Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - 'Hollywood Week #2' - Group Round

Hollywood Week continues with the occasionally entertaining group round
<p>&quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

"American Idol"

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I'm not sure how often "American Idol" has done Hollywood Week, or how often Hollywood Week has reached its climax with group performances, but the reality is that group performances have almost always been anti-climatic and low-drama, but every once in a while somebody totally freaks and the drama is tremendous. 

Will Thursday (February 5) night's show feature a gripping Group Round? Or a fizzle in which one or two people forget lyrics, one or two people go to bed earlier and nobody really cares? 

Let's find out...

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Why Survivor's all-time best season rankings are wrong

A poll of Survivor fans incorrectly ranked the top 10 best seasons
Why Survivor's all-time best season rankings are wrong

The results of a poll of "Survivor" fans are now on newsstands, as part of a special commemorative issue of CBS Watch! magazine. The 100-page, full-color magazine is a pretty great overview of the series, except for the absolute wrongness of its polls. That's especially true for its "all time best seasons" poll.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Auditions - Minneapolis

Prince's hometown yields very little soul or funk or rock
<p>Jacob Tolliver of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Jacob Tolliver of "American Idol"

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We've reached that intriguing place in the "Idol" audition schedule that overlaps with Sundance, so there's a distinct chance that between now and next Thursday, a few of the audition episodes may not get recapped. 

Instead? You can expect a lot of reviews for documentaries you've never heard of!


Follow along with my recap for Wednesday (January 21) night's auditions from Minneapolis...

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'Survivor: Worlds Apart' introduces its tribes

It's a pretty arbitrary set of classifications, but meet the 18 castaways
<p>The &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot; cast</p>

The "Survivor: Worlds Apart" cast

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One day after announcing the cast for the upcoming Blind Date season of "The Amazing Race," CBS has unveiled the cast of the 30th installment of "Survivor."

As was previously announced, the "Survivor: Worlds Apart" cast has the 18 castaways divided into White Collar, Blue Collar and No Collar tribes.

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'Amazing Race' Season 26 cast includes Olympic Medalist, a New Kid on the Block

Check out the six established couples and five blind date couples
<p>The &quot;Amazing Race&quot; Season 26 cast</p>

The "Amazing Race" Season 26 cast

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Representing its biggest format twist in years, CBS' "The Amazing Race" announced its Season 26 cast on Tuesday (January 20).

The 11 announced teams include six pre-existing couples, pairs who have been together between seven months and 10 years, and five individuals, who have been matched for a nationally televised blind date that could take them around the world.

As usual, the "Amazing Race" field contains a couple celebrity ringers. You'll notice New Kids on the Block veteran Jonathan Knight paired with his boyfriend Harley Rodriguez, while Ally Dudek and Steven Langston are both veteran Winter Olympic medalists.

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How MasterChef Junior's kids changed the show

The kids, producers, and judges of Fox's cooking competition appeared at TCA
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"MasterChef Junior"

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"MasterChef Junior"'s TCA panel started earlier, during the executive session, when Dana Walden pointed out that the series is "one of only eight shows that has grown season to season."

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Recap: 'American Idol' Auditions - New York City

Adam Lambert joins Harry and J-Lo in a two-hour audition episode
<p>Adam Lambert on the &quot;American Idol&quot; panel</p>

Adam Lambert on the "American Idol" panel

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Welcome back for another night of "American Idol" auditions.

We wrapped up Kansas City last night.

And on Thursday (January 15)? We're off to New York City.

Click through and follow along...

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WWE's 'Tough Enough' fights its way back, again

USA will air its sixth season
WWE's 'Tough Enough' fights its way back, again
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"WWE Tough Enough" will be revived for a second time, once again by USA Network, which announced the reality competition's return this morning at TCA.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Auditions - Kansas City Part II

Everything's still up to date in Kansas City for J-Lo, Keith and Harry
<p>Ellen Peterson auditions on &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Ellen Peterson auditions on "American Idol"

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Time for the first "American Idol" episode this season that I haven't seen in advance and therefore the first episode on which my time-code is going to be correct. Woot!

But that also means it's the first episode I can't pause if I'm in danger of misspelling somebody's oddly spelled name.

Be gentle and click through for all of the action from more Kansas City auditions...

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Recap: 'American Idol' Auditions - Nashville & Kansas City

After a slow start, a slew of good interviews boost the season's second episode
<p>Kelley Kime and Hope</p>

Kelley Kime and Hope

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"American Idol" returned on Wednesday (January 7) night to somewhat tepid ratings and with a one-hour episode that was almost entirely devoid of likely breakout talent.

FOX posted the first episode online for critics and then wisely posted the second, which is airing tonight. The move was wise because, as you'll soon see, Thursday's episode is much, much better. There are three or four contestants who appeared on Thursday's episode and seem like plausible Finalists.

So click through and follow along as I recap the highlights and lowlights.

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