'Idol' Hollywood Week Begins: A Whole Lot of Ups & Downs (Literally)
Soooo... how about the ending of last night's "Idol"?
It wouldn't have mattered if the performances on last night's first edition of Hollywood Week had featured the most talented crop of young singers the show had ever seen (for the record: it didn't), all thanks to the aftermath of 16-year-old Symone Black's turn at the spotlight.
After a modest rendition of Otis Redding's "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," the young contestant wobbled a little too close to the edge of the stage, eventually falling off. Head, meet cameraman, and eventually floor. "Call medic!" exclaims producer Nigel Lythgoe. Roll credits. Explain that young Symone's fate will be revealed Thursday night.
On the comparitively lighter side of things, the singing competition cut a ton of wide-eyed hopefuls Wednesday night -- half of the 309 who ventured to Hollywood, said Ryan Seacrest. Along the way, we were shown small snippets of many early favorites' performances, many of which sailed through to the second round.
Certain performers exuded total confidence. Johnny Keyser pleased the judges with a bevy of runs and falsetto on Amos Lee's "Dreamin'," as he continued to establish himself as one of the show's early frontrunners. Likewise, Reed Grimm returned with another performance that made singing seem positively effortless. A jazzy, scatting-filled rendition of "I've Got a Golden Ticket" was his offering. He's goofy as all get-out, but he's also a performer "Idol" could really use this season.
Furthest from the mere thought of confidence and swagger was Heejun Han, who may be one of the most fun-to-watch contestants the show has had in quite some time. "Even the guys are so pretty. They're so good-looking!" worried Heejun prior to his turn, but the Korean-American showed he deserved another shot at his audition song, "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You." Ideally, I think everyone needs a Heejun Han to carry around with them all day, don't you agree?
We also were introduced to Adam Brock and Jeremy Rosado, both of whom weren't shown during the audition rounds. While Jeremy's fate is still unknown due to the show's fainting fiasco, Adam was put through with a voice he said has been described as sounding like "there is a large black woman trapped inside me." After the performance? Probably the wrong gender, but he may be on to something. And I'm sorry, Britnee Kellogg, but your kids have been replaced as the cutest. Adam's daughter? OMG.
Sadly, it was the end of the road for a few contestants, including Jim Carrey's daughter Jane. Frankly, her audition had left something to be desired, and her Hollywood performance did much of the same, but it would have been cool to see the offspring of a celebrity go far. Ramiro Garcia, Wolf Hamlin, Jenni Schick and Travis Orlando were also among those cut, with the latter a particularly depressing castoff from backstory alone. But in terms of overall talent? There were no surprise eliminations Wednesday night.
An exhibition of raw, truly amazing star power has yet to be shown this season, but never fear, "Idol" viewers -- Thursday night's show will feature the always-tantalizing Group Round, during which the remaining contestants will have to work together in order to move on. Who will survive? Who will falter? Who will go to bed early and piss off the rest of their group? Find out tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX.