Ah, Hollywood Week. Time for all of the early favorites that American Idol has so handily compiled for us to gather in one place, hit us over the head again with their backstories and, hopefully, sing a pretty song.
But while the cream of the crop had no trouble acing the sudden-death, one-shot a cappella round, a few always make you wonder what the judges heard in the first place.
One in the latter group was 19-year-old Nick Fink, aka one-half of a stuck-like-glue couple that auditioned together, who just couldn't handle hearing the judges' verdict.
He begged the judges for another chance when girlfriend Jacqueline Dunford was picked and he wasn't, even bursting into song while trudging up the aisle after Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson put their collective foot down.
Jacqueline let him have his moment, joining him outside the theater, where Nick told Ryan Seacrest, "I don't know. It sucks man, you know?"
"I guess we went into it not even thinking it would be a negative outcome, you know what I mean?" Jacqueline added.
So that was that.
But at least suffering exes Rob Bolin and Chelsee Oaks both made it through!
And what of James Durbin, Chris Medina, Paris Traissel, Brett Loewenstern and the contestants whose sad stories accompanied their voices to Hollywood, where they're all hoping to find a light at the end of the tunnel?
They all sailed through, along with 15-year-old cuddlebug Jacee Badeaux; Lauren Alaina, 15, who charmed Steven in Nashville with "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"; deep-voiced country boy Scotty McCreery, 17; Bar Mitzvah singer Jerome Bell, 27; and 26-year-old Clint Jun "Junebug" Gamboa, he of the "brilliant" audition in San Francisco.
Next Wednesday comes the group round and, presumably, a lot of fights that make people cry.