American Idol 12 2013 - Hollywood Week Part 1 Recap and Videos

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AMERICAN IDOL: Drama and desperation escalate behind the scenes as the pressure mounts during the intense “Hollywood Rounds” which kick off with the guys, competing on Wednesday, Feb. 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The girls get their chance to win over the judges beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

I’m still not sure what the point of splitting up the guys and girls is, but I have a feeling it has something to do with pimping for a girl winner this season. Perhaps the method to Nigel’s madness will become clearer after the girls compete next week. I have a feeling that vocally, they will blow the boys away. I’m not surprised the girls are being saved for last.

It’s also obvious that the producers really really really don’t want another pop rock winner. The boys were a sea of R&B, with bits of country sprinkled here and there. There were quite a few singers who weren’t featured in the audition rounds, but there were few standouts. My favorites from tonight were  Charlie Askew, Nick Boddington and Micah Johnson, but the episode produced no memorable, breakout groups. Some of these guys may not have been at their best here. Let’s hope so, because there was a ton of terrible singing tonight. Tomorrow’s solo rounds have the potential to change everything. But, I have a sneaking suspicion that Nigel wants the boys to look weak in relation to the girls.

The producers put the groups together for the first time ever.  I’m surprised this has never happened before, because it allowed Nigel to play a role that he loves–master manipulator.  Put together people who seem odd together, or roomates who don’t like each other, or that super manly army guy with the cross dresser. Yep. I can’t believe he’s never done it before. To be honest, the old system produced plenty of drama–even more as contestants struggled to form and find places within a group.

Keith Urban continues to be snarky and sharp. I’m Team Keith for sure. Also, still loving me some Nicki Minaj. She’s the perfect blend of wackadoodle, smarts, honesty and heart. And I love the way she thinks outside of the box. High points for me tonight were calling out Cortez Shaw’s bad singing when the rest were willing to settle, sticking up for B Side despite their obvious problems, and calling out Papa Peachez on his cavalier attitude.  Nicki is a breath of fresh air.  Randy seems to have settled into playing the grumpy old man of the panel. Considering he’s way passed his expiration date, it’s somehow fitting. And Mariah continues to be a non-nondescript presence.

Season 12′s Hollywood drama is tame compared to last year’s puke and drama fest. I have to say I appreciate the fact that Nigel and Ken have concentrated on the singing so far. And if he really wants a girl to win this year, he’ll follow suit next week when the girls take the stage. Mariah and Nicki have filled the catfight quotient for season 12. I believe.

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This week, the GUYS hit the stage for American Idol 12 Hollywood week! Join us for all the drama right here. I’ll be live blogging and posting videos.

Lights! Camera! DRAMA! It’s Hollywood Week! Shocking eliminations will SHAKE YOU TO THE CORE! Producers gave the contestants cameras. We see them waking up in their homes, packing up, and heading to California. The contestants fill the stage. They’re ALL BOYS! For now, it’s guy vs guy. Somehow, this is supposed to make the competition more vicious? Not really sure how that works. Keith Urban compares Hollywood Week to the Hunger Games.

The guys will come out in groups of 10 to sing a capella. The contestants get their results IMMEDIATELY. Some of the boys are missing the girls!

Micah Johnson – “Bennie and the Jets” – He’s the guy who suffered as the result of a botched tonsillectomy. The entire line of 10 have to sing first. But finally, Micah learns that he’s through


1st Group Including Micha, Nate, Gabe… by IdolxMuzic

Nate Tao, Gabe Brown and Gurpreet are through.

Karl Skinner – “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” – that annoying kid who did the James Brown impression is next. Let’s pray he is cut. And yes, he is. Dustin Watts, Dr. Calvin Peters are also cut.


Karl Skinner & Others Get Cut – Hollywood Week… by IdolxMuzic

Cortez Shaw – “I Will Always Love You” – Yeah….he totally belts it out. A bit shouty. But he has a strong voice. After the break, the judges will argue over Cortez.

Back from the break. Mariah liked Cortez. MASSIVE EYEROLL FROM NICKI. She was DISGUSTED by his performance. Strong words. BUT NICKI IS RIGHT. Cortez’s vocals were shrill and shouty  Nevertheless, he is through.


Cortez Shaw – Hollywood Week – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Curtis Finch Jr. – A million runs. Standing ovation from the crowd. Frankie Ford is also through!

Lazaro Arbos – “Angels” – He’s the EXTREME stutter guy. We’ll probably be subjected to more painful speaking than singing. Will he start crying again? There is no denying that Lazaro has a lovely voice. And of course he’s through. Trevor Blakeney, and Charles Allen are also through. Bryant Tadeo says he’s tired and Nicki responds “Well it’s good you’re tired, because we’re sending you home so you can sleep.”  PSYCH. He’s actually through. Nicki tells him to NEVER complain about being tired. Ever.


Curtis Finch, Frankie, Lazaro, Trevor & Bryant… by IdolxMuzic

Brian Rittenberry – Big voiced dude, cancer survivor is very soulful. It wasn’t unanimous. He’s sent home. Aw. He actually wasn’t half bad.


Brian Rittenberry – Hollywood Week – American… by IdolxMuzic

After the break…the group rounds!

We see clips of group nights past. Scotty crying, Heejun Han’s eye roll, Phillip looking quizzical. I DON’T DO GROUPS says asshat Brittenum twin.

MAJOR TWIST.  In years past, contestants put together their own groups. This year, the producers lay a bombshell.  They will be putting the groups together. The dudes are not pleased. NO CHANGING GROUPS EITHER.  Once the groups are manufactured by Nigel and Ken, they will choose what to sing from a list of 20 songs.

Lazaro’s group partners aren’t thrilled with him. He doesn’t know many of the songs on list. Oh geez. The producers put 2 super butch dudes together with 2 flamboyant guys. Oh boy. They call themselves “Country Queen”.  Love the name!

Johnny Keyser’s group needs some work. We watch the groups rehearse, have second thoughts and struggle to bring their performances together. Fingers crossed that nobody faints, or Johnny will have to keep on singing! (Remember Johnny remaining oblivious when a girl in his group fainted during their performance? GOOD TIMES.)  “Country Queen” argues into the wee hours of the morning.

The groups will perform live with the American Idol band, but will be judged individually.


Groups Forming & Rehearsing – Hollywood Week… by IdolxMuzic

The Math Heads – “Somebody to Love” – Nick Boddington, Matheus Fernandes, Gabe Brown, Mathenee Trecco – This is a well rehearsed performance with good harmonies. Lots of BIG voices. Maybe a little over the top. But it’s go big or go home at this stage. The judges clap, they get a standing ovation. Nicki asks them each to step forward individually. She waits a beat for Gabe. DRAMA. They are all through. “Gabe’s got to go and change,” cracks Keith.


