4 - The Final 32
Last time out, we cut 117
to 87. This is the final cut, and we will be down to 32.
We start the episode of the morning of the group
competition. Everyone is confident - except Simon, who
says that most of them will forget their lines or sing
out of tune - 'a musical car crash'. Simon and Randy
remind them to not forget the words -though we know that
most of them will.
As the groups, we have Divas in Red, the Ghetto Fab
Four, Suburban Funk, and the Bleach Boys. Meanwhile, the
Roman twins are in separate groups. We start with "The
Aloha Spirit" (Sonny Kapu, Clifford Iokia and Jonah
Moananu), who sing 'Out on the Roof', which is a nice
way to get it going. Simon called it OK, but Clifford
says "For Simon, that's actually good", and he's right.
The Bleach Boys are next, and Michael Keown, one of the
members, predicts that he will be one of the top 3. The
peroxide must have gotten to his head, as he forgets the
words - and John Preator and Matt Metzger don't do much
better. Randy equates it to a bad Love Boat trip.
Michael reminds them that he has sung better in the past
- and not just on this song. Simon replies - "I don't
think you will be alone in that sentiment."
He's right, as we get a montage of forgotten words -
including Noel Roman, brother of Jesus. Remember Jesus
Roman? Well, he said that his team lets him down. Well
he was practicing all night - and that wasn't good for
him, because he blanked out on his lines, too. Matt and
George, meanwhile, nails the lyrics and they look real
good - and they make Jesus look real bad. George and
Matt are both trying to look younger by wearing hats,
which seems to work, while Jesus accuses them of not
working, which lead to his own lyric-forgetfulness.
Matt's reaction? - "I'm not saying that I had the best
performance, but I didn't forget my lines. Where's the
group effort in that?" Meow, meow, meow...
We get more people who forget their lyrics, including
second time offenders from John Stevens and Terrance
Gaines. "If you sang like that in a karaoke bar, they
would turn the power off."
Would the women do any better? Well, we are looking for
Meleana, as her members are looking for her. They find
her - and she immediately walks in the other direction.
That's not looking too good for them...
Meanwhile, Elizabteh LeTendre, Dina Lopez, and Leah
Vladowski find a mom that they can live with - Leah's
mom was a star in Bulgaria, and she choreographs them to
make them a huge success. Meanwhile, Meleana, as can be
expected, bombs, but she takes her two teammates with
her as they all get cut from this round.
An interlude from Simon who says that when he looks out,
the audience looks like that they are happy when someone
screws up - but then look sympathetic when the cameras
are on them. Case in point - Lana, who tries to get out
of her reputation - but doesn't when she mangles up her
lines and tunes. She admits that she was ad-libbing, and
she's as good as gone. Scootergirl gets a good
compliment from Randy and she wants to transform herself
into a better singer.
But the women aren't perfect either, as we get another
montage of bad female singing - including the Divas in
red, Lisa Wilson and Jasmine 'small person' Arteaga. And
with that taste in their mouths, it's time to cut out 30
more people. Brea Hancock is one of the casualties, as
well as Bao Viet, Jasmine Arteaga, Lana Phillips and the
ego trip, Michael Keown. But Keown isn't done yet,
telling him that he had a great audition in NYC, Simon
said that he got that far - and said that today, he
didn't stand out. Well, Michael did stand out - but in
the wrong way.
So we get to the final performance before they are cut
to 32 people. They get one last chance to sing and talk
about themselves. Jonah picks 1 - and like every other
time, he goes first and does a good job. So does Sarah
Silva and Leah, although Simon doesn't like it.
Scootergirl sings well - but Randy and Simon are
wondering if they can do pop music. Paula tells them to
improve her image and I am not getting any good vibes
here - though she says if she does get there, she will
advance. Erskine Walcott sounds good, and he should
advance. Amy Adams delivers another knock-out effort and
she should get in.
Marcus Butts, who announced himself before he sang, may
have played his way out of the competition, as he seemed
a little full of himself. Jennifer Hudson's outfit,
according to Simon, 'You are wearing something that you
should wrap a turkey in.' When everything was said and
done, Simon tells everyone that although the group
singing was one of the worst days ever, this group last
night may have been one of the best efforts. He leaves
them there as the judges deliberate.
For the final cut, the singers are in 3 rooms. 2 of them
have singers that will advance, while one of them have
singers who will be stopped right there. Room #1 has
Matt Rogers, John Stevens, Lisa Wilson, John Peter 'Pen
Salesman' Lewis, and the Roman brothers - and they
advance, much to the joy and screaming of the crowd.
Room #2 has the trying to look younger George Huff,
Sarah Silva, Alan Ritchson, Scootergirl - and they get
knocked out. Tell me how you are going to eliminate
Scootergirl, someone with the personality and who nailed
everything, and keep John Stevens, someone who messed up
the lyrics not once, but twice. You can even hear Nicole
telling Paula that she did everything that they wanted
her to do - and I agree. She got robbed, and I hope that
they put her back in on the wild card round.
Room #3 (and we know that they are advancing) includes
Amy Adams, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino and Bri
Garcia. They get in and those are your final 32.
You guys come into play next week - where you get the
first group of 8 - Fantasia Barrino, Diana DeGarmo,
Jennifer Hudson, Marque Lynche, Matthew Metzger, Ashley
Thomas, Erskine Walcott and Katie Webber.
We'll see you then, and don't forget to vote!