'American Idol' Recap: Hollywood Week, Part 3

By Daniela Duron,

Hollywood Week continued on American Idol on Wednesday night, except this week it was the girls who were competing for their spot in the next round of the competition.

Last week, 28 guys were left with their fate to be decided until tomorrow night. They had their chance – now it’s the girls’ time to battle it out for their spot.

At the start of the show, host Ryan Seacrest promises that the night will bring “some of the best female performances we’ve seen in years, and drama like we’ve never seen before.”

Since there are a lot more girl contestants than there were guys, the judges will have it harder since more girls will have to be cut. The girls will come out in a line of 10, and each will either be given a yes or eliminated on the spot.

The first line of 10 includes Angela Miller from the New York auditions, who sings “Who You Are” by Jessie J, and San Antonio Mariachi singer Victoria Acosta, who sings “Kiss Me Slowly.” Mariah Pulice, who in her Chicago audition revealed she was recovering from anorexia, is also included in the first line and sings “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles. Miller and Acosta are among the ones who receive a yes, while Pulice gets sent home.

Other notable contestants who are then sent home are Ashley Smith, Ann Defani (whose husband nominated her for the show) and Sarah Restuccio.

Rachel Hale then sings, who after her initial audition had Randy Jackson tell her she was the happiest contestants he had ever seen. After singing in this round, Nicki Minaj says, “She’s so relatable. She has that thing I can’t explain. She has this Taylor Swift sweetness that girls are going to love.”

Janelle Arthur follows her with her rendition of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Both girls, who are both country singers, get a yes from the judges.

Candice Glover is in the next line of 10, who has been a judge favorite since her initial audition, when Jackson told her she was the best they had seen all season.

Megan Miller, who had auditioned on crutches but is now healthy, is also in the same line and sings “Titanium.” However, Glover ends up going through while Miller is sent home.

After a long day, only four girls remain to audition, which includes Isabelle from Georgia, eccentric Kez Ban and Brianna Oakley, who was a favorite at the Long Beach auditions. They all end up going through, joining 72 other girls who advance to the group round.

Although the 76 girls who advance are happy, their excitement is short lived as the intense and dreaded group round is next. Just like with the boys, the producers are going to choose everyone’s group members.

The first group who finds themselves in drama calls themselves the Pooh Snaps, and includes Erin Christine, Zoanette Johnson, Isabelle and Lauren Bette. Johnson says she feels uncomfortable, as the other three girls are country singers and she doesn’t agree with the group’s song choice.

Janelle Arthur, Breanna Steer, Angela Miller and Kez Ban are the next group having trouble getting along. The other girls are having trouble working with Kez Ban, and after she leaves them to sleep and eat dinner, the rest of the group decides to have a secret practice without her.

Another group – Brandy Neely, Kree Harrison, Haley Davis and Britnee Kellogg – start out drama-free, but eventually have their own share of drama when they start rehearsing their performance.

The next day, many girls are running on no sleep, but nonetheless they must compete. 19 groups of girls are set to perform, but each individual girl will be judged and eliminated separately.

The Swagettes are up first, and this includes Melinda Ademi, Kamaria Ousley, Candice Glover and Denise Jackson. They sing “Hit Em Up” by Destiny’s Child and Keith Urban tells them it was a “great, great song choice.” All four girls go through to the next round.

Raisin’ Cain is up next, which includes all country singers – Morgan Leigh Boberg, Lauren Mink and Brandy Hotard. They sing “Sin Wagon” by the Dixie Chicks and Minaj tells them, “We are willing to make you cupcakes, give you ice cream, paint your little toenails and have you come back again. Y’all going through.”

Savanna Votion, Lizz Weiss, Daysia Hall and J’Leigh Chauvi are next and they call themselves Almost Famous. They sing “Somebody That I Used to Know” but they all forget the lyrics. Only Hall goes through, but Mariah Carey tells her it was by “the skin of your teeth.”

A group called The Dramatics is next, and they certainly live up to their name. Cristabel Clack, Janelle Stinney and Kriss Mincey are the members, but Stinney has refused to even rehearse with them. They sing “If I Die Young,” and although they don’t know their words, Minaj gives them a standing ovation. She tells them, “I enjoyed you guys messing up the words more than I enjoyed any other performance today.” Urban disagrees with her, saying, “Wow, I had almost the complete opposite reaction.” Because Minaj loved them, Urban didn’t, and Carey was on the fence about them, all four members end up surprisingly getting a yes.

Shubha Vedula, Sharina-Joi Crowe and Aubrey Cleland are then the only ones to go through from their respective groups.

Jett Hermano, Tenna Torres, Seretha Guinn (who revealed in her audition her boyfriend had recently had a life threatening accident) and Kiara Lanier then sing “American Boy.” Minaj tells them, “That was so painful. What was that?” After the judges talk, they say the decision was not unanimous at all, and Guinn is the only one sent home.

The Pooh Snaps are next, and although Johnson, Isabelle, Christine and Bettes had earlier drama, Bettes is the only one sent home.

Courtney Calle, Alisha Dixon, Liz Bills and Shira Gavriolev are next, and they had had their own share of drama, as the rest of the group was having trouble finding Bills and rehearsing with her. After they perform, however, Bills is the only one to get a yes.

The group For You is next, which includes Stephanie Schimell, Alex Delaney, Kalli Therinae and Holly Miller. After their performance, Jackson says, “What is there to judge? They’re not even singing the words.” Although the judges say it’s not unanimous, Schimmel and Miller (who had her lyrics written on her hand) are sent through.

The Dolly Chicks are next, which includes Haley Davis, Britnee Kellogg, Kree Harrison and Brandy Neely. They sing the Dixie Chicks “Sin Wagon” and after Neely joins in on writing lyrics on her arm, Minaj tells her, “A lot of girls have been looking at their hands and it’s just disrespectful because we want you to engage. You were either looking at your hand or looking at them, and it’s just ridiculous.” Neely is then the only one in her group to get a no.

The final group of the night is waiting to perform, which happens to be the dysfunctional group of Kez Ban, Breanna Steer, Angela Miller and Janelle Arthur. They end up delivering, though, with Minaj giving them a standing ovation. She tells them, “The voices, perfection. Best group of the day.” With that, all members get a yes.

Tomorrow night, we'll see the girls compete in a final solo round, and the 20 girls and 20 boys will then finally be decided. Idol airs at 8 p.m. on FOX.



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