Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hollywood Week: Part 3

Welcome back! Tonight is Ladies Night. Last week we saw the men go through the Hollywood week process. They were a few surprise eliminations, a few surprises of people going through, but that was then and tonight is all about the female contestants. Overall the females have been very strong thus far, so it should be interesting to see how they do on the bigger stage. Tonight will follow the same format as last week with the majority of the time being about the groups. I'll take you through it all. So let's see what happens:

Brutal Cuts Abound?
We learn that there are more girls than guys so there will be a bigger amount of eliminations from the girl side than from the guy side. Well if that's the case then why not have a total of 40 going to the next round but have it be 40 of the best, rather than a split of 20 guys and 20 girls? Maybe there are really 25 great girls and only 15 great guys, isn't it worth being a little uneven rather than bringing back 5 only semi good guys and eliminating 5 really great girls? I've had this gripe for years and years and it never really does anything. Whatever. Let's move on...

Acapella 10
This round has 10 girls stand in a line and they sing acapella. They are told right away if they stay or go.

Notable Contestants Moving
On: Angela Miller, Victoria Acosta, Janelle Arthur, Rachel Hale, Candice Glover, Isabelle, Kez Ban, Briana Oakley, Melinda Edami, Ashley Feliciano 

Notable Contestants Eliminated: Mariah Pulice, Ashley Smith, Anne Difoni, Sarah Restucio, Megan Miller

*There are many others that either made it, or were eliminated but we didn't see them, we just saw random reactions.

Group Round Formation
Like last week the groups are pre-determined by the Producers, rather than having the contestants create groups on their own. This adds a bit of extra drama, and who doesn't want extra drama from these group rounds? There just isn't enough.  

Random Findings: Kez Ban is trying to blend in with her group but is having a tough time. She is very opinionated and overly excitable and her group is trying to calm her down a bit. A few other groups are having some issues agreeing on a song, other groups can't figure out their choreography. They show us Kez Ban's group again. Her group finds her very eccentric, and that she is, and Kez Ban knows it.

My Opinion: Kez Ban is highly entertaining. Her voice sounds very crackly and shaky during rehearsals but I still enjoy me some Kez Ban. She'll never win the show, but she is memorable and that works for me. All in all not a ton of focus on the drama from the other ladies groups initally. 

Group Round Performances
 Randy is "in studio" so he is not around for the first 5 Groups of this Group Round. So it's just Nicki, Mariah and Keith to begin with. 

~Group 1=Melinda Ademi, Denise Jackson, Candice Glover, Kamaria Ousley
Who's Moving On? All of Em
Who's Going Home? None of Em
Opinion? Candice's voice and Kamaria's voice really stood out for me. Of the 4 of them the weakest was Melinda's, but even hers was pretty good. They blended really well together.

~Group 2=Morgan Leigh Boberg, Lauren Mink, Brandy Hotard
Who's Moving On? All of Em
Who's Going Home? None of Em 
Opinion? All 4 are very country, but none blew me away completely.

~Group 3= Savannah Votion, Lizz Weiss, Daysia Hall, J'Leigh Chauvin
Who's Moving On? Daysia Hall
Who's Going Home? Savannah, Lizz and J'Leigh
Opinion? Not good at all. They all struggled mightily. They just didn't blend well together at all. They forgot lyrics and harmonies.Daysia forgot her lyrics but still went through, I guess they liked something from her past because this was a mess.

~Group 4=Kriss Mincey, Janel Stinney, Cristabel Clack and one other unidentified female
Who's Moving On? All of Em
Who's Going Home? None of Em
Opinion? We see that the group had some struggles when they were being formed, especially with Janel. Janel was pretty stand-offish with the rest of her group. Very disconnected. Janel forgot all of her lyrics on stage. Not saying one thing has to do with the other, but it sure is possible. It's crazy that Janel made it through, she just completely broke down after her performance. Drama drama.

