OK, Last night's group round was a totally irritating show. I would like to see more contestants actually sing, and less annoying people being jerks. I guess that this little debacle did give us a chance to see which contestants actually have bad attitudes and have just been hiding them off camera. This show also solidified to the viewer the judges / producers favorites for the season. To me several of the contestants that were sent through to the next round were not as good as others who were sent home. It was almost obvious which contestants would be safe, because they have had so much coverage in previous weeks.
The round started with 168 contestants. Many started forming groups as soon as they were sent through on day 1 but Idol threw in a monkey wrench when they announced at the end of day two that each group would need to have at least one contestant cleared on day 2. Oops. Didn't see that coming.
There was a lot of turmoil as everyone tried to fit-in with a partial group. Too much coverage was given to this turmoil especially with Tiffany Rios. Why would anyone expect her to have problems fitting in a group when she alienated everyone with her comments the previous day? DUH. Jessica Yantz doomed herself by trying to be nice to Tiffany.
Jordan Dorsey, who I had liked in the auditions, turned out to be a jerk also. Jumping around in groups and having a major attitude when people tried to see if they could work as a group.
Clint Gamboa, who I have never been fond of, showed his true colors by kicking Jacee Badeaux out of his group. I was surprised when Scotty McCreery did not speak up for Jacee. Monique De Los Santos tried to but Clint was too strong for her.
Ashley Sullivan is a "meltdown" just waiting to happen. Her group kept her in the competition for another day, but I am sure she will lose it again soon.
The group of 15 and 16 yr olds had help from their moms, which made James Durbin mad, but we all know that there were people helping other groups, so I don't think that there should be any problem there. Idol has coaches there for all of the contestants. I think some of them just see Drama Coaches instead of singing coaches.
And then, last and least, there is Three's Company: Rob Bolin, Chelsee Oaks and Jacqueline Dunford. Please let them all go home. Rob has lost it, Chelsee is delusional, and Jaqueline, well, she is blonde.
Finally, the groups sing.
Pia Toscano, Alessandra Guercio, and Brielle Von Hugel:
I have never seen these girls before, but they are really good. Grenade actually sounded like a song that I might consider listening to if they sing it.
Jordan Dorsey, Robbie Rosen, and 3 unnamed peeps we have never seen before all make it through. So glad Jordan decided who he could work with finally.
Adrian Michael, Lauren Turner, Erica ? , Shane ?: Sing Forget You . Still don't like this song but they sound ok. All go through.
Tiffany Rios and Jessica Yantz: Sound horrible. Criticized by judges for not forming proper group. BYE BYE
Jovany Barreto, and Karen Rodriguez shine in their group sining Just the Way You Are
Lauren Alaina is the only one progressing from her group. The other three nameless contestants did not impress as they strutted their stuff in front of Steven Tyler sitting in a chair on the stage. Bye bye "Noddle Nose".- If you don't know, don't ask. You don't want to know.
Colton Dixon- only member of the next group to advance. Country boy, Matt Dillard, just couldn't get the hang of these words.
Next we see a whole bunch of peeps going home including Paris Tassin, Emily Ann Reed, Janelle Arthur, and Aaron Gutierrez
Ashley Sullivan- Melt down girl, Ashton Jones, Keeira Lyn Ford, and a blonde girl (Jacqui Elliot) all sing like they know what they are doing and advance.
The Minors- Keonna Evans, Jalen Harris, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Felix Ramsey, and Deandre Brackensick: Wow. They are really good. My Queen's Somebody to Love sound like a gospel song. All through.
The Deep V's- James Durbin, Caleb Johnson are the only two to advance. Their version of Queen left the judges sad.
Corey Levoy, Hollie Cavanagh and an unnamed female advance from their group. Hollie sounded good, but even Corey didn't know why he advanced.
Night Owls- Casey Abrams, Julie Zorrilla (prom dates) are the only ones to advance from their group. Julie had a pretty dress, Casey had a great voice.
Da'Quela Payne, Matthew Nuss, Naima Adedapo, Jacob Lusk and an unnamed blonde all advance. Judges thought they were great, me, noot so much.
4 Non-blondes and That Guy- Chris Medina, Caleb Hawley, Carson Higgins, Erin ? advance. Another group I was not impressed with.
John Wayne Schulz- Tyler said he looked like he just rode into the Apollo Theater on a white horse. (Only white guy in a group of African American guys.) didn't tell us that he advanced but seemed that he did. I hope so.
Sugar Mama's and the Babies- Denise Jackson, Stevie Cain, Natalie Hanson, Jacee Badeaux, and Brett Loewenstern: Mercy song title and what the judges gave Jacee because he did not know the song and was still advanced on the fact that his original group had dumped him because Clint didn't like his voice and didn't think that he could dance. All advance. I am really liking Brett. He has a great attitude. He was so happy to include Jacee in their group.
Scotty McCreery, Clint Gamboa, Monique De Los Santos, and Frances Coontz- original group of Jacee. Judges said that they should all "take a step back" because of what they did to Jacee. Tearful Scotty says that he is ashamed of himself for not defending Jacee. All of group is advanced but not before Steven makes Clint sweat about it.
Chelsee Oaks, Rob Bolin, and Jacqueline Dunford: Thank goodness this painful thing is over. Rob is going home and I bet he is relieved to get away from these women. I think that Chelsee and Jaqueline should go home too.
As is par for this season, AI has shown 18 of the 39 groups which performed. Still many contestants that we have never seen.
Well, there it is. The insanity known as AI Hollywood group rounds. I can't wait to see what happens tonight. At least it is only scheduled to be an hour tonight.
On a side note, but exemplifying the absurdity that is Idol, a commercial shown during the show was for The Cleveland Show with guest star Justine Timberlake appearing as a Singing Booger. What more can I say.