There were tears. There was triumph. There was even that one contestant who refused to take no for an answer. And now, the first round of Hollywood Week for American Idol‘s tenth season is in the books. (If you’re on the west coast and don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading….NOW) A lot of familiar/pimped names (Lauren Alaina, Brett Loewenstern, Chris Medina) broke on through to the other side (aka the group rounds), while other promising contestants (Sarah Sellers, Travis Orlando) got unceremoniously dumped. And then, of course there was the case of lovebirds Nick Fink and Jacqueline Dunford (pictured). He sang atrociously and got a “thumbs-down” from the judges; she sang marginally better, but was kept around (most likely in an attempt to ratchet up the drama). Mission accomplished: Nick lingered in the aisles of the auditorium, begging like George Michael for just one more try. “Bzzzzttt!” Not gonna happen, kiddo!
But you know what is gonna happen? My full episode recap, which will post overnight right here at TVLine.com. So while I get to writing, you head on down to the comments to share your feelings about what went down during round 1 of Hell Week. And to get up-to-the-minute alerts to all my Idol coverage, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV. Holla, hey-ey!