In many ways, Hollywood Week on American Idol is like a battle scene in Lord of the Rings. Going in, you know and care about approximately 0.724% of the combatants, and yet you can still experience the oohs and ahhhs and “that had to hurt!” exclamations of watching the pawns get picked off.
The third Hell Week telecast of Season 11 gave us the group performances that we longed for last week, the final pre-Vegas solos, and the dreaded “holding rooms of doom” shenanigans. Summing up the action in four acts…
* A lot of people get booted who you knew all along would go home.
* A teenage girl repeatedly collapses, bleats out a few reasonably good notes, wobbles like a drunken sailor, and is forced to walk the plank by J.Lo.
* Approximately 146 people cover “Georgia on My Mind.”
* The judges dig a mass grave for the people in Room 3.
As for me, I’m gonna get working on a full episode recap that will post Thursday morning right here at TVLine. Until then, hit the comments before heading directly to MORDOR. And for all my Idol news, views, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!