"American Idol" aired the final round of Hollywood week on Feb. 7, 2013. It was the last chance for the guys of season 12 to impress "Idol" judges Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj in order to earn a spot in American Idol's top 40 of 2013. Many early favorites made the cut while others crumbled under the pressure.
Paul Jolley started off his "American Idol" journey with a strong audition but during the final round of Hollywood week his confidence deserted him and nerves took control. Jolly had no need to be nervous. His solo was solid with beautiful vocals. Jolly made it through the final round of Hollywood week.
Lazaro Arbos survived "Idol" Hollywood week with an amazing rendition of Lady GaGa's "The Edge of Glory".
Curtis Finch Jr. we first met during "American Idol" Chicago auditions. Finch has come a long way since that time and tonight he delivered a fantastic version of "Jar of Hearts". It was beautiful. No other words needed, just beautiful. Curtis survived Hollywood week.
Devin Velez wowed the "Idol" judges with his rendition of "What a Wonderful World". This guy has an amazing voice. Velez is the real deal. A natural performer.
Gurpreet Singh Sarin continues to fascinate "Idol" fans with his originality. Sarin chose to sing "Georgia On My Mind" for his solo audition during "American Idol" Hollywood week. As always his performance was amazing. Gurpreet made it through Hollywood week with flying colors.
Cortez Shaw made it safely through "American Idol" Hollywood week after a not so favorable rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" that disgusted "Idol" judge Nicki Minaj. Shaw thoroughly redeemed himself tonight during the solo round and made it one step closer to fulfilling the dream of a lifetime.
Charlie Askew is an enigma. He's different. He's original. He's one of a kind, cute as a button and likable to boot. Plus, he has a unique talent that's undeniable. Askew's rendition of "Somebody That I Used To Know" was phenomenal. Yes folks, Charlie Askew survived "American Idol" Hollywood week.
Also making it through American Idol's Hollywood week were Jimmy Smith, Johnny Keyser, JDA, Vincent Powell, Nick Boddington, Mathenee Treco, Burnell Taylor and Marvin Calderon.
Sadly we had to say goodbye to a few early favorites. Hollywood week ended the "American Idol" dream for Matheus Fernandes, Nicohlos Mathis, Papa Peachez, Micah Johnson, Gabe Brown and Nate Tao.
While 28 male contestants made it through Hollywood week only 20 will make it to the top 40. On Thursday, Feb. 14 during "American Idol" Hollywood week for the girls eight more male "Idol" hopefuls will be cut from the competition.