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American Idol Recap: Las Vegas Begins

February 16, 2012 08:15 PM by Lisa Princ

FOX‘s American Idol was back tonight with the start of Vegas Week. After the disastrous group round, and dramatic Hollywood end, which contestants made it into the top 40? Read on for all the highlights!


American Idol was back tonight, but this time the contestants were headed to Las Vegas. The judges announced that they would be performing 1950′s or 1960′s tunes this week, on the Elvis stage. Next, the contestants were told to form groups of three or four.

Day One

Skylar Laine struggled to find a group, and at the last minute she ended up with Cari Quoyser, Colton Dixon, and Chase Likens. Their rendition of This is dedicated to the one I love was good, and the judges let everyone but Cari through to the next round!

Next to take the stage were a group of friends, who met during the Georgia auditions. Jeremy Rosado, David Leathers, Ariel Sprague, Gabi Carrubba, took on Rockin’ Robin and it was done very well, and very fun to watch. After getting a lot of praise from Randy Jackson, all four of the group members were sent through to the top 40!

Then we heard some Great Balls of Fire from Adam Brock, Erika Van Pelt, Angie Ziederman, Shelby Tweten, and while they were mediocre in my opinion, the judges sent them all through – let’s hope they have room for the real talent! Next up were Brielle Von Hugel, Schyler Dixon, and a gal named Molly, who did not make much of an impression, with their take on Why Do Fools Fall In Love. Molly was let go, while the others moved on, but Molly was followed by Wayne Wilson, Ashley Robles, Stehnie Renae, Janelle Arthur, and Tina Torres – who were all let go as well.

Haley Johnson, Reed Grim, Elise Tetone, and Eben Franckewitz then gave us their rendition on The Night Has A Thousand Eyes. This group wowed the judges and all four of them earned their spot in the top 40. Next up was Richie Law, who got the boot from MIT, but found Jermaine Jones. This duo of low voices gave us an interesting take on Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, but did the judges approve? The judges loved them and they were both sent through.

Hallie Day, Baylie Brown, Chelsea Sorrell, were all sent through after a quick rundown of their performances. Jessica Sanchez, Deandre Brackensick, and Candice Glover gave an awesome performance of It Don’t Matter Anymore, and all three of them were sent through. Then the judges gave the day one contestants some bad news: they could still be cut after all the day two contestants performed, if the judges needed the room for the day two contestants.

Day Two

Day Two kicked off with a bunch of Elvis tunes. Starting things off were Clayton Farhart, Curtis Gray, Scott Dangerfield, and Adam Lee Decker with Jailhouse Rock. The judges had mixed reviews on this group, but everyone with the exception of Curtis made it through. Then we watched a montage of Elvis performances, and more hopefuls were moving on, such as Caleb Johnson, Joshua Sanders, and Joshua Ledet.

Britnee Kellogg, Courtney Williams and Jessica Phillips came out next rocking Keep Me Hanging On. It was a good performance, but the judges were not sure that all the girls were good. Britnee and Courtney were sent through, while Jessica was sent home. Jessica Phillips was very angry over being sent home, and vowed that she would get a record deal, claiming the judges did not know talent.

The crazy voice coach from hell was back, and trying to get Lauren Gray back on track. Lauren Gray, along with Wendy Taylor and Mathenee Treco gave us a chilling performance of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. Lauren was, by far, the star of this group, and she gave Jennifer goose bumps with her voice. The judges decided to keep Lauren Gray and Wendy Taylor, but Mathenee was let go.

Then, MIT was back, minus Richie Law, that was. Instead, we watched HeeJun Han, Jairon Jackson, and Phillip Phillips joined by Neco Starr. The group took on I Only Have Eyes For You, and it was touching. Randy then scared them all by making them think they would be going home, but instead, all of these guys were sent through.

The final group to take the stage were Jen Hirsch, Creighton Fraker, Nick Boddington, and Aaron Marcellus, all formerly of Groupsauce. The group gave their rendition of Sealed With A Kiss, and it was good, but I felt like we did not see as good of a performance as we did last night out of this group. The judges loved them, and everyone, with the exception of Nick, were sent through to the next round.

The judges then realized that they had too many contestants, and the day one contestants were called back for more cuts. Each group came forward and the judges made more cuts. Among those cuts were Gabi Carruba, Schyler Dixon, Angie Ziederman, Candice Glover, Johnny Keyser, Jairon Jackson, Britnee Kellogg, and 27 other contestants. Tonight, the competition was narrowed down to 42, and next week we will find out our top 24!

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