The Math Heads – Group Round – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Normal HillsJohnny Keyser, Kareem Clark - “I’ll Be There” by the Four Tops -  The judges expectations are high, but, despite feeling confident the night before, they are having trouble remembering the words. Uh oh. Remembering his words isn’t Johnny’s only problem. SO PITCHY.  Johnny, who confesses to having a “nightless sleep” admits that he’s never heard the song before. “What planet are you from!” exclaims Keith.  Nicki gets that young people aren’t necessarily versed in 60′s classics. Sad, but true. Keith thinks Johnny’s confidence is shot. Nevertheless, he’s through. Kareem is the only member sent home.


Normal Hills – Group Round – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Coach Potatoes – “Lazy Song” Charlie Askew, Curtis Finch Jr. – Charlie gets sick. Behind his back, his two group mates confess that they are happy to send him home, especially Curtis, who is particularly arrogant about it all. “I’ll be happy to help him pack,” he says, “If all else fails, I’ll just worry about myself so I can be on American Idol and not American Airlines”  Nice! Lots of big vocals on this number. The judges freak out. They love it so much. All three are through. Whoa. That Curtis is a show boater. He’s also getting the dick edit, so despite singing well, he’s not going to last.  I’m really impressed with Charlie. He not only has a strong voice, but really unique vocal quality and phrasing.


Couch Potatoes – Group Round – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

The Four TonesMicah Johnson Vincent Powell, David Willis, Marvin Calderon – “Hold On, I’m Coming” by Sam and Dave.  Impressive, soulful vocals. They all go through.

Young Love – Zach Birnbaugh, Nate Tao, Cortez Shaw and Elijah Liu – “Some Kind of Wonderful” – Soulful dudes are cheered on by the judges. A very well-rehearsed performance. They’re all through.


Four Tones & Nate Tao’s Group – Group Round… by IdolxMuzic

Now, for some trainwrecks.

The Taylors are confident they won’t screw up the words to “Don’t You Wanna Stay” because there are only, like SEVEN LYRICS. Think again. They don’t know the words. “I’m so happy that that ended,” cracked Randy. In a decision that was not unanimous,  Paul Jolley and Will White live to sing another day.

The bad lyrics are helpfully captioned for added hilarity!

B Side – “Pay Phone” – This group includes Mark LaDuke, The Turbinator and two others. EVERYONE gets through, despite completely botching the lyrics. “WHAT WAS THAT” says Randy. “Adam Levine is still alive, and he’s still turning in his grave,” cracks Keith. Nicki kind of loves them. Yeah, they forgot the words (the captions are super hilarious) but a few of those solos (Mark in particular) were good.  It was so bad, it was kinda good. Nicki convinces the others to put them through. Mark is so shocked, he falls to the floor. Relief all around! “YAY MY FAVORITE GROUP MY FAVORITE GROUP,” cries Nicki. She gives the boys a group hug.  I think she liked their moxie.


The Taylors & B-Side – Group Round – American… by IdolxMuzic

Last MinuteJason JonesDan Wood, Jessie Lawrence – “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” by One Direction -  Buttering them up, the group dedicates the song to beautiful girls, Nicki and Mariah. But that is a complete waste of time, because WOW. This group is just HORRIBLE. They don’t know the words AT ALL. “It was the wrongest song for you guys.” says Keith, “The song is by One Direction, but it was like Four Direction.”  Nicki says, “You were all equally bad.” The entire group was sent home.

An a capella group – “Payphone” – Ryan Connor Smith, Devan Jones, Devin Velez, – The only group to sing a capella. The lack of band accompaniment highlights the group’s pitch problems. They were OK, but needed to be spot on. A few of the solos (DEVAN!) were solid.  Keith thinks they should have sung with a band. Nevertheless, Three of the boys get through. Ryan, who brainstormed the a’cappella idea,  is cut.


One Direction Performance & Acapella Group… by IdolxMuzic

Mo FloBurnell Taylor, Tony Foster, Jr. Mario Jose, Darien Moses – “Some Kind of Wonderful” – They had some issues initially, with band leader Michael Orland, irritated that they don’t know the song. But the boys work it out in the end. Solid performances all around.  Keith notes that Burnell’s pitch was off, although he appreciates his “easy confidence. Burnell and Tony are through. Mario and Darien are eliminated. That’s too bad. They were all pretty good.


Mo Flo – Group Round – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Super 55 – “Wouldn’t it Be Nice” – Lazaro Arbos, Scott Fleenor, Christian Lopez, Josh Stevens – Lazaro is not familiar with the Beach Boys. The guys in the group treat his stutter as if it were a mental defect.  The rest of the group is so condescending. Not only are they put off by his stutter, but the fact that he comes from a different culture (Cuban) seems to irritate them.  They feel Lazaro is holding them back. Well, the other boys don’t know the words either, and are pretty mediocre performers. I love that song so much, hearing it butchered is horrible.  Joshua and Scott are eliminated. Lazaro and Christian advance. Lazaro cries, of course. Joshua is bitter. He feels he helped out out Lazaro, who took his spot. “If anything, you might as well be going,” says Joshua to Lazaro, “We spent so much time perfecting what you needed to be doing.” BURN.


Super 55 – Group Round – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Country Queen – “More Than Words” – Lee Prichard, JDA, Joel Wayman, Trevor Blakney – Oh dear. Two butch country dudes paired with two flamboyant and fabulous guys.  Oh Nigel. C’mon. Ryan notes that no glitter has rubbed off on the boys, “We don’t hug or nothin’” says Joel. Yeesh.   They all  have trouble remembering the words. It’s pretty terrible all the way around.  Randy finds the group configuration just HILARIOUS. Trevor and Lee are sent home. Joel and Jada are moving on.  The queens survive! Trevor is REALLY upset about his elimination. “Im better than what I did,” he says, “I screwed up…I’ve never failed at anything in my life.”


Country Queen – Group Round – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

DKSKDavid Leathers Jr, Kayden Stephenson, Kevin Quinn, Sanni M’Mairura -  “The Longest Time’ by Billy Joel – The teens,  the youngest in the competition, had a feeling the producers would put them together.  Unfortunately, their lack of experience shows. They aren’t very good.  Adorable, and as cute as buttons–but by the end of the song, they completely fall apart. Eliminating these sweet boys would be like killing puppies. But it’s a dirty job, and somebody has to do it. David, Sanni advance. Kayden and Kevin are cut. And the ANGELS CRY.


DKSK – Group Round – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Going home: Clifton Duffin, Griffin Peterson also say goodbye.

