The traditional Hollywood Week solos are finished. The dreaded “Holding Rooms of Doom” have emptied out. And as we’ve come to expect from American Idol, the remaining crop of potential semifinalists contains a mixed of big voices, passionate musicians, and a handful of personalities outfitted with tiny clocks set to detonate in an explosion of tears, mucus, and trembling at some point over the next couple weeks.
I can’t say with certainty that any of tonight’s performances will become the stuff of Idol legend, though a few — Stefano Langone, heretofore unseen Kendra Chantelle, certain-to-be-polarizing Jacon Lusk — were pretty darn memorable. We also had forgotten lyrics, a sustained “villain edit” for Clint Jun Gamboa, and still more pimping on behalf of perky Lauren Alaina, including this doozy from Ryan Seacrest at the end of her rendition of “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”: “Once again, she proves she has what it takes to command the Idol stage.” Nigel Lythgoe, for the love of all that’s holy, dial it back!
Anyhow, it’s time for me to get crackin on my full episode recap, which will post right here at TVLine.com in the wee small hours of the morning. Until then, feel free to hit the comments and sound off on which contestants impressed you, which left you heartbroken, and which ones should’ve gotten another chance.
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