With all due sympathy (and concern) for The Girl Who Fell Off the Stage, Day 1 of American Idol‘s Season 11 Hollywood Week will go down in the history books for starting with a whimper, and ending with a bang.
Indeed, over the course of the one-hour telecast, we saw the downfall of several high-profile auditioners — Jim Carrey’s daughter, the kid who dropped out of high school, and the bearded dude who kissed Ryan Seacrest on the cheek, to name a few. But “downfall” took on a whole new meaning with the final a capella auditioner, 16-year-old Symone Black, who delivered a sparkling, soulful rendition of “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” then attempted to field a question from Randy Jackson before collapsing with the speed and mysteriousness of Madonna being swallowed by the Smoke Monster at the end of the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Sorry, that was a whole lot of sentence. But it was also a whole lot of cliffhanger, seeing how Uncle Nigel let us see footage of a crumpled Symone being tended to by Idol staffers, before foisting a dreaded “to be continued” upon the Idoloonie nation. Obviously, girlfriend is going to survive, although the show’s decision to not play Carrie Underwood’s “Flat on the Floor” over the closing credits signals the fact that Symone might’ve possibly been injured. One thing is certain: We’ll be tuning in tomorrow to see how it all plays out.
Also certain: I’m headed off to work on a full episode recap — UPDATE: It’s live, so read it here! — that will post Thursday morning here at TVLine. Until then, I’ll turn things over to you: Who was your favorite from Day 1 of Hollywood Week? Who was your biggest disappointment? Sound off in the comments section, and for all my Idol news, interviews, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!