OzFrankie Ford, Adam Sanders, Papa Peachez, Charles Allen – “American Boy” – Whoa. TENSION. The group worries about street performer, Frankie Ford’s lack of experience. Moments before their performance, Frankie is crying backstage. His group mates are annoyed as they take the stage.  Papa hangs back and laughs at it all.  They hit the stage and WHOA ITS A PITCHY MESS. Charles solo is solid. He remembers the words, at least. Nicki tells Frankie that he fell apart today. (He didn’t even sing any words!) Papa Peachez enjoyed that the group was a “hot mess” because they were all BIG PERSONALITES. Ah ha. Nicki advises him that the personalities get even bigger out in the real world. She should know. Nicki giving out advice on getting along with big personalities. Irony. Keith fought for Frankie, but he’s sent home anyway (The right call).  Nicki convinced one of the judges to change their vote, therefore saving Papa. She tells him he HAS to step up and begin taking the competition seriously. Frankie. Adam and Charles also advance. Mariah is crying for Frankie, who SWEARS TO GOD THAT HE’S COMING BACK AND HE’LL WIN THE WHOLE THING. Delusion.


OZ – Final Group – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

The guys perform their solos tomorrow!

 
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Nice job – good way to start!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Gabe made it -  yasss

  • dabney c

    OMG, Cortez!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    He hit those notes like Whitney – WOW

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Cortez did fine-ish, but I hate that damn song now! There are so many better Whitney songs to sing, ones that could even surprise non-Whitney fans that don’t follow her music. Why always that song?

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Cortez…what the heck was that lol. Oh, and you want to be on Idol so you can be a light for others. Riiight. He reminded me of that lady on US X-Factor who held that note for like 30 seconds and people started looking at their watches lol.  Stacey Francis I think her name was. I was surprised the Turbinator and Farrakhan’s doppelganger got through.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Damn Nicki!

  • dabney c

    Oh, come on. Nicki is exaggerating. “Disgusted”?? :/

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     lolol – I know what you mean re the song… It seems Idol keeps a few of these warhorse kinda songs around year after year

  • FinalFantasy13

     i thought cortez was pretty bad actually.. very shouty and annoying but I don’t know if i was disgusted lol.

  • dabney c

    Lazaro looks so much like Desi Arnaz to me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Here’s Lazaro – I hope he sings well

  • jcabby

    Loving Lazaro and Micah so far!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    he is really nervous…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I can’t believe I’m agreeing with Nicki. lol. I didn’t like Cortez. I thought it was more a corny attempt to exhibit his range and his supposed ability to sing a Whitney’s song.

  • dabney c

    Oooo, evil fakeout by Minaj!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    dAMN tHAT WAS A COLD FAKE OUT, LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     he can sing, a little twangy but I like his tone overall

  • Tera2

    I thought Cortez was pretty good with Whitney’s song.   He has a good voice and sang a power diva song that’s not meant for a guy and he did it well.  Nicky Minaj needs her ears checked.  She just likes to disagree with Mariah.  I tend to agree with the other judges but Nicky tend to be off and wack in her judgement.  Nicky Minaj’s personality annoys me and I wish they didn’t put her on the show.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    danggggg… I thought he would make it

  • justmefornow

    The only thing worse than a diva singer is a MALE diva singer, lol.
    So far these guys are terrible.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Woah. For a minute I thought they were splicing in clips from Ru Pauls Drag Race lol

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I love when Ryan said it’s time to man up, they did a further close-up on the cross-dresser. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Haha hopefully its a sign that the judges won’t be too nice.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    It’s not that I think the guys have been bad so far exactly, but not one guy has stood out to me for their singing yet.  Personality and back story, yes.  I also feel like it’s all been very shouty so far.  Lazaro is going far based on personality, back story and being adorable, but I just wish I liked his voice better.  He’s just okay to me.

  • mchcat

    I agree –

  • justmefornow

    So far all these guys are so the anti-WGWG types. It’s very obvious what Idol is doing.
    They better not let one slip by, he’ll have no competition, lol.

  • willis88

    Yep looks like there showing us at least 1 girl. lol

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    That was quick. 

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    That was too quick. I wanted more solo singing.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    They’re gonna put the LGBT folks together. So predictable. lol

  • tucker davis

    Group night: no one will beat White Chocolate- Season 8!

  • willis88

    They just setting this up for Lazaro to win aren’t they?

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Just catching up. Cortez is a local boy and I’m already annoyed with him. But I’ll give him credit  he can sing. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I just saw Lazaro speaking and he wasn’t stuttering. Second time this episode. Did anyone see it too?

  • justmefornow

    Boy George is so 1986. Really?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    I missed it – was getting another beer, lol

  • willis88

    This is going by so fast but nothing’s actually happening.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    that group looks tragic

  • tucker davis

    Am I just shallow…most of these guys are just weird looking! They do understand that they have to sell these singers to middle America…TPTB really do want a girl winner!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    who’s that bald headed dude?

  • justmefornow

    Is it just me, or is this kinda a freak show? WTF?

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Thats the problem with wrapping up the lined solo singing early. So they can spend the next half-hour on drama. Oh well, at least I’m somewhat entertained by it. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

     Vin Diesel’s gay twin brother.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Actually, no one will beat ever the Brittanium brother, who DOESN’T DO GROUPS! lol

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

     The beer might make tonights show even more confusing lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    They might be doing all they can to set the stage for the girls to shine… ya’ll know they doing some manipulating here, lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Lazaro’s group partners aren’t thrilled with him. He doesn’t know many
    of the songs on list. Oh geez. The producers put 2 super butch dudes
    together with 2 flamboyant guys. Oh boy. They call themselves “Country
    Queen”.

    This sounds horribly unentertaining. Can we just skip to the live shows? The drama of the group rounds is mind-numbingly awful.

  • justmefornow

    It’s not just you thinking this. The problem so far is they all are a little weird. They should have shown some more “normal” ones mixed in so it wouldn’t seem so obvious what they are doing. 

  • maymirabella

    True but a white country cute boy type could win and I bet one or two make it

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     LOLOLOL – I’m going to hell, but I agree with your observation :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     The beer makes it more tolerable  – *hiccup*

  • justmefornow

    If one slips by into the live shows, by comparison he’ll seem even better. This could really backfire on them.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    I personally love it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    that’s more like it – gabe… I like him for some strange reason

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    You’re too funny :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    gotta give them a standing O – that was great

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    They all can sing well, but this arrangement was terrible. Took away all the soul of the song.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Jus’ keeping it real :)

  • guinness 416

    I don’t remember this Mathanee fellow’s audition?  But he’s cute in a blue collar way and I like his voice.  I liked the Queen tune!

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I see Somebody to Love hasn’t been retired from the Hollywood week song list yet.

  • justmefornow

    I do too. He’s the only one so far.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Singing already? Nice!

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Gabe hit that high note really well, and that says a lot being it was Freddie Mercury on the original.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     I like anyone with the balls to take on Freddy (sp) Mercury… they did a pretty good job… Queen fans are pretty harsh critics (raises hand), they did well

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    he sounds like shit

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    lolololol – TRAINWRECKKKKK!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    THEY ALL NEED TA GOOOOOOOOOOOOO… that was turrible~ (tm Charles Barkley)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    how did that happen? they all were turrible! 

