American Idol

Season 9 Episode 9

Hollywood Round 1

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 09, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Hollywood Round 1
American Idol's newest judge, Ellen DeGeneres, joins Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson in Hollywood to begin winnowing down the contestants. The golden ticket contenders chosen from around the nation will endure a grueling rehearsal schedule and pressure-packed auditions as they vie for a coveted spot among the Top 24. Find out who will survive and who will go home during round 1.moreless

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  • Not a bad start.

    It's great to see Ellen as new judge in the show. Like she said that no one trained her to be a judge. She just needs to do it her way. She seems like a good judge and say the right things. It was funny when there were only four people lining up and she kept telling them to move forward, then move backward, and move forward again, and the move a little to the left. This and that, and they actually all went to the next round. I guess she really has humor whatever she does.

    I am waiting to see what else she will say.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Ellen sat next to Simon she made the comment "I come on and you leave". This is referring to the fact that Simon had said it was his last season. This is the first mention of it in the show.

    • Ellen DeGeneres officially joins the Judges starting in this episode.

    • After the first commercial break Ryan makes a comment that Simon has been on a war path and one of the clips shown is Simon saying "I hated everything". Later in the episode they show it again, but this time it shows the performance he was referring to.

    • There were 181 contestants at the start of Hollywood Week. 96 contestants moved on to the next round.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Differences from last season: The contestants are allowed to play an instrument in this round.

    • Ryan announced a few people who made it through at one point, and after he said "Charity Vance" it shows her running and hugging a guy, who looks (and most likely is) Season 8 contestant Alex Wagner-Trugman who made it into the Semi Finals.