American Idol 2016: Hollywood Week! Jan. 27 Episode Recap

American Idol 2016: Hollywood Week! Jan. 27 Episode Recap

Hollywood Week is here, and last night the judges had to cut half of the 190 contestants they brought out to tinsel town.

For those of you who don’t want to do that math, I got you covered: That’s 95 aspiring idols.

Luckily for us, they decided not to drag this process out, so we got two days worth of auditions in one hour!

Can someone please tell me where all the country acts went?!

Seriously, during the road auditions there were endless country cuties. Last night they only featured four.

That being said, here is my pick of the week: Tristan McIntosh 

On Monday, Mickey Guyton invited Tristan to sing with her at the Eric Paslay show here in Nashville, so I had my eye on her.

To be honest, I was a little nervous when she started singing Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water”. It was shaky, but when she hit that note “CHHAAAAANNNGGEEEE” I was like “DAAAANNGGG!”

Girl. That is not an easy note, but you slayed it.


Tomorrow night, get ready for some drama y’all. It’s the dreaded “group auditions.”

This never goes smoothly and I love it. Let the upstaging, backstabbing and crying begin!

Yikes, that reads kinda harsh, but don’t pretend you’re not thinking the same thing 😉

American Idol Season 15 Hollywood Week

Participants that were allowed to continue and those that were cut, to the best of my ability to derive from watching the Jan. 27 episode.


  1. Jordan Sasser, 27, Raleigh, N.C.
  2. Dalton Rapattoni, 19, Dallas
  3. Jaci Butler, 19, Rowlett, Texas
  4. Jenn Blosil, 23, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  5. Tommy Stringfellow, 17, Bentonville, Ark.
  6. Olivia Rox, 16, Agoura Hills, Calif. 
  7. Jessica Cabral, 21, Worcester, Mass.
  8. Sonika Vaid, 20, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
  9. La’Porsha Renae, 22, McComb, Miss.
  10. Mary Desmond, 17, Calif.
  11. Daniel Farmer, 25, Memphis, Tenn.
  12. Manny Torres, 20, Flushing, Mich.
  13. Lee Jean, 15, Bluffton, S.C.
  14. Shelbie Z, 23, Sumiton, Ala.
  15. Jeneve Rose Mitchell, 15, Crawford, Colo.
  16. Gianna Isabella, 15, Jackson, N.J.
  17. Tristan McIntosh, 15, Nashville
  18. Cameron Richard, 15, Raceland, La. 
  19. Michelle Marie, 15, Daytona Beach, Fla.
  20. Trent Harmon, 24, Amory, Miss.
  21. Miranda “Poh” Scott, 17, Baltimore
  22. Emily Brooke, 16, Wellington, Fla.
  23. Kyle
  24. Luke
  25. Jocelyn Faro, Baltimore


  1. Evan Cole
  2. Cameron Ingam
  3. Nikki
  4. Melanie Tierce, 21, Murrieta, Calif.
  5. Harrison Cohen, 17, New City, N.Y.
  6. Vinnie Hines, Auburn, Ill.
  7. Melany Huber, 17, Livonia, Mich.
  8. Rachel Karryn, Columbus, Ohio
  9. Kyrsti Jewel, 15, Arcadia, Calif.
  10. Brook Sample, 28, Tucson, Ariz. 
  11. Usen Isong, 23, Queens, N.Y.
  12. Kerry Courtney, 24, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  13. Reanna Molinaro, 24, Hobbs , N.M.
  14. Ethan Kuntz, 15, Nashville, Ark.
  15. Jake Dillon, 22, Sand Springs, Okla.

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