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American Idol Episode: "Hollywood Round #2"

Season 8, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Hopefuls render performances in the second installment of the Hollywood rounds.
Original Air Date: Feb 4, 2009

American Idol Episode Recap: Hollywood Week, Part Two Season 8, Episode 9

Welcome to American Idol, though Wednesday's show feels much more like 90210. Oh the drama! 107 contestants will compete in the high-pressure group challenge, but only 75 will make it through to the next round. At the end of it all, will your favorite make it, or will they be headed home (to some serious therapy)?

I have to admit, the more I think about Tuesday's show, the more I want to throw a temper tantrum. I cannot believe people like Bikini Girl and Norman Gentle were allowed to advance to the second round of Hollywood week. Then I really wanted to stamp my feet and scream very bad words about the fact that the only auditions we really got to see last night were of people we've already met. I wanted to see other people who may knock my socks off or horrify me like nasal-tastic Bikini Girl. Let's hope there's a better variety this round, or I may ask for my money back.

As the contestants for their groups, I start getting a knot in my stomach like I used to when we had to pick teams in gym class. Kids would overtly choose teams based on popularity and not ability, and that's exactly what happens here. The fact that Megan Corkery is left without a group baffles me. And when she does find a group, the three brunette, mean girls roll their eyes and reluctantly let her join. I hope you smoke them, Megan!

Tatiana "hyena-laugh" Del Toro also has trouble finding a group, and when she does, she becomes so annoying and overbearing that her peeps start to alienate her. Desperate to escape, she tries to hijack another group. Though her new group of Nancy, Nathaniel and Kristen isn't convinced they should include her, they agree because she seems so upset. Big mistake. Tatiana decides she'd rather go back to her old group and see if she can make it work... or because she thought her first group really sounded better. Beyotch! Rightly so, her group members confront her, and she apologizes. Why the heck are so many contestants so wack this year? I can't even get into the rest of the drama with these two groups.

Rose Flack puts a finger gun to her head over being paired with Bikini Girl and others who want to seem more "cute" than talented. I feel your pain, sister. Ryan has dubbed these ladies "the divas," but I think that could apply to several other groups as well.

Later, Bikini Girl has had enough of practicing and goes to her room to cry herself to sleep. Rose and the rest of her group are still practicing and look relieved to be rid of Bikini Girl. The next morning they try to rally her, but she's not coming out from under her covers. Just when they've almost given up, Bikini Girl shows up to a big group of icy stares of hate. Clearly, she's a whiney slacker and the others worry she's going to ruin their routine.

Once in the theater, the judges arrive and Simon announces that if you forget the lyrics, you're automatically out. Tears of terror start a flowin'.

Most Impressive Groups
India Morrison, Matt Giraud, Kris Allen, Justin Williams worked it out! They sang such a different, upbeat, soulful version of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" that I actually forgot all the mean-girl drama from earlier.
Danny Gokey, Jamar Rogers, Taylor Vaifanua, and one more they didn't identify (argh), sang a capella with amazing rhythm and harmony. Simon actually said it was a "very good performance," and trust me, after this day, that is a huge compliment.
Jeremy Michael Sarver (The actually says he's an "oil rig roughneck." Nice, guys. Way to pigeonhole a guy), Adam Lambert, Matt Breitzke, Jesse Langseth (who is she? I love her!) were spread across two groups but both sang awesome versions of "Some Kind of Wonderful."

Biggest Disappointments
Emily Hughes got the boot after forgetting the lyrics to "Don't Stop Thinking about Tomorrow." Such a crappy song choice and terrible execution.
ose Flack and Lauren Barnes get the boot along with Bikini Girl after a disastrous version of "Mercy." But Jasmine Murray did make it to the next round, and boy did she deserve it.
David Osmond and Deanna Brown got booted! Since we don't get to see their auditions, we have no idea what happened.

P.S. Can someone please get rid of Tatiana before I lose my own mind watching her? I beg of you!

What did you think of Wednesday's episode?

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Welcome to American Idol, though Wednesday's show feels much more like 90210. Oh the drama! 107 contestants will compete in the high-pressure group challenge, but only 75 will make it through to the next round. At the end of it all, will your favorite make it, or will they be headed home (to some serious therapy)? read more

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