Hollywood is where the real stars are made and this year as many as 309 hopefuls got into this round but only the best remain now. Jane Carey, daughter of the legendary comedian Jim Carey was sent home after her rendition of “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” failed to impress the judges. Among the familiar survivors in the show are Jessica Phillips who is turning into a favorite and Johnny Keyser from Florida who had unequivocal support from Randy Jackson.
Randy Jackson has defended the falling numbers of American Idol saying people should understand that the show has seen eleven seasons which is a great achievement. He hit back strongly at suggestions that the slide in ratings was not an issue. Strong words from the man who is the sole original judge ever since Simon Cowell shifted to The X-Factor. Jackson has become the leading man on show as he shares his space with musical experts like Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. He went on to say the show is still number one on television though not as big in ratings as before.
Music mogul Simon Cowell has spoken his mind about the treatment of former American Idol judge Paula Abdul insisting it was not his choice to let go of her. Cowell says he has only good things to remember about Paula saying she was a always gracious and wished that she understood it was not a personal rather just a business decision to fire her. He was thankful for the fact that Paula did not make a huge deal of it and took it in her stride as a professional and calm lady.