Finally, we're getting to the good stuff.
After enduring three weeks of mixed nuts, American Idol 4 is down to just about 200 contenders. This season, there were so many finalists that the first round of solo auditions had to be split over two days. While half of the performers sweated it out in the Orpheum Theater, the other half went on a bus tour of Hollywood. The first group seemed to have it easier, and it must have been nice to get the hard part out of the way before kicking back to relax. Let's take a look at how the singers stacked up.
Tamesha Foote started off weakly, but found her voice about halfway through her rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." While she may have promised her twin babies that she'd make it all the way, that promise didn't hold any sway with the judges, who sent Tamesha packing. Post audition, she blamed the pianist for playing in the wrong key. Previous odds: None
Richard Molfetta has gotten plenty of airtime the past few weeks thanks to his and his twin brother J.P.'s repeated auditions, first together, then separately. While the judges were willing to give Rich a chance after his second appearance in the first round, he completely choked in Hollywood, thus closing the book on the Molfetta saga. At least until next year's auditions. Previous odds: 50:1
Patrick Norman lost the farm boy look that he pioneered in his first appearance, and he also lost any shred of the talent he displayed then. After a lackluster performance, it was a cinch for the judges to send him home. Previous odds: 40:1
Michael Liuzza got a chance to compete when he wowed the judges in New Orleans with his unique style a voice. Unfortunately, Mike could not pull off a repeat victory with an incredibly shaky version of "Unforgettable." Though the judges didn't select him for the next round, he took the rejection well enough. Previous odds: 30:1
Regina Brooks was the unqualified recipient of tonight's most heartbreaking rejection. We were reminded again of how she sold her wedding rings to make it to the first audition, which she passed after some intense scrutiny from the judges. How horrible for her then to flunk out so early in the process. It makes for a good story, but a sad one. Previous odds: 20:1