How did the Iowa contestants fare during American Idol Hollywood Week?


Monday’s episode of “American Idol” didn’t feature any of the Iowans competing on the show, but fans will get to see the contestants later.

Monday’s show of “American Idol” on ABC marked the season’s premiere of the Hollywood Week. Contestants participated in a gender challenge, where they chose a gender that best suited them. They were then divided into “rows” and rated by the show’s celebrity judges.

Winterset’s Sam Moss and Cedar Rapids’ Haley Slaton both had auditions broadcast on March 20 where they wowed the “Idol” judges.

Moss and Slaton, who both chose pop as their genre, only appear sporadically and extensively in the background of Monday’s show. However, the two were briefly shown together in the final 15 minutes of the episode, hugging and celebrating the progress of the competition.

Continued:Iowans Sam Moss and Haley Slaton go head-to-head on “American Idol” this season. Here’s what you need to know.

As part of the show’s 20th season, former “Idol” icons returned to help mentor newcomers.

Among the singers who returned were Jordin Sparks, who coached pop artists; second “Idol” winner Ruben Studdard, who has advised R&B singers; and 2010 winner Lee DeWyze, who coached folk-indie artists. DeWyze visited Des Moines last summer on tour with his album “Ghost Stories”.

“This is only the first hurdle to surviving the Hollywood week,” Lionel Richie, one of the show’s celebrity judges, warned those advancing in the competition at the end of the evening’s program.

The next episode of “American Idol” airs on ABC this Sunday at 7 p.m. local time. Hollywood Week continues in this episode as the contestants are paired up to perform duets.

Isaac Hamlet covers arts, entertainment and culture at the Des Moines Register. Join it at [email protected] or 319-600-2124, follow him on Twitter @IsaacHamlet.


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