Hollywood Week continued on American Idol Thursday with more golden ticket winners filling the Orpheum Theater for another shot at impressing judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez.
Thursday’s Group Rounds included an Idol first: A contestant diagnosed with mononucleosis and barred from coming into contact with the other contestants was forced to perform as a “group of one.”
The round saw the contestants breaking up into groups of three or four and performing a musical style and song of their own choosing. Idol advisor Scott Borchetta was on hand to coach the hopefuls.
Here are Thursday’s highlights:
First up, Team Blue Eyes, featuring Kory Wheeler, Kelsie Watts, Jenna Renae and Jordan Sasser, sang “Treasure,” by Bruno Mars. Jennifer was happy with the performance, noting all of them showed their strengths. Harry agreed, saying everyone’s voice was strong. Keith was also impressed, commenting that each member stepped out without stepping on the others. All four went through.
Milk and Cookie included Sara Sturm, Lynzee Fraye, Jenn Blosil and Bri Ray. They tackled One Direction’s “Drag Me Down.” Lopez noted the performance “wasn’t perfect,” but still enjoyable. Urban thought it was a great song choice. Connick praised the group for “taking risks,” and called them “four very talented young women.” Sara, Lynzee, Jenn and Bri all move on.
Trent Harmon, told by his doctor that he had mononucleosis and was barred from coming into contact with the other contestants, performed as a group of one — an Idol first. The judges felt his version of Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” didn’t need any vocal accompaniment. Harry joked that the song sounded better “in mono,” adding that Trent had an “extraordinary gift.” Keith added that maybe it wasn’t Trent’s illness that kept people away, but that no one could get near his talent. He advances to the next round.
Chicken Noodle Soup, featuring Dalton Rapattoni and Kassy Levels, lost original group member Miranda “Poh” Scott, who dropped out of the competition because she felt it was “too much.” Meanwhile, Anatalia Villaranda — originally with the group Envy, but forced to leave when she couldn’t agree with the rest of the trio on a song — was a last-minute replacement for Scott. The group sang Bruno Mars’ “Treasure.” Urban liked the way they “clipped” the words, noting “little things” are what the competition is all about. Lopez and Connick agreed. The drama ended up being all worth it, as Dalton, Kassy and Anatalia all moved on to the next round.
The loss of Anatalia didn’t bother Envy. Sonika Vaid, Stephany Negrete and Andrew Nazarbekian took on Ariana Grande’s “Problem” and nailed it. Urban singled out Stephany as the standout performer, while Andrew looked as if he’d never been on a stage in his whole life. In spite of that, all three survived Group Round and moved on.
Las Caritas’ Gianna Isabella and Dana Ordway had a problem dealing with their partner Eliz Camacho’s ego and it showed. After their performance of Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!),” J-Lo said she could feel the tension between them. Harry thought all three did a good job, but that 15-year-old Gianna out-sang her 24-year-old counterparts – although she had a problem remembering the words to the song. However, based on what they’d seen from her in the past, Gianna went through, as well as Dana. Eliz was sent home.
Aptly named Rebirth, Manny Torres, Malie Delgado and Christian Eason killed in their group performance, in spite of losing their fourth member, La Porsha Renae, midway through rehearsals. Their version of Alex Clare’s “Too Close” blew the judges away, with both Urban and Lopez calling it the best performance of the day. Urban singled out Torres for carrying the group with his stage presence. Connick praised the trio for all looking like they “wanted to fight for this.” All three went through.
Meanwhile, La Porsha joined Toni Starr and Marlena Johnson, who lost their fourth member, Shelbie Z, to another group. They still managed to close out the Group Round with the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” Marlena forgot the words but didn’t let that throw her, which the judges appreciated. Jennifer noted the performance had a “group feeling.” Harry told the trio that American Idol would be “very lucky” to have all three go through to the next round.
Hollywood Week on American Idol continues next Wednesday on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
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