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American Idol Episode: "Hollywood Round #2"

Season 9, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: The golden-ticket winners perform again in the second heat of the Hollywood round.
Original Air Date: Feb 10, 2010

American Idol Episode Recap: "Hollywood Week, Round 2" Season 9, Episode 10

And then there were 71. After the Group Day — the round of the competition when big personalities have a way of derailing big talent — American Idol makes another round of cuts. But the producers do not vary from the formula. Rather than show many new faces, screen time is given to the drama of infighting among group members, leaving viewers unaware of many of the voices who could very well end up in the top 24. (After all, this round only cut 25 singers, but I feel like I wasn't introduced to anyone I hadn't already seen.)

Yes, the rehearsals went late into the night. Yes, there were last-minute group changes and major diva power struggles. And yes, plenty of singers forgot their words. Ultimately, I find myself just longing for the voting to start. In the meantime, some thoughts on the groups featured in tonight's episode:

Faith (Charity Vance, Ashley Rodriguez and Michelle Delamor), "Irreplaceable"
Although the arrangement seemed to change significantly among the singers, the three ladies voices worked well together and the harmonies were miles ahead of many of the other groups. Ellen messes with the group a little before sending all three of them through to the next round.

Team Awesome (Michael Lynche, Seth Rollins, Tim Urban and Michael Castro), "Get Ready"
The show doesn't feature much of the group's rehearsal; mostly Michael was preoccupied with checking on his wife, who was delivering a baby girl. At least he got to listen in to the birth on his cell phone moments before he hit the stage. The performance wasn't as flashy as others, but it was well sung. However, the judges decide only to keep Michael and Tim around.

Neapolitan (Paige Miles, Thaddeus Johnson, Liz Rooney and Jessica Cunningham), "Bad Romance"
This group happens to rehearse right beside another group performing the same song. Of course, both groups accuse the other of stealing certain ideas, but Neapolitan goes before the judges first, and, thus, get the leg up. Simon says it was good in its own weird way and showed effort, which is what he looks for most at this stage. All of the singers go through.

Destiny's Wild (Todrick Hall, Theri, Jareb Liewer and Siobhan Magnus), "Bad Romance"
The aforementioned nemesis of Neapolitan, Destiny's Wild is most upset that the rival group decided to perform a cappella. This group's performance is much more Lady Gaga, full of flips and weird poses. Ellen is weirded out by the Cirque Du Soleil costuming and calls the whole thing surreal. Still, all the singers go through. See? What was all the fighting for?

The Mighty Rangers (Tori Kelly, Maddie Penrose, Mark Labriola, Kimberly Kerbow and Danny Jones), "Closer"
This group has a lot of arguments about the best way to approach the performance and work on it until nearly 4 a.m. before three members head to bed. Maddie says she thinks she'll go home just before she walks on stage, but since she and Tori actually remember the words to the song (and sing them well) they stay while the folks who slept are sent packing. Mark pleads for a second chance, but Simon heartlessly tells him not to beg.

Phoenix (Jermaine Sellers, Kat Nestel, Ben Honeycutt, Jeff Goldford and Moorea Masa), "Carry on Wayward Son"
Moorea uses her previous Hollywood Week experience from Season 8 to assume the lead of the group. She and Jermaine don't see eye to eye on the arrangements and harmonies, and the vocal coach even tells them they don't know what they're doing. To make matters worse, Kat bails moments before the group takes the stage, forcing the group to scramble. Kara says the fear is obvious and that the group performed as if they were just trying to survive. Moorea protests, noting the group's hardships, but Simon calls them rubbish. Jermaine and Jeff get to continue, but the rest of the group is out.

Big Dreams (Matt Lawrence and Amanda Shechtman), "The Sweet Escape"
Many groups attempt the Gwen Stefani song, and all of them get tripped up with the quick lyrics. While it made for a funny montage, Big Dreams' crash-and-burn was no laughing matter. Simon calls the performance horrific, adding that it "was as bad as I've ever heard." It's the end of the road. (And seriously, don't these people realize about five minutes into rehearsal that they can't pull off the lyrics? Why go through with that song?)

Middle C (Janell Wheeler, Jermaine Purifoy and Casey James), "Closer"
I'm already sold on Janell, and Casey won me over last night. The performance reminds me how good Jermaine was in his audition, and it's a no-brainer for the judges to put this group through.

Three Men and a Baby (Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens and J.B. Ahfua), "No One"
Again, Andrew and Katie are almost certain to make it to the top 24, so it's no surprise that this group impresses the judges and continues on.

The Dreamers (Mary Powers, Hope Johnson, Margo May and Alex Lambert), "Dreams"
Mary takes over the group, causing all sorts of headaches. No one can get a word in with her, and the frustration is clear. (Mary even gets snippy with the vocal coach, who, thankfully, puts her in her place. The performance is painful to listen to, as the background vocals are particularly out of tune. Mary, Hope and Alex do well enough in their solo sections to stay in the competition, however. Unfortunately, Mary probably lost all the support she's gained so far with her single-mom, rocker-chick back story.

What did you think of the group round?

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And then there were 71. After the Group Day — the round of the competition when big personalities have a way of derailing big talent — American Idol makes another round of cuts. But the producers do not vary from the formula. Rather than show many new faces, screen time is given to the drama of infighting among group members, leaving viewers unaware of many of the voices who could very well end up in the top 24. (After all, this round only cut 25 singers, but I feel like I wasn't introduced to anyone I hadn't already seen.)

Yes, the rehearsals went late into the night. Yes, there were last-minute group changes and major diva power struggles. And yes, plenty of singers forgot their words. Ultimately, I find myself just longing for the voting to start. In the meantime, some thoughts on the groups featured in tonight's episode... read more

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