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‘American Idol’ recap: Hollywood round #2 season 11: Free fallin’

AMERICAN IDOL: Hollywood: Over 300 contestants made it to Hollywood and only 70 will survive. The Hollywood round begins Wednesday, Feb, 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET PT ) and Thursday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Pictured: Contestants at the Hollywood round. The provided caption provides no identifying info. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

AMERICAN IDOL: Hollywood: Over 300 contestants made it to Hollywood and only 70 will survive. The Hollywood round begins Wednesday, Feb, 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET PT ) and Thursday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Pictured: Contestants at the Hollywood round. The provided caption provides no identifying info. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

Was this “American Idol” or “Contagion, Part II”?

The hour featured two doses crying, three doses whining and four doses regurgitation.

Patient Zero, the editors decide, is “Tent Girl” Amy Brumfield. A lot of kids get sick and she appears to be the one to blame as others have trouble keeping their dinners down.

And we find out what happens to Symone Baker, who  is fine. It was dehydration and fortunately, she didn’t seriously hurt herself falling off the stage.  As earlier bloggers noted, the producers wouldn’t have created such a cliffhanger if she were seriously injured.

[Before we get to the action, I also finally caught Monday's "The Voice" three days later and saw Jamar Rogers (season 10 of  "Idol"), who gets the sob story big time. He actually used to live in Atlanta for a time and was a huge fan of Cee Lo, saying he saw him at Music Midtown. Cool local reference!

As for ratings, "Idol" drew 19 million last night and a 6.1 rating 18-49. That's down 20% from 24 mil a year ago for the fourth Wednesday and a 8.4 rating 18-49, down 27 percent.  In other words, the comparable dropoffs will continue unabated unless something odd happens.

In comparison, NBC's "The Voice" on Monday drew its 6.6 rating, beating "Idol" in 18-49 ratings while "NCIS" with 20.8 million this past Tuesday easily beat "Idol" in total viewers.]

Anyway, we start the night with Symone Baker, who quickly regains consciousness, drinks a Coke and is taken to the hospital to get checked. Symone is put through because honestly, she deserved it.

We hear that neither Ethan Jones, whose father was in alcohol rehab, and the indistinguishably dull Lauren Mink are cut.  Jeremy Rosado makes it through.

We move to group round! 185 make it to the next round. Almost half are going to be cut the next round.

The twist: day one and day two people have to intermix in groups. Cop Alisha Bernhardt and Amy “Tent Girl” Brumfeld (who is getting sick with the flu – perhaps from living in a tent) are have trouble finding groups. “Everybody is afraid I’ll get them sick,” Tent Girl said. Can’t blame them! She starts crying. “Inside is suffocating me,” she said. Which makes sense if she spends all her time outside.

Several others are trying to cobble together groups based on songs. Some are being picky, including Brianna-Marie Bell. There seem to be a lot of 1970s songs on the playlist. Alisha wants to sing “Joy to the World.” People keep thinking it’s the Christmas song, not the Three Dog Night song. Two others are trying to get folks to join them to sing Boston’s “More Than a Feeling.” Alisha loses her two group members because she refuses to sing Boston.

We hear snippets of Blu Cantrell. Brielle Von Hugel made it past group round last year with Pia Toscano. She’s back. She becomes leader of her group.

Symone returns after being dehydrated and finds a group.

It appears Tent Girl’s bug has spread quickly. We see someone throw up. Another guy has kidney stone issues. Richie Law, a dude with a cowboy hat is trying to teach the others choreography (including Mr. Cheerful Heejun Han.) “That kid is crazy,” Heejun said. “I don’t know how they do it in cowboy town. It’s not how we bring it down.” Whiner doesn’t even bother to know Richie’s name.

Christian has caught the bug and is throwing up. He returns from a break and someone hugs him. Why do these kids keep touching the sick ones? Cop Alisha is struggling with “Stuck Like Glue.”  Christian can barely stand up. Heejun keeps on whining. Richie, who acts like Mr. Know It All, calls it a night eventually.

Jennifer is part of a group that wants to go to sleep. Brianna, the picky one, leaves, but comes back, not wanting to abandon her teammate. Jennifer helps Brianna learn lyrics.  They leave at 5:11 a.m. (I’d be the one opting for sleep over rehearsing exhausted.)

Anyway, we get no real singing this week, just the build-up to next Wednesday. Presumably, we’ll get more fainting!

And over on CBS, Astro of “X Factor” is on “Person of Interest” in a rather meaty role.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

220 comments Add your comment

JTesla

February 9th, 2012
5:15 pm

Bring on the groups!

Looking forward to next weeks numbers more than this last weeks.

Highlander

February 9th, 2012
6:19 pm

Regarding comments from the previous Idol thread about whether Symone’s dad might sue, hopefully any lawyer who would try to present the case that the stage should have a railing in front would be laughed out of court – and possibly out of practice!

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DanJ

February 9th, 2012
6:40 pm

If Idol gets sued it won’t be from the fall, it’ll probably be a sexual harassment against Steven Tyler! Just kidding…I hope. However in this sue happy era where McDonalds can be sued by parents of fat kids then you can sue for anything. I think the McDonalds case was thrown however. Correct me if I’m wrong. Bring on the groups.

Deirdre

February 9th, 2012
7:58 pm

Bring on the groups!!!!!!

Pitchy

February 9th, 2012
7:59 pm

Good evening…feel like I’ve never left.

Pitchy

February 9th, 2012
8:00 pm

I think I’m going to have disinfect my couch from all my cold germs.

