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The Hollywood week took place at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, California, over a period of five days.
A total of 164 contestants were invited from the seven audition cities.
Another auditioner who gained some public attention was Renaldo Lapuz who sang his own composition "We're Brothers Forever" which he wrote for Simon Cowell.
He was later asked to return to perform in the finale.
Michael Johns died on August 1, 2014, making him the first American Idol finalist to die.
Joanne Borgella, a semi-finalist, died on October 18, 2014.
He impressed the judges with his performance of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" and Bryan Adams's "Heaven" during the Hollywood round.
He was never in the "bottom three" and finished as the season seven runner-up. Syesha Mercado (born January 2, 1987 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, 21 at the time of the show) is from Sarasota, Florida who auditioned in Miami with Aretha Franklin's "Think".
Ryan Seacrest continued to host the show with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson returning as judges.It was later revealed that his non-selection resulted in serious rift between Simon Cowell and the show producer Nigel Lythgoe.David Cook (born December 20, 1982 in Houston, Texas, 24 at the time of the auditions and 25 at the time of the show) is a native of Blue Springs, Missouri who auditioned in Omaha, Nebraska with Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer".Unlike previous seasons, contestants whose performances not considered good enough were given a second chance in the second round.They lined up on stage in groups of 10 and each sang a short segment of a song "a cappella." After each group had finished, the judges cut those they felt not talented enough. In the final round, all the remaining contestants performed individually a song chosen from a large list of songs provided accompanied by the band and three backup singers.
After each performance, the judges decided whether or not to cut the contestant.