With rumors of Michael Jackson on American Idol swirling, we settle in for the first round of Hollywood auditions. Let's see which favorites emerge ...
8:01 p.m. - Taylor Hicks is a music superstar. Really, Ryan Seacrest? That's news to, you know, music fans.
8:03 p.m. - Tonight is girls' night. Does that mean free drinks until midnight? Or cat fighting about ugly hairstyles? Oh, just that only the women sing tonight. I get it now.
8:04 p.m. - Jory Steinberg starts the evening off. We like her. The judges do not, apparently. Ouch.
8:09 p.m. - Perla Meneses isn't too high on herself or anything. She's just gonna beat this Shakira thing into the ground, isn't she? Typically, we wouldn't mind that, of course.
8:14 p.m. - Ashlyn Carr is going home. Uh-oh, watch out for your gas tanks, judges.
8:16 p.m. - Oh gosh. Some mother is complaining, while her daughter is blaming the song for failing. No, sorry, she's blaming the delivery of the song. Get off the stage.
8:22 p.m. - Are we smarter than a fifth grader? With Jeff Foxworthy? Really, FOX?
8:23 p.m. - It's the guys' day. All hail Sundace Head. We're just sayin.
8:25 p.m. - Brian Miller can sing. But he strikes us as that obnoxious kid in class. Jarrod Fowler, however, well, he's in the Navy. Nothing negative to say there.
8:26 p.m. - Matt Sato. Seems like true emotion from this kid. Gotta support that.
8:32 p.m. - It's group night. No one wants to be with Matt Sato for some reason. We'll sing with you, Matt!
8:34 p.m. - Baylie teams up with best friends, Antonella and Amanda! Exciting ... and apparently anger-filled. Knowing the lyrics might help, ladies.
8:42 p.m. - That was a Sato-laden roller coaster ride. Matt forgets his words and is gone. Just like that. See how quickly the dream can die, people?
8:43 p.m. - Gina Glockson (pictured) is not pleased with Perla. We don't blame her. That gal is no Shakira. Simon lets her know it, too.
8:47 p.m. - Uh-oh, Sundance. Pick it up, Sundance! Hey, that's Robyn Troup of Grammy fame you're singing with.
8:51 p.m. - Baylie forgets the words. All the words. So does Amanda. Gee, we didn't see this coming when she was flirting with guys all night long or anything. But the A-train stays. B-squared goes home. That's an upset.
8:52 p.m. - Amanda says she and Antonella got through because "God likes good people." Just one problem ...
8:57 p.m. - Amanda is cut.