American Idol Episode Recap: "Hollywood Week, Round 2"

And then there were 71. After the Group Day - the round of the competition when big personalities have a way of derailing big talent - American Idol makes another round of cuts. But the producers do not vary from the formula. Rather than show many new faces, screen time is given to the drama of infighting among group members, leaving viewers unaware of many of the voices who could very well end up in the top 24. (After all, this round only cut 25 singers, but I feel like I wasn't introduced to anyone I hadn't already seen.)

Yes, the rehearsals went late into the night. Yes, there were last-minute group changes and major diva power struggles. And yes, plenty of singers forgot their words. Ultimately, I find myself just longing for the voting to start. In the meantime, some thoughts on the groups featured in tonight's episode:

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