8 pm/ET FOX
It's the final lap of the long and winding preliminary rounds, which crisscrossed the nation from East Rutherford, N.J., to San Francisco — and tonight includes San Juan, Puerto Rico. There are plenty of bumps on this byway — tantrums and tears from the rejected, clashes and power plays from the judges (particularly between newbie judge Kara and old vet Simon). The road won't get any smoother for those deemed worthy and talented: They advance to the nerve-racking Hollywood rounds, which begin next week.
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