Alas, Mom, there is no Santa Claus. And also, there is no singing — at least on Day 2 of Season 11 Hollywood Week.
Indeed, over the course of the one-hour episode, we saw vomiting, weeping, bickering, and begging. We even saw raging against the devil. But what we didn’t see were any of the group-round performances from the 185 contestants who survived the introductory a capella rounds from Hell Week. It’s hard to understand how America’s long-standing, wildly popular reality singing competition could forget its central ingredient — I mean, would Pizza Hut forget the crust? Would Sunoco run out of gasoline? — but that’s what happened. Oh, and Symone Black survived her cliffhanger collapse, even asking if she’d made it through to the next stage of the competition before heading to the emergency room. Cue sad trombone?
As for me, I’m gonna get working on a full episode recap that will post Friday morning right here at TVLine. [UPDATE: Full recap is now live!] Until then, hit the comments and release your rage, shock, and disappointment. And for all my Idol news, views, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!