  • Chris

    Wow, worst 4 Tops group song I can remember.  Motown used to be easy

  • justmefornow

    So I see Johnny is not getting the “douche” edit, but the “idiot” edit this time, lol.

  • maymirabella

    Sadly I think if johnny keyser makes it to top 20, he has shot to win as he is cute boy type who csm be wgwg or one of the country two of Jolley ot Jimmy. I predict winner will be Johnny K or Paul Jolley if they make it to voting rounds

  • tucker davis

    Johnny is being edited as “humble guy”…..here we go!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     hey now – interesting arrangement

  • dabney c

    What was wrong with Kareem that was any worse than Johnny Keyser? He was awful.

  • FinalFantasy13

     he has a nice voice but he did wayyy to much with that song imo… that song is supposed to be cool and chill…

  • willis88

    Curtis is good but he just ruined his chances, too bad.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Holy high notes batman. lol That little white boy kept up though! That’s no small feat going up against what sounded to me like a very well trained gospel singer lol

  • elliegrll

    I thought that it was very entertaining.  Especially since the country guys don’t seem to have a problem with their partners.

  • jcabby

    Charlie Askew with that note! Where did that come from? Lovin’ it! LOL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Curtis is the best gospel singer so far, really imrpessive! But he isn’t humble enough to win – and he needs to win to get signed, lol.

  • elliegrll

    Johnny Keyser is full of himself.  I hope he doesn’t make it to the voting rounds.

  • willis88

     Johnny is one of their chosen ones even if he sucked, Kareem is not.

  • sue

    Curtis is the new Joshua Ledet!  Joshua was more humble. Curtis will be entertaining to watch regardless. 

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    From the non-stop glancing at the camera, it was obvious Johnny couldn’t care less about the guy left behind. So, even editing can’t hide he’s a douche!
    Plus, he was damn awful!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Especially since the country guys don’t seem to have a problem with their partners.

    If only that were true for everybody, these Hollywood rounds would be really watchable.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    i like these young dudes

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    hahahahahahhahaha

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    turbinator!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    lololololololololol – they suck

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Trainwreck coming. lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    but they’re funny 

  • iloveoliver

    There certainly won’t be any WGWG’s. Most of the boys have great big voices.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Curtis has been one of my favorite of the guys so far tonight, even if I think he did too much to the song, but I can’t see his personality going over well.  Idol likes their contestants humble, at least on the surface.  By the same token, Johnny Keyser could have a problem there too, even if he didn’t get that edit tonight.

    Of course the groups that sounded the best to me so far are the ones they showed like two seconds of on tv, because of course that isn’t as entertaining as the trainwrecks.

  • justmefornow

    What a trainwreck, but loved the assorted headwear in this group.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    What in the world is that red thing wrapped around his head, a bed sheet? Too bad your singing was as bad as your style lol. Turbinator was bad, too, I was surprised!  Cant believe they got through!

  • tucker davis

    Mark looks like an Elvis impersonator!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     turbinator made it – lololol

  • dabney c

    WTF! What a random decision to send these clowns through.

  • tucker davis

    Well if they’re all through…who’s going home????

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    They’re indeed. I was laughing since the beginning. Worst group evah!

  • iluvai

    oh my goodness, what just happened??? 

  • justmefornow

    Good job Idol, just keep loading up the guys going through with total fodder.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    The Idol judges just lost all their credibility right there!
    Nicki should be out, like, yesterday! Still, understandable for someone who actually can’t sing. At. All.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Nicki Minaj is a worster infiltrated in the show. lol

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    This is the funniest, yet WORST group round I have ever witness since I started watching hollywood rounds in season 9.

  • dabney c

    I know, but Kareem was the only one sent home even though all 4 of them sucked. Grrr. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     I dunno, but it was sure funny as heck! These guys are one of the worst groups I’ve seen in 11 seasons, lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     I’m lmao tonight with some of these groups – i hope this was unintentional on Idols part, lol…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Hale no!! The one direction they need to go is OFF THE DAMN STAGE

  • iluvai

    omg! These guys are awful. They killed 1D. 

  • justmefornow

    The ratings for tonight’s show are really going to tank, very little frau and teen bait.

  • dabney c

    LOLOLOL

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    Don’t they listen to the radio?!? This song was supposed to be EVERYWHERE!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     I’m past the point of caring – this has been comedy gold tonight, with a few bright spots thrown in to keep it real, lol

  • Tera2

    Nicky Minaj is wack.  She likes it when they mess up and call them his favorite group, but she has issues with someone who gave his all and sang well like Cortez.  I’ve thought judgement in singing and voice is bad since early auditions and I don’t think she’s gonna be much help for the contestants and seems to prefer off-beat ones.

  • http://twitter.com/oceanarose Cathy Plemel

     I have never been a Niki Minaj fan but I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.  That just went out the window.  Putting guys through because she likes the way they look or their personality is ridiculous.

  • justmefornow

    It’s almost like a continuation of that last joke audition show.

  • Tera2

    I thought the red head Devin boy sang well and has a good voice.  He and his group that sang “payphone” by maroon 5 did well.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Considering the way Idol voting goes, this statement is kind of ironic. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    No kidding. How do ya all think Sanjaya got far? LOL

  • http://twitter.com/Ruslanwardani Ruslan wardani

    i remember that curtis guy , on his audition being overly nice with the way he speak , i instantly got the vibe that if he had to throw someone under the bus to going trough , he more than happy to do it

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    lol, nice catch

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    JLo, Kara and Pauler were just as or even more shallow… letting good looking guys or girls slide when they should have gone home… par for the Idol course…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Hm. The worst group show ever, hilariously bad?

    Nice. I want to see just how bad this is, obnoxious drama or not :P.

    The posts about Nicki losing credibility by liking some bad people are making me sad.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    they were kind bland

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    this group is gonna be interesting

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Wouldn’t that make tomorrow nights drop though?

  • steph6449

    As a group, these guys tonight almost across the board are not all that impressive talent-wise. And a lot of them, not very appealing to look at it either. 

    It would be funny if the girls’ show was just one wow after another, lol. 

  • dabney c

     WHYYYY??? They were all good. Burnell was actually the weakest.

  • steph6449

    don’t leave Simon out :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     I have just about forgotten all about him :)

  • HermeticallySealed

    Two words; Bikini Girl.

  • justmefornow

    The really sad part about tonight, aside from the humor, is really not one guy tonight is close to being marketable in today’s music climate.
     I’d love to see Jimmy Iovine’s face right now, lol.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Whoa, I completely forgot Jimmy Iovine even existed. Is he still on board with this show? o_O

  • HermeticallySealed

     What a douche.  Good riddance.

  • elliegrll

    How are they going to blame Lazaro, when they are the ones who couldn’t remember the lyrics, and they sounded bad.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    I have a feeling Idol is going to suck this year. Neither Mariah or Nikki are bringing it. The talent seems underwhelming.

