EVEN THOUGH ‘IDOL’ PRODUCERS PRE-FORM THE COMBOS, “GROUP NIGHT” STILL BRINGS THE DRAMA

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By Jason Wentworth

American Idol

LOS ANGELES (AP) – There’s a new wrinkle to “American Idol” this season. The producers form the groups for Hollywood Week. Unlike seasons past, there’s no scrambling to get into a group and no switching of groups. This week it’s the guys turn. Forty-three made it through last night and that number will be thinned to 20 on tonight’s show. Micah (MY’-cah) Johnson, who developed a speech impediment after a botched tonsillectomy, makes it. So does the turban-wearing “Turbinator.” But young Kayden Stephenson doesn’t advance. He’s the teen who suffers from cystic fibrosis, and may only live to age 35.