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American Idol XIII 2014 – Live Blog and Recap – Hollywood Round, Week #1 – Video

Welcome to the live blog and recap of American Idol XIII “Hollywood Round, Week #1″! Group round is in full-swing, and the drama is already high! Which groups will soar? Which will falter? And which will implode? Should be an entertaining show!

American Idol XIII 2014 – Live Blog and Recap – Hollywood Round, Week #1 – Video

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Let’s get this show on the road!

Recap

-We open with a look back on past Idol stars having to face Group Round, from Phillip Phillips to Carrie Underwood, as Ryan declares that this is the obstacle every Idol has had to face. We then get a brief preview of the “agony and ecstasy” of group performances, as a quick recap of last night’s drama suggests this will be a Group Round to remember.

-So a ton of the contestants are freaking out about their groups, while others are that had gotten along earlier are quickly finding out that “the harmony is short-lived.”

Kicking things off is…

THREE MO’ DAYS

-The group consists of David Oliver Willis, Tony Foster, Jr., Sarina Joi-Crowe, all people who’ve been here before. They sing “Too Close,” and Tony messes up the lyrics (“Need to go” instead of “Need to breathe”), but he sings with such conviction that it isn’t noticeable. David is the highlight here, in my opinion, as his voice is husky and unique. With that said, the harmonies are great, particularly the closing bit. I’d say they all deserve to go through.

Advancing: DAVID OLIVER WILLIS, SARINA JOI-CROWE

Eliminated: TONY FOSTER, JR.

-Tony respectfully asks why he was cut, and Harry explains that he spent the entire performance looking at his feet instead of engaging with the performance. He’s immensely appreciative of the explanation, as well as the opportunity. Harry likes that contestants are willing to take something away from the experience.

BACKSTREET COWBOYS

-This group consists of Ben Briley, Dexter Roberts, and Casey Thrasher. They explain to Ryan backstage that they just sort of came together naturally, as they had a natural chemistry together. However, I’m not sure you’d know it from their performance of “I Want It That Way”. I just didn’t feel like this worked at all. A total Restless Load.

-This isn’t to say the boys aren’t talented, just that they picked the wrong song. That said, their harmonies at the end are really solid. The audience loves it, and the judges are tickled. Keith says he loves seeing three guys do something so far away from what they do.

Advancing: BEN BRILEY, DEXTER ROBERTS, CASEY THRASHER

-All three are stoked to be going through together, and Group Round is already off to a fairly strong start.

-Back from break with a group featuring George Lovett and Neco Starr singing “Treasure”, while Paula Hunt and Andrina Brogden’s group sings “Done” by The Band Perry; and MK Nobilette and Briana Oakley’s group sings “Royals” and it’s really pretty, so much so that J-Lo even sings along. We also gets hints of Kenzie Hall, Brandy Neelly, and Emily Piriz’s group.

Advancing: GEORGE LOVETT, NECO STARR, PAULA HUNT, ANDRINA BROGDEN, MK NOBILETTE, BRIANA OAKLEY, KENZIE HALL, BRANDY NEELLY, EMILY PIRIZ

-Up next is…

SPENCER LLOYD, MEGAN MILLER, and ALYSSA SIEBKEN

-Spencer is referred to by Ryan as the competition’s most eligible bachelor, and I suppose that’s probably the case. They sing “Best I Ever Had” by Gavin DeGraw and it’s a complete mess, as Megan starts off by forgetting her lyrics, and Spencer covers up a few flubbed lines with mumbles. It’s such a weird, out-of-sync performance. Alyssa sounded pretty, although she’s not perfect either. In fact, they all did. But the only person I expect to get through is Spencer.

-J-Lo pleads with Megan not to cry, and tells them they should have had a plan to cover for one another if one person forgot the lyrics. She says they all see something in them, some more than others. J-Lo warns that if the decision was based on today’s performance, it would probably be a wash. And so we head to commercial break on the cliffhanger of which singers the judges will send through.

-Back from break with the judges’ decisions. Alyssa tries to say that while the performance was bad today, it was actually worse the night before, which Harry doesn’t believe is possible. (I have no idea what Alyssa intended by saying as much). J-Lo announces the decisions…

Advancing: MEGAN MILLER, SPENCER LLOYD

Eliminated: ALYSSA SIEBKEN

-Alyssa is incredibly upset, while Spencer is thrilled and Megan feels unworthy.

-We also learn that MADISON WALKER, KEITH LONDON, AUSTIN PRECARIO, STEPHANIE PETRONELLI, and ADAM ROTH have been eliminated! Ugh, I HATE when they cut highly-visible contestants without showing us why.

-But most shocking is TIQUILA WILSON, who drops out of the competition! She says that her heart is in Gospel music, and so she doesn’t feel the competition is the right route for her. Harry respects her decision, saying “It’s our loss.”

-In an amusing bit, Harry then announces his withdrawal from the judging panel.

CALEB JOHNSON, TYLER AHLGREN, MATTHEW HAMEL, C.J. HARRIS

-We recap Matthew’s trouble with the group including Jessica Meuse and Clark King, before revealing he found a home with another group, which will be singing “Too Close,” which everybody seems to be doing. Seriously, did they only get three songs to pick from or something?

