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American Idol: Heartbreak in Hollywood

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So American Idol made the group rounds in Hollywood last night. There were 172 contestants to start the day, and they had about 30 seconds each for their second audition. And nearly half of them learned a cold, harsh reality: that Hollywood can be a cruel, cruel place.

The judges were all business to start the day. They had the girls audition first in groups of six -- and the entire first group was sent home, including Jory Steinberg from Santa Monica. (At least she didn't have that far to go.)

The next day featured the group singing, and the contestants could team up with whomever they wanted and perform one of nine songs. It's mind-boggling to us couch surfers as to how many of them forget a few lines of lyrics. But then again, who misplaced their keys this morning?

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The most fun threesome to watch was bffs Amanda and Antoinella who were joined by country girl Baily Brown. Amanda was busy flirting with the boys, and the best friends were kind of snippy with each other. Like Paris and Nicole, the early years. Then when it came time to audition, Baily completely forgot the lyrics. She was sent home immediately. Amanda eventually got cut in a later round.

Another fun group to watch was the instant boy band, led by that Jack Osborne lookalike and some beatboxer. They memorized their words and had a little dance routine going. Quick, someone give them a contract and call them O-Town H-Town.

Tonight, we'll find out who makes the cut for the final 24. And who goes back to slinging hash at the local Denny's.