Random Contestants Moving On=Shubha Vedula, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Aubrey Cleland

~Group 5=Seretha Guinn, Tenna Torres, Kiara Lanier and an unidentified female
Who's Moving On? Tenna, Kiara and Unidentified Girl 
Who's Going Home? Seretha
Opinion? Seretha was vocally really good but a bit boring, Tenna and Kiara were off and the other chick was not good at all. Nicki believes that this was a very bad song choice. Pretty shocked that the other 3 were going through and not Seretha, since I thought Seretha would be the only one moving on.

Randy is back for the rest of the Group Performances

~Group 6=Erin Christine, Zoanette Johnson, Lauren Bettes, Isabelle
Who's Moving On? Erin, Zoanette, Isabelle
Who's Going Home? Lauren
Opinion? I still don't get why "Isabelle" only has one name, but there ya go. This group had some drama with Zoanette during the inital group formation but found it's footing on stage.

~Group 7= Shira Gavrielov, Alisha Dixon, Liz Bills, Courtney Calle
Who's Moving On? Liz Bills 
Who's Going Home? Shira, Courtney, Alisha
Opinion?=This group struggled with their song choice throughout the process. Liz and the rest of her group don't get along. This group was all over the place. No one stood out. They were a mess. It was a little uncomfortable to watch actually. After being eliminated Shira comes back on stage looking for an explanation and makes things awkward. The judges explained that she just didn't have it. Simple enough.

~Group 8=Stephanie Schimel, Alex Delaney, Kalli Therinae, Holly Miller
Who's Moving On? Stephanie and Holly
Who's Going Home?  Alex and Kallie
Opinion? This group changed songs the morning of their performance. Very gutsy. Kalli and Holly were the only ones who were able to adapt and sing the proper lyrics. Stephanie didn't know the lyrics despite being the one to change the song. Stephanie was even shocked that she got through.

~Group 9=Britnee Kellogg, Kree Harrison, Brandy Neelly, Haley Davis
Who's Moving On? Britnee, Kree, Haley
Who's Going Home? Brandy
Opinion? This group was all about the drama. One of the group members left during rehearsals because she needed to sleep, so she was unprepared, which made the other group members a little scattered. The performance on stage was pretty scattered as well. Keith tells Brandy that he loves her voice, yet she goes home? Don't understand, would've liked a little explanation on her elimination.

~Group 10= Kez Ban, Breanna Steer, Angela Miller, Janelle Arthur
Who's Moving On? All of Em
Who's Going Home? None of Em
Opinion? We saw a ton of Kez Ban's group earlier in the episode. The rest of the group didn't gel well with Kez Ban, to say the least. But then again Kez Ban didn't really want to gel with them. I think on stage they really worked well together, it's crazy how opposite their on stage dynamics were with their off stage. All of them have very solid voices, Janelle and Angela's were far superior, but Brianna was decent and Kez Ban is just crazy enough to keep going through. Especially with Nicki Minaj as a judge.

Final Thoughts

*A ton of country contestants out there. Given the success of former Idol winner and just recent multiple Grammy award winner Carrie Underwood it wouldn't be a bad thing to follow in her shoes.

*A ton of women forgot the lyrics today. They used their hands and arms to write the lyrics but even that didn't work. Gotta say Nicki Minaj's facial expressions every time someone messed up their lyrics was pretty priceless. But given that last week she sent through a group that knew no words I can't really take her 100% seriously. But I still love her facial expressions.

*A ton of really strong ladies tonight. Candice Glover, Rachel Hale, Janelle Arthur, Angela Miller and several others impressed me. I love me some Kez Ban but she was pretty difficult to handle. Completly entertaining, but her vocal quality was not at the level I wish it was, especially when you compare it to Janelle and Angela.

*Just a note, we saw 4 less group performances, and far more drama than the males last week. Just saying. 

That's it. What did you think of the ladies? Tomorrow we will see them perform solo and we will learn not only the fates of 20 ladies, but the 28 remaining men will be whittled down to 20 as well. So a lot of things tomorrow to look forward to. So come back here right after the next episode. So until then, see ya!

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