February 07, 2013 02:51 AM by Melissa Stavarski
With the American Idol auditions now behind us, it’s time for the drama that is Hollywood Week. This season, the males and females will tackle Hollywood separately and the infamous groups will be assigned by the American Idol producers. The male group round is up first.
Gabe Brown, Nick Boddington, Mathenee Treco, Matheus Fernandes wow the judges with Queen’s “Somebody To Love” and easily advance to the next round. The next group, featuring Johnny Keyser and Kareem Clark, butchers ”(Reach Out) I’ll Be There” by The Four Tops. Johnny moves on, along with the two unknown group members, despite forgotten lyrics. Kareem is sent home for singing in the wrong key.
Charlie Askew, Nick Mathis, and Curtis Finch Jr. impress the judges with “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars. Wasting no time, Randy Jackson says, “I feel confident that this is a one-two-three you’re all through.” Tony Foster, Mario Jose, Burnell Taylor, and Darien Moses manage to sing “Some Kind Of Wonderful” after struggling in rehearsals. Tony and Burnell advance. Mario and Darien are sent home.
Lazaro Arbos struggles to communicate with group members Josh Stephens, Scott Fleenor, and Christian Lopez, and they treat him like he’s dumb. Josh, especially, treats Lazaro horribly. Lazaro reluctantly agrees to “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” despite not knowing the song or the Beach Boys. In the end, everyone seems to forget the words, leading Keith Urban to mutter “close enough” several times. Thankfully, Josh’s ignorance is not rewarded, as he and Scott are cut. Christian and Lazaro move on.
Lee Pritchard, Trevor Blakney, JDA, and Joel Wayman (kind of) sing Extreme’s “More Than Words.” Lee is exceptionally bad; Trevor seems to give up; JDA’s “hand on mic” movements annoy; Joel sounds decent. Mariah Carey is happy to tell JDA and Joel that they’re through to the next round. Trevor and Lee go home. “I’m better than what I did,” says Trevor. “I’ve never failed at anything in my life.”
Kayden Stephenson, Sanni M’Mairua, Kevin Quinn, and David Leathers Jr. take on “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel. As a group, they harmonize well, but David Leathers Jr. steals the solo show. Kayden struggles. While David and Sanni go to the next round, Kayden and Kevin go to the airport.
Frankie Ford annoys group members Papa Peachez, Adam Sanders, and Charles Allen. To make matters worse, Frankie emotionally breaks down just before the group takes the stage, and he continues to cry on stage. When Nicki Minaj asks the group why their rendition of “American Boy” was so terrible, Papa says their “big personalities” clashed. Nicki is like, suck it up, buttercup, because the personalities in this business are “out of this world.” The gig is up for Frankie, who cries, “I swear to God I’m coming back next year. And I’m going to win. I’m going to win. I didn’t come here to lose.”
Other familiar names to be cut: Griffin Peterson, Cliffton Duffin, Dustin Watts, Calvin Peters, Karl Skinner, and Brian Rittenberry. To advance: Vincent Powell, Nate Tao, Paul Jolley, Gurpreet Singh Sarin (Turbanator), and Micah Johnson. Next, the 43 remaining males will be cut down to 20 semifinalists. Can’t wait? Check out our American Idol spoilers!
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