'American Idol' Tonight: Finally, Hollywood! Finally, Ellen!


After three weeks of audition episodes, eight celebrity guest judges and the ever-so-ubiquitous "Pants on the Ground", we finally made it: Hollywood! I'm just happy the pure train wrecks are over, and American Idol has finally taken one more step towards actual competition mode. Wheeee. Now the real business begins.


Well, not yet. As we all know, the judges will take the 181 people they gave golden tickets to, and whittle them down one by one before the Top 24 is revealed in two weeks' time. So that means a solo performance, a group performance, another solo performance, and tension, tension, tension backstage. At least it's a bit more palatable than those people who come to the auditions to grab their 15 minutes of fame.


Personally, I'm watching out for how a handful of people fared in Hollywood. There's Tyler Grady, the drummer with injured wrists. There's Didi Benami, the next version of Megan Joy. There's Andrew Garcia, that soulful dude from Los Angeles. And, believe it or not, I've got Aaron Kelly--the guy I tagged as a future David Archuleta who has failed to convince me with his audition last Wednesday--on my list. Those names also appeared on the Top 24 spoilers list that's been making the rounds for what seems like forever.


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