Last night in part two of this year’s “American Idol” Hollywood Week we whittled the ladies down to 20. It was a tough ask, as, according to Ryan Seacrest, we got “some of the greatest female performances we’ve ever seen.” We also saw a spectacular walk-out.
Candice Glover, Janelle Arthur, Rachel Hale, and Angela Miller were some of the best but let’s see what happened.
As in the guys’ first-round showcase last week, we saw few a cappella performances from the ladies and were left wondering what happened to a few favorites who were rejected but whose performances we didn’t see. Megan Miller, Ann Difanti and Sarah Restuccio were all seemingly brutally cut.
We didn’t have to wait until last for the best, but unfortunately they were up first and it was sort of downhill from there. The Swaggettes – Melinda Ademi, Kamaria Ousley, Candice Glover, and Denise Jackson – sang “Hit Em Up Style.” Candice was a stand-out here but they had great harmonies too.
Brandy Hotard dominated the vocals in her group with an overly aggressive style, but that always does well on “American Idol.”
Drama came in the form of Savannah Votion’s walk-out on the show. She felt she’d taken on too much during her group’s prep and then that was it. She stalked off into the sunset. Shame, as she was probably better than anyone else left in that group. I don’t understand it but having seemed to mess up “Somebody That I Used To Know” the most, Daysia Hall got to stay. Lizz Weis and J’Leigh Chauvin were booted.
Janel Stinney caused more drama with her group, claiming to be their “solo artist.” They apparently didn’t get that memo. She got a standing O from Nicki Minaj but then she must recognize another diva and love her. She didn’t seem to care about the messed up lyrics, although she later laid into others for making the same basic mistake. Anyway, all that group got through. Kriss Mincey was impressive of her little runs in this audition.
“No more beating up on yourself, Janel!” cried Nicki, which confused the heck out of me as I thought she’d been an annoying little snob to her fellow auditionees.
Urban Hue – Jett Hermano, Seretha Guinn, Tenna Torres, and Kiara Lanier – pretty much screwed up “American Boy” but Nicki said Tenna was “the one everyone’s going to remember.” It may be for the wrong reasons, though. I felt so sorry for Seretha here. You’ll remember her as the mom of adorable little girl London, whose boyfriend was in a nasty accident. Well, she was the only one of this group to be booted, having been branded by Nicki as having “no star power.” She was so dignified on her exit and I really hope we see her again next year.
Zoanette Johnson annoyed musical director Michael Orlean by ignoring him in favour of texting but somehow Zoanette’s group, Two Snaps, pulled it together for “Knock on Wood” and only Lauren Bettes was sent home. Zoanette, Erin Christine, and Isabelle got through.
Shira Gavrielov, Alisha Dixon, Liz Bills, and Courtney Calle were another group to commit a serious assault on “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Barefoot hippy Liz made it through but no one else did. Courtney was robbed here, possibly because the show producers had enough cute, quite good singers and needed some drama queens. Shira grovelled for another chance but the judges were unmoved, thankfully.
Stephanie Schimel, Alex Delaney, Kalli Therinae, and Holly Miller were unhappy with their song choice and changed it at the last minute. They didn’t know the words and they messed up, especially Alex, but Stephanie and Holly got through.
I loved how Stephanie couldn’t believe she had advanced. “Why did they let me through? I totally botched that!” squealed the Barbie girl. I rest my case.
Again, Kalli was robbed.
The Dolly Chicks of Kree Harrison, Britnee Kellogg and Haley Davis stayed up all night at Britnee’s insistence. Haley, however, went to bed at 4am. The judges brought this up while the girls were onstage, in some gratuitous attempt at reality TV drama. Britnee “covered” for Haley, claiming she had a stomach virus, a blatant lie, but all three of these got through while Brandy Neelly was booted, even though Keither Urban said he loved her voice.
Last up was Kez Ban and her group, Breanna Steer, Angela Miller, and Janelle Arthur. Janelle was the clear standout but they all went through.
So, on balance, I didn’t notice the “greatest female performances” we’ve ever seen, but they were a pretty solid lot, along with a few rejections that shouldn’t have been. Welcome to “American Idol,” folks… Looking forward to the solo performances.