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'American Idol' recap: Hollywood Week 1

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The team of American Idol 2011

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With the multi-city auditions done and dusted for another season, it's time for those lucky golden ticket recipients to prepare for Hollywood Week. But, as both Randy and Ryan tell us, the competition this year is fiercer than ever and the contestants will have to work extra hard to impress the judges and progress in the show.

Ryan quickly explains the Hollywood Week rules - the contestants will come out in lines of ten to face the judges; they will sing individually a cappella but receive no feedback because this is a sudden death round.

The ones that got through...

We're told more than 300 people have arrived in Hollywood clutching a golden ticket (double the usual number). Here are some of the ones we saw giving brief performances and moving forward on Thursday night...

  • Brett Loewenstern
  • Rachel Zevita
  • Thia Megia
  • Casey Abrams
  • James Durbin
  • Paris Tassin
  • Lauren Alaina
  • Chris Medina
  • Jacee Badeaux
  • Robbie Rosen
  • Holly Cavanagh
  • Robbie Bolin
  • Chelsee Oaks
  • Jacqueline Dunford (although boyfriend Nick Fink was unsuccessful)
  • Jerome Bell
  • Scotty McCreery
  • Jackie Wilson
  • Tiffany Rios
  • Clint Jun Gamboa
  • Molly DeWolf Swenson
  • Julie Zorilla
  • Aaron and Mark Gutierrez
  • Naima Adedapo
  • Emily Anne Reed
  • Stephano Langone
  • Ashley Sullivan


The ones that were sent home...

As Hollywood Week is sudden death, the contestants were only given one chance to shine. Nick Fink, who had entered alongside girlfriend Jacqueline Dunford, seemed particularly disappointed that he couldn't perform again when Jacqueline progressed in the competition and he was sent home... Here are some of the others we said goodbye to...

  • Super cheerful Victoria Huggins, who was documenting her journey in video blogs
  • Miss Teen USA Stormi Henley
  • Accountant Steve Beghun
  • Sarah Sellers
  • Jacquelyn Dupree, whose uncle is Randy's old high school football coach
  • Nick Fink
  • Belly dancer Heidi Khazm
  • Travis Orlando, who lived in a shelter with his family following the recession


American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox

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