It’s Hollywood Week on “American Idol,” airing at 7 p.m. today and Thursday on Fox. After all is said and done in Hollywood, only 20 guys and 20 girls will make the cut.
As previously reported, three performers with Oklahoma ties that appeared on the reality TV show’s Jan. 31 episode, which featured last summer’s auditions in Oklahoma City, were given their golden tickets to Hollywood and the next round of competition: Ventriloquist/singer Halie Hilburn, a 2008 Oklahoma Christian University graduate from Texas; sassy belter Zoanette Johnson, who lives in Tulsa; and Tulsan Kayden Stephenson, who looks younger than his 16 years because he has cystic fibrosis.
Also, Tulsa native Matt Farmer, who now lives in Phoenix, was given a ticket to Hollywood in the Long Beach, Calif., tryouts that aired Wednesday. However, his run in the “Idol” contest may prove short-lived since he reportedly admitted lying about his military service on the reality show.
In addition, 44 other performers made it through to Hollywood week from the Oklahoma City tryouts. Not surprisingly, several are from Oklahoma, including Norman indie pop singer-songwriter Jacob Abello, who played South by South and Norman Music Festival last year.
Here are “Road to Hollywood” interviews with some of the singers with Oklahoma ties. Good luck to one and all!