Verdicts: Part 2
Last time, the judges started whittling
160 acts to the final 40. Some were cut before they even set foot in
Vegas, but for others, the journey has just begun. Now, the judges have
even more cuts ahead of them, as they complete the roster of 40 that
will compete for your votes.
So far, 17 acts have been given the
greenlight to perform next week, while three dance acts were given 12
hours to prepare to battle for one spot in the final 40.
But back to business. It's been a while,
but the judges have decided to call up Paradizo Dance... A lot of
pressure awaits Dave & Zoe, as they proved to the New York crowd that
they had what it takes. The judges... still unsure. Can they sustain a
show for an hour in Vegas? Dave says that they have moves that get
harder as they move on. They want to show America what they're made of.
The verdict... THROUGH to the next round! And Dave can't stop lifting
people. He lifts Zoe... and he lifts Nick.
Next is Ishaara, who dazzled at the
MySpace auditions. All they can think about is the next chance to
perform, and as they hang out together in college, they can't think that
this is what they really love, what they really want to do. Also
waiting... FootworKINGz from Chicago. All they can think about is the
opportunity to become stars. They just make it out of the ghetto. BOTH
groups are brought into the stage. And BOTH groups are going to Los
Jeffrey Ou and Rashida Jolley are next.
Ou surprised the judges with his intense classical piano style. Jolley
impressed the New York crowd with her take on the harp. Both of these
people have become fast friends. But the friendship will be shortlived,
as only one of these people is going to the next round. The other... is
going home. The person through to the next round... is Jeffrey. Joining
Rashida on the long bus ride are the whipping act... and three balancing
acts... and Arthur the human glowy stick... and the guitarist's singer
(her brother got another opportunity).
Eleisha Miller impressed the judges in
Texas with her personality and her piano skills. More her personality
than anything else. She was very funny in her audition. The question...
is she good enough? The answer? Yes.
Space is becoming a premium, especially
for Mario & Jenny. Sexy and dangerous juggling... does it have a place
in the top 40? Sure does. How about Marcus Terell & the Serenades? They
came into this as a group. Will they leave as a group? No. Will they
stay as a group? No. The bottom line... the girls are pulling the group
down. And in the end, it turns out to be fatal for all of them. BUT one
of the girls decides to be courageous and ask if they would reconsider
if the Serenades dropped out. They do. They do. He does. So Marcus
Terell will continue on.
Now to the three dance acts from
yesterday: U4RIA, Breaksk8, and Destined 2 Be. They all struggled to get
their act together on time. But for at least one of them, the struggle
will pay off. The stakes have never been higher. But no matter who gets
the nod, I think you'll agree with me that they all deserved it. One by
one, the crew take the stage. The judges deliberate... and they're
only going to go with one... Breaksk8.
Next to find out are Voices of Glory.
They had the voices. They had the story. Do they have a spot in the top
40? Yes they do. Joining them.. opera singer Barbara Padilla, lightbulb
eater Chris Allison, frisbee-catching dog Rockin' Rory, dancers Pam
Martin & Viva, singers Charles DeWayne Dorsey, gymnasts Pixie Mystere,
gymnasts African High Flyers, singer/tapper Anthony & Matt, EriAm
Singers, singer BRI, and comic Grandma Lee.
And triplet violinists Alizma? The voices
are not good enough. The violins are awesome. They have a long way to
go. ... but they've come a long way... Long enough to go to LA!
And we're down to the final spot in the
final 40. And TWO contestants. Mia Boostrom has bene here before. She
knows what's at stake. Meanwhile, Kelli Glover has been this close to
stardom in the semis of American Idol 1. She TOO knows what's at stake.
But still... One spot... two singers. There has to be one winner. There
has to be one loser.
For Kelli.... the journey ends in Las
Vegas. Aaaaand cue the begging. Cue the devastation. Cue the
drama. The judges and Mia console her as she ultimately is resigned to
her fate... well, almost.
As for Mia... her journey continues to
And so, the final 40 is set... or is it?
On the flight back to LA, the judges get a call from none other than
Simon Cowell. "I've been looking over the choices for the top 40, and
I'll be honest with you... We have a very VERY serious problem here."
What could the problem be, and how will
this shape the competition? Stay tuned, America.
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