After the Individual Performance round 46 contestants moved on.
This year seems to be focusing on the people who go through in the Final Judgement. Of the 9 people who were shown, only 2 were told no, and both were girls.
Differences from last year: The contestants are divided up into 3 groups, not 4 after their Individual Performance. The Final Judgement now takes place at the Kodak Theatre. There is no "Sing-Off". The format has gone back to 12 guys and 12 girls making it through, as there is once again only a Top 24.
When Thaddeus Johnson performed his last song, the band mistakenly thought he was singing "Bubbly" and started to play that instead of "Man in the Mirror", which was his actual song.
This is a 2 hour episode
For the first time ever, they show the beginning of the Final Judgement episode in the same night as another Hollywood Round, as suppose to it having it's own night. However, it is split into two episodes as it continues the next night as well.
Kara pretty much shows she has a thing for Casey.