  • http://twitter.com/Ruslanwardani Ruslan wardani

    im sorry but i just dont get it with jhonny keyser, even from last year , all i remember when he sing when someone of his group collapse 

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    What an arrogant and condescending pipsqueak. And I’m trying to be nice lol. He was slamming the stuttering guy for not singing in tune and he wasn’t even singing in tune himself lol.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    People say that every year. We haven’t even seen most of the people yet, and the girls side is much stronger.

  • dabney c

    They blamed Lazaro for taking up all the time perfecting his part at the expense of everyone else’s practice time. *eyeroll*

    I think they were all equally meh. Lazaro’s voice doesn’t do it for me, really.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    Let’s just hope the girls make a difference and stand out this time. Otherwise it’s gonna be a painful season.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    You can’t base the season off of a group episode, especially since they choose not to show some.

  • justmefornow

    It will be interesting to see the ratings for tonight and if they dropped steadily every half hour.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

     Do you think it will matter that the girls will stand out. One of these underwhelming dudes will win.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    oh gawd

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    they bad… bad meaning bad… i was hoping they were gonna bring it

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    hahahah – he just gave up… lololololol… poor guy…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    If we took the contestants from the last episode and put them together in groups we wouldn’t have the awesomeness we’re having today! LOL

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     So they might be hiding the good ones pretty well, cause most of the ones I’ve seen so far suck. And they’re not even good at it. IMO.

  • dabney c

    How do they practice for like 12 hours and sound like they’re just doing the song for the first time. lol

  • justmefornow

    These judges are totally becoming a joke.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    While I’m completely underwhelmed by the talent tonight, I’m not writing off the season as yet.  Only a handful of the contestants even get screentime at this point and they are obviously focusing on the trainwrecks.  Besides most of the people I am excited about are females anyway.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    sweet harmonies… these young guys aren’t bad

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    People said the exact same thing last year. They aren’t going to show all the groups, and they are obviously want a girl to win, so they are giving them the better edit.

  • HermeticallySealed

     It’s the ‘cramming’ effect. 

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     Well, at least hopefully there’ll be some real talent to be seen ’till the very end and to root for, against all odds.

  • dabney c

    Poor Kayden. Glad he was cut fast, though.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    I don’t think he has any input in the show this early – check back when the live voting rounds begin

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    I think it’s way too early to determine if this season is a bust or not yet. Tonight’s show wasn’t that bad, if you like gender-bending and caterwauling. And all done by males. I was entertained! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Me too – there has been a lot of laughter, a couple WTF’s, a couple bright spots… I call it a pretty average Hollywood show… more laughter tonight than in other seasons though :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    if he’s melting down now, over this little bit of drama, what’s he gonna do when he’s in the live rounds? he may need to check it in now

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    lolololololol – are they for real?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    he don’t know the words, lolol… that oh oh ohohohoh is killing me

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    yasssssssssssssssss – he needs to go through

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    This group is giving B Side a run for their money.

  • dabney c

    That was truly bizarre

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    she’s telling the truth to frankie – he lost it bigtime… 

  • justmefornow

    The poster’s heads at VFTW must be exploding tonight.

  • Tera2

    I liked it when Arin Ray sang “American boy” on X-factor.  This group was all over the place with it.  But the big last guy was alright even though he over sang some parts.  And the blonde gay guy did ok too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Kesia, my side is hurting from all the cracking up I’ve done tonight… best Hollywood in a long time for me – entertainment wise

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    They did Frankie a favor… he’s not ready for the Idol jelly… the pressure of the live rounds would eat him up

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    VFTW heads exploding – cool! That would ensure that they would be shutting down with a bang

  • iluvai

    I just wish they’d get the camera’s off of him. It’s sad.

  • dabney c

    Aww, Frankie. Maybe he’ll be next season’s Hollie Cavanaugh.

  • iluvai

    I can’t wait for tomorrow! It goes to 20 guys at that point, right?

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    LOL OMG there was soooooooo much disasters tonight. And what’s worse, so many bad people went through! Just a whack episode tonight, but I had fun watching it. :p

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    I don’t mean to sound heartless, but the carrying on and crying at the end sounded more like a temper tantrum. If you are going to have an emotional breakdown at least do it behind closed doors and not on national TV lol. 

  • elliegrll

    That was a fun episode.  This new format will make it easier to get to know a lot of the contestants.  I like that they showed a diverse group of people, which is something that hasn’t happened in previous seasons.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    LOL, I’ll have to read STP or Dave’s review of this episode today.

  • tomr

    How could a girl not win after that disaster?  Was anyone editted to look good?  Can’t believe some got to go on after wrecking the train.

  • dabney c

    So, with Nigel putting everyone in groups, it eliminated about half an hour of the usual drama of people scrambling to assemble a group; switching groups due to conflicts; being odd man out and negotiating/begging established groups to let them in … etc. That’s good, I guess. But it was a weird episode for me and I can’t put a finger on why. Maybe I’m not connecting to the judges … I dunno. :(

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    I didn’t think it was bad, it was just like any other Hollywood group episode. We had our trainwrecks, our brightspots, and drama. I heard some good singing tonight. 

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Because there were not many good groups to begin with. It was a hilarious episode, but I can only think of maybe 4 groups that were really good, and everyone else verged on terrible. It didn’t help that a lot of the groups did not gel together. THANKS NIGEL! ;)

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    You know, that’s what kinda disappointed me about tonight. I heard some decent singing as well, but some really good singers got screwed over by being in a poor group. But that’s typical on group rounds anyway. 

  • dishwalla

    Scotty McCreery had one of the worse Hollywood auditions where he kept forgetting lyrics and basically only knew one song.   Look what happened to him.

  • elliegrll

    The change also allowed us to see more groups than we’ve probably ever seen, which is what people have been saying that they want.  The so called drama last year was lame, especially in comparison to other seasons, especially the second one, which seems to be when the Group round got a lot of press.  

    Maybe Nigel and company have been right all of these years, and that people can only process an episode if there are equal amounts of singing and drama.  It may be like how the audition rounds need to have good, mediocre, and bad contestants.

  • durbesque

    When the girls are on, it seems like highly promising season.  My mood will change next week.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I loved the Nick/Gabe/Matheus/Mathenee group.

    I wonder if Matheus’ Glee Project personality will appear, though. Shame, I do like his voice but he seemed dick-ish on that show.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    OK, finally saw the clip of Charlie Askew with Curtis Finch.  The sheer visual of tiny, white Charlie standing in between the two big black dudes had me ROLLIN’.  He reminds me of Wormser from Revenge of the Nerds.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Carrie Underwood also forgot her words. Haley Reinhart also messed up on group night and people considered her to be one of the best of Season 10.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D3M7HMQJO6FR7KB2XKVQK7EJHY ShannonM

    I disagree that Lazaro has been shown without the stutter.  There is another dark haired young man of similar physique but not wearing the red silky shirt who could be his doppelganger who I dont remember having been shown singing who I think some are misidentifying as being Lazaro…..

