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American Idol Episode: "Hollywood Round #2"

Season 10, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: The golden-ticket winners compete in the Hollywood Round.
Original Air Date: Feb 16, 2011

American Idol Episode Recap: Hollywood Week, Part 2 (Group Round) Season 10, Episode 9

It's the most dreaded part of every American Idol cycle: the group round of Hollywood Week. The pressure cooker of group round forces the 168 remaining contestants to team up with each other, learn a song, and choreograph a routine in just one night. What almost always follows is a sleepless night of tears and a whole lot of drama. And this season lived up to that promise as well.

Some singers couldn't find groups. Some groups became frustrated by their take-charge leaders. One singer decided to swap groups in the middle of the night, and another left her teammates stranded as she decided whether she could even handle the pressure of competing on Idol.

One group did the unthinkable: They made adorable little Jacee Badeaux cry.

So, which singers made it through arguably the toughest part of the competition? Let's find out.

Pia Toscano, Alessandra Guerico, Brielle Von Hugel, "Grenade"
This all-girl trio started the day off strong, delivering a beautifully harmonized rendition of Bruno Mars' hit. I thought Pia was the strongest of the group. There wasn't a whole lot of negative to say. Steven said they slammed it, and all three move on to the next round.

4 Plus One, "I Want You Back"
The group's name is reflective of the fact that Jordan Dorsey came into the group at the last minute. And he did so after being very picky about who he would let into his original group, only to abandon them after he didn't like the direction they were taking. The harmonies sounded good for the most part, but the group definitely had some weak spots. Fellow group member Robbie Rosen was not one of them. Ultimately, Jordan and Robbie both get through, and Jordan said he was certain he made the right move by jumping ship.

440, "Forget You"
Jordan's former group, however, proved they weren't slouches either. Their spin on Cee Lo's song was fun and lively. (Who needs feathers and Muppets, right?) Despite losing Jordan midway, the entire group, which featured Adrian Michael and Lauren Turner, gets through to the next round.

Rebel Star, "Irreplaceable"
This group proved to be an Idol first. Tiffany Rios, the colorful singer from New Jersey who basically crapped on all her fellow singers during the first round in Hollywood, couldn't find a single group to take her in. So, she poached Jessica Yantz from another group, and the two struck out together, but still couldn't find a third person to meet the group minimum. The producers let them slide. The performance started with them rolling on the floor, and only got worse. Tiffany wailed her way through the chorus, causing J. Lo's face to contort in a number of ways, none of them good. I actually think Jessica had some promise, but she chose a bad partner. Both were sent home.

Spanglish, "Just the Way You Are"
After the late night, group member Kevin Campos was woken up by a producer just minutes before his group was set to take the stage. (Steven took the chance to play the drums during the delay.) Despite the confusion, the group managed to pull together the performance they had planned. Kevin sounded pretty good, Jorge Gabriel really struggled but Jovany Barreto and Karen Rodriguez were the real standouts. They are the only two moving forward.

Center Stage, "Some Kind of Wonderful"
This all-girl group knew exactly how to bend the rules in their favor — or at least they thought so. They invited Steven Tyler on stage and sang the song to (about?) him while doing all but giving him a lap dance. He even joined in on a few lines. While J. Lo thought all the girls sang well in the "cute" performance, the only one to go through was Lauren Alaina, who the judges lurved in Nashville. So, unfortunately America, the girl who can pull spaghetti out of her nose won't be moving on. Yes, I am as bummed as you are.

The Hits, "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)"
And this is why you don't put through people who are mentally unstable. Ashley Sullivan, who gave a weak first-round audition but begged/cried her way to Hollywood only made it a few hours into rehearsal before she decided that Idol's cameras were freaking her out and that she wanted to go home. Producers asked her to think it over, so she talked with her boyfriend before ultimately deciding at 2:30 in the morning to come back to her group. Surprisingly, her group, which included Keeira Lyn Ford and Ashthon Jones, happily welcomed her back. Even more surprising, they actually performed very well, though I still don't think Ashley is talented enough to be on this show. Randy, however, says they are "the best harmonized group we've seen." They all get through, so, we'll get a chance to see at least one more possible breakdown!

The Deep Vs, "Somebody to Love"
This group, led by Adam Lambert wannabe James Durbin, had some serious problems with another group that happened to be singing the same song. Their biggest gripe: The other group, made up of only 15- and 16-year-olds, was getting choreography and performance advice from their mothers who are required to be on hand. "Idol isn't a competition for stage moms," James argues.

He should have spent more time working on his group because they were all over the place. James sang with Emma Henry, Danny Pate, Caleb James, and John Jordan, and although they had the right types of voices to sing the Queen classic, J. Lo said the harmonies were "almost painful" and that it sounded like a "bad Glee audition." (She knows she's on a Fox show, right?) Only Caleb and James, the latter of which did a really annoying screechy vocal run at the end of the song, make it through.

