Hollywood Week: Part 3
we reduced all the guys to 28 as we prepare to make the
deepest cut so far in the competition, down to the final
20 guys. That... will have to wait until tomorrow,
because next, it's the ladies' turn.
Valley Performance Arts Center - Northridge
Remember all the things we
did last week with the guys? We're going to do it again with the girls.
And there are more girls this year than guys, so expect the cuts to come
hard and fast.
DAY 1: The Women's Line Sing
First up is Angela Miller,
Victoria Acosta, and Mariah Pulice (19; Darien, IL; restaurant hostess),
who starts us off with "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles. Angela (18; Bevely,
MA; food worker) follows with Jessie J's "Who You Are." Victoria (20;
San Antonio; mariachi singer) tries to kill it with "Killing Me Softly
with His Song" by Roberta Flack. Angela and Victoria... are in. Mariah
is out. Joining her, Ashley Smith, Ann DeFani, and Sarah Restuccio. And
the ladies are officially on notice.
Next are a couple of country
girls. Rachel Hale (21; Prescott, AR; student) is just happy to be here.
Janelle Arthur (23; Oliver Springs, TN; fitness instructor)... just as
happy, but not as expressive about it. Rachel sings Grace Potter & the
Nocturnals' "Nothing But The Water"; Janelle, "I'm So Lonesome I Could
Cry" by Hank Williams. Both are good enough to pass through, but how
long is THAT gonna last?
It's a tense scene backstage
as coming out now are Candice Glover (23; St. Helena Island, SC;
administrative assistant), who got a standing O in Charlotte gets
another with "Impossible" by Alicia Keys. Megan Miller (22; Baton Rouge,
LA; Miss Greater Baton Rouge) was on crutches during auditions. She's
walking on her own now with "Titanium" by David Guetta. Candice is in...
and Megan is out.
Isabelle Pasqualone (22;
Duluth, GA; student) from NYC definitely had the chops, but she didn't
have the confidence. That changes with "Summertime" from "Porgy and
Bess". She's in.
And finally... Kez Ban (27;
Durham, NC; street performer). What can be said that hasn't been said
already? She's a firecracker and she cracks fire. Kez Ban's voice... is
shot to hell and back from getting a cold and screaming. Joining her,
Briana Oakley (16; Antioch, CA; student) with "Impossible". THEY'RE ALL
IN! In total 82 girls make it through. But the fun is just getting
started, because Group Night begins tonight. Nigel... Ken... man your
DAY 2: The Women's Group Sing
One key difference between
this week and last... It's a scientific* fact** that all women hate each
First group to be assembled:
Lauren Bettes, Isabelle, Erin Christine, and Zoanette Johnson. They and
others are up and running. The group of Angela Miller, Janelle Arthur,
Breanna Steer, and Kez Ban are struggling to get off the mark. Kez wants
substance. The others... want to dance and stuff. Brandy Neelly, Kree
Harrison, Haley Davis, and Brittany Kellogg from last year are in a
group... and they have a song. Yay! Then they actually practice... and
Zonnette is losing her voice
with her group... The Misfits... are losing all grasp on reality. "I
don't have to sing a song that makes me want to vomit, yay!" Yeah, she's
a little hard to work with. It should be noted that Kez has zero
internal filter. Her group will rehearse without her if need be, and not
even let her know. That's groupy.
Next morning comes, and 19
groups are going to take the stage with no idea which one's going to
come together and which one is going to fall flat. The band is in place,
and the eliminations will be final. In fact, the only piece missing is
head judge Randy, who's in the studio at the moment.
First, the Swagettes
(Melinda Ademi, Kamaria Ousley, Denise Jackson, and Candice Glover) with
"Hit'em Up Style" by Blu Cantrell. Saucy. And Candice kills it. Watch
her be the first upset special this season. As for right now.... she and
the rest of the Swagettes are THROUGH. One down, 18 to go.
