“American Idol” group night auditions continued on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 from Hollywood. Bitchiness reigned supreme. Group night, the true test of endurance, organization and patience. Get put in a group with a crazy and you’re on the bus to Nowheresville.
The groups “Neapolitan” and “Destiny’s Wild” were in conflict immediately, jockeying for position in practice facilities and with the accompanist. Later, one group claimed the other group stole their idea to sing the song a cappella. (“Get Ready ‘Cause Here I Come” was popular).
Other groups had names like “Phoenix”, “The Mighty Rangers,” “Team Awesome,” and “Faith.”
Let’s separate the bad from the good.
“Faith,” a 3-girl trio, was good. They all made it through. That means that Charity Vance and Ashley Rodriguez are through.
“Team Awesome” was a split decision. The new father in the group made it through, along with one other member, but Seth Rollins, the father with the autistic child, and Tim Urban are gone.
When “Neapolitan” came up, first, and sang the song a cappella, Simon said, “In its own way that was very good.” This made the second group (“Destiny’s Wild”) rather angry.
The second group to come forth to sing the same song was criticized for its choice of apparel. Judge Ellen DeGeneres likened it to Cirque De Soleil (there were flips onstage) and the comment was made, “It was surreal, is what it was.’ Nevertheless, some members of the group made it through.
“Three Men and a Baby’ did well, also, passing Janelle Wheeler, Jermaine Purefoy and Casey James on to more competition. (The smaller the group, the greater the chance of success; write that down, future contestants.)
The group consisting of Tori Kelly (a high school student) and Maddie Penrose (also a high school student) and Mark Labriola of Aurora (Colorado) and Kimberly Kerbow are gone. Mark Labriola pleaded for one last chance, causing Simon Cowell to say, “You know what, Mark. Don’t beg. It’s not cool.” Simon was very cold about it.
Simon was similarly harsh with the group “Phoenix,” which suffered the loss of one of its members at the last moment when Katt Nessel lost confidence and left. Jeff and Jermaine were the survivors of this group (Phoenix).
“The Dreamers” were so poorly prepared that Ellen DeGeneres said, “It’s like the dream died on the stage.” Mary Powers, the Joan Jett-like rocker, made waves with her overbearing presence in the group, bossing the others around and being generally less-than-lovable. Mary did make it through, but Margo May in her group did not (Simon said, “Shut off her microphone!”). Mary Powers was interviewed after the group’s performance, saying that she liked all the members of her group, but she would never work with them again. Somehow, I have the feeling that if the other members of her group were interviewed, they’d second the last part but not the first part.
The total field of contestants has now been been pared to 71 contestants from 95. Some early favorites, like John Park, Caitlin Epperly and Christian Spear are still hanging in there.
Group week in Hollywood looks like Hell Week in a fraternity/sorority.