February 13, 2007 09:52 PM by Joe Reality
While cutting the usually stretched out American Idol Hollywood week
down to just one episode sounded like a good idea, the end result was a
fast paced show that saw many great performers cut with little to no
explanation. While some of the contestants cut were actually being
shown on air for the first time, many surprising cuts were sentimental
favorites from the auditions rounds.
Some of the shocking eliminations of contestants featured in the audition episodes were Canadian born Jory Steinberg, once homeless Perla Meneses, Army Reservist Rachel Jenkins, Navy Intelligence Specialist Jarrod Fowler, second chance girl Ashley Carr, Rocky wannabe Porcelana Patino, best friend Amanda Coluccio, half of bother/sister duo Shyamali Malakar, returning Hollywood contestant Brian Miller, unsupported by parents Sarah Burgess, and also unsupported by parents Matt Sato.
However, the two most shocking eliminations of the night had to be city girl in the country Baylie Brown and Fidel Castro look-a-like Sean Michel. Baylie impressed the judges in the solo auditions, but they quickly cut her when she forgot her words in the group auditions. On the other hand, Sean Michel’s group audition wasn’t even shown. All viewers know is Simon Cowell’s reaction saying it wasn’t exciting, and Sean talking about his throat being dry.
The episode moved so fast it was hard to keep track of who was staying and who was going. In the end, the remaining sixty or so contestants were divided into three rooms. Rooms one and two were told that they were moving forward to the top forty, while room three was cut. We’re working up a list of the identities of the top forty which we will add to this post. If you recognized anyone in the top two rooms, please post below.
Update: Contestants that we think we have identified in the two rooms moving on to the top forty so far are Chris Sligh, Thomas Daniels, Sundance Head, Antonella Barba, Sanjaya Malakar, Gina Glocksen, Matthew Buckstein, Blake Lewis, Rudy Cardenas, Melinda Doolittle, Paul Kim, Tami Gosnell, Anna Kearns, Brandon Rogers, Chris Richardson, Philip Stacy, Jordin Sparks, Nicholas Pedro, and Tom Lowe.