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'American Idol' recap: Hollywood Solo Round spotlights talent

'American Idol' recap: Hollywood Solo Round spotlights talent

It was the Hollywood Solo Round on “American Idol” on Wednesday, a sweet, tidy package of a show in which we saw a handful of hopefuls individually step forward and sing a song they’d chosen from a producer-provided list, learned in a single night and worked to arrange with the show’s resident band.

It was, Ryan Seacrest reminded us, the first time the judges — and the audience — would see the singers perform backed by a full band and an opportunity for each to show him- or herself to be an “all-around performer.”

The singers didn’t get to hear the judges’ feedback after...

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