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Kirstin Says: The Minors Outshine On 'Idol' AGAIN, But Was It Fair They Get Help From Their Moms?

Wed, February 16, 2011 10:23pm EDT by 6 Comments

Out of 30+ groups, it was the kids groups who outlasted the competition. Maybe Idol really WILL find the next Justin Bieber!

American Idol is back! And this week we witnessed the always dramatic group performances, which might as well be synonymous for “the night crazies come out to play” and thus, “Kirstin’s favorite episode of the season.” I live for “Group Day.”  The pressure, the egos and the talent — reality TV doesn’t get better than this!

It always amazes me how before the commercial break we see the groups crumbling; people are sobbing, voices sound like dying cats and choreography is kindergarten level, at best. Then, the performances start and the group performances are as flawless as a Justin Bieber concert. It’s magic! How do they pull themselves together so quickly? This is one of life’s biggest mysteries.

Of course, there was the yearly montage of contestants forgetting their lyrics and missing their notes, but all in all, the harmonizing, personality and talent seemed to be at an all time high. Plus, Steven Tyler entertained us with a drum solo during a lull in the action. Treats!

Out of all the groups, The Minors — a group made up of kids under 17 — impressed the most. They had all three judges on their feet and gave me chills watching at home. I don’t know what kind of hormones parents are feeding their offspring these days, but these kids are not human. How they can dance, sing and harmonize circles around people eight years older than them is beyond me.

However, it can’t hurt their moms had the opportunity to stand in the corner and coach them the entire time. I have to imagine if every group had a second and third opinion on its dance moves and harmonies, they’d all improve. I know minors have to have their parents with them when they’re working on a set, but I think Idol producers should revise the rules and make sure stage moms have a separate holding area. All of the coaching and helping shouldn’t be allowed…it gives the kids an unfair advantage!

That said, stage moms or not, I’m still SO, SO, SO pleased Idol lowered the competing age this year. It’s breathed new life into the competition! I cannot wait to see who makes it into the Top 50 tomorrow night. What did YOU think of the group performances? Are the kids your favorites too?

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