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'American Idol' Hollywood Week, Part 1 recap - The boys take the stage

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Aired Thursday, Feb 7 2013 at 20:00 GMT on

Well, the auditions are over and it's time for Hollywood Week, where more than half of those who got the coveted golden tickets from the panel will be weeded out and sent packing. There's sure to be some absolute disasters and perhaps a few surprise highlights, so let's get started and find our Top 40.

Mariah, Nicki, Keith and Randy are probably thrilled to be back in LA rather than Middle of Nowhere, America, and so they give a spirited pep talk to the contestants before sitting down to see the hopefuls perform ten at a time. It's a sudden death round, so we should be losing a few right away.

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In the first line, there's Micah Johnson, the incredible singer who was left with a speech impediment after having his tonsils removed. He kills it yet again - I love him! The judges are impressed, as well. The rest of the line has their turn, as well, though they're obviously not worthy of having their names shown. Micah is through, though! There's also a Devon, Mathenee (?) and a Peter moving forward, as well.

Nate Tao is also successful, as is Gabe Brown from the Chicago auditions with his strong rock voice. Gupreet Singh Sarin gives an impressive performance and gets a yes, as well, but Karl Skinner doesn't get such good news and is sent home. We also get rid of Baton Rouge firefighter Dustin Watts and Calvin Peters, the singing doctor. That's unexpected!

Cortez Shaw isn't someone I remember from the auditions, but something tells me we might not have that problem in the future after his version of 'I Will Always Love You'. The judges clash over him, with Nicki going so far as to say that she was "disgusted" by the performance. It isn't unanimous, but he gets through. Curtis Finch Jr. gets a much more enthusiastic endorsement, however.

Next, Frankie Ford gets his pass to the group round, as does Lazaro Arbos, who sings a beautiful rendition of Robbie Williams' 'Angels', proving that although he has a stuttering problem, he can still sing beautifully. Trevor Blakney, Ryan Tadeo and Charles Allen will be joining him.

It's time for the last line of the day, which includes Brian Rittenberry and a countrified rendition of Brian McKnight's 'Back At One'. It's good, but not enough to get him through, unfortunately. And with that, it's time to move on to the group rounds. Uh oh!

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The group round

It's always fun when a bunch of wannabe solo stars are forced to work together to choreograph and synchronise a whole performance which will determine whether they get to move on. Many of the guys started working together as soon as they got through to this round, but oh no - there's a twist. Nigel Lythgoe turns up to announce that this year, groups are assigned and can't be changed. Ha! This could be disastrous, but it'll make for some fantastic TV. Let's do this!

Of course, there's the standard disagreement over songs, fights over who takes what part, tiredness, awkwardness, the usual. After practicing late into the night, they decide to get a little bit of sleep before it's time for the big performances. Let's hop to it, shall we?

Up first, The Map Heads, which includes Matheus Fernandes from The Glee Project, Nick Bodington, Mathenee Trecco and Gabe Brown. They're doing 'Somebody to Love' and seem to have it pretty together. They sound great, in fact. After some deliberation, all four are going through to the solo round.

Normal Hills is the next group, comprised of Johnny Keyser and Kareem Clark, plus two other singers whose names aren't important. The whole performance is a disaster as Johnny forgets the words and everyone is out of tune. However, Johnny actually makes it through, as do the nameless two. Kareem is kicked to the curb.

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Charlie Askew is part of a group with Curtis Finch Jr and... someone else. The whole group gets through, though, so it's good news, and maybe we'll learn who the other guy is in the next round. The Four Tones' performance of 'Soul Man' sees Micah Johnson, Vincent Powell, Marvin Calderon and David Willis through to the solo rounds, as well.

Zach Birnbalm, Nate Tao, Cortez Shaw and Elijah Liu give a pretty good rendition of 'Some Kind of Wonderful' which gets the judges' approval, as well. However, it doesn't go so well for some of the others, who completely forget the lyrics to their songs despite there not being very many to remember in the first place. Paul Jolley and Will White manage to make it in their group, but the others are heading home.

The next group, called Last Minute, are doing a One Direction song and are feeling quite comfortable at how things are going to go. Jason Jones, Dan Wood and Jessie Lawrence are an absolute disaster and can't remember nearly any of the lyrics and are completely out of tune. They're going home, and rightfully so.

Because groups want to stand out, they tend to do stupid things like deciding not to use the house band and instead singing a cappella. It's a serious risk for Devan Jones, Devin Velez and his group, and it pays off for three of the four (including the two listed above). It goes better for Tony Foster, Jr., Mario Jose, Burnell Taylor and Darien Moses, who gives a killer performance of 'Some Kind of Wonderful' and go flying through to the solo round. Well, half of them do - Darien and Mario are sent home. Oops!

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The next group up includes Lazaro Arbos, who struggled as growing up in Cuba meant that he didn't really know any of the songs on the list. Josh Stevens and Christian Lopez are also in the group and most of them don't remember the lyrics, but Lazaro does just as well as the others. Lazaro and Christian make it through - the other two get the boot.

Up next, Trevor Blakney's group Country Queen is going to be a bit of a mess, if their rehearsals are anything to go by. They're doing 'More Than Words', and Lee Pritchard, JDA and Joel Wayman do better than you'd probably expect, but it's still awkward as anything. There's a lot of forgetting the lyrics (looking at you, Trevor). JDA and Joel make it through, but it's not such good news for the other two.

The next group is made up of the youngest boys in the competition this year: David Leathers from last year, Kayden Stephenson, Kevin Quinn and Sanni M'Mairura. Unfortunately Kayden forgets some of his words, but he passes it off well enough. Sanni and David make it through, but it's the end of the road for Kevin and Kayden. I'm heartbroken! I loved Kayden!

There's time for one more group, and it's down to Papa Peachez, Adam Sanders, Frankie Ford and Charles Allen to hold it down with their rendition of 'American Boy'. It doesn't go so well for them, as their harmonies are non-existent and Frankie forgets the lyrics. Individually, Charles absolutely shines, but the rest of it is underwhelming. Frankie is sent home - the other three are through to the solo rounds.

And that's it for the boys' group round! On Thursday night (February 7), the girls get their chance to shine, so tune in to Fox at 8/7c for all the action!

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