  • blackberryharvest

    People still go there?

  • maymirabella

    Yes, I think Scotty also forgot lyrics during one of his HW performances

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I liked a few groups. Charlie and Curtis’s group is the one that I really liked. Nicki continues to be the best judge ever. I wish we could duplicate her and boot Randy and Mariah.

  • blackberryharvest

    Both Nicki and Keith seem like they can be brutally honest if they want. 

  • hayes

    My complaint about Hollywood Week hasn’t changed year after year. There’s just too much drama that I really don’t need to see. And some of these people seriously need to calm their t*ts, sheesh. 
    New complaint this year though: There’s way too much Nicki Minaj. There are 3 other people on the panel (well, 2 since Randy doesn’t count), I don’t need to hear from her all the time.

  • JudyOhio

    Charlie’s voice stood out in his group, his harmony (in a good way).  He needs help from the hair/makeup/outfitters/image maker people for sure, lol….but I think he’ll go far in the competition.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    The group round drama was tame today. I liked that.

    …Granted, I hated what little I saw today, but it doesn’t seem like there was any particularly vile drama. Curtis was kinda a dick for a moment, but it wasn’t really horrible.

    Curtis/Charlie’s group and Matheus/Nick/Mathenee/Gabe were good groups. Nicki continues to be a pretty likable judge. Good on her for calling out Cortez Shaw’s rendition of I Will Always Love You. I think she was a little harsh on him, but she totally had a point.

    That said, the episode wasn’t all that entertaining. I know I’m alone in that I like the auditions much better than Hollywood, but it was really kicking in today. Maybe it was because it was the guys, but today’s episode was the least entertaining of the season so far.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    None of these contestants look like “stars” far from looking like stars. All the “fatties” look really bad, I hope if they’re chosen they lose some weight. :)
    MJ thanks for the videos, I work and miss the show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    After seeing those performances, some were realllllyyyyy bad…the worst I’ve seen on Idol in a long time….I’m convinced that the judges are aiming for a “quota” and they’re getting their cues from the Producers.  And Nikki is a train wreck of a judge.  She looks tired or bored.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Can somebody please shut NIKKI the F**ck up!  She’s irritating.

  • Anny_nanny

    “The guys in the group treat his stutter as if it were a mental defect.”

    May be I understand wrong phrase, but stuttering is a real psychological problem. He stutter because he is afraid to stutter. So stutterer(s – I don’t know!) not stammer when they sing, they focus on the singing, and not on the stutter.

    In any case I am glad that Charlie got a good editing, although he had not received the solo and his solo in the group missed too. May be he hadn’t a solo in the band at all? It can be fun, I’m tired of Finch.
    I need to see several of his solo performances so that I could take a final decision, but I think I’ll be rooting for Charlie in this season between the guys.

    I is waiting girls.

     

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Group Performance weeks have been better, and have been worse  I was entertained and even watched it again without commercials.

  • jpfan2

    What a collection of unattractive guys. So far no one stands out as a personality. either. I bet the girls will be a lot more appealing.

  • irockhard

    They screwed up by not showing the girls first. 

    The demo always assumes that the guys are better, so if they’re disappointed in these guys they’re gonna assume that the girls are even worse and not tune in to see them. If they had shown the girls first then they would’ve tuned in to see the guys thinking that they’re even more amazing then be disappointed in them and support the girls instead.

    So Nigel, quit trying to manipulate the show in favour of a girl winner cause you don’t know how to do it right.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I sort of think Paul Jolley, Jimmy Smith, Johnny, Lazaro and Elijah Liu are attractive guys!

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    The Turbinator!!!

  • tomr

    Have to say that the producers did put together some terrible groups.  Let the contestants control their fates at this point instead. 

  • tomr

    Do agree with mj about Nick Boddington.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Josh Holiday is attractive too. Cortez Shaw and Chris Watson are not bad looking either. And Burnell has cleaned up real nice. If Devin Velevez gained some more weight in that frame of his, he’d be a bit more attractive.  

  • HKfan

    I hadn’t seen Elijah Liu before, but I must say, he certainly caught my eye, sounded good, and looked even better:)

  • HKfan

    Have just finished watching this episode….some were sooo bad. Glad Kayden went, he has an adorable personality but his voice is very weak, he should never have got this far.
    Johnny Keyser was bad, shouldn’t have got through as he couldn’t remember the lyrics.
    Don’t get all the Curtis love….I just don’t like the godpely singers, although personality wise Joshua was better last year.
    Didn’t get Nickis comment on Cortez, it didn’t warrent a disgusting.
    She looked very bored at times, and sounded even more nasally…let Kieth talk more.
    Really liked what I saw of Elijah…would have liked to see a bit more of him, that whole group was one of the best.

  • tucker davis

    I remember P2 forgot words also and later claimed that Heejun saved him in Hollywood Week.

  • tucker davis

    Singing comes from a different part of the brain than regular talking. That’s why stutterers don’t have a problem when they sing. It’s a common approach used in speech pathology when working with people who stutter. 

  • Anny_nanny

    Thank you, I will know. I know a few people that try to speak slowly not to stutter, I doesn’t know that they have this problems.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Just finished watching my recording of this episode. I have to say that from the clips that were shown, I’m not really impressed by any of the guys, but it’s still early in the show and the edit may be masking some guys who are really good. I was very impressed by young Kayden and how he took being eliminated very maturely, and recognizing that he didn’t perform well. This kid has guts and character, and although he has a compelling backstory, it was the right decision, and he seems to know it.  

    I’m starting to become irritated by Lazaro and how overly emotional he is and how dependent he is on his backstory. He’s cute and a good singer, but I still think that he’s too dependent on his backstory, and his lack of familiarity with pop music may make it difficult for him to advance far.  One of my best friends had a severe stutter when she was young and through hard work and therapy, she overcame that and you would never know today that she ever stuttered. Also, I have a good friend who is a speech pathologist and she has also said that, with hard work and therapy, there’s no reason for Lazaro to stutter so severely. Hopefully, he will be able to get the therapy that he needs to improve his speaking.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    Whoa! A really boring episode. If I wasn’t a Loon I’d have turned that episode off. Will be curious to see if the ratings go down each halff hour for last night. Not one single guy stood out to me for his singing, none!
     I agree, MJ, it is intentional. Idol wants a female winner. And having them go second makes perfect sense for the viewers short memories!
    Oh, did I see Nikci looking at hersself in her mirror while people were performing? SMDH

  • HermeticallySealed

    As someone who is with a stutterer, not everyone is as lucky as your friend.  One can’t judge everyone on the same yardstick those who have these kind of defects. Another thing to consider, stress only exacerbates the problem, and he’s speaking in a second language while under extreme pressure. I think it’s pretty reasonable to expect his problem to be more pronounced.

