The episode started off by introducing some singers that we'll see over the auditions, then went to the actual auditions. Derek Dupree was the first contestant, he claimed to be able to sing in three different pitches. He offered to come back in one hour to sing, the judges reluctantly accepted. Katrina Yaukey was the second contestant, she didn't make it to Hollywood. Justin Sticht came next, he sang a Queen song and Beyond the Sea. He also did not make it to Hollywood. Contestant 897 claims he did not make it through because his legs were too hairy, although he was wearing a dress and a wig with blonde pigtails. ..Read the full recap
34 people went on to Hollywood from Chicago
35.5 million viewers watched this episode of American Idol, the only episode that drew more viewers was the finale between Ruben and Clay.
David Radford: When I was 16, animals started talking to me.
Simon: You know what? You remind me of a wasp.
(Large contestant walks out)
Simon: Do we have a bigger stage this year?
Contestant: 'Cause I'm your lady and Simon's my man.
Paula Abdul: I hate you.
Simon Cowell: I hate you.
Randy Jackson: I hate both of you.
Ryan Seacrest: [voice-over] No change there, then.
Derrick Dupree: I am so passionate, I just can't help it, 'cause I often get turned on by myself. Ohh, look at all that passion runnin' through his viens. It's wonderful. I'm so confident to the point where it cuts off circulation.
Ryan Seacrest: [voice-over] With all that confidence, what's with all the sweat?