Tuesday night marked the first night of what American Idol calls Hollywood week. It’s the week, which happened last month and is now shown on tape, when the 184 contestants are whittled down to what is believed to be 24.
But we have yet to see Community School of Naples grad Paige Miles.
The 23-year-old made it to Hollywood, after an audition in Dallas, and some spoiler reports have her among the final dozen women left in the competition.
But Miles hasn’t been featured yet on the popular FOX show.
What gives? Is this fair? As we all know the fans will vote on the next “Idol.” So how can Miles build a following? How does she stand a chance to be picked over the likes of Katie Stevens or Lily Scott, both featured on previous shows and Tuesday night?
Is this American Idol or “Producer” Idol? The show’s producers haven’t even mentioned Miles yet.
At least, Avon Park product Shelby Dressel was seen standing right behind Ryan Seacrest at the beginning of the show. The 19-year-old was featured on her Orlando audition but she wasn’t shown singing on first night of Hollywood week.
Tuesday night did mark the first night of Ellen DeGeneres. She provided some humorous moments and will add plenty of life to the live shows with her quick wit.
Hopefully by then, we will have heard Paige Miles sing.
Top performance of the night:
Andrew Garcia: His rendition of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up” was straight up sick (and that’s good). Playing guitar, Garcia flipped the former Idol judge’s dance hit and made it sound like a Jason Mraz tune. “Genius,” Kara DioGuardio said.
Jenell Wheeler: Reminded me of Jewel with big but simple voice.
Haeley Vaughn: The 16-year-old showed she’s more than a country girl.
Lily Scott: The 28 year-old karaoke host from Colorado has a classic sound and proved it singing Ella Fitzgerald.
Mary Powers: Another 28-year-old who might have the most powerful voice on Idol since Kelly Clarkson.