Music City Beat
First major change: it's guys against guys. As Ryan said on the show, they are separating the men from the boys! Normally, Hollywood Week is a mix of all, but this week it's all guys, then all girls next week.
No more running around begging to join a group. The "Idol" producers decided who they wanted to see grouped together. Some people seemed to really like the concept. Others didn't like not having a choice, but it certainly made for some interesting performances.
There were well over a dozen groups featured Wednesday night. For one particular group, they grouped all the youngest contestants, including Kayden Stephenson, who had many of us crying at his audition. Kayden has cystic fibrosis and has a much shorter life expectancy than other kids his age, only given until about 35. Sadly, Kayden forgot some words, sang a little off key, and did not make it on to Hollywood, but says he will be back next year.
It seemed forgetting the words was the theme with almost every group Wednesday night. Pretty much every group forgot either some or almost all the lyrics. We bet Simon is watching at home cringing, but the judges were pretty forgiving, letting people through despite forgetting the words. Nicki Minaj pointed out she was basing a lot of her decisions on how they handled themselves under that kind of pressure.
"Idol" Hollywood Week continues Thursday night on FOX17. The guys will have to do solo performances. To keep up with all the latest "Idol" news, make sure and find Stacy McCloud and follow her on Twitter @StacyMccloud
Thursday, February 7 2013, 12:47 AM CST