Room 3 became Room 101 last night as Jennifer Lopez condemned another group of hopefuls into former American Idol contestants. In a notoriously difficult round, the group performances were pretty dire, but there were some standout solos, which is what we all really care about, right?
Of course, we saw The Betties’s Performance because when you last saw them one of their members was hurling into a clear trash bag as the girls sat around her. Their curse continued as another girl was sick. Amy Brumfield’s group also struggled as yet another girl fainted in the aisle while applauding for other people: fresh after saying that the only thing she’d caught from Tent Girl was a positive attitude. Maybe not.
The only member of the Make You Believers to advance was Mathenee Treco, who got through by grossly oversinging his part to make up for the ineptitude of the others. He pulled them together after Jacqui collapsed so he probably deserved to get through just because of that.
Groove Sauce, comprised of Aaron Marcellus, Creighton Fraker, Jen Hirsh, Reed Grimm and Nick Boddington established themselves as the group to beat with what Randy Jackson called “the first superstar performance of the day.” Jennifer bounced in her seat in approval and made duck lips. My favorite part was Jen Hirsh’s solo.
Brielle Von Hugel’s annoying stage mom was around for her performance with 679. But she did make me laugh with her prayer:
“Please Jesus. I’ll have to deal with her when she comes back into the room.”
Brielle made it through so we didn’t have to see how bad Brielle could be for her truly awful mother to be worried about “dealing with her.” Kyle Crews was the only one cut from their group.
The curse of American Idol struck again with so many contestants forgetting their lyrics I was standing by, Googling them before I remembered that my retrospective telepathy communicator was broken.
Those Girls and That Guy really, really sucked, which really annoyed cop Alisha Bernhardt but she found it within her heart to offer personal security services to the judges.
17-year-old Imani Handy passed out during one of Area 451’s final run-throughs, wandered back to join them a few minutes later and then hit the deck again. Now here was a mom I really felt sorry for, stroking Imani’s hand and explaining why she wouldn’t say no to her daughter head out on stage. Of course she collapsed again.
Only Johnny Keyser, Jennifer’s boy toy, advanced from this group.
The Hollywood 5 was made up of Ariel Sprague, Eben Franckewicz and David Leathers, Jr. All of their stage parents were begging the judges to let their kids through. Maybe it was that, maybe it was the tight harmonies, but they got through.
I was sorry to see Dymone Black leave at this stage.
Finally MIT, the “most international team,” confused me. They had Richie, the cowboy who drove Heejun crazy last episode. Phillip Phillips Jr., Jairon Jackson and Hejun Han. All made it through, despite a pretty awful performance of Broken Strings. Heejun Han was the star with his deadpan apology to the cowboy and his parents, who would soon see all the bad things he’d said about the cowboy on TV.
“I talk a lot of craps about Richie,” he said.
Day 2 would surely offer some relief with the contestants singing solo again. Shame Jennifer was called away from the judges’ jam session with some of the contestants.
Where has Joshua Lidet (19) been hiding?He was goosebump-inducing fantabulous on Jar Of Hearts, hitting every note yet giving it his own spin. One to watch, guys!
Phillip Phillips and his guitar delivered a barely unrecognizable Wicked Game. His face got a workout but Randy was impressed by his guitar.
Jen Hirsh had Steven purring and leaning his head back in ecstasy during a very sultry rendition of Georgia On My Mind. She was beautiful, and what she can do with her voice is sick, man!
Colton Dixon was next up on the keyboard singing What About Now? He was good, but he didn’t excite me, maybe because I tend to give the comeback kids a harder time, thinking that if they had what it takes, they’d have made it further in their previous shot at the American Idol title. Unfair of me, probably.
Creighton Fraker got a triple standing O from the judges for his cover of What a Wonderful World. I just wonder why I don’t find his wacky throwing his arms around while singing as endearing as I did in Paul MacDonald last year. Lord knows what he will be like when he has a stage he can move around on. I pity the poor camera operators for the live shows.
Oops, did I just slip a spoiler in then? Don’t look if you don’t want to.
What was going on with Reed Grimm? Nigel Lythgoe had decided not to let him sing a cappella. Ryan Seacrest was clearly frustrated as relayed this news with Grimm.
“This is the first time you heard that,” Ryan insisted Ryan as Reed stood there emotionless. Of course this wasn’t news to him. “Come on, Reed, get in the game! Let me remind you on camera that what we just told you off camera is something you’re supposed to act shocked and dismayed about. This is the first time.”
Anyway, after Reed ran away several times to call his mom, he played the drums on Georgia On My Mind. Thankfully the judges loved it and Randy even likened him to our cuddly bear from American Idollast season: Casey Abrams.
Too far, Jackson!
Has Shannon Magrane really just turned 16? She was so hot on Wonderful World this girl nearly set fire to her short shorts. I hope she growls a little less and hits a few more notes in future performances.
Skylar Laine (17) had been to the hospital and back by the time she sang her solo, You Lie by the Band Perry. She reminds me of Lauren Alaina, a country singer encouraging is all to come join her hoe-down.
Adam Brock performed the last of the solos, Georgia again. Another growler. His moves are unexpected, considering her looks like the straightest aw undergrad ever. Steven Tyler loved Adam’s “magic note.”
After some shots of the judges distinguishing between a ton of blonde girls, the 98 remaining contestants got split into four rooms, three of which were allowed to stay another day.
Some favorites like Rachelle Lamb and Jaira Gibson were cut.
To see if your favorite survived in the competition, tune into American Idol tonight. It’s Vegas, baby!