Thursday, February 9, 2012

'American Idol' in Hollywood: Strong start, shocking ending

'American Idol' in Hollywood: Strong start, shocking ending

American Idol showcased lots of strong singers during its first Hollywood Week episode Wednesday, but people will be talking about only one of them afterwards.

Symone Zaire Black.

Viewers didn't see her during the audition round, but they'll sure remember her after this episode, in what has to go down as one of the classic cliffhangers in Idol history.

The 16-year-old charmed the judges with her rendition of Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay. Then, as she and judge Randy Jackson bantered back and forth, Symone walked too close to the edge of the stage, then fainted and fell off.

The show ended with a call for a medic (and a tease from host Ryan Seacrest to learn the young girl's fate on Thursday's show).

That dramatic, sudden ending overshadowed a night where several singers from the early audition rounds proved they weren't just flukes. David Leathers Jr. wowed the judges and the other singers alike with a stellar performance of Celine Dion's Because You Loved Me. Johnny Keyser showed just how good his voice is, singing Amos Lee's Dreamin'.

Also continuing in the competition: Adam Brock, Baylie Brown, Hallie Day, Creaighton Fraker, Lauren Gray, Reed Grimm, Hee Jun Han, Jen Hirsh, Brittany Kerr, Shannon Magrane, Jessica Phillips, Phillip Phillips, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt and Angie Zeiderman.

Travis Orlando, who got cut early in Hollywood last year, suffered the same fate this season. Several others from the audition rounds didn't make it past their first Hollywood performance, including Jane Carrey, Ramiro Garcia, Wolf Hamlin, Jenni Schick.


pictures: Idol's Hollywood shocker?

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