Now that auditions are over, the Feb. 5 episode of ‘American Idol’ takes us to Hollywood — and the judges had a shocking twist in store for the hopefuls! Read on to find out if your favorites from the auditions made the cut!
“If you screw this up, it’s over,” said Harry Connick Jr. in the opening teaser of this week’s episode. Well, yes. That’s how this thing works. But he was referring to a twist that the Idol producers sprung on the hopefuls: just when they thought they were home-free and on their way to Hollywood, they were escorted to an airplane hangar to sing for their lives! Or their chance at the Idol throne, whatever. See below to find out which of our favorites made it!
‘American Idol’ Recap: Hollywood Week 1
It seemed kind of rude to tell the Idol kids they’d made it only to take them to an airplane hangar and then make them audition again — this time in front of their competition. It’s a good way to see if they’ll crack under the pressure, but it was downright cruel to split them up into two buses and make it so that they wouldn’t find out whether they were cut or not until the bus took them to the airport, back home, or to their hotel, in Hollywood. You guys!
A lot of hopefuls who auditioned in their respective cities just utterly choked in the hangar. For example, Tristen Langley, son to AI alum Nikki McKibbon, didn’t make the final cut. That’s so sad for them both!
Luckily, not too much time was spent on this horrible mind game — the bulk of the auditions found themselves in Hollywood proper! Here’s how some of our favorites fared this week:
Spencer Lloyd, 19, sang “A Great Big World” and Keith Urban told his fellow judges that it was the perfect song choice for him. It really was! He pulled it off perfectly and gosh, he is just so handsome, HollywoodLifers. He is going to make it far.
Majesty Rose York, 21, sang Feist‘s “1, 2, 3, 4″ and sounded just as precious as she did in her audition.”I love her,” Jennifer Lopez told Harry. We love her, too! She’s pretty great. And how can you not root for a preschool teacher? She is basically a Disney princess.
We loved Austin Wolfe, 17, in her audition when she sang Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” but we were kinda bummed by the fact that her choices while singing “Take It All” by Adele were a bit confusing — and, we’re sorry to say, but her singing faces were crazy distracting. What was up with that? However, she is enormously talented, so she deserves her spot!
Did we call CJ Harris being the most charming person ever, or what? When he walked on stage, Jennifer breathed out, “hello baby,” for which Harry made fun of her mercilessly. CJ really impressed the judges with his version of Ray LaMontagne‘s “Trouble!”
Kenzie Hall, 17, sang Macklemore‘s “Can’t Hold Us” and we’re not exaggerating: it was our favourite performance this season so far. Her voice was clear as a bell and she interpreted the rap in such a beautiful way that she has been even more cemented in our minds as a top contender for the Idol grand prize.
Maurice Townsend, 26, continued to be the literal best with Shontelle‘s “Impossible.” We kind of hope Maurice wins so that he and his million kids (fine: four) are comfortable forever!
So, now that the Idol hopefuls have been whittled down from 160 to 104 and they’ve put themselves into their own groups for the group auditions (and cuts) to follow, the talent we’re seeing is getting more and more impressive!
We’re big people; we can admit when we’re wrong. So, some of our favorites didn’t make it through — and for good reason. But what about you, HollywoodLifers? Were you sad to see some of these kids go? Be sure to vote and tell us your thoughts in the comments!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner