Judges made more cuts on Thursday's Hollywood episode of "American Idol." Next week, the remaining 60 contestants will participate in a new Las Vegas round before the judges reveal the Top 24.
Did we see any shocking eliminations? Not really. Most surprises came with the contestants who advanced. Despite botching the lyrics to "I Hope You Dance," country singer Scotty McCreery advanced to the next round. (See the song's lyrics here.)
An even bigger surprise? Ashley Sullivan, who suffered a variety of meltdowns in Hollywood and struggled through her final performance, made it to Vegas.
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Here's a full recap of Thursday's show:
Welcome to Hollywood! Again. Tonight, it's solo performances. We're down to 100 singers.
First up: Haley Reinhart, who sings "God Bless the Child." Remember, she's a repeat auditioner who tried out in Milwaukee. Apparently, she barely survived the group round. She's awesome. Definitely one of my favorites, maybe even my No. 1. The judges love her performance.
Ashton Jones didn't get much air time during the early part of the competition, but I like her rendition of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." She's a belter with a really big voice.
Thia Megia does a nice performance of "What a Wonderful World," but I'm still not her biggest fan. Sorry.
Next, we see some contestants struggle: Adrian Michael, Caleb Johnson and Frances Coontz.
Sorry, I still hate Clint Jun Gamboa. His version of "Georgia On My Mind" didn't change my mind.
Kendra Chantelle and Sophia Shorai also sing "Georgia On My Mind." The judges seem impressed. I'm kind of neutral.
Chris Medina channels his inner Andrew Garcia and sings an acoustic cover of Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative." Too bad quirky Carson Higgins is singing the same song. Fortunately, Carson is doing the pop (non-acoustic) version.
After watching both performances, I'm on Team Carson. I love that guy.
Cue some rapid-fire footage of producers' favorites: Julie Zorrilla, Caleb Hawley, Colton Dixon, Brett Loewenstern and Robbie Rosen.
Next, we're reminded that Casey Abrams plays the melodica. Tonight, however, he takes the stage with a stand-up bass and sings "Georgia On My Mind." I have mixed opinions about Casey. He's a bit too showy at times.
Bad news about Jacqueline Dunford, the girl who came to Hollywood as part of the "power couple." She gets really sick and has to withdraw from the competition.
This really affects Chelsee Oaks, who claims Jacqueline was her best friend EVER. Um, they met for the first time EVER in Hollywood.
Time to remind us how much the producers love Lauren Alaina. Man, what is up with this girl's obsession with Steven Tyler? Last night she serenaded him on stage and tonight she sings "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."
Man, Jacob Lusk is intense. I can't complain about his dramatic version of "God Bless the Child," but I'm a little worried about his over-the-top tears post-performance.
John Wayne Schulz still bores me. Singing "Landslide" doesn't make things any better.
Here's the somewhat unstable Ashley Sullivan. She has a major meltdown while performing Michael Buble's "Everything." She starts over like twice. No way she'll advance. Right?
Stefano Langone and Jovany Barreto scream "12th place" at best.
I'm not shocked at all that Jacee Badeaux sings former "Idol' coronation song "Time of My Life."
We're down to two more singers.
SHOCKER. Scotty McCreery actually sings something different from his go-to country song. Too bad he forgets the lyrics to "I Hope You Dance." Tatynisa Wilson picks the same song and has the same problem.
Judgment time. Contestants are split up into rooms as usual.
ROOM ONE: ADVANCES
Noteworthy contestants include Jacee Badeaux, Robbie Rosen, Lauren Alaina, Casey Abrams, James Durbin and...Ashley Sullivan. REALLY?!?
ROOM TWO: ELIMINATED
Noteworthy contestants include Corey Levoy and Brielle Von Hugel.
ROOM THREE: ELIMINATED
Noteworthy contestants include Chelsee Oaks and Mark Gutierrez.
ROOM FOUR: ADVANCES
Noteworthy contestants include Carson Higgins, Julie Zorrilla, Jovany Barreto, Rachel Zevita and Scotty McCreery.
Next week, we'll go to Vegas. Then, the top 24 is revealed.