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American Idol

Recap of American Idol Season 10, Hollywood Week Solo Round

It’s Hollywood Week solo day, and we almost feel as stressed as the contestants — except for the fact that we’re at home chilling with the remote, while they were under the most pressure of their lives in Hollywood!

So, would Ashley “Emotion time bomb” Sullivan crack under pressure? Would favorites like Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, and Casey Abrams live up to the hype? Would anyone else make Jacee Badeaux cry? (We were dying to know, because we’d have to hunt them down if they did.)

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Contestants who rocked the stage:

Haley Reinhart: Gave us chills with her performance of “God Bless The Child.”
Ashthon Jones: Gave a fierce performance of “I Am Telling You.”
Thia Megia: Pleased the judges — and us — with her performance of “What a Wonderful World.”
Clint “Jun” Gamboa: Almost made us forgive him for dissing Jacee Badeaux on group night, thanks to his hot performance of “Georgia.”
Carson Higgins: Made us laugh out loud with his kooky performance of “My Prerogative.” This guy is definitely the class clown of season 10.
Jacee Badeaux: Made us proud with his performance of “This Is the Time of My Life.” Go Jacee!
John Wayne Shultz: Gave us some eye candy to feast on with his cute cowboy self — oh, and he sang well, too. (Btw, is anyone seeing to resemblance to Balthazar Getty? No, Just us?)
Jacob Lusk: Gave us the most emotional moment of the night after he outdid himself with a performance of “God Bless the Child.” Dude was so overcome with emotion, he started bawling outside the auditorium. The moment was kind of awkward, but pretty darn moving.
Lauren Alaina: Scored points with Steven Tyler once again when she sang “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” — again.
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Contestants who also rocked the stage — but with an instrument:

Julie Zorilla: Played the piano while singing “Not Gonna Write You a Love Song.”
Caleb Hawley: Played guitar while performing “Feel it All Over.”
Colton Dixon: Played piano while singing “What About Love.”
Brett Loewenstern: Played guitar while delivering his crowd-pleasing performance of “The Story.”
Robbie Rosen: Played piano during his sweet, soulful take on “Gravity.” (This kid is one to watch!)
Casey Abrams: Left his melodica at home and played the big bass while belting out “Georgia.”
Chris Medina: Sang a slowed down version of “My Prerogative” while playing the guitar.

In case you didn’t guess already, these were not the contestants who said goodbye at the end of the night. As in past seasons, the contestants were divided into four rooms before learning their fate. The former faves who didn’t make it included Chelsee Oaks (the girl who auditioned with her ex). Poor Chelsee seemed to lose her spark after her roommate/new bff Jacqueline got sick and had to leave the competition. Mark Gutierez was also sent packing just a day after his brother was cut.

The eliminated contestants weren’t quite as lucky as Ashley Sullivan and Scotty McCreery. Even though the drama queen and the deep-voiced country teen messed up their lyrics on solo day, the judges decided to keep them around for the next stage of the competition. Fair? Maybe not.

We hope those two can get the lyrics right next week, when the remaining contestants will have one day to learn songs by The Beatles as they perform on the stage of Cirque du Soleil's Love. The real question is, who will crack under the pressure? We can’t wait to find out! Does that make us bad people?

02.18.2011 / 10:49 AM EDT by Latoya West
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