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“American Idol” Season 12 Hollywood Week Part 1 Recap: A Twist But Where’s the Drama?

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“This is gonna separate the men from the boys,” Randy Jackson assured us as we entered Hollywood Week. But there were more whimpers than bangs as we crashed heedlessly through the group stages of Hollywood Week without anyone really hating anyone else, even though they want to be soloists, not thrust together into a group. Oh the judges had a twist for us though.

The biggest “shock” elimination for me came in the form of Brian Rittenberry, the bookkeeper with a cancer-survivor wife, and it’s his back story, more than his voice, which made him a stand out to me anyway.

There were some really good performances, though, so perhaps we should move on to them.

In a “special twist,” “American Idol” producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick got to pick the groups according to vocal range, age… and apparent maximum potential drama, although the last part appeared to be an epic fail.

The Math Heads were great on “Somebody to Love.” Matheus Fernandez, Nick Boddington, Mathenee Treco, and Gabe Brown had great harmonies. Nick was particularly good but still no one believed judge Nicki Minaj when she tried to pretend they weren’t all going through to the next round. The best part of their segment though was Mattheus’ exclamation of “Ow, my balls” as he bounced on his friends’ shoulders after hearing the news.

From the sublime to the ridiculous:NormanHillsmurdered “I’ll Be There.” Surely “there” couldn’t be into the next round, especially after Johnny Keyser forgot his words and Kareem Clark sang so far off key I had to struggle to recall the actual melody. Kareem was dumped but the other three survived.

Charlie Askew, Curtis Finch Jr., and another big African-American guy sailed through to the next round. You’ll recall Charlie is the guy so socially awkard he cane barely talk to people. Yeah right. Well he was pretty good on stage. Nicki Minaj gave them a standing ovation as Randy Jackson raved, “We! Needed! That! Right! Now! Today! In! This! Moment!”

“The Four Tones,” Micah Johnson, Vincent Powell, Marvin Calderon and David Willis sailed through easily with “Hold On, I’m Coming.” I ook forward to hearing more of that falsetto from Marvin.

“Young Love” Zach Birnbaum, Nate Tao, Cortez Shaw, and Elijah Liu impressed the judges with “Some Kind of Wonderful.”

After completely forgetting the words to “Don’t You Wanna Stay” Paul Jolley and Will White got to stay but we said goodbye to the rest of their incompetent…I mean, unfortunate…group.

I thought B Side totally, totally slaughtered Maroon 5′s “Payphone” – and seriously nt in a good way – but the judges loved it. Really loved it. This had to be some kind of ratings ploy to keep The Turbinator in the show.

Another group attempted “Payphone” more successfully, but they did it a cappella at the suggestion of contestant Ryan Connor Smith. Guess who was the only one sent home? Ryan Connor Smith. “You guys could have knocked it out of the park vocally and energy-wise with this great band down here,” Keith Urban complained. Ah well…Last Minute, who sang One Direction’s “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful,” were “all equally bad” according to Nicki, and had chosen “the wrongest song” according to Keith. It was such a shame they forgot the lyrics, especially after they dedicated the number to “Mariah and Nicki, the beautiful girls. …And Keith, with his hair and everything.” What? No mention of Randy? Dan Wood, Jason Jones, Jessie Lawrence – you’rer going home”Mo Flow were up against it from the moment hurricane survivor Burnell Taylor completely zoned out in front of musical director Michael Orland. “Can you sing?” “Are you sleeping right now?” Orland demanded. This definitely was not “Some Kind of Wonderful.” Somehow Burnell and Tony Foster Jr. got to stick around while Darien Moses and Mario Jose, who I thought sang better, got sent home.

Lazaro Arbos’ group Super 55 were up next, singing “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” Their segment was painful as Josh Stephens was understandably frustrated by having to spend so much time helping his stuttering group mate, who also didn’t seem to know any of the songs, but he lost all my sympathy when he shot out at Lazaro, “We spent so much time perfecting what you needed to be doing.” Karma’s a beautiful thing sometimes. Josh was dumped as was Scott Fleenor; Lazaro and Scotty McCreery lookalike Christian Lopez got to stay.

Country Queen was probably where show producers were expecting the drama to come from, between the two women. But the most notable part of their segment was  Army Sgt. Trevor Blakney’s pettiness. Lee Pritchard was left to bewail, “You know, the stress level’s a little bit high, man.” Joel Wayman and JDA got to move on. Trevor and Lee didn’t. Revor was pretty annoyed at himself for giving up on that performance.

David Leathers Jr., Kayden Stevenson, Kevin Quinn, and Sanni M’mairua ingeniously came together as DKSK. David (Scotty McCreery’s friend) was the final elimination in last year’sLas Vegasround. He got through this round, as did Sanni.

The childish antics of Frankie Ford dominated Oz, the final group’s segment, but then his mid-performance tears and subsequent outdoor freak out were pretty entertaining. He promised to come back next year and win it all, but seriously. He needs a major attitude adjustment. Charles Allen was great and even got Mariah Carey bopping. Adam Sanders was wonderful while Frankie was having his tantrum. They got through, as did Papa Peachez, whom Nicki warned that he owes her his life and needs to seriously step it up and start giving a damn. His vocals weren’t that impressive but his comment of “I enjoyed it for what it is, which is a hot mess,” was bang on the money.

I just hope Thursday’s solo round gets a little hotter.

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