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‘American Idol’ Hollywood auditions, group sing edition

James Durbin belts it during the group rounds. CREDIT: Michael Becker/Fox

James Durbin belts it during the group rounds. CREDIT: Michael Becker/Fox

Group sing night is always a delight from a viewers’ standpoint. You get a wide expanse of singers along with reality-show-branded “drama.”

Tonight was no exception. Of the 168 people who started the night, only 120 came out the other end.  And at least 56 of the contestants were named during the two hours. That’s a lot to sift through!

In between, clashes were highlighted and egos  smahed. We also got deeper impressions of some folks. The most hated person from round one, Tiffany Rios, got her comeuppance. Sweet, deep bass country singer Scott McCreery and really young-looking (and sounding) Jacee Badeaux get tons of airtime with both winning more fans with their empathetic reactions to the stressful proceedings. Jordan Dorsey came off as arrogant. Chris Medina didn’t sound quite as good as I remembered from his original audition. James Durbin, Adam Lambert redux, has the loudest voice for sure.

And the state of Georgia was represented by name by a man who read his lyrics… off his arm. What is this? High school biology?

Interestingly, we have now seen virtually all the singers who made the top 40, based on the Joe’s Place spoiler list.

Here’s the recap:

Many of the folks who got through the first round began planning ahead for the “group round” by getting together and prepping songs early. The first day folks, in fact, had a serious advantage from that vantage point.

The “Idol” producers tried to minimize that advantage by forcing day one folks to work with day two folks in groups. Naturally, that twist threw many a plan out the window and people began seeking other partners.

Tiffany Rios has trouble finding anybody to work with her. What made her toxic?  “I’m tired of seeing people doing what I know I can,” she said during the first round.  Jordan Dorsey auditions people and says no to several. Tiffany finally finds Jessica Yuntz but nobody else wants to work with them. Scotty McCreery keeps fishing for a group, too.

After the break, Scotty finally latches onto Clint Gamboa’s group, which also includes 15-year-old Jacee Badeaux. Clint is dubious about having five people. Ashley Sullivan, the tearful gal, is then featured. Producers allow Tiffany and Jessica to work as a duo, though trio is the supposed minimum.

The 39 groups have trouble finding space to sing where there is some peace and quiet. Some groups use bathrooms. Five minors hang out together, with their stage moms giving them direction. James Durbin is annoyed by the stage moms. “You’ve got to be your own artist and not have people telling you what to do,” he gripes.

Ex-couple Rob Bolin and Jacqueline Danford, plus Chelsee Oaks (minus Nick Fink) are still around. Ugh. And they are now “Three’s Company.” We find out Rob can’t dance. (And soon enough, we learn he can’t remember lyrics, too.) Ashley Sullivan can’t take the pressure and quits. “The cameras and everything is just too much,” she said. She is having a panic attack.

Jacee tried to work with the group led by Clint. It doesn’t work. “I’m a stickler for people  holding their note,” Clint said. They booted him. Or really, Clint did. Poor kid. He looks for a new group.

We return to Jordan Dorsey. He thinks of leaving his group. Lauren Turner is peeved. “I’m playing the field,” he said. He joins a new group.

At 2:30 a.m., Ashley decides to stay but will her group want her back? They do.

Jacee joins Brett’s group although he is not familiar with Duffy’s “Mercy.” Brett’s group needed a day two person. He actualy seems okay about it.

Rob gives lame excuses about not being prepared. Everyone goes to sleep.

8:40 p.m. It’s time to start. We get the judges’ speeches. “Don’t ever forget the words,” Randy said. (Isn’t that right, Rob?)

We see some folks we’ve never seen before.  Pia Toscano from Howard Beach, N.Y. starts the day off with a little Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” While she doesn’t have the strongest voice, it has some texture and nuance. We might see her again.  Alessandra Guercio from Brooklyn and Brielle Von Hugel from Staten Island are pretty good, too.  They all go through. Impressive considering they effectively had the shortest amount of time to prep.

Jordan Dorsey’s new group has a mini-rivalry with the group he left. Lauren Turner is cracking. Jordan and Robbie Rosen get some airtime (while the other three get cut.) All go through. Adrian Michael in Lauren’s group is strong. Turner? She does just fine, in fact, better than fine. All four of them go through, too.

Tiffany Rios and Jessica Yantz do Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable.” Randy stops them mid-song because honestly, it is ridiculously over the top and offkey at points. “It was really bad,” Randy said. “I can’t believe that!” Tiffany said. Both are canned. Nobody is going to miss Tiffany.

