Hollywood Round: Part 3
we were dropping the boom and dropping the contestants
as 185 of the 310 that were invited to Hollywood
survived to the dreaded Group Sing. Another half is set
to go, and it might as well have to do with who you're
singing with as what you're singing. Time to put it all
on the stage.
But first, we pick up where
we left off last night with some unfinished business regarding one
hopeful vocalist and one nasty stage dive.
HOLLYWOOD... Sort of.
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
We start where we left off
last time with the Betties - Jennifer Malsch, Cherie Tucker, Cari
Quoyeser, Gabrielle Cavassa, and an unnamed fifth - singing "Hit'em Up
Style". That. Was. A horrendous start. And anyone not named Cari or
Jennifer is going to pay for it.
Next group has Nick
Boddington, Reed Grimm, Aaron Marcella, Jen Hirsh, and Creighton Fraker
- Groovesauce - singing "Hold On I'm Coming". Now THAT'S more like it.
Hope everyone took notes in the audience, because THAT'S how you do it.
ALL FIVE are through. And if no one from this group wins, there's always
"The Sing Off." JUST SAYING.
679 is next with Kyle Crews,
Brielle von Hugel, Joshua Ledet, Shannon Magrane, and a fifth named
Amber with "Hit'em Up Style". And it's game over for Kyle.
The Make You Believers with
patient zero, Amy Brumfield, joining with Jacquie Cera... who fell weak
to the floor. Will she make it? She... will with Dustin Cundiff
forgetting "More than a Feeling"... and Amy... likewise. Mathenee Treco
doesn't forget. Jacquie, Amy, and Dustin... are all going home. Mathenee
Group round continues with a
group with... a lack of lyrics... and no one is more ticked off than the
judges. Remember, everyone gets nervous, but you have to perform. You
know, no one has pulled the Simon trigger as of yet.
Next up with "Stuck Like
Glue" are Those Girls - Alisha Bernhardt, Samantha Novacek, and two
others - and That Guy - Christian Lopez. Those Girls and That Guy are
those losers. It was NOT great at all.
Area 451 - Bryce Garcia,
Johnny Keyser, Kristi Krause, and Imani Handy - has another setback;
Imani has fallen to the Idol Bug. Meanwhile Hollywood Five, David
Leathers Jr., Gabi Carrubba, Eben Franckiewicz, Ariel Sprague, and
Jeremy Rosado, have "Mercy". Another lights out performance from a group
with everything tight. They're ALL through.
Back to Area 451, and Imani
wants to go up to join them... but she can't. Determined, but weakened,
she's going to join the group. They sing "Broken Strings". Which is
funny, because that's what it sounded like to start. Imani starts to
bring it home... when she falls out on stage again. The audition stops
then and there. Needless to say, Imani is done. Joining her are Bryce
Reis Kloeckner, Symone
Black, and WT Thompson are joining them on the road home.
One more group to go... MIT
with Heejun Han, Richie Law, Jairon Jackson, and Phillip Phillips.
Richie goes back to confessional on his own to air his grievances in
private. "One person in this group is probably going to be taken down."
Will it ironically be Richie with "Broken Strings"? Nope. They're ALL
through. And that brings the Group Sing to a close. Erika Van Pelt, Adam
Broke, Hallie Day, Elise Testone, and the rest of the 98 survivors are
It's the day of the Solo
Sing. This year, you are allowed an instrument or the use of the house
band, Ray Chew and the Groove. We're all warmed up with Steven and
Randy's bass skills on the stage... and Jennifer nowhere in sight.
Joshua Ledet is first with
Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts". That's followed by Colton Dixon's
"What About Now" (Daughtry), Phil Phillips' "Wicked Game" (Chris Isaak),
and Jen Hirsh's "Georgia On My Mind" (Ray Charles).
Creighton Fraker ("What a
Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong) sets the stage on fire, but a few
lyrics flubs bring the rain.
Reed Grimm wanted to sing an
a cappella... but that is quickly stopped by the producers, so he's
going to have to suppositorily put together a performance with new vocal
coach Peisha McPhee (C-Note: Fun fact... Katharine McPhee's mum). Should
be noted that she takes no BS.
Shannon Magrane ("What a
Wonderful World") sets the stage... while Reed is still practicing...
until showtime. Reality is finally starting to sink in for Reed, who
only now sees it as make-or-break. Reed has an idea... to play the
drums... while singing "Georgia on My Mind".
And. He. Nails it.
Skylar Laine is the next
victim to the Idol Bug. She's going to need all the strength she has and
then some to get through "You Lie" by Reba. Following her is Rachelle
Lamb ("The House That Built Me" by Miranda Lambert).... who forgets a
Grand finale comes on the
heels of Adam Brock, who thinks American Idol needs some white chocolate
up in here, so he delivers "Georgia On My Mind".
Now to the waiting rooms.
Number 1: Creighton Fraker,
Jen Hirsh, Erika van Pelt, Hallie Day, Adam Brock, Joshua Ledet... and
the first result, delivered by the judges... IN. Jermaine Jones, Lauren
Gray, and David Leathers are all relieved.
Number 2: Phil Phillips,
Eben Franckewicz, Skylar Laine, and Shannon Magrane. Steven has the
news.... and it's GOOD NEWS. Reed Grimm and Jessica Phillips will also
live to sing another day.
Number 3: Rachelle Lamb,
Brittany Kerr, Jennifer Malsch, Jayrah Gibson, Sarah Phillips, and
Madison Shanley. And a belch, and a snort. That's just setting everyone
off. Or, rather... just setting off Madison. Enough of that, because the
judges have a verdict. Room 3.... is OUT.
Number 4: Stephanie Renae,
Baylie Brown, Gabi Carrubba, Britnee Kellogg, and Angie Zeiderman. Also
here... Heejun Han and Richie Law. The end result... IN!
And then there were 72, give
or take. Next stop... Vegas.