Monday, February 14, 2011

American Idol season 10 Hollywood round 1 recap

327 contestants made it to Hollywood on American Idol season 10, compared to less than 200 in the previous seasons. The first Hollywood round of season 10 is different from that of the previous seasons. Unlike the previous seasons, there is no judges feedback in the first Hollywood round, and it is either go big or go home, thus sudden death. In the first Hollywood round, the judges narrowed the contestants down from 327 to 168.

The first Hollywood began with Brett Loewenstern, the 15-year-old social outcast who auditioned in New Orleans. He nailed "Let It Be", and the judges smiled for the performance. After he made it through, he vowed that he was moving on from being a social outcast.

22-year-old New Yorker Rachel Zevita, who originally auditioned for season 6, went from zero to hero. She was confident and feisty and performed "Warwick Avenue", and the judges were surprised and impressed.

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