The Minors, "Somebody to Love"
Meanwhile, the youngsters who James was trash-talking earned a standing ovation from the judges. I got tired of hearing their moms talk about how good the group was, but they backed it all up when they got on stage. The group, made up of Keonna Evans, Jalen Harris, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Felix Ramsey, and Deandre Brackensick, gave the performance of their lives, J. Lo said. Steven said he was bathing in their vocals and that the harmonies were delicious. They all move on.

Ebony and Ivory and Every, "Get Ready"
One of two groups to sing a capella, this group, which featured DaQuela Payne, Matthew Nuss, Naima Adedapo, and Jacob Lusk totally killed it. Jacob in particular ended the performance with a vocal run that went from falsetto to a crazy low, leading Ryan Seacrest to dub him a new standout. They all get through.

The Night Owls, "Get Ready"
Singing the same song and also going a capella, Julie Zorrilla, Casey Abrams, Don Noguchi, Lara Johnston, and Melissa Lucas didn't fare as well. No one was just terrible, but the big voices of Julie and Casey overpowered some of the weaker team members. Ultimately, they are the only two to move on.

Four Non Blondes and That Guy, "Forget You"
Caleb Hawley, Chris Medina, Devyn Rush and Carson Higgins put on a lively performance, punctuated once again by Carson's wild facial expressions. While the performance was solid overall, everyone but Devyn gets through. She's devastated and begs the producers to let her back into the audition room to beg the judges for a second chance. Her appeals are to no avail, so she heads home.

Sugar Mama and the Babies, "Mercy"
After the first round of Hollywood Week, the singers that made it through on Day 1 began grouping up in preparation of the next round, hoping to get a day's head start. Producers squashed that by announcing that each group must feature at least one Day 1 and Day 2 singer. So, Brad Loewenstern, Denise Jackson, Stevie Cain, and Natalie Hanson spent almost the entire night looking for a Day 2 singer to join their ranks. Luckily, the adorable Jacee Badeaux was unceremoniously dumped by his group late in the night, and after he dried his tears, he was quickly recruited.

One problem: Jacee wasn't familiar with the song, and he struggled with the lyrics in the limited hours he had left to rehearse. During the performance, he forgot them again, and at least had the sense to ad lib rather than just shut down like many others. When the judges learn that he was dumped at the last minute, the entire room of contestants begins applauding Jacee's talent and positive attitude, again bringing little Teddy Bear to tears. Randy makes it all better when he puts Jacee (and the rest of the group) through to the next round. Teddy Bear is happy.

The Gwops, "Get Ready"
This group, which featured, Clint Jun Gamboa, Scotty McReeery, Monique Dos Santos, and Frances Coontz, were the jerks that kicked little Jacee out. The good news for them is that they all sang really well, especially Clint, who was the real mastermind behind cutting Jacee loose. They all get through, but good ol' boy Scotty makes it clear to the judges that he was sorry for not sticking up for Teddy Bear, because he's such a sweet kid. You're on thin ice, cowboy.

Three's Company, "Forget You"
Former couple Rob Bolin and Chelsee Oaks team with Jacqueline Dunford, one half of the Idol power couple that got busted up in the last round. Rob has trouble working with Chelsee for obvious reasons, but he also isn't a fan of Jacqueline, who quickly takes over the group and crafts a dance routine Rob isn't comfortable with. They only slept about 30 minutes and Rob forgets the lyrics. I'm no fan of Jacqueline's singing, and Chelsee is the best part of this performance, but both girls get through while forgetful Rob gets sent home. I'm bummed, as I really liked his audition, but hey, group round is tough.

The round also claimed audition-round standouts Paris Tassin, Emily Anne Reed, Aly Jados, Courtney Penry and Aaron Gutierrez. At the end of the day 68 singers are gone, and by the end of tomorrow's episode, the remaining 100 will be cut in half again.

So, what did you think of group round? Did you hate seeing Teddy Bear cry? Did you find any new favorites? Share all your thoughts in the comments below! 

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It's the most dreaded part of every American Idol cycle: the group round of Hollywood Week. The pressure cooker of group round forces the 168 remaining contestants to team up with each other, learn a song, and choreograph a routine in just one night. What almost always follows is a sleepless night of tears and a whole lot of drama. And this season lived up to that promise as well.

Some singers couldn't find groups. Some groups became frustrated by their take-charge leaders. One singer decided to swap groups in the middle of the night, and another left her teammates stranded as she decided whether she could even handle the pressure of competing on Idol.

One group did the unthinkable: They made adorable little Jacee Badeaux cry.

So, which singers made it through arguably the toughest part of the competition? Let's find out... read more

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