We’ve finally arrived at the final night of Hollywood Week on ‘American Idol’ and it is about time we did. The Feb. 12 episode was the all-important solo round, and as the judges prepared to cut just about half the remaining contestants, it was either go big or go home– literally.
Interesting that Hollywood week lasted a whopping two weeks on American Idol, making the whole ordeal feel more like Hollywood month. However, they really did save the most fierce talent and drama for the final installment of the audition episodes. Jax stepped up, Big Ron copped a major attitude– and one shocking elimination spurred fury. Check out a full recap!
A-Game Or Bust
A-game or plan B: Those are the options at this point.
“I’m going to sing “Skyfall because it makes me cry,” said Loren Lott, before adding “hi grandma.” Cuteness points right off the bat. But was her song equally charming? Initially I was somewhat unimpressed, but by the song’s anthemic power notes I’ll admit she hooked me. Jennifer Lopez even gave her a standing ovation.
So in this round, we don’t immediately find out if someone will go through or not. Uh, not cool.
So we move on to cutie pie Daniel Seavey— we know him as the baby faced prodigy– who took to the stage with his guitar. He took on Ed Sheeran, a bold move for sure. But Keith Urban applauded his unexpected talent and you could just tell the judges were on board.
Next, things were not going as well for Big Ron Wilson. He was over-singing in all his rehearsals and getting reprimanded by the music director for his attitude– just like high school! He sang the unoriginal “Let’s Get It On,” and then proceeded to totally blame his faulty final note on the director who had been arguing with him! Like I said, high school. Well, note to self: don’t get on Big Ron’s bad side or you’ll end up defending yourself to JLo.
Onto a very different energy, Shi Scott was doing everything in her power just to calm her nerves. She made a wise choice singing an Etta James song that totally brought down her energy level– in the good way! However, her nerves were still evident and Harry Connick Jr. said it wasn’t one of her best, Eesh.
A Shocking Elimination
Adam Lasher is up next, who we recall is the cute nephew of one Carlos Santana. Honestly, he’s leaps and bounds above everyone else so far this evening. At the risk of sounding horribly pretentious, he’s an artist whereas everyone else thus far kinda was just a singer. Per usual, the judges and I aren’t on the same page– they didn’t love it.
Finally! We have our first round of cuts. Deep breath, here we go.
Big Ron and Adam were sent home, while Shi, Daniel and Loren made it through.
I’m sorry, you’re going to eliminate Adam? And put through Shi? Okay, what do I have to do to start judging this show myself, because Idol, you are working my last nerve. I demand a recount!
We are now down to 70 contestants remaining. We begin the next round with Mr. Swag himself, Quentin Alexander, who was so fly he actually got JLo to get onstage with him for…I’m not sure what to call it. A “strut-off?” Of course, so much flyness would be pretty annoying if he didn’t have the pipes to back it up. Luckily for all of us, he does. In fact, Keith stood for him.
Maddie Walker continued the streak of success singing a country song. So too did Trevor Douglas, whom Idol referred to as their “resident geek.” Uh, thanks? Both made it through.
Next up, we are back once again to Alexis Granville, who we all know fainted last week. She’s determined to prove she can, ya know, sing a song without passing out. Realistic goals are still goals I guess. Her pianist started in the wrong key, however, and Alexis didn’t take the initiative to restart. Harry stopped her in the middle to have her reset. She restarted, but again, was in the wrong key. Harry once again stopped her after a few seconds. “Once is excusable, twice is not.” Ouch.
Let It Be, Baby
Fairing better was Jax, singing the classic “Let It Be.” Jax actually got in the audience and sang on her knees to her parents. After a performance like that, it was an obvious yes. Calling it right now: Jax will be in the top 12. She’s both personable and talented beyond words (oh and blonde, which in LA, seems to be helpful).
Michael Simeon certainly felt underwhelming after Jax, but he is definitely talented and cute–okay, very cute. Onto another cutie, the stakes were high for Nick Fradiani who, at 28, is in the midst of his last chance at Idol dreams. His age benefitted him entirely, because his wise choices and experience showed big time. JLo nibbled her thumb as he walked off stage. Pulling a Boy Next Door, J?
Michael and Nick both sufficiently charmed the judges, and were declared through to the next round.
Mark & Clark
To the next round, Clark Beckham has gone from busking on the streets of New Orleans to Hollywood, based solely on his talents and charms. This time, he’s swapped his guitar for his keyboard because “I don’t want to go back to playing on the streets.” Not gonna lie, he does sound very “waiting for the Q train,” but there could be more if he had some coaching.
Mark Andrew really wants to do this for his wife and kid. Yeah, yeah, nice story–can you sing? Turns out, yes. However, his severe exhaustion started to get to him and he forgot, like, a whole lot of lyrics. “Do what you can to remember those words,” Harry said.
Another round of cuts: Mark and Clark (These two should start a cute, bearded guy band. Thoughts?) both made it through!
Joey Cook was in the next round, and she was primarily concerned with remembering her lyrics, as she had majorly forgotten them in the group round. She chose to sing The Beatles and if you can’t remember their words, I’m sorry, you don’t even deserve to be in this competition. Well, she remembered her lyrics! Unfortunately, it was one of her weakest performances (that is according to me, so the judges probably adored the performance).
You Have It Or You Don’t
Lovey James had much more fun. As did Tyanna Jones who JLo said was “blessed.” Rayvon Owen also stepped it up and had fun which, at this point in the competition, is so important.
“You have it or you don’t,” Harry said as the contestants were lined up for the final elimination.
Rayvon, Tianna and Joey all made it through. Tears, tears and more tears.
And with that, we have finally finished Hollywood Week! We did it, guys! And now the real fun begins.
What did you think of tonight’s episode. Did your fav make it through, or were they sent packing?
— Casey Mink