by pat howard

IDOL VIRGIN | Hollywood Week III

In Idol Virgin on February 17, 2010 at 11:29 am

Heavy-handed editing! Overblown voiceovers! Manufactured drama! This…is American Idol.

Finally some action. After two months of audition episodes, we begin to know who we’re supposed to care about, and next week they’ll actually get to compete. Nothing like a two-hour episode to drag out the torture — for viewers and contestants alike.

With so many highlight packages that it felt like a clip show, this episode tried to remind us who people were before they got sent packing or put through to the top 24. First, everyone had a last chance to sing in front of the judges. The group was split into thirds, and one entire chunk was punted back into oblivion. The remaining would-bes are now struggling through the final cut before America takes over.

Overall it seems like a strong field, and I’m told they’re usually not this good this early. That said, the judges’ decisions with some of the female folks seemed questionable. I suppose I have to get past being critical of the contestants and treat this like any other reality show. Shelby Dressel wowed me throughout the process, but she wasn’t good enough for the judges. Didi Benami was not one of my favorites, and I found myself comparing each of the later girls to her. And watching Lisa Loeb-alike Jessica Furney melt down and beg was just sad, especially given her gumption earlier in the process.

I guess we’re supposed to start learning their names now? Michael Lynche, Katelyn Epperly, Didi Benami, Casey James, Aaron Kelly, Lee Dewyze, and Todrick Hall are through to the top 24. Seventeen more — 10 female, 7 male — will be revealed tonight, resulting in a bloodbath for the remaining rejects.

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