American Idol Season 9 Hollywood Week, Round 1 Recap: Ellen DeGeneres and Andrew Garcia Emerge Victorious!
4) Surprise, Surprise. Lastly, while I wasn't pleased to find it be the "end of the road" for Justin Williams and Maddy Curtis, I will say that I am happy that there was at least the element of surprise through these unexpected eliminations. (Man, I must be channeling my inner Tenley because I am sounding really optimistic!) I really expected to see these two in the Top 24, but, alas, it seems that bad song choice was the Achilles' heels for Williams and Curtis (side note: I would have given them another chance). (Second side note: Is it just me, or is Maddy Curtis the girl version of David Archuletta? Think about it.)
Gosh, as I look through my notes, I see so much more to discuss like Casey James as a better looking and more vocally gifted Bucky Covington; the fact that Justin Williams "the cancer survivor" (seriously, is that his middle name?) might not have gotten through because of overactive armpit sweat glands; the oddity that there were Vitamin Zero water bottles instead of Coke cups in front of the judges; and how great Didi was singing a Kara DioGuardi song! (She looked a lot better with her hair ironed out, but she kind of reminded me of Brooke White ... ew.)
So what did you think of our first night of Hollywood Week? Did you like Ellen as much as me? And were you as heartbroken as me to see Vanessa Wolfe being cut after a poor performance of Blind Melon's "No Rain"? I think my bottom lip was to the floor by the time she determined she had "disappointed her momma." But I quickly recovered once I realized how spot-on Ellen really was, telling Vanessa "you're hiding inside and scared to death and you gotta let go of that because those nerves are going to kill you." And while I'm on the subject of Ellen's genius (okay, maybe I'm just overexcited here), but I loved when she said, "I think she'll get annoying" as they looked through the contestant bios. Because I think she was talking about Haley Vaughn at this point. Although Vaughn was good at times, I found her to be a bit pitchy and loud.
Oh lord, I must stop. Gotta scurry off to bed. But woo-hoo, Idol is now really underway it seems! In fact, I think I'm going to pay homage to our new fourth judge and dance my way off to bed. Will you be doing the same jig?