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Hollywood Week begins on American Idol

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Hollywood Week begins on tonight's American Idol, and not a moment too soon to help possibly reverse the rating's free-fall. Auditions were notoriously uninspiring and bland this season.

Viewers have been dropping like flies. Apparently, so have some of the contestants, producer Nigel Lythgoe told the press in a recent conference call.

Seems some of the Golden Ticket winners weren't up for the pace of Hollywood auditions. Randy, JLo and Steven Tyler seemed to pass along any contestant with a sob story, whether they had any vocal talent or IT factor or not. Fatigue and reality set in under pressure.

“The best ones were going to bed by 11:30, 12 o’clock. And the ones that sucked when they started and sucked when they finished were going to bed at 3:45, 4 o’clock in the morning,” Lythgoe said.

Of course, the question then is WHY were any people "who sucked" in Hollywood in the first place? Why make so much work for the judges and the viewers?  

One of the contestants even tumbles off the stage, which we will see this week.

“You literally see her wobble and her eyes drop into the back of her head,” Lythgoe said. “She falls, and the cameraman, bless him, tries to dive to catch her, ’cause he’s on the floor on his knees. He doesn’t get there, and knocks his camera, that falls on top of him.”

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It appears our Delray Beach hopeful, Angie Ziederman, the Lady Gaga fan who redeemed her audition with a performance of Blue Bayou, advances from the Hollywood to a Vegas round. She popped onto my @Replies on Twitter last week out of the blue and, to a query on whether she's made it through Hwd or not, she replied, "Wouldn't you like to know?"

To see the complete list of more than 300 Hollywood hopefuls, click here.

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@Lane_

I'm back after not watching any Idol to date...

@Lane_

oy vey, that was serious

Lesley

I'm 8 mins behind but I tuned in for the first time last night since the hideous , draggy auditions. It's still gratuitous a la the fall, but at least we get to hear some talent

Lesley

wow JLo actually did get up off her ass. I'm impressed.

@Lane_

you can fast forward to live, nothing missed

Lesley

gross, it's like Outbreak in there

@Lane_

mentally weak Generation Y-ers.. what is the world coming to?

@Lane_

Generation Z? What are they called now?

Lesley

Generation F-ed

@Lane_

well played

@Lane_

yay for stubborn idols

@Lane_

this is brutal

@Lane_

intolerable

@Lane_

gaysian dude is funny

Lesley

insufferable

@Lane_

insouciant

ok, not really, but I never get a chance to use that word

Lesley

i love that word! Dare I say we've, uh, outgrown this? Gaysian dude is getting tons of airtime

Lesley

no wonder that girl is a bully. she's a cop! Makes sense. Ever see Police Women of Broward County? hehe

Lesley

notice how they changed the American Idol font to make it look more mature or important or something?

@Lane_

inept
inane
invalid
inbred

Lesley

touche!

@Lane_

re: logo

Helvetica Idol

@Lane_

will we see singing this week?

MrsEvans

helllooooo

@Lane_

hellooooo

MrsEvans

We haven't watched in weeks.

MrsEvans

because a song without a melody is always an excellent choice...

@Lane_

hey the girl at the end did a great Karen Carpenter

MrsEvans

Did you have a good bday Lane?

@Lane_

I did, very nice day all around, thanks


@Lane_

The Voice is a lot better

MrsEvans

Glad to hear! We haven't watched the voice. MrE will be along shortly...

MrsEvans

Nice about the Karen Carpenter comment btw.

@Lane_

I want to punch that stage mom in the thorax.

@Lane_

nice glasses, Randy X

MrEvans

I really like Randy's jacket. I'd like to think I could pull that off.

MrEvans

"PAY ATTENTION TO ME!!!!"

@Lane_

oof

MrEvans

How does falling on your butt prevent you from singing?

@Lane_

I think I'm done with Helvetica Idol after this week. Who cares about this.

MrsEvans

awww c'mon, you love the company!

@Lane_

true true

@Lane_

heinous

Lesley

What did I miss?

Lesley

is this a joke or what?

Lesley

this cop is a total bully

@Lane_

oh this crazy cop lady? feh

@Lane_

this season is awful

MrsEvans

What did you miss Lesley? Nada, Zilch, nothing. So poor!

@Lane_

odious

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