American Idol returns to the Fillmore in Detroit Thursday, and this time it’s the top 12 girls taking the stage for their first shot at singing for the viewers’ votes. Overall, the girls take more risks with their song choices than the boys did last night, but some of those choices receive mixed reactions from the judges.
It’s the guys’ turn to sing for America's vote tonight on American Idol. So much more has to go into the contestants' choices now that they’re performing live and not just for the deliberations of judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. Everything from their look to the way they work the stage factors into how America votes, and there definitely seems to be a bit of a learning curve as the contestants transition from Hollywood Week and Showcase Week into these live show episodes.
On Wednesday, a California appeals court revived claims against Steven Tyler's attorney, Dina LaPolt, connected to the way she handled her client's contract negotiation to return as a judge on American Idol.
Tonight, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban dole out their final judgment before handing over the power to voters during next week’s live shows. Right off the bat, there’s a much different tone to tonight’s episode than the first part of Showcase Week. Only 11 spots remain in the top 24, and 23 singers awaiting their fate.
On its Wednesday night broadcast, American Idol revealed half of the season 14 contestants who will move into the top 24. With 12 names put forward, another 12 will complete the field on Thursday night. But no point waiting to meet the dozen hopefuls who just made the grade. In interviews with The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, the finalists reveal which previous Idols they had crushes on, their favorite Beatles song (“Rocky Raccoon,” anyone?) and their earliest musical memories.
With Hollywood Week over, the remaining 48 American Idol contestants take their talents to the House Of Blues in Los Angeles, where they have one last shot to sing for the judges before the top 24 compete in the live shows. In Showcase Week, the Idol hopefuls perform in front of a live audience, along with judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban. After everyone sings, they then have to take a literal long walk down a dramatically lit pathway, where the judges await with their fate.
"Tonight is the ultimate talent throwdown," the text onscreen reads at the beginning of American Idol Thursday. It's the final night of Hollywood Week — the solo round, when the 80 contestants who survived the high-stakes group round perform one last time, alone, fighting for those top 48 spots. "No more groups, no more excuses, just one final chance to face the judges," Ryan Seacrest says.
After Alexis Granville’s anxiety attack that capped off last week’s American Idol, the judges decide to give Sal’s Gals a short break to recover when Hollywood Week resumes tonight. Once Granville is given the green light by a medic, she joins her team on stage for their performance of Train’s “Drive By.” Sal Valentinetti doesn’t end up advancing, and only two of his “gals” make it through: Granville and Jax Cole.
The emotional rollercoaster of Hollywood Week continues Thursday on American Idol, which picks up where it left off with Gabby Zonneveld forgetting her lyrics during the "lines of 10" round. Harry Connick Jr. pulls her backstage and tells her to take a deep breath, as the rest of her line fights for their survival. Among them is single mother Kelley Kime, who once again impresses the judges and makes it through to the next round.
It’s Hollywood Week on American Idol, and according to Ryan Seacrest, “the road to stardom is about to get tough” for the golden ticket holders, as the judges now have to whittle a group of over 200 talented singers down to the top 24.
When the season-13 American Idol summer tour came to an end, top five finalist Jessica Meuse returned home to Slapout, Alabama, population just over 4,000. While it was a welcome return to the place where she had lived for many years, it took time to adjust to small town life after spending a few months living in the glamorous environs of Hollywood and touring the country. Now, six months later, Meuse is coming back to Southern California for her first-ever live gig in Los Angeles.