Spanglish is running late because one of their members is missing. Steven Tyler goofs around on the drums. Jovany Barreto, Kevin Campos, Jorge Gabriel and Karen Rodriguez work “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. Steven then gets confused about who they’re putting through. Jovany and Karen made it. The other two didn’t.

A quartet featuring Lauren Alaina then gave Steven Tyler a serenade on stage. It was fun. But Lauren was the only one who made it through. (She had already dueted with Tyler once during her original audition.)

Country boy Matt Dillard botches “Just the Way You Are” after the break. He chokes. Colton Dixon is the only one who makes it in with that group.

Then it’s the hall of shame. Shannon Livewell is completely off key. Briana Tyson forget the words. Janelle Arthur mumbles her way through her song. Alyson Jados is all over the place. Caitlin Koch is no Rihanna. Paris Tassin, who had the sweet daughter, disappointed J. Lo. “It was excruciating for us to see that,” Steven said. Emily Anne Reed is out, too. We don’t even here from again. Sally Jatos, Adrianne Beasley, Courtney Penwick, Janelle Arthur, and Aaron Guiterrez (whose brother Mark is in) don’t make it either.

Keeira Lyn Ford starts strong with a great Blu Cantrell song. Ashley Sullivan, who just had a panic attack the night before, was a little pitchy but made it through. Ashthon Jones and some fourth gal who isn’t named also do well and everyone makes it through.

The Deep V’s featuring James Durbin start strong with Durbin, though again, he lets it rip, for better or worse. Emma Henry sounds weak. Danny Pate, Caleb Johnson and  John Jordan? Not so much. “A bad glee audition,” Lopez said.  Caleb and James make it through.

The stage moms are arrogant. But their kids pull off Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” The five: Keonna Evans, Jalen Harris, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Felix Ramsey, Deandrea Brackensick. The stage moms even sing the chorus callbacks. And the judges give them a well-deserved standing ovation. Only one of the five will make it to the top 40.

“That was as good as it gets,” Steven Tyler said. “I was bathing in those vocals.”

9:30 p.m. Rob is sleeping. Jacqueline and Chelsee are mocking him. Our lone Georgia representative identified tonight did not make us proud: Steven  Clawson of Thomasville is seen reading the lyrics of “Grenade” off his arm! “Cheater!” J. Lo said and laughs. “Goner,” Randy said. Corey Lovy forgets words, too. Hollie Cavanagh, the student, wasn’t very clean but at least she remembered the words. Both Corey and Hollie make it through. Confused, Corey thinks he didn’t make it through but has to be talked off the stage.

Casey Abrams,  Dan Noguchi, Lara Johnston, Julie Zorrilla and Melissa Lucas go a capella. The harmonies aren’t all that clean. But individuals aren’t bad. Julie and Casey make it through. Lara, the Doobie Brothers daughter, is cut.

Da’Quela Pyane, Matthew Nuss, Naima Adedapo and Jacob Lusk are the four of the six who are identifeid. Jacob does a surpirse gospel edge to “People Get Ready” at the end. “A new star emerges with Jacob Lusk,”  Ryan said.

Next group: Carson Higgins, Caleb Hawley, Devyn Rush, Chris Medina are named out of the five. Carson gets the most airtime. Devyn: “It was a little out of control,” Randy said. Carson was “entertaining.” Caleb, Carson and Chris make it. Devyn doesn’t.

Some jokes from Steven Tyler e.g. to “John Wayne - it’s like  you rode your white horse right into the Apollo theater.”

And then we’re back to Jacee Badeaux, trying to remember the words to an unfamiliar song. Denise Jackson starts great. Stevie Cain isn’t bad. Natalie Hanson, ditto. Brett Loewenstern is one awkward dancer. He sounds fine. Jacee  Bedeaux starts making up lyrics but is amusing. Everyone gets in. He starts crying. “You’ve got some fans, dude,” Randy said.

Then the group that booted Jacee comes up. Clint tries to explain why he was booted. Then Scott McCreery steps up to defend him. “I love y’all but Jacee is the best kid in the competition,” Scott said. Awww… Then they blow it out of the water. Clint is impressive but now Team Jacee fans are going to hate his guts. Is he bad boy Clint?

We hear Scott and he’s really good. Monique De Los  Santos, Frances Coontz and Clint are all solid good as well. Heck, Clint sounds better than he did during the initial auditions. All four make it to the next round.

Scotty feels really guilty about the Jacee situation.

