American Idol 12 Hollywood Week Spoilers – Manufactured Groups and More!

Here’s a fresh-from-the-Hollywood rounds report, straight from Northridge, CA!

As a mentioned on Monday, the BOYS arrived first. The girls will begin their rounds on Thursday. Yesterday, the guys sang solo a cappella rounds. Approximately 60 contestants made it through to the group rounds.

And get this…the producers put together the groups! The contestants had NO say in the matter. So, basically, you got what you got. Hm. The male group rounds take place today.

For those who advance, tomorrow brings a solo with the band. The guys choose from a list of 72 songs.

Stay tuned for updates. For a list of Hollywood hopefuls, check out The Idol Pad

UPDATE: There are 14 groups of boys. Popular songs include: “What Makes You Beautiful”, “Some Kind of Wonderful”, Somebody to Love” and “Payphone.”

Oh. And watch for contestant Gabe Brown. He’s rooming with Matheus Fernandes from The Glee Project, Season 1. (He was the little guy). That is all.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    No people choosing their own groups drama? No drama over people not being picked? How’s that entertainment!? ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    Ahhhhhh. No group drama. I like that.

  • Incipit

    No people choosing their own groups drama? No drama over people not being picked? How’s that entertainment!? ;-)

    Heh. Funny, Sassycatz.  But I don’t care. The first time I ever saw Idol, in Season 7 – they didn’t even have that group thing – so I didn’t even know it existed. Believe me – when I saw what a lame set-up that was for Drama Rama in Season 8 – I wished they had never brought it back.

    Been trying to ignore it ever since – this season will be no different – no matter who is pulling the strings. I liked the auditions much better without it, people could be professional, instead of manipulated by the forced lack of sleep and TPTB’s search for controversy in a pretend group situation that wasn’t going to happen in the live rounds. It was just their chance to work up some villain edits, and stretch the filler. IMO. Still is.

  • tripp_ncwy

    There have been some great groups formed, White Chocolate anyone S8? ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.dangio.71 Robert D’Angio

    No group Drama???!!!  You and I both know they put people who don’t like each other in the same group. And then probably gave them a song they can’t or don’t want to sing… I have a feeling the drama will be over the top for the group round.

  • Klaine

    Youll get drama from pissed contestants who think they are better than everyone else and TPTB stuck them with someone else.  THis doesnt seem like a major change but I hope they do come up with some actual changes to freshen the show beyond having Mariah and Nicki.  WIth so many shows now, and THE VOICE really making changes that improved that show – and getting high ratings, Idol – the old guy on the block – really needs to shake things up a bit and SURPRISE viewers so its not the same old same old.  Personally Ive stopped watching the auditions entirely – and especially hate the parade of joke auditions (many which are done purposely)..Last year, they seemed to have less of those but really just hate it.  Id like to see a poll if people like the voice more because they dont get that type of auditioner like xf and idol rely on for ‘entertainment’ by embarassing people.

  • Montavilla

    I don’t think the producers need to have people pick their groups to have drama.  They can get it in other ways. 

    In Season 8, the drama came from focusing on the drama queens they’d made sure to cast (Nathaniel Marshall, Tatianna Del Toro, and Bikini Girl were all focal points).  
    In Season 10, there was drama about people picking groups and throwing that poor kid out of his group.  But they also had the trainwreck girl who deserted her group, then married her boyfriend in Vegas.  Plus, there was the ex-couple who fought their way through the group round.

    In Season 11, there were people getting sick, throwing up, fainting, and falling off the stage.  Plus there was Heejun throwing shade on that cowboy guy. :)

    I don’t think the producers can count on people getting ill this year — unless they poison the catering table or invite patients from the flu ward at Cedar Sinai to mingle with the hopefuls.  But I think we’ll get some entertaining moments.  Regardless of how the groups are chosen, forcing people to work together under extremely stressful conditions is bound to provide drama.

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

    I hope for drama in group rounds. This is the only reality show I can tolerate have that kind of tomfoolery on. LOL. 

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

    I hope for drama in group rounds. This is the only reality show I can tolerate have that kind of tomfoolery on. LOL. 

  • Montavilla

    I’m wondering now — what are some new ways that the producers could ramp up the drama in Hollywood week?  Here’s a couple ideas:

    A la Project Runway, they could bring out a button bag and choose team captains, who then pick their group members schoolyard style, showing who is considered strong or weak by their competitors.

    Like Survivor, they could force the groups who fail to impress the judges to vote out one member of the group.  The groups who succeed would have immunity.

