If American Idol was a theme park, then Hell Week would be its emotional roller coaster. With the combination of sudden-death a capella singing, mandatory group performances (with a variety of drama queens, layabouts, and control freaks), and additional solo performances backed by a full band, it’s no wonder the Hollywood rounds often feature more tears than triumphs, more disasters than delights.
This week on Idoloonies, my guest co-hosts and I discuss rounds two and three of season 10’s Hollywood Week, from the pure joy of The Minors’ rendition of “Somebody to Love” to the abject horror of Tiffany Rios’ wounded-animal choreography on “Irreplaceable.” We also discuss the pros and cons of the week’s breakout Idol stars (Casey Abrams and Jacob Lusk), put the smack-down on those who need it (Jordan Dorsey, James Durbin), give props to some under-the-radar favorites (hello, Kendra Chantelle!), and consider whether or not Nigel Lythgoe & Co.’s “chosen ones” are worth the excessive hype they’ve received over the last few weeks. Plus, we’ve got an interview and a performance of an original track from popular season 10 Golden Ticket recipient Sarah Sellers, footage of deep-voiced robots and Japanese horror flicks, and an instructional video featuring classic Idol clips of Adam Lambert. How can you not press play on our five-part episode? I don’t know! You tell me! And for all my Idol-related ridiculata, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!