"From 97 to 75" -
don't really have much to add this week, as I agreed
with pretty much everything that happened. Something
else I agree with - my favorite part of the competition,
which is tonight. We get to see....GROUPS! The Idols are
divided into 3...well, the 96 that are left.
The groups are randomly divided as people have to rely
on each other -people who they don't know - or may not
like. For example - Scott Savol, who is getting cursed
out my his teammate Matt Myers. The groups also select a
random number to determine what order they are in.
Jaclyn Crum, however, isn't in a singing mood. Her
mother, who has multiple sclerosis, has collapsed and
she is off with mommy to the hospital. Matt is hoping
that it's Scott who would have gone in the hospital, as
he and Danny Kingman are struggling while Scott is
playing the role of a log. 'He just doesn't seem like
he's all there, and I'm ready to b!tch-slap him.'
He's not the only person who has problems (though Scott
has left the group to go to bed). Natalie is worrying
more about dancing than singing, and that upsets Janae
and Gina (and her mom, who is writing the words on a
chalkboard). Matt is still wondering where Scott is, as
Matt and Dave are waiting for him. Dave: "I feel like
this is a date - and the date didn't show up."
There are groups that are happy to be working together,
though. Anwar Robinson, who is a music teacher, is
working on their pitch. Elizabeth's problem isn't her
pitch - it's her lack of remembering words, as she is
stopping her group, who want to pitch her out of a
window. Back to Gina's group. Her mom is now joined by
her dad, and he's now giving singing lessons. Gina's
teammates are waiting to pitch him in the same dumpster
that Elizabeth may be heading in.
Constantine is getting dancing lessons in his group -
and he's cringing. He thinks it's going to be a train
wreck and retires early for the night. Elizabeth's group
has given up on Elizabeth and leave her alone to
memorize the words, 'We have no chance to win if we're
singing with an elephant.' Well, Elizabeth is a small
elephant and the women have had enough. They try to
explain this to her and she still can't get it. Gina's
parents also can't get it, to the point that Natalie
asks them to leave. Next person to get bitch-slapped -
Scott, as Matt and Danny finally get in touch with him.
Scott gives Danny a hug as they start - and while they
do that, other teams are going to bed. Could this be a
bad omen for Scott?
Jaclyn Crum is still at the hospital, but fortunately,
her mom is suffering from food poisoning, and she can go
back to the hotel. Unfortunately, it's too late to
rehearse, so their group goes to bed. In Elizabeth's
camp, it's still high drama as Elizabeth stops to care
and decides to go on her own. The other two hug and wake
up, not caring where Elizabeth is going.
We are up on the next morning - and Gina's dad is still
going at it until Natalie tells him to shove off. Gina's
dad, in turn.... does. Meanwhile, Elizabeth's group
sings - without Elizabeth, who misses their practice
time. She says she didn't hear them. The other two throw
their hands up in frustration.
9am - Groups are singing in the bathroom, while other
groups haven't started. Jaclyn's group is one of them,
which is understandable. The crooners...are not, as they
say that they have plenty of time to rehearse, because
they are going up last. Hmmm...
With that, it's time to go! Everyone will be judged on
vocals, spark, and originality. We first see...
Constantine, William Blake and Dezmond Meeks.
Constantine hits it well, while Dezmond is good with the
choreography (which Simon hated). William was...average
- and gets a no. Constantine gets a yes and so does
Dezmond (who, if we remember, barely got in) has
survived 2 cuts so far. Good for him.
It's not good for the last group, who still can't get
their lines straight. THis isn't good...
Rachel Leslie, Carrie
Zaruba and Elizabeth Pha - Rachel sounds good. Carrie
sounds fair at best and Elizabeth again forgets her
words. Based on last year, where Jon Stevens mangled his
way to the top 6, I can't see how Elizabeth gets out of
this - and she doesn't, as the judges call her on her
lyrical amnesia. Rachel gets a yes and Carrie gets
another chance (probably based on Elizabeth).
Afterwards, a crying Elizabeth says that it's been very
unfair. It would have been more fair if she remembers
Another check up with the crooners - they still haven't
gotten it together. Ick.
Mario Vasquez, Jamar Jefferson and Anwar Robinson -
Damn, Mario has got a nice pair of pipes. Jamar isn't as
strong in the vocals but he has moves. Anwar has got it
going on and all three of them should get in. Paula
calls it refreshing and she was thrilled - as are the
rest of the judges, who tell all three that they are in.
"Great things happen on the last minute," says the
crooner. I hope so...
Janay Castine, Gina McFadden and Natalie Weiss - All
three of them sound pretty good, though Natalie is
probably the weakest. Gina and Janay should easily get
in, but Simon didn't see any sparkle in the group. Maybe
a wear-down from the parents? Janay gets in, as does
Gina (and her parents), but Natalie gets eliminated.
After a montage of eliminated people, we get Mr. Savol,
who says that it's time to blaze it. Him, Danny and
Matthew all get to go in - and Matthew, holding a little
teddy bear, mangles the words. Bye bye, Matthew. Danny
should easily get in - and so should Scott, who yes,
does blaze it. Danny and Scott get in, but Matthew
doesn't, and maybe more time memorizing the words and
less time being pissed off at a singer wouldn't have
cost him. They all talk afterwards and Matt and Danny
end it with a little hug. AwwwwBarf.
The crooners get some more lyrics down - but not yet.
"Maybe we shouldn't have gone to bed early."
Aaron Kelly, Timothy Sauer, and Lamar Jefferson - Aaron
is out of key, Timothy can't hit the high notes and
Lamar mangles the words. This is a hideous mess, and it
may be the first time that all three of them will be
leaving. Simon? "I don't know why I left England to see
This isn't the end of this, though. When deciding who to
get rid of, Paula accuses Simon of having Randy change
his vote. An enraged Paula calls over executive producer
Nigel Lythgoe to call Simon out, but Randy sides with
Simon and Paula is overruled. This decision was meant
for... Delmar, who gets tossed by Simon as a visibly
upset Paula looks on. Aaron joins him, but Timothy
somehow hangs on. Paula and Simon share a make-up hug
after the three singers leave. AwwwBarf.
After seeing another botched effort by the crooners,
it's time for... Jaclyn (mommy in the hospital) Crum,
Rashida Johnson and Faith Gatewood. They all sound
decent, and the question becomes has the judges found
their quota of singers? Rashida tries to explain the
situation and is looking for sympathy, but Paula says
that none is needed, as they have it going on. All three
singers get in - and are greeted by Jaclyn's mom as they
get off the stage. AwwwwBarf.
We get a montage of people who flub up lyrics, including
Nicholas Wokalsky, who loves himself - and loves himself
out of the competition. And with that, we get.... Kurtis
Parks, John Zisa and J.P. Koehler. To their credit, they
pick the tough song, but they completely screw up the
lyrics and were maybe worse now than their rehearsals.
John says that they took a risk and it was a bad risk.
Simon says that a song ruined their chance - but he will
give them one more shot. They are thrilled and even
crying. And somewhere, an angry Elizabeth Pha just threw
her shoe at her television set.
75 people make it past this round - but we still have 2
more rounds to go. Chico will give us the results of the