Deirdre

February 9th, 2012
8:01 pm

We all kinda move in here during the season, Pitchy!

Rodney Ho

February 9th, 2012
8:04 pm

I’m a minute or two behind. Now watching Symone again falling.

Pitchy

February 9th, 2012
8:04 pm

LOL…I know Deirdre. I was referring to blogging earlier in the day (lol).

DanJ

February 9th, 2012
8:07 pm

Classy exits from Lauren and Ethan!

Harriett

February 9th, 2012
8:07 pm

Here and ready!

Deirdre

February 9th, 2012
8:08 pm

They’re dropping like flies.

Pitchy

February 9th, 2012
8:08 pm

DANG, another one passes out. What’s in those stage lights?? I kid…

Deirdre

February 9th, 2012
8:11 pm

Los Angeles is very dry. You’d think, because it’s right on the ocean, it would be humid but it isn’t. I bet most of these kids aren’t eating right and not drinking enough water.

Highlander

February 9th, 2012
8:11 pm

As I understand it from Rodney’s interview with Nigel, “tent girl” brought the flu with her and was kind enough to spread it around.

Seth T

February 9th, 2012
8:11 pm

@ DanJ — looks like the Tony Lucca video was blocked by NBC already. Strange.

Actually in a potential damage award over Symone’s fall – the Theatre itself would be the initial defendant. Idol could, however, also be named as a defendant — but they would have to prove that Idol was negligent in providing care, feeding and environmental circumstance which contributed to the fainting.

It is usual and customary for a stage not to have rails, so if they were looking for a big sum, they would need to convince a jury.

It would not be uncommon though, for the Theatre’s Insurance Company to offer a small, undisclosed settlement — simply because it occured “On Premise” — Here’s a little money for your trouble, sign here (parents sign the papers), let’s put this to bed.

Pitchy

February 9th, 2012
8:12 pm

Nightmare on Group Night is what this segment should be called!

DanJ

February 9th, 2012
8:13 pm

Seth I think you can still access the videos from NBC and The Voice!

Pitchy

February 9th, 2012
8:16 pm

That’s what her problem is…she needs air. Not used to walls around her.

Seth T

February 9th, 2012
8:22 pm

Flu epidemic, poor air quality in the building, need ionizers, no help from staff to organize groups, hundreds of people milling around like cattle — what fun..

Deirdre

February 9th, 2012
8:23 pm

How come singers always hold pretend microphones?

Highlander

February 9th, 2012
8:24 pm

Wouldn’t it be easier to get the group together, then decide on a song?

DanJ

February 9th, 2012
8:26 pm

Why don’t they just assign people to groups?

Pitchy

February 9th, 2012
8:27 pm

You think I’ll get that handshake from Jen??

Deirdre

February 9th, 2012
8:27 pm

I’m starting to think group night will be continued next week.

sue

February 9th, 2012
8:27 pm

why didnt they just assign groups for real….and why does she insist on joy to yhe world lol

Highlander

February 9th, 2012
8:27 pm

Why is Joy To The World so important to her? Is that the only other song she knows?? She’s creating her own problem!

Deirdre

February 9th, 2012
8:28 pm

And what happened to flexibility? If a group wants you, what difference does the song make?

Pitchy

February 9th, 2012
8:28 pm

Thank makes sense to me too, Highlander. But, that’s too much like right.

Seth T

February 9th, 2012
8:28 pm

Maybe that’s the only song she thinks she can sing.

DanJ

February 9th, 2012
8:30 pm

The cop woman scares me! I think she’s on steroids!

Rodney Ho

February 9th, 2012
8:31 pm

I’m now 26 minutes in and there has been NO singing yet. Geez!

Pitchy

February 9th, 2012
8:31 pm

She’s too bossy (the cop).

Pitchy

February 9th, 2012
8:32 pm

How do they pick the songs?

sue

February 9th, 2012
8:33 pm

Yes, lets get on with it!! Please!

Deirdre

February 9th, 2012
8:33 pm

I think they’re just doing group drama tonight and the group singing will be next week.

sue

February 9th, 2012
8:35 pm

Pitchy

February 9th, 2012
8:39 pm

That was funny, the sound affect of the gun.

Deirdre

February 9th, 2012
8:39 pm

Heejun has serious attitude problems. He’s funny but he’s also a brat.

Highlander

February 9th, 2012
8:39 pm

Well, isn’t Heejun the whiny little beyotch?!

Rodney Ho

February 9th, 2012
8:40 pm

Are we getting ANY singing in today?

Pitchy

February 9th, 2012
8:40 pm

It’s 8:40…no singing tonight.

Rodney Ho

February 9th, 2012
8:41 pm

Heejun is now officially Mr. Attitude. Where’s Tatiana when you need her? (We got to see her a bit in the flashback moments.)

Highlander

February 9th, 2012
8:41 pm

Evidently Heejun thinks they should just stand still and sing. I don’t appreciate someone who does all that whining but doesn’t have the balls to speak up and suggest any changes.

Of course, that way if they fail, he can blame it on everyone else!

Pitchy

February 9th, 2012
8:42 pm

I Love The Bert Show!

sue

February 9th, 2012
8:42 pm

This is the worst episode ever! I’m getting really bored.

Harriett

February 9th, 2012
8:43 pm

I would be whining too

Deirdre

February 9th, 2012
8:43 pm

He needs to be careful..he is not endearing himself to the voters.

Highlander

February 9th, 2012
8:43 pm

Maybe the producers though they were doing a 2-hour show when they were editing this.