-Caleb insists on performing with a mic stand, and while he sounds great, the performance is kind of a mess. Tyler makes up lyrics after he forgets the words to their performance of “Too Close. For the first time, C.J. doesn’t sound all that great, as this just wasn’t the best song for him.

Advancing: CALEB JOHNSON, C.J. HARRIS

Eliminated: TYLER AHLGREN, MATTHEW HAMEL

-Matthew says, backstage, that he thinks the decision is “bullcrap”. He declares, “Their loss.” Dude, your voice was just okay. I don’t think the competition necessarily needed another Kevin Covais.

-Before the break, it’s an #IdolHollywood or #IdolHome poll for the group “Collision”. They also sing “Too Close,” because of course they did. And they get through, because of course they did. But they don’t give us any of these peoples’ names, because of course they don’t.

CLARITY

-The group consists of Sikenya Thompson, Munfarid Zaidi, Jena Asciutto, and Allie Odom. After yesterday’s drama with Sikenya’s illness, the group is uncertain if she’ll be ready to go. But she shows up at the eleventh hour and rejoins the group. She tells the judges she’s sick, prompting Harry to question if it was wise for her to tell them that. Munfarid, however, charmingly sticks up for her and says that she’s fighting through her illness because she doesn’t want to give up her opportunity.

-They sing “Too Close” and OH MY GOD, PICK ANOTHER DAMN SONG! This is like The Alex Clare Variety Hour or something.

-Sikenya botches the lyrics and starts crying, and almost doesn’t continue without the encouragement of the judges. Her voice is pretty good when she’s on-point, as it borders on Fantasia, in parts. But I don’t know why she’s getting a pass when others with far greater charisma and star quality have botched and gone home. Apparently, the judges see something in her, so I’m just going to trust them on this, although I could have done without them praising her for messing up.

Advancing: SIKENYA THOMPSON, MUNFARID ZAIDI, JENA ASCIUTTO

Eliminated: ALLIE ODOM

-We next see a group including Savion Wright and John Fox, neither of whom I recognized without their glasses.

Advancing: SAVION WRIGHT

Eliminated: JOHN FOX

-This hits Savion hard, and he breaks down in tears.

-We’re back with Jessica Meuse’s group, and she’s frustrated that Stephanie’s mom keeps treating her like she’s sixteen.

NICA NASHAE, STEPHANIE HANVEY, CARA WATSON, JESSICA MEUSE

-Jessica explains before the performance that she was accepted into the group at the last minute after her first group imploded, so she might be iffy with the lyrics. J-Lo is supportive of her, which is kind of surprising, since normally that would get a contestant in trouble.

-They sing “Single Ladies”, and it’s really not good at all. They’re just really out of sync, and the individual vocals aren’t all that great. Stephanie’s mother is dancing in the audience, and I’m mildly embarrassed for the girl.

-J-Lo applauds their camraderie and how they came together and helped Jessica when she forgot the lyrics. But cuts need to be made…

Advancing: NICA NASHAE, CARA WATSON, JESSICA MEUSE

Eliminated: STEPHANIE HANVEY

-Stephanie’s mother shouts praise at her from the stands, and Harry agrees, saying that the talent they’ve had to cut has been incredible. Stephanie’s mother continues to bark out that her daughter is a star and will be someone to watch. She continues to be absolutely infuriating when she throws the rest of the group under the bus, telling Cara, Nica and Jessica that Stephanie carried them all. Stephanie’s mother accuses Jessica of bringing down the group by giving up, prompting Jessica to call her out on how rude she’s being. But Stephanie’s mother swears she’s just telling the truth. Jessica took that FAR better than I would have. What an utterly unbearable woman.

-And Group Round is coming to a close, as we get a brief peek at a group that Keith calls out for questionable song choice, before heading to the next group…

LOVE’S ANGELS

-This group consists of Terrica Curry, Carmen Delgina, Emmanuel Zidor, and they’re singing “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child. I think it’s kind of a mess. They sound okay individually, but it’s just such a sloppy group performance.

-Harry wishes they’d have chosen a song with an actual melody, instead of one that relies so much on the beat. (Harry does a quick beatbox, and it’s friggin’ great)

-Harry reveals that he only sees true star potential in one of the contestants, and I’m completely expecting Carmen to get the nod for look alone, even though I wouldn’t have agreed with that choice, but…

Advancing: EMMANUEL ZIDOR

Eliminated: TERRICA CURRY, CARMEN DELGINA

LOUD AND FIERCE

-This group consists of Christina Collins, Olivia Diamond, Queen Bulls, and Malaya Watson. They sing “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5, and much like during last night’s drama, Olivia oozes desperation more than ambition or drive. She just comes across like she’s trying too hard. Ditto Queen Bulls.

-The judges make their decision and, well, this is surprising…

Advancing: CHRISTINA COLLINS, OLIVIA DIAMOND, QUEEN BULLS, MALAYA WATSON

-And that, apparently, is a wrap on Group Round! We don’t really get a full accounting of who all made it through, since we didn’t see all 77 singers who advanced. I suppose we’ll find out who’s still here next week when the finalists perform one last time for a shot to sing for America’s votes.

-So what did you think? Did the judges make the right call? Sound off in the comments!

-Thanks for hanging out tonight! You guys are great, as always!

Goodnight!

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