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American Idol Episode: "Hollywood Round, Part 1"

Season 11, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: The Hollywood Round begins.
Original Air Date: Feb 8, 2012

American Idol Will (Literally) Knock You Off Your Feet! Season 11, Episode 8

It's been a long and arduous journey, but we've finally made it to Hollywood! Now is when things actually start getting good. So let's hop to it!

We're about to start auditions but all of a sudden something happens. And in an instant we've transported from Hollywood to a mental institution, and there's this crazy man on a stage with long, shaggy hair who is rambling about sphinxes and courage and apricots. Oh, wait. That's just Steven Tyler. Back to the singers.

Johnny Keyser, the hottie front-runner from Ft. Lauderdale starts out the evening on a high note. Should we just end this competition now? It would probably make it easier on everyone — the contestants, judges, cameramen, lighting technicians...me. Following Johnny is his polar opposite, Heejun "Nervous Nelly" Han. He's intimidated by everyone's height and beauty. "I don't know how they get so good looking," he says. "What do they eat?" And we all know that the answer to that is obviously "nothing" since every year the contestants inevitably drop 15 pounds a piece by the time we've weaned it down to the top 12. Nelly sings "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You." It's good, but his nerves are palpable, and it's making everyone anxious. They both get sent through, though, along with some other people we didn't meet and most likely never will.

Next up there are three blondes, indistinguishable from each other aside from the fact that one has a super raspy voice (Elise Testone), one has piercing blue eyes (Baylie Brown), and one was wearing red pants (Hallie Day). They are all above average and get sent through.

Jen Hirsch is up next, and — correct me if I'm wrong — but I don't remember meeting her during auditions? She is fantastic. Easily one of the best we've seen so far. Lauren Gray follows her, and while she's also great, her talent is undermined by the standout that sang before her. Despite this, Lauren gets sent through to the next round, along with Jen.

Next, producers waste our time by showing about 20 performers who are all terrible but beg for another chance to sing anyway. Don't they realize how valuable our time is? It's rude and inconsiderate, really. 

Phillip Phillips, the guy who did a really cool guitar-addled version of "Thriller" in Savannah, is not-so-impressive without his guitar. Have we talked about how strange and mean it was for his parents to name him Phillip? Reed Grimm, who has been performing since he was two, takes the stage next and sings "I Got a Golden Ticket" from Willy Wonka. What a goof! He's a nanny, though, so it kind of makes sense, you know? Picturing Reed dusting the tops of cabinets while cooking dinner for some spoiled kids and singing things from Willy Wonka. As luck would have it the performance was pretty damn good and original. Fine! I'm totally a converted hater.

Apparently American Idol is in the business of kicking people when they're down, tonight. Because who do they send home? Travis Orlando, the guy whose mom walked out on his family, (also: he got rejected last year), and Ramiro Garcia, the guy who was born without ears, and I personally thought was quite good. Cruel, I tell you.

Once we get over how insensitive that whole thing was, we hear from Adam Brock (you know, the dude who claims he is harvesting a large black woman inside of his body). He sings "Walking in Memphis" and he kills it! This guy's a contender, that's for sure.

Next we send home Jim Carrey's daughter, but it's fine because this competition isn't meant for famous people's kids anyway. Still unsure why she tried out in the first place. Can't her dad, like, buy her a record label?

Remember the really tall girl with the huge father named Shannon Magrane? She goes through. Joining her is David Leathers, Jr., the ladies man voted "least likely to sing Celine Dion" who sang "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion. Also: Mobile DJ (which means she DJs using her cell phone, right?) Erika Van Pelt, Creighton Fraker, and Aaron Marcellus will all see another Idol day.

Lauren Mink from New York sings "Alone" by Heart, and it's just OK. Following her is Jeremy Rosado, the germaphobe who works at an infectious disease clinic, and he does a pretty fantastic job. Sweet little Symone Black takes the stage as the final auditioner, and it's starts innocently enough. She's doing an alright job singing Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of The Bay," but when she's done...BAM! Symone has not only fallen to the floor, but she's actually dropped off the stage entirely. It's a pretty tense and frightening moment, honestly, but what's most unnerving? The fact that the judges just kind of sit there, all "Oh. Look. That little girl fell," and don't seem to really be doing anything about it. We zoom in on poor Symone laying lifeless on the floor and who comes to her aid? Why, if it isn't Nigel Lythgoe, the producer of the show and coincidentally the only person who has quick reaction time. In case you missed it, here's a clip of the scary moment:


We're left on the edge of our seats, not knowing whether or not Jeremy will go through, and also...will Symone live? Who was your favorite this evening? Let us know in the comments! 

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It's been a long and arduous journey, but we've finally made it to Hollywood! Now is when things actually start getting good. So let's hop to it!

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