'American Idol' Top 5 Hollywood Week #1 Performances, from Brett Loewenstern to Jacee Badaeux
With the wave of cross-country auditions finally behind them, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson headed to Hollywood to test out the initial group of singers who made it through their first test. There were a few surprises, but for the most part the episode confirmed what we already knew: auditioning couples make for intriguing TV, dramatic contestants are well-rewarded, Jacee Badaeux is a force to be reckoned with. Tell us how you would rank last night's most memorable performances, and check out a full recap of the first episode of Hollywood Week below.
1) Brett Loewenstern
Song: The Beatles, "Let It Be"
We say: The bully victim killed it in the New Orleans auditions, but for some reason he seemed even more jittery as he took the stage in Hollywood. No matter: his "Let It Be" was graceful and magnetic without being overbearing. Despite the dramatic music, there was no doubt that Brett was headed for the next round.
2) Lauren Alaina
Song: The Righteous Brothers, "Unchained Melody"
We say: After James Durbin took the stage, it was Lauren's turn to dazzle the judges -- and this time, without the help of a song Steven had perfected. Her "Unchained Melody" was a little rough around the edges, but she did a nice job oscillating the quieter moments and the forceful high note.
3) Jacee Badaeux
Song: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, "Bless the Broken Road"
We say: Out of the three "youngsters" that made it through to the next round, 15-year-old Jacee might have the best shot at sticking around for several weeks. After introducing his mature voice with an Otis Redding in the New Orleans auditions, Jacee handled "Bless the Broken Road" with blazing confidence and inspired the judges to tap their pens against their coffee cups.
4) Chelsee Oaks and Rob Bolin
Songs: Hank Williams "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and Patty Griffin, "Up to the Mountain"
We say: Maybe there IS some love lost between these two exes: after all, Chelsee said, "if [Rob] got voted off today, I would say something to the judges." Luckily, she didn't need to defend Rob after he used his folky charm to win over the judges. Chelsee was more operatic in performing a classic country song and just as effective, and joined her former boyfriend in the next round.
5) Tiffany Rios
Song: Etta James, "All I Could Do Was Cry"
We say: "I'm gotta be honest," Tina told the judges. "I'm tired of seeing people try to do what I know I can." While there were stronger vocalists during the first night of Hollywood Week, there was no one as emotionally invested as the 21-year-old dance instructor. She also had a pretty sweet celebratory dance when she found out that she wasn't going home yet.