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'American Idol' recap: Hollywood Week, Day 2

Half of the remaining 175 contestants get the ax.

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American Idol

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest
Reality TV

We’re back for more of Day 2, in which Idol celebrates the contestants who got the most screen time during auditions and gives them even more screen time. Which is nice for those of us who are already cheering on our favorites, but ultimately kind of a snooze fest. Oh well. Group Night is nigh. Let’s see how Gabby’s performance—and last night’s nerve-filled cliffhanger—wraps up. Oh god, she’s still panicking. Harry jumps up on stage to calm her down (because he’s just that wonderful). She takes a break. She comes back, and she seems to have started to breathe again. The lovely contestants in the audience hop on their feet to cheer her on. Honestly, people are not so terrible after all. Gabby makes it through, which ultimately pleases me, and so does early favorite Katie Kime (that cute blonde with that CUTE little girl who sang “Let it Go”). So, it seems like they’re keeping everyone so far? Anyway, here’s a rapid rundown of the early part of tonight.

Andrew Annello, who is billed as an actor and who I also do not remember, sings “Valerie” in a really annoying actor-y way. Overacting and over-singing. Don’t do it, kids. Lifesize doll Maddie Walker seriously needs to accept her age—which is 16—and chill out with her makeup for a second. It’s distracting to the point that I barely hear her performance, which caused me to react with a solid “meh.” Andrew the actor goes home, Maddie the young adult stays. Lauren Lott (we met her in Nashville, I did not understand why she got through) sings a clip of “Radioactive” and I enjoy it even less than I enjoyed her in Nashville. And you know what? She gets through, too. WHAT AM I MISSING? They’re cutting roughly 90 people today, or so Harry told us yesterday, so we’ve got a lot of chopping to do.

Hollywood is fantastic because you start to see friendships form, and it’s amazing to see which contestants gravitate toward one another. Example? Jax and Shi (remember, Shi, with a ridiculous and ridiculously spelled name?) are chattin’ it up outside the auditorium while Shi wears a fake beard so she can “hide from the paparazzi.” Girl, too early for those kinds of jokes.

More importantly, RAYVON IS BACK. Remember Rayvon Owen? One of my true favorites. Based on the goofy grin on Harry’s face while Rayvon sings, Harry agrees. Rayvon? STILL EXCELLENT. He makes it, along with Shi. (Yes, she annoyed me tonight, but she’s stunning and has a voice, so I get it.)

Daniel Seavey, the tiniest and cutest contestant, continues hitting on J.Lo every time he gets in front of the judges, and I continue admiring his commitment to his schtick. His performance is kind of good! I wanted him to make it to Hollywood Week because he’s so precious and I couldn’t bear watching him get rejected during auditions, but he totally showed up for this performance. He sounded great and had some real presence on that big ol’ stage. Is this what motherhood feels like? I’m so proud of him!

NEXT: Jax falls in love with a virgin.