In the Detroit auditions in certain shots there was a fourth chair beside Simon, but the person in it was never shown. This was most likely the fourth Judge that wound up quitting, and her fottage was probably taken out, due to that. Also in Detroit Paula and Randy kept switching seats, obviously after a break they switched and then during editing they showed them out of order.
45 contestants from Los Angeles made it to Hollywood, 22 contestants from Detroit made it to Hollywood.
46 contestants from Atlanta made it to Hollywood, 30 contestants from Nashville made it to Hollywood.
There was no monologue at the beginning of this episode. It started with the opening credits.
There were 234 contestants at the start of Hollywood Week. It is not revealed how many contestants are eliminated after the Line Performance. After the Song Writing Performance 80 contestants moved on to the next round. After the Group Performance 48 contestants moved on to the next round, and then the Top 32 were selected after the Individual Performances.
Tony Bennett made a cameo appearance. He was in the airport when the contestants arrived.
Ryan had a poll for AT&T uses to text whether they thought Simon was more mean, less mean or the same from last year. The initial results shown towards the end of the episode were: Less mean 33%, more mean 30% and the same 37%. Final results were revealed the next day on the website.
Evan Marriott from Joe Millionaire made a cameo appearance.
There were 8 million votes.
Judges' predictions of Top Two:
Randy: Kimberley and Patrick
Paula: Kimberly and Patrick
Simon: Kimberley and J.D.
The results were revealed in the opposite way of the Top 10. Ryan recapped the judges' thoughts on the performances of each and then announced the Top Three (instead of Bottom Three) and then announced who moved on. The two moving on are: Charles Grigsby and Julia DeMato. The other contestant in the Top 3 was: Kimberly Caldwell. Each contestant performed their song again after advancing, and then Ryan allowed Kimberley to close the show with singing again.
At the beginning of the episode Ryan showed some old photos of Simon that were in a magazine.
Ryan read out numbers for the texting option instead of the word IDOLS
This episode only the two moving on sang, and not all three in the Top 3.
Simon appeared in the show but was on a TV screen as he was in New York for an undisclosed reason.
Ryan did not mention the number of votes.
Judges' predictions for Top Two:
Randy: Ruben and Kimberly
Paula: Ruben and a tie between Clay and Kimberly
Simon: Ruben and Kimberly
There was another AT&T poll, asking whether Simon was sexy or sucked. 42% said sexy and 58% said he sucked
The two moving on are: Ruben Studdard and Kimberley Locke. The other contestant in the Top 3 was: Clay Aiken.
Kelly Clarkson and Justin Gaurini made appearances to promote their new movie, From Justin to Kelly. They showed a clip from the movie, which was a song called "Timeless".