9:54 p.m.: We return to the ex-couple and Chelsee. Rob is still having issues with, well, everything. It’s not looking good. Chelsee is okay. Jacqueline Dunford is out of control with her vocals. Rob Bolin sings that he’s so tired and misses the lyrics 100%. Rob is out for sure. Surprisingly, Chelsee and Jacqueline get a pass through.

Man, that was an exhausting run through of a recap!

252 comments Add your comment

Danielle

February 17th, 2011
1:49 am

I wish Rob would of stayed and Chelsea and that other girl booted off! Uuuuugggghhhhh! I loved Rob’s voice in his audition!

JTesla

February 17th, 2011
2:02 am

I’m so glad that the little troll Rob is gone. Dude needs to head back to his bridge and taunt billy-goats.

Decent episdoe, but how can you be mean to Jacee! Otherwise, bring on the performances.

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Name (required)

February 17th, 2011
7:09 am

This show is still on?

Highlander

February 17th, 2011
7:23 am

Good morning, all. Well, …except for “Name (required)”. Just don’t want to upset anyone with your wit!

Highlander

February 17th, 2011
7:29 am

Looked to me like Frodo …I mean Rob, packed it in the night before group day. He wasn’t even trying then. What a wuss!! “I’ll just mope around and not work on the song so I’ll be sent home and won’t have to endure anymore of this torturous existence being around my ex-girlfriend who really DOESN’T want to get back together with me even though I’m obviously such a fun guy to be around!” :roll:

Highlander

February 17th, 2011
7:35 am

On the other hand, I thought Chelsee Oaks blew it, too, and should have gone home!

BTW, when she was born, did her parents go, “Oh, she’s blonde. We better spell her name phonetically so she can get it right in school!”

MTer

February 17th, 2011
7:46 am

Ashley cannot stand the heat in the kitchen, therefore you know what she needs to do. Likewise those mothers! I sincerely hope that this will be the last year we see them coaching their kids. Seriously, this is not fair to the others. I can understand the mothers being in Hollywood because of the kid’s ages, but to allow them to be on the sidelines is another matter. They need to keep their noses out of the competition.

sharon

February 17th, 2011
7:57 am

Is the guy who had the fiance in the wheelchair still on?

sharon

February 17th, 2011
7:59 am

I hate to say it, but this looks like it’s going to be another boring group of 12. I am already bored with the Adam Lambert wannabe. I’m afraid the guy who looks like carrot top and the chubby 15 year old boy will make the top 12.

Deirdre

February 17th, 2011
8:16 am

Yes Chris Medina is still on(the wheelchair fiancee)

I thought a lot of singers showed some real potential last night. Looking forward to what we get to see during the solos tonight.

And I think the carrot-top kid has a great voice.

Deirdre

February 17th, 2011
8:28 am

News from Joe’s Place. It appears that Idol is taping it’s “green mile” show yesterday and today and the rumor is that they are going to pick a top 24 instead of a top 20. Joe is usually pretty accurate.

commoncents

February 17th, 2011
8:31 am

holy crap James Durbin sucks. He mostly sounds like a screaming girl, and the rest of his singing is average

Mo Schreibman

February 17th, 2011
8:34 am

I was hoping the guy with white glasses would get kicked off or least slapped in the face or maybe have his hair mussed.

Deirdre

February 17th, 2011
8:39 am

The white-glasses guy signed his own eviction when he kicked Jaycee out of the group.

Harriett

February 17th, 2011
8:45 am

Clint, the white glasses guy, will make it so far, but the voting public will hate him for what he did to Jaycee. I applaud Scotty for owning up to the mistreatment of Jaycee and actually shedding tears of regret. I did not like him much before that, but I have a new respect for him now.

Rickster™ © ®

February 17th, 2011
8:47 am

Morning, everyone.

Not a lot of singers really impressed me. Noticed that that Lara Johnston got the boot last night.

John Wayne Schultz needs to hope on James Durbin’s back and take him for a gallop. Durbin’s a one-trick pony. When in doubt… go for that high volume, high note screech.

At least “the guy who finished second to Kris Allen (you know, Kris, the guy who won?)” actually had talent. But Durbin? Nowhere close.

I’m giving him the nick name “screech.”

Harriett

February 17th, 2011
8:54 am

But, Rickster, as long as Randy and Steven are celebrating Durbin’s achievement of that high note, he’s going to keep on doing it in every song. Randy and Steven, and even JLo kept talking about that high note, even after the performance.

Rickster™ © ®

February 17th, 2011
8:57 am

I know… they’re enabling him! :-)

Rickster™ © ®

February 17th, 2011
8:58 am

It has to stop! We need to do an intervention! :-)

Harriett

February 17th, 2011
9:06 am

Hey, Deirdre, I finally remembered the song whose melody reminded me of “F You.” It is San Antonio Stroll” by Tanya Tucker, way back in the 70s. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbZV0P_ySi8 Drove me crazy.

