I kind of forgot I was watching a singing show with American Idol 2012 last night. There was hardly any singing, unless you count the snippets of the groups rehearsing. But we had plenty of sickness and hospital drama.
First, we thankfully hear that Symone Black, the 16-year-old who took a tumble off stage in the previous night’s show, is OK. Perhaps the contestants’ prayer circle worked because after treatment, Symone was able to carry on in Hollywood Week.
Are we ready for this group round and the train wreck it usually becomes?
First up, the rules: groups have to have 4 or 5 members, and must contain members from both Day 1 and Day 2 of the individual auditions.
Lauren Mink and Ethan Jones surprisingly get sent home: only their groupmate Jeremy Rosado made it through. Ethan said his rejection was “bittersweet” and Lauren still felt “pretty lucky” to have gotten that far. Sigh, I wish these nice people could have sung better for Hollywood week.
The trouble starts early with a few people finding it difficult to get placed in a group, including Amy Brumfield; you remember her, the one who lives in a tent. Her day wasn’t made any better by the fact she had he flu. She did a lot of crying and worrying about passing out, so then I worried, when I’d only just stopped worrying about Symone.
Why can’t someone just sing a song; this is American Idol, after all!
Alicia the cop eventually finds a guy to team up with, but the exciting thing for me is that two early standouts, Phillip Phillips and Heejun Han found themselves in the same group as each other. But what’s that? Alicia’s group abandoned her again!
30 minutes in to the show there hadn’t been a single performance. I needed a break. Things looked better after the commercials, with Alicia finding another group and a freakily cute moment as Shannon Magrane, Kyle Crews, and Brielle Von Hugel teaming up, with Brielle’s mom, who is a total stage mom, lurking by the door and supervising.
Then came the real excitement: Symone Black returned, with orders to eat and drink more. (Why does no one ever tell me to do that!) She quickly found a group and her dad hugged all the girls in the group, presumably for taking his daughter in when she’d had a bad time. Not sure it felt any less weird than Brielle’s mom, though.
Amy Brumfield still looked terrible, and it seemed like her germs were spreading to the other contestants. Phillip Phillips was ill too, but it’s kidney stones, so at least Amy can’t be blamed for that.
Next up, we saw just how amusing Heejun Han can be when he is really, seriously, not amused. A guy in a cowboy hat was trying to teach him and Phillip Phillips to salsa dance.
“Now I have a very, very bad perspective towards cowboys, even Dallas Cowboys. Freakin’ cowboys,” he said.
They are having none of it! May he’d forgotten it was a singing competition too. 40 minutes into the show, no one has sung yet.
Next up was more sickness. Alicia’s group are throwing up with Amy’s plague. But she was confident she’d be okay as she has Jesus on her side. The guy called Christian strangely doesn’t look so reassured.
The tension got to The Betties and they started arguing among themselves. One of them yells and curses a lot while a few of them went to bed. Just two keep practising and you just know that the ones who went to bed will perform better, but you have to give the late night rehearsers some credit.
Around the room, some of the snippets of song sounded pretty good.
First to perform were The Betties. Yes! We are getting to some singing. The girl who had been crying and cursing the night before opened her mouth to sing.
And then the show ended. Aaarrgghhhh! Frustrating or what!