31 people made it on to the Hollywood Round.
This episode aired one day after Simon made it official that this would be his final season.
This season brings another judging change (although this time it is more then just an addition). Paula Abdul officially quit the show after contract disputes. Ellen DeGeneres is the new judge, and the first judge to not have any professional affiliation with music. However Ellen has been on the show before as a co-host during Season 6's Idol Gives Back. Ellen will not join the judging panel until Hollywood week, so during the auditions there will be guest judges. This week's is Victoria Beckham.
This is a 2 hour episode.