– Hollywood week transitions in to the infamous group round, where contestants form groups of 4 or 5 and have less than 24 hours to learn and rehearse a song. I’ve spoken with two people who have partaken in this, last year and this year, and both say that the experience is EXACTLY how it is portrayed on the show. Lots of stress, backstabbing, and tense moments as these potential Idols learn to lend their fate to the hands of others.
– I thought last week’s ending and this week’s continuation of 16 year-old Symone Black was a little tacky. The poor girl just passed out, do we need cameras in her face?
– Surprised Ethan Jones and Lauren Mink didn’t make it to group round. Both were much more talented than some of the others that did.
– One of the things I love about group round is how your perception of certain people changes. Last year there was no better example of this than Scotty McCreery, who was made out to be a villian. He ended up as America’s sweetheart and the winner. This year, there are two examples of that.
– Heejun Han could barely contain his nerves last episode – now he’s joking, ribbing on fellow group members, and acting quite outspoken in front of the camera.
– On the flip, his arch-nemesis, Richie Law, like Scotty has that deep country voice and is being made out to be a bad guy.
– I’m over seeing people puke, pass out, look nauseated, pass kidney stones, etc. Either this is staged or the conditions are so rough that something needs to be done. Honestly, I think it’s the latter.