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February 11, 2011
'American Idol': Hooray for Hollywood?


By Kathy Morrison

Whoa -- 327 gold ticket-holders, all told as Hollywood Week began last night on "American Idol." It was a cattle call, after all, just to cut that number to 168!

Thank goodness teen queen Victoria Huggins, 17, gets to take her sweeter-than-honey Southern belle act back home to Lumberton, N.C., (along with her 11 pieces of luggage)but how on earth did Tiffany Rios, 21, make the cut? And crazy Ashley Sullivan, the Britney Spears fan?

I did feel sorry for Nick Fink, whose girlfriend, Jacqueline Dunford, got through but he didn't -- until he started singing/pleading as he went up the aisle out of the theater. Not classy, Nick. And judge Randy Jackson played the past role of Simon Cowell telling him, "One and you're done dude."

Good stories developing with James Durbin, the spike-haired Santa Cruz guy; Chris Medina, with the recovering fiancee; Julie Zorrilla, whose parents fled Colombia; and raspy-voiced Brett Loewenstern, 16, of Florida.

Emily Anne Reed, with the old-timey voice reminiscent of Sactown's Ricky Berger, also got through, though how she's going to go over in the group sing is anyone's guess. That phase, which starts next Wednesday, is always fearsome, and this year should be even more so. Figure four singers per group, that's 42 groups the judges will have to endure. Yikes -- that's a lot of drama.

Your thoughts? Post a comment on how you think Season 10 is rolling out and your faves so far.

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Becker/Fox

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