There was a pile of off-key singing and no real standouts tonight as the American Idol 9 Hollywood Group rounds unfolded. And even the drama seemed to be somewhat drummed-up. I mean Mary Powers? She’s no Tatiana Del Toro!
Actually, the real drama tonight was Michael Lynche talking his wife through labor on his iPhone hours before he took the stage with his group, Team Awesome (who, unfortunately, weren’t all that awesome).
And did Kara DioGuardi tell Katie Stevens she could be the potential winner? Poor Katie. The judges may be setting her up as the sacrificial early front-runner… Move over, David Archuleta and Danny Gokey!
Live blog and Videos after the JUMP…
Part 2 of the Hollywood Rounds tonight features the remaining contestants competing in groups. Group rounds = Plenty o Drama!
Amidst all the drama of groups coming together and falling apart, Michael “Big Mike” Lynch’s wife is having her baby.
Mary Powers is the boss of her group the Dreamers! Lucky Mary–she gets the villain edit this year. The group considers ditching the last two girls to join the group. Sole male, Alex Lambert is a little uncomfortable in a group of all girls. Mary is alternately screaming at people (even pissing off music director, Michael Orland) and crying when rival group, Destiny’s Wild, appear to be having some fun.
The Mighty Rangers all auditioned in Denver, Moorea Masa thinks the little closet where she rehearsed with Danny Gokey and Jamar Rogers last year will bring them good luck. But alas, they can’t get their act together–vocal coach Byrd, exasperated, basically tells the group they are clueless.
And 15 minutes in, and still no singing…
Big Mike talks his wife through labor on the phone, she delivers a baby girl, an Idol camera crew with her in the hospital room. (!)
Faith – Charity Vance, Ashley Rodriguez, Michelle Dellamore (was in Idol commerical, “Michelle”), – “Irreplaceable” by Beyonce – Ellen delivers the good news: they’re all through to the next round – VIDEO
Team Awesome – Michael Lynche, Seth Rollins (has child with autism), Tim Urban, Michael Castro – “Get Ready” by the Temptations – That was rough. Seth Rollins and Michael Castro (brother of Season7 Idol, Jason Castro) are eliminated. VIDEO1 VIDEO2
Neopolitan – Liz Rooney, Paige Miles, Jessica Cunningham, Thaddeus Johnson – “Bad Romance” By Lady Gaga – Simon and Ellen like it. All 4 advance.
The Destiny’s Wild peeps believe Neopolitan stole all their moves… – VIDEO
Destiny’s Wild – Todrick Hall (may have scammed kiddies), Theri, Jareb Liewer, Siobhan Magnus – “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga – Way flashier than Neopolitan. Todrick does a back flip. Ellen calls it weird, and surreal, but they advance anyway.
Montage of contestants all make it through.
The Mighty Rangers – Tori Kelly, Maddie Penrose, Mark Labriola, Kimberly Kerbow, Danny Jones – “Closer” by Ne-Yo – After Mark is cut, he begs the panel to reconsider. Simon tells him groveling is not cool. Kimberly Kerbow and Danny Jones are also cut. – VIDEO
The Phoenix – Moorea Masa, Ben Honeycutt, Jeffery Goldford, Jermaine Sellers, Kat Nestel, – Kat quits right before they’re scheduled to perform “Carry On” by Kansas – Moorea forgets the words, off key harmonies and MORE oversinging by Jermaine. Kara compares the performance to “Survivor.” When Moorea whines about having been through a lot, Simon calls it rubbish. Moorea Masa and Ben Honeycutt are eliminated. – VIDEO
Peeps who sing “Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani run into a lot of trouble! Why pick such a wordy song, peeps!
Big Dreams – “Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani – Amanda Schectman (drama queen), Allen Burton, Matthew Lawrence (Jailbird), Bryce Larson – “It was so horrific” says Simon. The entire group is eliminated. – VIDEO
Leah Laurenti, Carmen Turner, Kimberly Carver and Dave Pittman (Tourette’s dude) are all eliminated. (All to the tune of Brooke White’s “California Sun”)
Middle C – Janelle Wheeler, Jermaine Purifory, Casey James (shirtless guy) – “Closer” by Ne-Yo
Three men and a baby – Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens, J.B. Ahfua – “No One” by Alicia Keys – VIDEO
The Dreamers – Margo May, Hope Johnson, Mary Powers, Alex Lambert, Erin Hundley – “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac – The performance is such a trainwreck, that Kara remarks, “It’s like the dream died somewhere on that stage.” Margo May and Erin Hundley are eliminated. The rest of the group goes through, included Season 9 group villain, Mary Powers. – VIDEO
71 make it through to the next round.
John Park, Haeley Vaughn, Angela Martin, Tasha Leighton, Tyler Grady, Katelynn Epperly, Lloyd Thomas, Kia Johnson and Christian Spear make it to the next round. Kara tells Katie Stevens she could be the potential winner.