During the first night of Hollywood Week on ‘American Idol,’ tensions ran high as 38 contestants, including fan favorites Jax and Trevor Douglas, were immediately put on the spot and forced to sing another song, without explanation. Were they sent home? Find out!
With the auditions behind them, the tough part finally came for the 200 American Idol contestants who made it through to Hollywood Week. But did they survive the grueling process of elimination during the Feb. 4 episode? Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban certainly didn’t go easy on them.
‘American Idol’: Hollywood Week Begins & Trevor Douglas Shines — February 4 Recap
At the start of Hollywood Week, Jennifer, Harry and Keith immediately put a number of singers on the spot. Out of 200 remaining contestants, they asked about 38 to get on stage and perform a song of their choice. Following the performances, no feedback was given and these contestants, which included fan favorites Jax and Trevor Douglas, had no idea if they were going to be sent home or not.
Jax started the round with her own rendition of Britney Spears‘ “Toxic.” She was then followed by Adam Ezegelian, Tyanna Jones, Savion Wright, and “Hollywood” Anderson.
Unfortunately, “Hollywood” performed his own interpretation of Adele‘s “Someone Like You” and the judges weren’t happy that the song was barely recognizable.
When the judges felt like everyone was a bit too nervous, Keith asked the remaining contestant to loosen up a bit. And it must have worked because after Adam Lasherisa performed, they said he’s a “superstar.”
Trevor Douglas was my favorite — by far (watch his performance video above!). I’m actually going to go out on a limb and predict he’ll be one of the top 10 this season.
When those 38 contestants finished singing, amidst a lot of anxiety and nerves, they were all told they’re safe. The judges just wanted to hear the “most memorable” singers from the auditions perform again. (Phew!)
During day two, the other 162 singers or so performed in lines of 10. After finishing, the lines were split up — either the back row or the front row was then sent home.
The eliminations were pretty brutal. One girl even got sent home on her birthday!
All in all, the judges are being more critical for a reason. As viewers were reminded at the beginning of the episode with flashbacks of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Phillip Phillips winning Idol and going on to win tons of awards, they’re looking for a superstar!
Did you see one perform tonight?
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Were the judges too harsh on the contestants? Or were they not harsh enough? Tell us how you feel!
— Chris Rogers