3 - Back to Hollywood
We started with thousands -
we are down to 117 - and in a week, we will be down to
32. We have gone through the 'Keith' stage - now we have
to seperate the very good to excellent stage - and we
need to see who wants it more.
We start with Simon being....Simon. "These kids will
need to have therapy when they get here." The pressure
also goes to the people - like Matt Rogers and Lisa
Leuschner, who has been here last year at this point -
and got cut. We get a montage of all of the potential
singers -from Scootergirl and Alan Ritchson to the twin
Romans - and they all think that they will be idols...
But only 32 of them will, as Fantasia Barrino starts off
the personality round. The singers start off - and we
are reminded that a number of these singers did not get
all yesses from the judges the first time around.
Fantasia did - and there's no reason why she won't
advance to the next round.
Jon Peter Lewis, who was described as a pen salesman,
also performs, but Kiira Bivens, who had a pitch problem
the first time, has another one, and with only Randy
supporting her the first time, it doesn't look good.
Michael 'Big Ego' Keown also has a pitch problem, but
other singers just bring the ego - like Alan Ritchson,
who fondles himself on the stage for the judges. With
that, Simon tells the singers that they are all boring -
and to have fun.
What constitutes fun? Writing your own song lyrics! The
people have to create their own lyrics to one of 10
different song titles. Everyone is hard at work - except
for Mr. Richtson and Lisa Wilson, who are swimming at
the pool. Will their voices float, or will he be
drowning with the competition? Alan gets closer to the
edge, as he is flirting with all of the women instead of
composing his own songs. That's not a good type of
Eric Yoder flirts...with Paula, with a smooth song with
her and Simon. "I have to give you marks for sucking up
more than any Idol in any competition in the world."
Lauren Enswiler talks about her ex-boyfriend, who is
gay. Goofy, but cute, and Randy says that it could be a
country hit. On the other side, Taryn Southern, who
starts out strong - and then blanks out with the lyrics
in a day of nerves. We get a montage of people who
forget their lyrics, including 16 year old John
Stephens. Simon again reminds everyone that if they
haven't written their lyrics out, they have made a huge
Did Lisa Wilson make a huge mistake in not practicing?
Yes she does, as she screws up as well as everyone else.
Michael Keown sings off-pitch, but he does get through
the song, which Randy and Paula say that it's boring.
Scootergirl is up, and she gets a good comedy song.
Simon? "I don't know if you sing a good song that is
funny, or a comedienne who can sing." Nicole says it's
the former, but Simon is implying that it's the latter
and that could spell trouble down the line. Also
spelling trouble could be Matt Roger's effort, as Simon
wonders if he is taking it seriously.
Then there is Kira Scott, who talks about dating the
wrong man - something that Simon's ex-girlfriends could
have been working on. OUCH. That is NOT a good way to
get Simon's good side - and after the performance,
insulting the judges is also not a good way to do it -
she does have a bone to pick with Simon, who dissed her
in New York, telling like calling Simon 'Gay'. "I think
you are winning us over, but destroyed her chances by
being disrespectful." Kira leaves and says that she
doesn't think that she was being disrespectful, but with
that attitude, she's as good as gone.
Who will be joining her? That's what the judges are
figuring out as they assign the contestants into 4
rooms. In some of them, the contestants will be
advancing, but in at least one of them, the singers will
be going home. Kira, John, and Lisa Wilson think that
the are gone, wile Kiira Bivens think that she is
We will find out the fate in room #1, where Fantasia,
who was great, and Alan, who was...well...swimming. The
judges tell them that they have advanced, and joy erupts
in the room. In room #2 is John Stevens, Cassie Lebeau,
the pen salesman, and Lisa Wilson - and surprisingly,
they also all get to stay.
In room #3 is Laura Enswiler and Kira Bivens - and they
have to go home. Room 4 has the disrespectful Kira
Scott, Scootergirl and Michael Keown - and they will get
another chance. Bivens won't, and she is pissed, as she
says that the theme this year may be Trailer Trash Idol,
and that the show will suck because she's not on it. Uhh....ok.
We now get to one of my favorite parts of the
competition - the group singing. People have to sing in
groups of three and they have to sing one of these three
songs. Alan's group hasn't gotten a song - and it's 1:30
am. Meanwhile, Lana Philiips, one of the people who has
forgotten hey lyrics, is trying to find a group - but
other people know that she was miss forgetful and steer
away from her like the plague.
Jesus Roman. Matt Roman and George Roman finally get a
song going - but Lisa Wilson's group is looking for her
- and they can't find her - and they may have wanted to
be looking for Lana at this point. Lana finally finds a
group with Amy Adams and Scootergirl, while Brie Garcia
is upset that someone's mom is trying to get in the way.
"She's not getting up there to sing with us." Jesus
Roman is upset that the group is quitting at 3am, while
Matt says that sleep is the biggest part of the
competition. Jesus thinks that he picked the wrong
group...but who is the weak member of the group? We'll
find out tomorrow, as we conclude and get to the final