February 10, 2010 08:23 PM by Candace Young
It’s group day on FOX as American Idol 9 continues its search for the best of the best in Hollywood! Who will make an impression on judges Simon Cowell, Ellen Degeneres, Kara DioGuardi, and Randy Jackson? Ryan Seacrest notes that only 96 hopefuls remain – and they will be down to only 24 before long. Who will the standouts be? Read on for highlights!
The hopefuls have split into groups and have given themselves names such as The Mighty Rangers and The Dreamers. They are all rehearsing in various locations throughout the Kodak Theatre. Some are louder than others, which leads to some drama. One group heads into a closet area to practice.
Big Mike’s team got ahead of the game and he goes back to the hotel to speak to his wife who is currently giving birth. At 3:20 AM the team known as The Dreamers is having internal drama anew. Mary Power is getting a nasty reputation for being pushy.
When morning comes, the contestants are re-energized and optimistic about their group performances – but some are having trouble remembering the lyrics. Just as the teams are getting organized to go on stage, Big Mike gets the call – it’s time to push! He talks his wife through labor – it’s a girl!
Faith is the first group of the day to perform – Charity, Ashley, and Michelle are the three members. Ellen Degeneres tells them they are all through!
Team Awesome is next up – Michael, Seth, Big Mike, and Tim are the members. Mike and Tim are asked to step forward. They are told by Randy Jackson that they are through to the next round – Seth and Michael are at the end of the road.
Neopolitan is up on the stage next Liz, Paige, Thaddeus and Jessica are the members. They are doing the same Lady Gaga song as Destiny’s Wild, so a rivalry is happening. The whole group goes through.
Destiny’s Wild takes the spotlight right after their rivals. Ellen tells them it was weird, but they’re sticking around. The next four groups have all their members go through to the next round.
The Mighty Rangers have their turn. Tori, Maddie, Mark, Kimberly, and Danny are the group members. Maddie and Liz go through only, after the others forget the lyrics and mess up.
The next group, The Phoenix, must deal when one member backs out. Ben, Jeff, Moorea, and Jermaine are the remaining members. They tell the judges of their hardships, but Simon says it’s rubbish. Jeff and Jermaine go through.
The song Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani lands many groups in trouble throughout the day. Big Dreams, the group which includes Matt, the former jailbird, and dramatic Amanda, is stopped partway into their song and told to leave – Simon says it was horrendous.
Janell is in Middle C, along with Jermaine and Casey – they nail it! Three Men and a Baby with Andrew, Katie, and J.B. is also a standout. Some great performances!
The in-fighting Dreamers will be the last group of the day. Mary continues to irk the others. Also in the group are Hope, Margo, and Alex – the harmonies are painful and the group is stopped. Mary, Hope, and Alex make it to the next round.
71 of 96 made it through to the next round in Hollywood.
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