Last night on American Idol, we saw the first stage of Hollywood Week, where contestants competed for a spot in the semifinals.
As stage one began, 147 contestants gathered at the Kodak Theater, where they participated in an American Idol boot camp: getting tips from stylists and the glam squad, as well as from vocal coaches and surprise mentor: Barry Manilow. Manilow, who has offered good advice to previous contestants, advised them to think about their songs and make them their own.
Contestants prepped in the wings, then took the stage in groups of eight. One by one down the line, they performed, a capella, a song they'd rehearsed with the vocal coaches. After each group performed, the judges selected who would stay and who would go home.
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