'American Idol' narrows Hollywood Week contestants to 60 hopefuls
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/18/2011
American Idol's tenth-season dream ended for 40 additional Hollywood Week hopefuls during last night's Fox broadcast of the week's third elimination round.
Sixty contestants survived the week's singles round, which required the tenth season's 100 remaining hopefuls to individually take the stage and perform one final song while optionally accompanied by backup singers and a house band. In addition, the contestants were given the choice to perform while playing their own musical instrument for American Idol judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.
After all 100 contestants performed, the judges deliberated and divided the hopefuls into four groups that were sent to learn their fates of whether they would advance to next week's performance round in four different rooms.
Room 1 was the first group of contestants to learn they advanced en masse. The group included Brett Loewenstern, a 16-year-old student from Boca Raton, FL; Robbie Rosen, a 16-year-old student from Merrick, NY; Casey Abrams, a 19-year-old film camp worker from Idyllwild, CA; Lauren Alaina, a 15-year-old student from Rossville, GA; Ashley Sullivan, a 26-year-old retail salesperson from Springfield, MA; Jacee Badeaux, a 15-year-old student from Lafayette, LA; James Durbin, an unemployed 21-year-old from Santa Cruz, CA; Haley Reinhart, a 20-year-old student from Wheeling, IL; Clint Jun Gamboa, a 26-year-old karaoke bar host from Long Beach, CA; Chris Medina, a 27-year-old barista and caretaker from Oak Forest, IL; Caleb Hawley, a 25-year-old musician from New York, NY; and Kendra Chantelle, a 22-year-old office manager from Loudon, TN.
Room 2 was the second group to learn their fates, but the judges announced some unfortunate news. Brielle Von Hugel, a 16-year-old student from Staten Island, NY; Corey Levoy, a 22-year-old nursing assistant from Longview, TX; Frances Coontz, a 16-year-old student from Santa Ana, CA; and Caleb Johnson, a 19-year-old banquet server from Asheville, NC, were among of the contestants who were eliminated from the competition.
Room 3 was the next group to learn whether their Idol dreams had ended, and for contestants such as Chelsee Oaks, a 23-year-old waitress from Nashville, TN, and Mark Gutierrez, 28-year-old substitute teacher from Redlands, CA, they had.
Room 4 was the last group of contestants who awaited to hear whether they would advance in the competition, and the judges finally revealed they would continue on. The contestants included Carson Higgins, a 22-year-old actor from Malibu, CA; Julie Zorrilla, a 20-year-old student from Los Angeles, CA; Jovany Barreto, a 23-year-old ship builder from Harvey, LA; Scotty McCreery, a 17-year-old student from Garner, NC; Rachel Zevita, 23-year-old student and singer from New York, NY; Thia Megia, a 15-year-old student from Mountain House, CA; John Wayne Schulz, a 23-year-old cowboy from Karnes City, TX; Ashthon Jones, a 24-year-old retail manager from Goodlettsville, TN; Molly DeWolfe Swensen, a 22-year-old White House intern from Seattle, WA; Sophia Shorai, a 28-year-old vocalist from Minneapolis, MN; Colton Dixon, a 19-year-old student from Murfreesboro, TN; Tatynisa Wilson, a 20-year-old waitress from Aurora, IL; and Stefano Langone, an unemployed 21-year-old from Kent, WA.
American Idol's tenth-season semifinalists selection process will continue with next Wednesday night's broadcast of a special Vegas round in which the 60 remaining hopefuls will travel to Las Vegas and perform Beatles songs.