Hollywood Week is in the books, and when the dust
settled, 70 dreams are still alive. Those dreams are now
on buses heading toward their next challenge on the road
to Nokia Theatre LA Live.
... Welcome to the Vegas
Aria Las Vegas
This season's Vegas Round
will be played in two parts. The first part will pay tribute to the King
of Rock'n'Roll Elvis Presley on the stage of Cirque du Soleil's Viva
Elvis at the Aria in Las Vegas' famed city within a city, CityCenter.
The second, it's sing-for-your-life. But more on that later.
Before leaving Hollywood,
the contestants were formed into groups of 3 or 4 and given a song from
the 50s or 60s. They have to come up with their own routine for that,
and after they perform, they will be judged and cut. Helping them out,
Idol's army of coaches including the ever-so-sweet Peggi Blu. I'm
crapping myself FOR them.
First up, Skylar Laine,
Colton Dixon, Cari Quoyeser, and Chase Likens singing "Dedicated to the
One I Love" by the Shirelles. Unfortunately, the judges didn't like Cari,
as she's the first one of the Vegas round to be cut.
Jeremy Rosado, Ariel
Sprague, Gabi Carrubba, and David Leathers Jr. all met each other in the
Savannah auditions. They've been friends since. Today, they're all going
to rock "Rockin' Robin" by the Jackson 5ive. Much better than the first
group, but that isn't saying much. But they're ALL through!
Right now, it's "Great Balls
of Fire" courtesy Adam Brock, Angie Zeiderman, Erika Van Pelt, and
Shelby Tweten. The number suited all of them. Their "sentence", as Randy
put it... another day in Vegas for Adam... and Shelby... and Erika...
Next up, Schyler Dixon
(Colton's sister), Molly Hunt, and Brielle von Hugel with "Why Do Fools
Falls in Love" by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. Schyler & Brielle don't
fall, but Molly is given an honorable discharge. Joining her: Wayne
Wilson, Ashley Robles, Stephanie Renae, Aubree Dieckmeyer, Janelle
Arthur, and Tenna Torres.
Next up, hoping to turn it
around are Haley Johnson, Reed Grimm, Elise Testone, and Eben
Franckewicz with "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" with a bit of a modern
jazzy flair to it. That. Was. Electric. Albeit a little weak for Eben.
But they're ALL through!
Jermaine Jones and Richie
Law are the only group of two in the Vegas Round. Finding a group was a
bit of a struggle there, but the good news. They're together, and
they're both baritones. They have a round with the de facto leader of
the coaches, Debra Byrd, but she cannot teach lack of communcation. they
sing "Breaking Up Is So Very Hard to Do" by the Righteous Brothers. They
seem to mesh together, but you can tell that it was a bit awkward
between the two of them. They're both through.
But it was a good day for
Hallie Day as well as Baylie Brown and Chelsea Sorrell.
One group left, and they're
Jessica Sanchez, Deandre Brackensick, and Candice Glover. They're going
to be singing "It Doesn't Matter Anymore." With the help of coaches
Michael Orland and Peisha McPhee, they're going to update it to fit
them. Will it work? Sounds like it did. All three of them blew it out of
the water, and they're all through. In total, it was a good day in Vegas
for ... hold on, the judges want them back. ... looks like they're going
to see 10 more groups tomorrow. Some of these people MAY NOT BE SAFE!
Las Vegas Day 2 begins with
Clayton Farhat, Adam Lee Decker, Curtis Gray, and Scott Dangerfield are
dancing to the "Jailhouse Rock". Well, these four are not making it easy
for the Day 1 groups. Scott... is through. Clayton... is also though.
Adam.... is ALSO through. Curtis... not so much.
Next in Elvis land with
"Burning Love" are Caleb Johnson, Joshua Sanders, Blaire and River.
They're through. Joining them are Joshua Ledet, Shannon Magrane, and
their "Blue Suede Shoes".
The Neapolitans - Courtney
Williams, Britnee Kellogg, and Jessica Phillips - all out of Portland
are giving it their all with "You Keep Me Hangin' On". Which one of
these will hang on? Britnee... in. Courtney.... in. Jessica... out.
It's 6pm in Vegas, and
Lauren Gray, Wendy Taylor, and Mathenee Treco come under the watchful
eye of Peggi Blu, who is known for delivering zingers like "Do. Not.
Not. Sing it," "SING, DAMMIT!", and "There's no crying in singing."
They're going to sing "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". Good question. The
answer... no. For Mathenee. The ladies get a pass.
Also under Peggi's tutelage
are Jairon Jackson, Neco Starr, Phil Phillips, and Heejun Han, the new
MIT. They sing "I Only Have Eyes For You" by the Flamingos (C-Note:
having sang this once, it's almost deceptively easy). Easy for these
guys, who get a nice helping of Peggi's soft side. Heejun... Jairon...
Neco... and Phil... are ALL THROUGH!
Final group is Creighton
Fraker, Jen Hirsh, Nick Boddington, and Aaron Marcellus - aka
Groovesauce. Without Reed. Now they're Lady and the Spectacles. They're
going to continue their barbershop vibe, but will it gel with their
song, "Sealed with a Kiss"? I'd say so... but Nick wouldn't. And the
specter of Groovesauce is now down to three.
So now that the judges have
seen all the groups, they need to get to a workable number, that number
Cut from this round... Gabi
Carrubba, Schyler Dixon, Angie Zeiderman, Candice Glover, Johnny Keyser,
Jairon Jackson, and perhaps the most damning, Britnee Kellogg.
Now the celebration begins
for the top 42. But remember when I said that this was in two parts?
Next time is part 2... SING FOR YOUR LIFE.