Hollywood Week on American Idol: 309 aspiring stars go in, barely half come out.
And that's just on the first two days!
Wannabes from all over the country poured into the theater on Wednesday's episode to do one more a cappella performance for Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, who were not there to give feedback—just to cut the crowd in half.
It's difficult to stake a claim to favorites during the initial audition rounds, but there were some familiar, seemingly promising talents who did not make it through.
Not Johnny Keyser?!
No, not Johnny, the model-good-lookin' Italian restaurant staffer from Fort Lauderdale who wowed the judges on day one with Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come." He followed up in Hollywood with Amos Lee's "Dreamin'" and easily bought himself a pass into the next round.
And not Reed Grimm, who showed real nerve scatting "I've Got a Golden Ticket" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Wee ladies man David Leathers Jr., the dashingly named Phillip Phillips and loving dad Adam Brock were part of the 100-plus who made it out of the sudden death round as well.
But it was the end of the road for Jane Carrey, whose father is one Jim Carrey, despite her hopeful declaration that she intended to make it through the week.
Also out of the running are burly, bearded mechanic Jason "Wolf" Hamlin; Jenny Schick, who smooched Steven Tyler on the mouth in Aspen; and Travis Orlando, who was also booted from Hollywood Week last season.
But we don't know what happened to Symone Black, a precocious 16-year-old with a gorgeous voice who, after singing "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," fell right off the end of the stage!
The last scene was of Steven noting that the teen had hit her head and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe calling for a medic. That's how Idol decided to cut it, and we'll find out what happened to Symone tomorrow.