Rickster™ © ®

February 17th, 2011
9:11 am

And a note to Pitchy (and anyone else who may be new)

After season 8, the guy who came in second to Kris Allen was getting so much press (much of it negative) that this blog featured him seemingly every day for a week. I decided to remind folks of the results of the season.

So ever since* I’ve referred to the winner as “Kris Allen (you know, Kris, the guy that actually won?)” and the other guy as “The guy who came in second to Kris Allen (you know, Kris, the guy that actually won?)”

*Although there was one day about 10 days ago where I actually typed the full name of “The guy who came in second to Kris Allen (you know, Kris, the guy that actually won?)” when he called a young girl who was unconscious in the hospital and left a message for her to listen to. You can go back to archives and look it up.

Hank Erinn

February 17th, 2011
9:15 am

By the way, Rodney…Lauren Alaina is from Rossville, GA. So we have two reps from the great state of GA. Go Lauren!

Rickster™ © ®

February 17th, 2011
9:16 am

Actually.. it was a bit further back than that.

Rickster
January 24th, 2011
1:16 pm

Mark this day on your calendar, folks… and pay very close attention to the following sentence.

I wish the little girl had actually gotten to talk to Adam Lambert, rather than just being able to hear a voice mail.

(I hope “cut and paste” doesn’t count as typing the name again.)

Mo Schreibman

February 17th, 2011
9:23 am

I remember this F Troop song with Forrest Tucker and that guy who was the brother of someone else but I must have been out of the room when they sang it last night.

Deirdre

February 17th, 2011
9:24 am

Harriett…thanks…I’ll have to listen to it later as hubby got in from a red-eye this morning and is sleeping.

I like James Durbin’s regular voice but he has to STOP THE SCREECH NOW or he will fail. He is not nearly as talented as Adam and will regret inviting the comparison.

Name (required)

February 17th, 2011
9:27 am

Well fine Highlander…..no good morning to you, either. Rude.

Deirdre

February 17th, 2011
9:36 am

Somebody out in blogland is wondering whether “Crazy Ashley” (the girl who almost had a break-down before the group sing even got started) went out and met up with her supplier….the transformation from “crawling up the walls” to “singing great” was almost too hard to achieve without drug assistance.

ed

February 17th, 2011
9:37 am

This program has degenerated into what should be renamed American Idiots. Its entertainment value has dropped to zero.

Name (required)

February 17th, 2011
9:38 am

Ed, Fox News already has the rights to that name and plotline.

Deirdre

February 17th, 2011
9:38 am

Did you watch it last night, ed, or are you just guessing?

RIP to Seinfeld’s Uncle Leo.

Harriett

February 17th, 2011
9:53 am

D, it is amazing how that song popped into my memory upon hearing Cee Lo’s song. Nothing alike, obviously, but the rhythm and parts of the melody just kept niggling at my brain. Rodney, you are too young to remember the song, but listen to it, and you will see what I am talking about.

JTesla

February 17th, 2011
9:54 am

One thing that really impresses me about little Jacee is that his parents are there… as moral support only. Otherwise it is all him. It’s also nice to see that Simply Red practices what he preaches and is open to anyone joining. Unlike Andrew Garcia part 2, you know the guy who brought Danny Gokey glasses to Hollywood. Both him and the guy who said no to Scotty and then left his group torpedoed themeselces in one day. If they make it they will get a sit down with Ryan to try and make things right. Sorry, I’ll vote for the nice people.

Pitchy ™

February 17th, 2011
9:58 am

Good morning, everyone!

I liked the show last night. The first act was OUTSTANDING! However, I was a little too happy to see the overly confident trainwreck from New Jersey leave. She would have been booted off eventually, but what a quick kick to her EGO.

Deirdre

February 17th, 2011
10:06 am

“the overly confident trainwreck”….good moniker for the obnoxious girl who, imo, took the other girl down with her.

And I agree with JT…”white glasses” and ‘Mr. you’re not good enough for my group” shot themselves in their collective feet last night.

JTesla

February 17th, 2011
10:07 am

Oh yeah, Jersey girl. She has some thick thighs. What, she does. If it were Autumn that would be a good thing, those thighs would keep you warm through a long winter. As for the the last two girls, the ones with the ex-boyfriends, I like. Step it up a notch girls, lots of competition this year.

