American Idol has progressed to the Hollywood week portion of the show. This is where they whittle down the contestants to an eventual two dozen out of the hundreds sent to Hollywood during the auditon processes.
This week comprised a night of solo performances and some eliminations Tuesday night, then Group sing, last night. Group sing night was a rather hairily put together conglomeration of contestants attempting to merge together up to create a performance. I found it borderline mind numbing and a scattered mess of too many people being shown for too short a period of time, a mish mashed mess. The only cohesive parts that I could ascertain, the show continued flashing to contestant Big Mike and his wife back home who was in the hospital laboring to birth their first child – alone. Well I guess, to be fair, Big Mike was there somewhat, it was like birth by Skype.
Then there was faux-rocker chick Mary Powers with her natty, waddy, odd-dyed hair yelling and glaring at everyone within twenty feet like she was on the verge of committing mass murder. He group members kept shooting semi-fearful glances at her as if they really never wanted to turn their backs on her for fear of suffering a stabbing between the shoulder blades. She yelled at her group members, she yelled at the music coaches, she was one angry, natty-haired diva. I give Mary some points for being at the very least the most entertaining part of this entire week.
Of course there were a lot of whining and crying going on but sadly no one hauled off and pummeled anyone else which would have at least shaken it up a bit. I kept rooting for Mary Powers to fill that void but while she certainly looked like she was thinking about it, never followed through.
Ellen did her step front, back and sideways thing again trying to bring some levity and humor but she did that last night too so let’s hope it is not going to be used again… once okay, twice not so much.
Jason Castro’s second time to try out bro, Michael was shown very briefly but we never heard him sing solo. No back story provided either so the producers obviously hate him.
Lady Gaga was featured in several group’s unfortunate covers including one group who had this Black chick wearing her hair completely over her eyes. It was really odd. I guess she was shooting for a Rhianna look but something about her purple tinged, highly shellacked forelock had me thinking of Dumb Donald from the Bill Cosby cartoon. Don’t take that the wrong way but those bangs were ridiculous.
Goggles wearing Mark Labriola hiccup-cried brokenly when he was dismissed for that sin of all sins, forgetting the lyrics.. Ryan Seacrest provided a nice long caress and hug. It was quite touching.
Jermaine Sellers validated Dave Della Terza’s “too much melisma” description. He warbled and screamed mercilessly. My own young ‘un turned to me and said, “Well now the show has a screecher.” You know there always has to be at least one big screecher per year. It’s a quota thing.
Overall throughout the tears, jeers and deranged looks the group rounds are over. Next week we get to see the 71 left standing sing again and then it’s the “chair” episode to turn out the top 24. As if I don’t already know who is going through…
That reminds me, I don’t think anyone has ever had a better “chair” scene than this guy: Taylor Hicks walks the Green Mile.