2/4 Hollywood Round 2: Group Competition. Get Your Act Together Fox!

We find this part of the competition normally fairly annoying, but this year, Fox did a majorly amateur job.

The general idea of the group competition is to let the people group up to compete for a chance at getting through.  What one would think is that everyone would want to cooperate and get down the basics to get through.  But instead, it generates a bunch of bickering and infighting.  Some viewers may find it enjoyable.  We find it childish and foolish.  Whoever choreographed this show should have been sent home along with those eliminated.

emily_wynne_hughesTheir show focused on several drama queens, one of which was a she-man-boy, and doesn’t really let you see what you want to see.  We got some shocking eliminations, and we never even saw the performance that lost it for the person eliminated.  They build the contestants up in the auditions and show them as possible contenders then in the end, won’t give them their time of day when cut! For example, David Osmond was eliminated, which was a shock to the system.  But we never even got a chance to see him utter a single lyric.  Instead they focused on a group of frantic fruit bags that couldn’t seem to rehearse.

The bottom line came down to a quote from Simon though.  You forget the words, and you are gone.  So, a woman that was incredibly promising as a finalist, Emily Wynne-Hughes, got eliminated because after hours of practicing, she could not remember 30 seconds worth of lyrics.  And she is a pro!!

Bikini Girl, Katrina Darrell went home too.  She just couldn’t get out of bed.  Major prima donna, and major loser sacrificing a great chance.  But she got more camera time than most of the winners in the process.

rose_flack_hollywood75 people got through, way too many to cover in this article.  Fox did not provide the names of those that did get through, ran through only partial performances of most and spent half the time promoting the basket cases. Adam Lambert, Danny J Gokey, Jasmine Murray, Kristen McNamara, Taylor Vaifanua, Matt Breitzke, Michael Sarver, and Jamar Rogers are few of the names they named moving on to the next round. Was it a quick glimpse of  Anoop Desai we saw before the end credits? Jorge Nunez, Nick “Norman Gentle” Mitchell(!), Casey Carlson (Did she or didn’t she?!), Megan Corkrey and Jackie Tohn all made it and we didn’t hear a single line from any of them! Whatever happened to Kai Kalama, Michael Castro and Scott Macintyre?

Rose Flack is gone.  She too could not remember her 30 seconds of lyrics.

One thing you do learn is that if your group stinks, you can still get through by beating your partners.  So, in some instances, the strategy is to refuse to practice and then outperform your partners on the song.  The partners get eliminated, and you move on.  It is a risk, but it works for some.  Some pretty angry people got eliminated and realized that being stabbed in the back is part of this industry.

1/20 American Idol Audition Continues: No Standouts in San Francisco!

As the fourth most populous city in California, we had high hopes for San Francisco. Katharine McPhee and well, William Hung auditioned there! We were disappointed. The City by the Bay indeed drew thousands of aspirants but none were memorable enough to threaten the best ones we’ve seen in Phoenix and Kansas City.

Or was Fox hiding the best ones? Idol bragged about thousands and thousands of nameless faces who auditioned and they introduced 14 hopefuls on TV of which only 7 could at least sing. They mentioned in the end that 12 made it to Hollywood. We didn’t get to see the five others. Could there be a finalist in that 5 we didn’t see?

Hopefuls Stage actor Adam Lambert who was in the Broadway cast of Wicked, Bank manager Jesus Valenzuela, (another) music teacher John Twiford and the girls Bartender/Waitress Raquel Houghton and uh pesky Tatiana Del Toro from Puerto Rico would really have to work harder to survive Hollywood week.

For tonight’s show, they highlighted Kai Kalama who takes care of his ill mother at daytime and works as a musician at night. Like last week’s instant celebrity Danny Gokey, Fox played on Kai Kalama’s life story through the entire episode as a teaser. Just as well, he made it through to Hollywood.

This was perhaps the worst one hour American idol episode ever! They barely showed the 12 contestants who made it to Hollywood. Instead, they gave so much air time to jokes and crazies. We’re not sure which was more excruciating to see: watch contestants humiliate themselves or watch being humiliated by the judges. By the half-hour mark it just got really annoying where they spent close to five minutes showing Akilah Askew-Gholston and her disturbing way with words.

What was Idol thinking on this episode?! TV viewers deserved better!

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