  • cheese1

    They didn’t seem to show that many guys in the auditions, but now we know that the boys are mainly obese/gay/unattractive and comprised of more than half minorities, i.e., all the things that typical Idol voters do not want, at least not during the last five years.  I’m expecting to see lots of conventionally pretty white girls next week as we begin our search for the new Carrie or Kelly.  Good luck with that, Nigel!  I found the freakshow and trainwrecks entertaining. Only the ones who cry uncontrollably about American idol annoy me – I can deal with some bad singing and forgotten lyrics at this stage.

    There were some decent generic voices, but no one really stood out to me as having a really memorable, recognizable voice, except for maybe Charlie, who doesn’t really sound like anyone I’ve heard before. Curtis can sing, but I wish they could take his voice and put it into a good looking, younger guy who’s not a smug asshat and a show-off.

  • mmb

    I thought last night’s episode was reasonably entertaining..I was glad to be spared the drama of the contestants having to find their own groups.  Nicki and Keith continue to impress.  Really hope they can keep it up during the live rounds.  Agree that the producers really seem to be trying to avoid a male pop/rock winner.  Wonder if they are getting some pressure from Interscope on that front as well (e.g. Interscope wants to avoid cannibalization by getting winners in different genres/formats on a more regular basis.They’ve been lucky to have a country winner and a pop/rock/alt winner..doubt they want another of either right now…although male or female thats probably what they’re gonna get).  I usually don’t tune in for Hollywood week, but did last night and it wasn’t too bad.

  • Tess

    Hard work and therapy…the hard work is easy, the therapy isn’t.  Many people don’t have the economic means or the time to make stutter therapy a viable option.  I think the truth lies in the movie “The King’s Speech”.  Even without the financial burden King George didn’t have an easy time, and even with constant therapy the stuttering, though controlled, was still a life time issue.  I think, Fuzzy, that your speech pathologist friend was probably being a bit glib.  

  • mshepnj

    Hooray for Hollywood rounds! LOL    I’ve always loved them.

    I haven’t watched the auditions and I get the impression that the judges chose a lot of r&b and “blue-eyed soul” singers with a few country and rock voices in the mix.

    Observations: 

    * I loved the Math Heads!  They were fun and cohesive. That’s what I like about the H’wood rounds.

    * David Leathers’ voice has gotten richer in a year. I think it was predictable but not a great way to showcase the teenagers… although I can’t fault the decision of the judges to cut the two they did. They were not ready.

    * Johnny Keyser is good looking but really muffed his solo in the group number. I expect he’s being kept for the eye candy factor, unless there’s a lot more to him that we haven’t seen yet. 

    * Lazaro is absolutely adorable! That’s a serious speaking stutter but I hear a great voice for Latin pop. I can see him making at least the finals and being quite a teen heartthrob, even with the stutter.

    * I’m not sure how I feel about contrived groups vs. do-it-yourself groups. I guess it’s good that there’s less drama for the picking process and saves time. I’m not sure it worked to put big two country singers with pretty, glittery pop singers but that seems like Nigel’s idea of fun.

    * I really like the judging panel! Keith’s zingers are funny. Nicki turns out to be serious and thoughtful in her critiques, but a little eccentric which makes it fun. Mariah seems understated and kind, and Randy… well, every team has a weak link. I guess his role is crotchety “elder”. I think every one of the judges contributes something interesting to the mix.

    I can’t wait to see how the women do.

  • Kirsten

    I don’t really like how Nigel and Ken got to form the groups. Allowing groups to form on their own allows us to see how strong their musical knowledge is. Can they pick people they will sound good with? Can they identify the other strong singers? In the past, successful groups have often yielded several contenders – people who know themselves and know music.

    Meanwhile, this year’s format gives Nigel and Ken yet another arrow in their busing quiver. News flash to future contestants: If you end up in the Group of Misfit Singers Most Likely to Clash, you are probably fodder.  You are being used for the Drama.  If you are placed in a dream group, you just need to do your best not to screw up because you are on to the next round.

    But, as Kris Allen and others have shown, fodder can get the last laugh. Work your butt off, throw in some curves and play to the audience. Instead of whining about it, recognize your fodder status and see it as a puzzle to solve. Bitterness doesn’t play well on TV.

    All you people in the dream groups, remember, the producers’ pimpee do not always succeed. Work your butt off, throw in some curves and play to the audience.

    I can kind of see where Nicki was going with that one Payphone group that messed up the lyrics. If you forget your lyrics, don’t sit their shaking your head and looking tragic, just keep singing something and entertain your audience. Half of them won’t know that’s not how the song goes and nobody likes looking at somebody who is horrified at their own screw-up. I sometimes think Nicki is more about the performance than the singing. If all the judges were that way, I would have a problem. But having one voice mentioning that lends an interesting tone. Pia is a prime example of somebody with a good voice who could have learned that performance matters too. There are many elements to a successful artist.

  • Lan Ph?m

    I watched this season and I like, why are so many all R&B and soul singers??? and no kids under 20 LOL Season 10 & 11, so many WGWG, so many young talents. This year, it seems like Nigel take a break from it.

  • http://twitter.com/Stooch101 Stooch

    I love how we’re being told “This is season 12 and the bar is set real high” yet how many people who forgot the words got put through.  If your standards are so high forgetting the words should get you the boot.  The producers should just pick the peeps they want to play their game with and end this “dog and pony show”

  • elliegrll

    I don’t really like how Nigel and Ken got to form the groups.
    I’ve always thought that the group round only existed for the purpose of television.  I don’t think that anything that has ever happened in that round, or most of what we see on the screen, has any impact on who stays or goes on to the next round.  Because of that, I’m okay with the staged drama and twists, just as long as they are entertaining.

  • Trina

    I dont see how Lazaro is relying on his backstory when at this point hes actually going out there and singing well. Its not like hes off key and screwing up lyrics (*coughJohnnyKeisercough*. Why would they have kept him last night based ONLY on his backstory? If he makes it to the voting rounds he may very well get sympathy votes but right now I think hes getting by on his talent. And hes adorable which may help him but not just because of his condition. When I find myself becoming a fan of these contestants I do it based on who’s voice appeals to me because I envision myself spending money on an album of theirs one day. Besides Kayden has way more of a better sob story and they had no problem cutting him.

  • Kirsten

     

    I don’t think that anything that has ever happened in that round, or
    most of what we see on the screen, has any impact on who stays or goes
    on to the next round.

    I would not be surprised if you were completely correct.

  • idolbeat

    I’m hoping they show Chris Watson singing solo. He is in B Side – with the red headband. Really hope he makes top 10. He is a performer, loved his Uncle Kracker audition from Season 6. I’m glad they gave him another chance.

  • elliegrll

    And Nikki is a train wreck of a judge.  She looks tired or bored.