Harriett

February 17th, 2011
10:09 am

You are right, D. I liked Jordan during the early audtions, but I would not vote for him now, under any circumstances. I cannot imagine why these folks don’t remember that we are out here watching them and think about how they are coming across.

Deirdre

February 17th, 2011
10:10 am

I think I’m seeing the purpose to group sing. Not only is it a way to see if people can work together to create something good but it is also a “does he play nice with others” look AND a “if someone else in the group hits a sour note, does she maintain her pitch” look as well. A lot of times last night, when someone went off pitch, he took the rest of the group with him.

Pitchy ™

February 17th, 2011
10:16 am

@Deirdre – I certainly agree, she took the other girl down with her. So glad, the chubby 15 year old got to stay a little longer. Unfortunately, he’s going to leave the competition, but glad they didn’t vote him off last night. Sometimes, you have to give a person their “just desserts” and that country singer and his group got theirs by big little man staying.

Heather MacDonald

February 17th, 2011
10:27 am

I’m not usually a fan of group night, but last night’s performances were eye-opening. Most years, it has been who-can-be-cattier-to-who time, and last night was really more about diplaying the talent.
The group who serenaded Steven Tyler did a great job of making their song fun and our little GA girl also did a great vocal performance. I was really pleased for her. As for Clint (white glasses guy), I hate to see someone who can sing cut their own throat like that. He and Jordan were obnoxious and Highlander and I were both hoping to see them go last night.
Tonight should be another interesting one!

RxDawg

February 17th, 2011
10:46 am

The only travesty I saw was in the girl group that brought up Steven Tyler. The tall brunette girl was a better, way better, singer than any of the other girls. The only allowed the curly blond country girl (who they seem to think is the front runner). What? Both me and my fiance were a little pizzed about that. Considering some of the mediocre talent they allowed in, that tall brunette girl most certainly deserved to keep going.

Other than that, I’m dissapointed that the Tenn country girl (the one with the big hat) didn’t make it through. I was real impressed with her voice on her addition.

Rickster™ © ®

February 17th, 2011
10:52 am

We may have caught a break. There’s a link on the front page to Clay Aiken pics. Hopefully that (and the fact that many Claymatons are sleeping in from last night) means we’ll have an easier day. :-)

RxDawg

February 17th, 2011
10:53 am

“He is not nearly as talented as Adam ”

Actually D, I disagree. His high notes are much better than Adam’s in my opinion. BUT I do agree that he better back off of em. When you have power like that, you have to turn it into art and be creative about where you use it. His mid ranges are great too and he really has the best chance to win this by raw skills alone.

Deirdre

February 17th, 2011
10:55 am

Rx…I thought exactly the same thing. And I’ve read lots of comments on other blogs about how good she was and wondering what she did to pizz off the powers that be at Idol cuz, imo, there’s no way she wasn’t good enough to at least get a call-back.

Deirdre

February 17th, 2011
10:57 am

Rx…I agree that James Durbin’s mid-range is wonderful and think he needs to focus on that. I don’t agree about last night’s high note(although he has been spot on with it in the past) it hurt my ears and made me cringe.

RxDawg

February 17th, 2011
10:58 am

Yeh, when she started singing I sat up from my couch. That’s all I needed to know. I’ve never understood why the judges let go such good talent like that during this process of the show.

RxDawg

February 17th, 2011
11:01 am

lol understandable. I guess what impresses me the most is that Lambert used some fauceto (sp?)and sang his notes from his throat while this James guy is nothing but diaphram. That gives his notes more power. But he is way too simliar to Adam and that will hurt him. He’ll need to figure out a way to distance himself or he simply will not gain the votes needed.

Deirdre

February 17th, 2011
11:07 am

Especially since Adam was such a showman.

New thread up!

Jamie

February 17th, 2011
1:01 pm

The last girl (blonde) to sing was awful. Couldn’t believe she made it through.

Jamie

February 17th, 2011
1:05 pm

I couldn’t stop crying watching Jaycee. He may not have the best voice, but what a sweet kid. I was so glad they put him through. All kids that age should be so kind and sweet.

Kim

February 17th, 2011
2:09 pm

There was another Georgian on Idol last night. Lauren Alaina is from Rossville GA. according to the spoiler list, she makes it to the top 40.

Deb

February 18th, 2011
10:22 am

Why must we compare James Durbin with Adam Lambert. First and foremost, no one is comparable to Adam,he is in a class by himself in todays field of recording artists(just my opinion-some may share it, some may not) and lets give James a chance to be an artist in his own right. It seems just from the little we know about him, he has overcome many challenges to be able to showcase his talent -he deserves the opportunity to shine, and I think Adam might agree.