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American Idol Episode: "Hollywood Round #3"

Season 9, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: The Hollywood round continues, with a gradually dwindling contingent of contestants vying for a slot in the Top 24.
Original Air Date: Feb 16, 2010

American Idol Episode Recap: Hollywood Week, Part 3 Season 9, Episode 11

American Idol is finally getting to the good stuff. After the final performances from some of the judges' and fans' early favorites, the judges deliberate and save two out of three rooms of contestants before advancing the first seven singers into the top 24. The judges have a lot of decisions to make, so let's just get right into the best and worst performances of the evening as well as Season 9's first Top 24 contestants.

THE GOOD
Angela Martin, "American Boy"
Not only does she have a very soulful voice but Angela has great stage presence.

Casey James, "Bubbly"

How can you not love this guy's voice? He's daring in doing a song that tends to attract female vocalists. Also, it will be humorous to see how the cameras play out Kara's attraction towards Casey (right now she thinks she's being funny but she's actually coming off as creepy).

Todrick Hall, "I'm Yours"
Todrick is the third in a row to perform this Jason Mraz tune but he truly makes it his own with his notable vocal prowess.

Ashley Rodriquez, "Battlefield"
If you close your eyes, at first she sounds like a dead ringer for Jordin Sparks on the Idol winner's hit single, but Ashley's vocal talents and her commanding presence sets her apart.

Aaron Kelly, "Angel"
He's the teenage wonder of Season 9 in my book. He's only 16 but his performance is equal parts moving and powerful.

THE BAD
Shelby Dressel, "More Than a Feeling"
Shelby is able to master the lines after more than a little difficulty, but the song isn't a good match on multiple levels. Shelby does not command the stage well and she doesn't seem to connect emotionally with the song.

Crystal Bowersox, "If It Makes You Happy"
This is a great song for a good chunk of Crystal's vocal range. But when it comes to the high notes, it's hardly a pretty picture.

Mary Powers, "Hot and Cold"
She tells Ryan her song "is cake" but Mary's performance is uneven and the strain in her voice is hard to ignore. Oh, and her crazy eyes during the performance do not help her cause. In this case, being memorable is bad, very, very bad.

Hope Johnson, "Home"
There's no shortage of emotion in Hope's performance but there's something off about her voice and it comes off as a poor karaoke showing, at best.

THE UGLY
Jermaine Sellers, "Man in the Mirror"
I hate to go there but his rendition was a little pitchy, dawg. Jermaine also makes an impression — and not in a good way — when he chides the band for playing too much of the song.

Alex Lambert, "I'm Yours"
He knows this song complements him perfectly but he's clinging to his audition song too much and he fails to stray far from the radio version and make it his own.

Janell Wheeler, "Love Story"
She has a good voice but, as Kara says, she chooses THE wrong song, especially considering her throat problems throughout Hollywood week.

THE DECISIONS
After splitting the contestants into three different rooms, Simon, Ellen, Kara and Randy end up sending Room 2 packing, which includes Mary Powers and Hope Johnson, among others. And now it's time to give the remaining contestants a yes or no.

The judges first select Michael Lynche Didi Benami (the most emotional of all because of her late best friend) and Casey James, who had the best reaction. Next, they pick Aaron Kelly, Lee Dewyze, Todrick Hall and Katelyn Epperly.

Shelby Dressel and Jessica Furney are among the night's final eliminated contestants, and Jessica takes it the hardest. She sits on stage and pleads with the judges for a second chance, telling them over and over about how she "has it." I can't decide whether she's the sad victim or is extremely pompous and irritating. Randy patronizes her for a few minutes, but Simon's reaction is priceless and he sends dear Jessica, who is getting rejected for the second year in a row, on her way out of the Kodak Theatre after she also snaps at Ellen.

On Wednesday, the other 17 semifinalists will be announced (10 girls and seven boys exactly).

So did your favorites make the cut for the first 7? Who were you sad to see get the boot? Who do you think will make it to the top 24 tomorrow? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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American Idol is finally getting to the good stuff. After the final performances from some of the judges' and fans' early favorites, the judges deliberate and save two out of three rooms of contestants before advancing the first seven singers into the top 24. The judges have a lot of decisions to make, so let's just get right into the best and worst performances of the evening as well as Season 9's first Top 24 contestants.
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