Yo, yo dawgs! It be Hollywood week up in here! Ryan Seacrest calls it an epic journey, and it is so epic that it will take more than a week to journey through it. He also tells us that we have double the amount of contestants to start out with, 327 total. Let the epic journey begin with a single step: the sudden death a cappella round.
Now, some of these people I remember right off, and some I don't. I figure it doesn't entirely matter until the herd is thinned, but I will at least try to write the names that appear on screen. That way you, the reader, can refresh your recollection (BAM! I just lawyered you) by reading the prior recaps, and I, the recapper, can sit lazily on my couch and let my recollection remain unrefreshed.
Oh, but I remember this first guy: Brett Loewenstern, 16 years old, he auditioned in New Orleans. He had the big crazy red hair and he was bullied for being different, but now he's all zen. To further prove his zenacity, he sings "Let It Be." He makes it through to the next round, and tells the camera that he's done feeling like a victim. Good for him. I shouldn't stereotype redheads, but I am one, so I can -- he reminds me a lot of snowboarder Shaun White, the "Flying Tomato," and I need someone to come up with an adorable tomato nickname for him. In the meantime, I guess I'll call him the Adorable Tomato.
Rachel Zevita, who auditioned in New York and may or may not be the singing waitress, moves forward. Thia Megia, a 15-year-old who auditioned in Milwaukee, moves on. So does Casey Abrams, who auditioned in Austin.