    I think that you are mixing Nicki up with Mariah.  Some might not like Nicki’s style, but she and Keith have been the only ones to take charge during the auditions and yesterday’s group round.  They’ve been funny, given advice, and interacted with the contestants.  

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Honestly, I would forget that Mariah was there. Would never purchase either’s music, and I don’t care for her persona or style or always agree with her penchant for keeping big personalities, over contestants with substance, but Nicki and Keith are have a ball on the judges table. You just want to laugh with them. They actually have awesome chemistry, even though they are nothing alike. Don’t know what it is, but together, they just…work!

  • ptebwwong

    buffynut2001: Idol wants a female winner. And having them go second makes perfect sense for the viewers short memories!

    Idol probably wants a female winner. But having the guys sing first doesn’t matter. Why? In S9 the women sang first. Then the guys. The ratings were much higher for the girls (about 2 million more). The media considered the women the stronger overall group. I remember people here on this blog saying we might have a female win again. Guess what. Lee DeWyze won.

    I don’t think what the producers do will matter. Viewers will vote for who they want. I still they a female can win, but IMO it’s more likely that woman will be a country girl (will get the voting demographic & the genre does really well on Idol).

  • calliebeckett

    For all we know, the girls may end up a hot mess during the groups stage. 

  • sdmama

    I only watched videos here, and admit probably I missed a lot.  But I am finding a soft spot for only Papa Peachez. I am not saying that I think he will win, but he seems to have a sunny attitude and required level of singing skills (Phillip, cough).  To me, he is very likable.  So I hope he will be able to survive a bit longer so that we can see more of him.  He is entertaining and and grabs my attention and make me happy.  

    I am aware that Lazaro is currently the front runner of back story/heart string fellow, and I think he is wonderful, too. But I am not sure if I want to see an entertainer who cries after every emotional ups and downs, so I hope he will have a good growth coming up. I think Nikki and Keith are both wonderful as judges. I really like Nikki for standing up for people who may have raw talent, but screwing up because of the nerve or whatever, in addition to those who performed well today. On the other hand, I cannot remember what Randy or Mariah said. If they had the life size cut out there instead, I would not have noticed it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    That’s probably mostly correct. Although, I do believe there have been a few who got the attention of the judges during group round. Elliot is one contestant that comes to mind. He stood out so much in his hot mess of a group, the judges took notice of him. There are a few, that aren’t on the producer’s favorites list,  that shine during Hollywood week and start to make everyone pay attention to them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    They didn’t seem to show that many guys in the auditions, but now we know that the boys are mainly obese/gay/unattractive and comprised of more than half minorities, i.e., all the things that typical Idol voters do not want, at least not during the last five years.

    I wondered if anyone else noticed this. There were so many overweight, to downright obese, guys last night. Have we ever seen that many overweight men during Hollywood week? Throw in the gay guys, the black gospel singers and the unattractive young guys and you have a group that AI voters typically don’t vote enough for to make them winners.

    All it takes is ONE semi-decent WGWG type in the top 10 though, and it will all be over. If the judges manage to keep all of them out of the top 20, the girls MIGHT have a chance this year.   

  • Hazehel

    They didn’t seem to show that many guys in the auditions, but now we know that the boys are mainly obese/gay/unattractive and comprised of more than half minorities, i.e., all the things that typical Idol voters do not want, at least not during the last five years.

    And possibly all the typical Idol watchers do not want.   There seemed to be an overkill by Idol producers trying to cast minorities, or or casting white guys with no hope of winning so that a girl can have a chance, if that is what the show is trying to do, then this season will be interesting to watch as to how it will do.  

    Many people have argued for the show to make a girl win, and I have argued against that.  Trying to load the dice to get a girl to win is bad for Idol, it’s going against the demographic of its viewers.  Now if that is indeed what the show is trying to do, then this year will be the test to see who is right and who is wrong.  Personally I think Idol will flop badly this year if it is the intent to cast guys who can’t win, and it may be the final blow that will kill Idol.  But we’ll see what happen, perhaps Nigel has a card up his sleeve, who knows.  

  • lovetheusa1776

    Feel same about Papa P – glad Minaj brought him up short on his attitude – Lambert’s tweet did also.  If smart, he’ll take their warnings.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes, stress does exaccerate the problem, but at this point in his life, with hard work and the right therapy, he should be able to improve his speech significantly. He may not get rid of the stuttering, but as I wrote, he should be improved.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “ I think the truth lies in the movie “The King’s Speech”.  Even without the financial burden King George didn’t have an easy time, and even with constant therapy the stuttering, though controlled, was still a life time issue.”

    Yes, but therapy techniques have advanced quite significantly since the 1930′s.

    “I think, Fuzzy, that your speech pathologist friend was probably being a bit glib.”

    No, my friend is anything but “glib”. She’s a highly trained professional who has over 3 decades of experience in helping tons of clients with stuttering problems, so she’s speaking from a place of perspective, knowledge and success in treating and helping her clients. On watching Lazaro, even with the acknowledgment of stress issues, etc., my friend thinks that, with hard work and the right therapy, there’s no reason why Lazaro should not be able to significantly improve his overall speech, even if he doesn’t stop stuttering completely.

  • elliegrll

    Idol probably wants a female winner. But having the guys sing first doesn’t matter. Why? In S9 the women sang first. Then the guys. The ratings were higher for the girls (about 2 million more total viewers). The media considered the women the stronger overall group. I remember people here on this blog saying we might have a female win again. Guess what.

    As a group the female contestants are usually stronger.  It’s one of the reasons why they went to the boy-girl system a few years ago.  More women try out for the show than males, but that doesn’t mean that one male contestant can’t standout in comparison to the women that make it through.  

    There was some talent during season 9, but as a whole the top 24 was a complete dud.

    I do think that last night gave a good glimpse into the type of male contestants that AI has always cast, and the way that Nigel and Ken view the male and female contestants.  They have a particular point of view that will never change, which is why we get 16 year old girls packaged as if they are 45 years old.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000075236182 Diana Adams Tyler

    Loved math heads, couch potatoes and Nate’s group.  Loving the judges, they seem to be having so much fun.  Can I say I LOVE Keith Urban.  Wish they would put him on stage and just let him rock out lol.

  • DragonFly

    “…..The producers should just pick the peeps they want to play their game with and end this “dog and pony show”

    Once & awhile a comment just says a mouthful. 

  • DragonFly

    Re. Speech Therapists–high esteem for their work.  Can’t imagine how many individuals & families are forever grateful for their efforts.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “All it takes is ONE semi-decent WGWG type in the top 10 though, and it will all be over. If the judges manage to keep all of them out of the top 20, the girls MIGHT have a chance this year.”

    It will be very tough for a female to win this year, despite the many less than appealing guys.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree. Both Nicki and Keith are engaged, entertaining and involved in the judging process (or at least that’s the edit that they are getting lol ). To me Mariah already looks like she’s bored, sort of going through the motions and rather detached.