Sunday night marked the second round of Hollywood Week on American Idol, and the judges had a surprise for contestants. For the first time in American Idol history, the singers were paired up for Hollywood Week duets instead of performing in groups. The artists got to pick their partners for this round.
Of course, as anyone who’s even partnered up with someone for a group project knows, it doesn’t always go well. Many of the pairs had trouble working together, and it resulted in some pretty bad duets. However, some other teams found their groove and delivered amazing performances. Check out the night’s highlights below.
‘American Idol’ Hollywood Week Duets
Louis Knight & Francisco Martin
This pair bonded during the last round and decided to sing together, calling themselves 3:15 (after the time they went to bed the night before). Francisco had trouble memorizing the lyrics to “Breakeven” by The Script. The judges encouraged Francisco to believe in himself more. Both singers made it through to the solo round.
Madison Page & Peyton Aldridge
Madison couldn’t find Peyton to practice with him the night before their performance. Bobby Bones helped her look for him in the hotel. When they found him, he said he was in his room “eating chicken wings.” In the morning, they performed “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, and Peyton forgot the lyrics. He later apologized and asked the judges to give Madison another chance. They both went through to the next round.
Zack Dobbins & Courtney Simmons
These two have different tastes, and couldn’t decide on a song to sing. Tensions ran high as they practiced into the night. They eventually settled on “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande. Zack forgot the lyrics. Katy Perry called it a “bummer,” and Lionel Richie advised them to “fake it” even if they’re discouraged. Both Zack and Courtney were eliminated.
Aliana Jester & YZthaSinger
These two got flirty during rehearsals and prompted people like Bobby Bones to ask if there was a “connection” between them However, Aliana has a boyfriend. YZthaSinger said he would pursue Aliana if she was single. They performed “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor. They both went through to the next round.
Genavieve Linkowski & Travis Finlay
Genavieve is a returning contestant who lost her sister in a car accident last year. She doesn’t do duets much since her sister passed away. She teamed up with Travis to perform “The Prayer.” The judges gave them a standing ovation and sent both of them through to the next round.
Kat Lopez & Alex Garrido
This real-life couple performed “You Say” by Lauren Daigle. Lionel Richie said it wasn’t Alex’s best performance, and advised him to listen to his partner. Alex didn’t get through, but Kat did. This couple will be separated going into the next round. Kat said she would do it for both of them.
Jonny West & Margie Mays
Here’s another couple who auditioned together. Margie appeared last season, while this is Jonny’s first time on the show. The judges predicted that Jonny might go farther than Margie. The pair struggled during rehearsals and eventually performed “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor. Katy said they’re “both better than what you gave,” and added that they’re “both barely passing on to the next round.”
Makayla Phillips & Cyniah Elise
This pair had trouble picking a song to perform. They settled on “The Prayer,” and Makayla had a hard time remembering the lyrics. However, their performance ended up going well, and the judges gave them a standing ovation. Luke Bryan said it was “like a movie.” Both singers were sent through to the next round.
Robert Taylor & Tito Rey
These two were rooming together in the hotel and bonded over their similar styles. They rehearsed together in the bathroom the night before their over-the-top duet of “Before I Let You Go” by Blackstreet. Lionel called it “vocal gymnastics,” and said he didn’t know how to judge it. Only Robert ended up going forward to the next round.
Just Sam & Sheniel Maisonet
Just Sam got emotional over the pressure, and Sheniel went looking for her. She helped her feel better, but the next morning Sam was stressed out again. She didn’t let it get to her on stage, as the pair performed an impressive rendition of “Mercy” by Shawn Mendes. Both singers went through to the next round.
What did you think of the night’s duets? Do you prefer the new duet round over the group performances of the past? Do you agree with the judges’ decisions? Let us know in the comments.