    Following America’s Top Model‘s lead, they could make the groups sing while jumping on trampolines, or clinging to elephants.

    Or, like in RuPaul’s Drag Race, they could make the contestants construct their own costumes out of thrift-shop materials.  (Actually, I think they did that in Season 11.)

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Personally Ive stopped watching the auditions entirely – and especially
    hate the parade of joke auditions (many which are done purposely)

    For me, I don’t find the joke contestants a turn off. Depending on how interesting/funny they are, they can really be entertaining. Lately, they not only have had less of them, but they’ve actually been kind of boring. And not being boring doesn’t mean being over the top. I remember one funny guy who was a horrible singer but he was so sincere and was going to try the best he could. It was both funny and endearing … and not outlandish in any way.

  • ptebwwong

    Just because the contestants don’t choose the groups this year doesn’t mean there’s no drama. The producers could decide to put certain groups together to create drama. 

    Also, there’s always 1 or 2 contestants that no one wants (Ex. Tatiana). They have to be put somewhere.

  • http://twitter.com/newbornstarr Wally.

    Manufactured groups? What is this, X Factor? :p
     

  • Montavilla

    For me, I don’t find the joke contestants a turn off. Depending on how interesting/funny they are, they can really be entertaining. Lately, they not only have had less of them, but they’ve actually been kind of boring. And not being boring doesn’t mean being over the top. I remember one funny guy who was a horrible singer but he was so sincere and was going to try the best he could. It was both funny and endearing … and not outlandish in any way.

    I think of the joke contestants as a way for the producers to keep the judges from getting bored out of their skulls.  As much as we hate the audition rounds, think how awful it is for the judges to sit there, watching people come in and sing glory notes for eight hours.  

  • Incipit

    As much as we hate the audition rounds,

    So, why are there so many – if enough of the audience hates them?  Most of the people we see don’t go through – and the Producers know it – it’s a colossal, Warwickian waste of time – and the reason I check out the cast once, and then come back for the live rounds to see who is left. I have never found the Drama Rama amusing or entertaining. Frustrating, is more likely.

    And I don’t have any sympathy for the poor judges – they are well paid to deal with the auditions…I think I would have to be well paid to watch them in their entirety – which isn’t gonna happen, either way. 

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

    I have NEVER liked the group round episodes. There’s always some asshat who just asks to be knocked the hell out. Like Tatiana Del Toro, that girl who called Kristen McNamara a bitch or something along those lines, Clint Jun Gamboa or Mary Powers or that stupid cowboy from last year (although he did bring out the best in Heejun). I hope all of them fall down an up escalator.

    There are some good groups formed, but in general the group round is the worst episode of Idol to me and I could definitely sacrifice the good groups to get rid of the drama.

    You know what, maybe you could have someone be a bitch like either of those 4 and dedicate a segment to them falling down an up escalator. Now that would be awesome. I think if that happened I’d tolerate it.

    And, for the record, I like the audition rounds.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    I don’t know what to think about the producers forming the groups. They’re going to manipulate no matter how it’s done.

    I actually enjoy the group performances. White Chocolate in Season 8 is still my fave all time group performance.

  • fantoo1

    This could be interesting, especially if they put together a group of trainwreck personalities.

  • SullyD

    XF had tried this on S1 and it was kind of boring, IMO. But it’s a matter of producers sensibilities, grouping people with interesting personalities together and such.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    Well, group drama as in, a contestant “auditioning” Scotty McCreery to join a particular group and then cutting him off once realizing Scotty is country…or a “OMG. No one wants me in their group” type of stuff. lolz

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.dangio.71 Robert D’Angio

    well that’s true… but maybe that means they’ll put those people in one group together lol… now that would be some fun drama to watch

  • iluvai

    My impression of The Voice is that they have “almost” stars on the show. My impression of Idol and the XF is that they have “new, undiscovered talent”.  That’s so much more fun.  :)  Of course the reality show producers have me duped. It’s such a bummer to cross over to the cynical side.  :)

  • iluvai

    ??? that word “tomfoolery”. omg, I’ve never heard that except from my husband’s family.  ;)  His grandparents said that. oy.,, I’m being over sensitive.

  • blackberryharvest

    Group rounds are pretty much my favorite part of Hollywood week. 

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

    I like when it gets down to business and most of the joke acts are gone.  Group rounds can be fun.

  • chris99x

    Ugh, I hope Matheus doesn’t make it. He was so annoying on the Glee Project :|