansion. It's a magnificent place where the judges will give a yay or nay to the remaining contestants, and in some cases, they will make two contestants compete for one spot using the sing-off technique.

Wow, is this place insanely gorgeous, or what? Too bad I keep thinking Joe Millionaire is gonna pop up around the corner to propose to one of our fetching young wannabes. And is it strange to hold the last day before the final 36 is revealed in such a lavish place? It's feels kinda creepy and showy to me in these troubled times.

*Names in bold have made it to the top 36.

Who Goes Straight Through to the next round?
Anoop Desai gets a unanimous vote from the judges to go straight to the top 36! As Randy says, "Anoop is in da' house!"
Von Smith, aka Shouty Pants, makes it through after making the smart decision to take it down a notch on Tuesday's solo round.
Adam Lambert makes it straight through... after Simon torturously misleads him for a few moments.
Taylor Vaifanua, despite having messed up her words the first night in Hollywood, makes it through!
Jasmine Murray, Arianna Afsar, Casey Carlson, Megan Corkery, Mishavonna Henson, Stevie Wright are shown for a few seconds (what's up with dissing the ladies' on-screen time?) making it past the judges into the coveted top 36.
Joanna Pacitti has forgotten her lyrics in every single audition during Hollywood week. What happened to the rule of "forget your lyrics and you're out?" I think she's a lovely girl, but I'm not sure how fair that is to the other contestants. But the judges seem hell-bent on giving her a shot, and she makes it to the next round.
Kendall Beard shakes like a leaf waiting to hear that... she made it through!
Alexis Grace, the young single mother with a soulful voice, made a big impression on the judges during Hollywood week and makes it into the top tier.
Scott MacIntyre, the visually impaired sweetie, gets to move on in the competition! Now all we have to do is get him to work on the hair.
Lil Rounds, the compulsive over-singer, gets through as Simon calls her a "good, old-fashioned singer." I wish they would tell her to take it down a notch as well.
Allison Iraheta, only 16 years old, gets the judges vote to progress in the competition based on her raw and natural talent.
Danny Gokey gets through after Simon warns him to be more relevant. But, in a shocking turn, his BFF Jamar Rogers did not make it through. I'm honestly shocked! I love this guy and thought he brought a lot to the show. Danny looks like someone punched him in the stomach when he finds out, as does the rest of the room.
Ricky Braddy, Matt Giraud, Ju'Not Joyner, Brent Keith and Jorge Nunez all get the green light to the next round.
Stephen Fowler is forgiven for royally screwing up his last audition in Hollywood! We'll be seeing him next week.
Nick Mitchell, aka Norman Gentle, appears subdued in a dark blazer before the judges. He's really nervous, which is actually kind of endearing. He is just plain Nick today, though the judges want to make sure that he keeps "Norman" around while he competes in the top 36.
Jackie Tohn makes it through, but needs to watch out for her tendency to be annoying. She can really grate on the old nerves. Her reaction to the good news was so over-the-top, I wanted to smack her. OK, maybe just pinch her. I'll save the smacking for Tatiana.
Tatiana Del Toro, the queen of all things hysterical and annoying, actually makes it through! I'm literally disgusted and have removed both shoes to throw at my TV. But it's not my TV's fault. It's the producers' and judges'. After all the crappy drama that Tatiana has dished out, they want her to stay? Yuck. Just yuck. I'm not naïve, and I know that a lot more goes on behind the green curtain than we ever see, but this is absurd.
Jeanine Vailes, who I have absolutely no memory of in the competition, makes it through, as does adorable Kai Kalama, plus Kris Allen and Ann Marie Boskovich.

Who Has to Sing for Their Lives?
Cody Sheldon sings "Love Remains the Same" well, but doesn't know he's been chosen for a sing-off with his friend, Alex Wagner-Trugman. This is so cruel. Alex sings "Don't Let the Sun Go Down," and the judges like it better. I have to agree with them: Alex makes it into the top 36.

Jenn Korbee, who made it to Hollywood with her hubby (only to have him booted after the group round), sings against Kristin McNamara (who endured the drama of Nathaniel and Nancy during group auditions). Simon is a pig and asks the judges if they want to keep the "attractive" girl. Are you kidding me? Personally, I liked Kristin better, and she is the one who makes it through — although Simon, being an ass, tells the contestants to their faces that he disagrees. Come on, Simon. Jenn couldn't sing as well, and you know it!

Jackie Midkiff has to sing off opposite Nathaniel (Cry Baby) Marshall. We actually get to see more backstory on why Nathaniel is as emotional as he is: his mother is in prison and he's been shuffled around to live with different family members. I feel more sympathy for him now, but his personality is still grating.

In a surprising turn, Frankie Jordan (Amy Winehouse wannabe) and Jesse Langseth have to sing against each other for a spot. What? Jesse comes off much stronger in my opinion, but Simon hates her song. It wasn't the best choice, but she seems like a more original artist. The judges pick Jesse, and Simon continues to be a jackass by telling Frankie she never would have won anyway. Ouch.

Welder Matt Breitzke and oil rig roughneck Michael Sarver are paired together for a sing-off, which breaks my heart. I love them both! Matt sings well, but Simon doesn't like his song choice. Michael sings with a lot of natural charm and ease, and I think he'll do well in the competition. The judges decide that both should get another chance! Yay!

There you have it America! What do you think of your top 36?

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Welcome to the final evening of Hollywood week: The judges mansion. It's a magnificent place where the judges will give a yay or nay to the remaining contestants, and in some cases, they will make two contestants compete for one spot using the sing-off technique. read more

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