Next, Raisin' Cain (Morgan
Leigh Boberg, Lauren Mink, Brandy Hotard, an an unnamed fourth) with a
lot of cowgirl boots and a lot of cowgirl swag, singing "Sin Wagon" by
the Dixie Chicks... and they're all through.
Almost Famous (Savannah
Votion, Lizz Weiss, Daysia Hall, J'Leigh Chauvin) are holding their
breaths from last night, doing "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye..
with zero harmony built in. Before... AND after the arrangement. That
was a hot mess. Daysia is the only one who moves on. But only JUST. And
Savannah.... yeah, she's not bitter. Of course not.
The Dramatics (Kriss Mincey,
Janel Stinney, Onye, and Christabel Clack) are living up to their
billing. While Janelle's group calls it a night, Janel decides to
continue practicing on her own... up until the morning when her group
arrives. And she blows off the group for her mum. And then she has the
audacity to laud them in a confessional. She IS a solo artist after all.
They take the stage with "If I Die Young" by the Band Perry, BSing their
lyrics as they go on. Nicki? "I enjoyed you guys messing up the words
more than I have enjoyed any other performance today." Keith? "I had an
almost complete opposite reaction to this song." But Nicki loves it.
She's crazy town. And as a result, all four of them are going
through.... That's it. I quit....
... FINE, GORDON, Geez....
Shubha Vedula, Sarina-Joi
Crowe, and Aubrey Cleland are all group day stand-outs.
Next up, Urban Hue (Kiara
Lanier, Jett Hermano, Tenna Torres, and Seretha Guinn), looking to
impress with "American Boy" by Estelle. All of a sudden, Nicki doesn't
like to watch people screw up. She likes Tenna. She hates the song
choice. Seretha steps forward. And she's going home. The other three
have to step it up.
Randy's back, so we'll
finally get someone who makes sense on the panel. First up to face the
Dawg, the Pooh Snaps, with Lauren, Isabelle, Erin, and a stand-outish
Zoanette who manages to turn around and give us that million dollar
smile with "Knock On Wood". And she stands out IN A DIFFERENT WAY this
time. Lauren is going home. The other three Pooh Snaps are snapping
Handsome Women (Courtney
Calle, Shira Gavrielov, Liz Bills, and Alisha Dixon) struggled
throughout the night. Shira, Courtney, and Alisha think that Liz is too
cool for the room. And then Liz shows up, finally. They're going to sing
"Somebody That I Used To Know", but who'll be ... that? That would be...
everyone except Liz. Liz moves on. Shira is none too pleased, and she
becomes this season's requisite "give me another chance" girl.
We have a group decide to
change their song THIS MORNING. Here's For You (Stephanie Schimel, Alex
Delaney, Kalli Therinae, and Holly Miller) with NOT "Total Eclipse of
the Heart", but "Somebody That I Used To Know". First of all, it's
overdone. Second of all... what are you doing changing the song TWO
HOURS before showtime? Stephanie really wanted to do the song. Holly was
the only one who KNEW it. Stephanie and Holly.... are in. Alex and Kalli
Time for the yearly lyrics
Kree Harrison, Haley Davis,
and Brittany Kellogg are getting frustrated, but where's Brandy Neelly?
They plan to relearn the harmony and work without her. Here are "The
Dolly Chicks" with "Sin Wagon". This is not a unanimous decision. Haley,
Kree, Brittany,... all through. Brandy bolted the group early, so now
The time has come for the
Misfits (a perpetually hungry and perpetually missing Kez Ban, Angela
Miller, Janelle Arthur, Breanna Steer), as their performance is getting
ready to hit the stage, with or without Kez Ban. They end up sing "Be My
Baby". They are emotionally flat in the background. The solos are
infinitely brighter... well, as bright as Kez can make it. They all make
So we've cut the field into
half. Tomorrow, WE WILL name your final 40. It will not be a good day to
have a bad day.