Michael Becker/FOX(HOLLYWOOD) — With the audition rounds now history, American Idol‘s 15th and final season kicked off Hollywood Week Wednesday with more than 200 hopefuls with golden tickets arriving at the Dolby Theater for another shot at impressing judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez. It will be the end of the road for half of them.
The contestants took the stage in groups of 10, stepped up one-by-one and sang. After everyone in the group performed, the judges revealed who would advance in the competition and who would go home.
Hollywood Week kicked off with Jordan Sasser tackling Tori Kelly’s “Should’ve Been Us.” Dalton Rapattoni performed The Mamas and the Papas’ ”California Dreamin’” and Jaci Butler belted out Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries.” All three advance to the next round.
The next group included Jessica Cabral, who delivered a soulful version of Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” and moved on to the next round. Melanie Tierce, who took on Kelly Clarkson’s ”Invincible,” and Sonika Vaid, however, were sent packing.
La Porsha Renae, singing a powerful version of Katy Perry’s “Roar,” advanced.
Day one ended with Harrison Cohen leading off the final group of singers with Andy Grammer’s ”Keep Your Head Up,” followed by Daniel Farmer with Bruno Mars’ ”Treasure” and Manny Torres tackling “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd. Farmer and Torres made the cut, while Cohen was eliminated.
Day two began with Jennifer telling the contestants that the previous day was a “good one,” but they made “a lot of cuts.” Keith tried to lighten things up by advising them to take a breath, take their time and “kill it.”
Jeneve Rose Mitchell, who grew up on a remote mountain in Crawford, Colorado, with no electricity or running water, was awed by her first time in Hollywood. However, she displayed some hometown pride with her version of Little Big Town’s “Boondocks,” playing the cello as she did. Mitchell advanced to the next round of the competition.
Gianna Isabella – the daughter of dance diva Brenda K. Starr — sang Jennifer Hudson’s ”One Night Only,” followed by Tristan McIntosh performing Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water.” Both moved on to the next round.
Contestants in the next group that moved on included Michelle Marie, who delivered a feisty version of Kelsea Ballerini’s ”Dibs.” However, Kyrsti Jewel — who was celebrating her birthday and noted what a great present it would be to advance to the next round – didn’t.
The day’s last group included Trent Harmon, who earlier was informed by his doctor that he had “full-blown” mononucleosis. He was determined to “push through it” anyway, in spite of a fever and shaking. It didn’t hinder his performance of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down.” Miranda “Poh” Scott, sister of Idol season-14 contestant Shi Scott, sang “Stay” by Rihanna and dedicated the performance to her sibling. Finally, Emily Brooke — who’s a returning contestant from last season — tackled Cassadee Pope’s ”I Wish I Could Break Your Heart.” All went through to the next round.
Hollywood Week continues Thursday on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
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