Michael Simeon stepped up and Alexis Granville cracked under pressure. It’s night two of Hollywood Week on ‘American Idol’ and it’s anybody’s game.
After night one of American Idol‘s Hollywood Week, it was clear that the talent this year was going to be serious, and so too was the pressure. Onto the second night of the week which some refer to as “the week from hell,” that continued to be true. While smooth crooner Michael Simeon was able to pull ahead, Alexis Granville couldn’t hack it and literally fainted on stage. Who went home? Who’s in it to win it? Check out a full recap!
‘American Idol’: Alexis Granville Faints In Hollywood Week
The evening began with Gabby Zonneveld, 16, who immediately set the tone for tension by losing her place in her song and crying. Harry, being the sweet dude he is got up on stage with her, told her to take some breaths and take a walk before coming back.
The rest of her line fared better. Kelly Kime, 23, wowed with her folksy voice, as did Katherine Winston, 18, who took a risk with “Wild Horses” which seemed to pay off.
After a talk with her mom, Gabby took another crack at it. She was much more confident on the second try, and all her fellow competitors were cheering for her in the audience. As we know, this is a sudden death round, meaning after your line performs, you’re either in or you’re out. Gabby, Kelly and Katherine all were told to step forward, and all made it through to the next round. Boring. Moving on.
Wheres The Swag?
Onto the next group, Andrew Annello, 22, was boasting his “swag,” and decided to sing the Amy Winehouse classic “Valerie,” and he maybe should’ve kept quiet about his swag because it was not so evident. Maddie Walker, 16, was next and she was fine but I’d already forgotten about her before I’ve finished writing this sentence so that’s not a great sign. Alexis Gomez was next and, while she was unique and talented, she opted to go barefoot so automatically she can please exit my television.
Cody Fry, 24, brought the energy down a little– though not in a bad way. His indie sound was welcome relief from the incessant belting most contestants opt for. Not surprisingly, he glided right through.
The energy skyrocketed right back up with the next contestant, Loren Lott, 22. She said, verbatim, “I think I can make this show a lot of money.” She sang an Imagine Dragons songs and, unfortunately, her talent was not proportionate with her energy. AND YET, the judges put her through. Attitude is everything I guess.
“I should be the next American Idol because I’m the only me,” said Shi Scott. Okay. She sang Duffy‘s “Mercy,” and it was awesome. Rayvon Owen, 23, wanted to make his mom proud, who was sitting in the audience cheering for him, and sang John Legend. Both made it through.
Clark Beckham, 22, looks like a younger Chris Pine, and this might be influencing my opinion of him because I basically love him. Daniel Seavey, 15, was next. We remember him for looking like he was about nine (which isn’t actually much younger than his real age, right?). Both are kinda dreamy in a prepubescent sort of way and both made it through to the next round.
As the afternoon dwindled, the talent started to as well. Dakota Suarez, 19, was the auditioner who was also a drag queen. Dakota, if you recall, was terrible back in the audition round and shouldn’t have made it through. He was terrible this time too. Wayta prove me right, judges! He was sent home.
Qasim Middleton, 18, was next. He and his dreads were smooth and soothing. Also, he and fellow contestant Jax look to be having a little Idol showmance and he sang his song for her! Good thing he made it through or that could’ve been awkward.
The Dreaded Group Rounds
That was all child’s play though because, next up… The group round. DUN DUN DUN.
The contestants made teams amongst themselves, selected captains and picked their songs.
One woman summed it up perfectly: “It’s a mess.” While some groups gelled and called it an early night, others were working well into the wee hours and entering delirium.
First up is Double Stuft, featuring David Willis, Jesse Cline, Clark Beckham, and J. None. The group called it quits early the night before and it might have been a mistake because their performance was all over the place with some great moments and some horrendous ones. Well, it turned out okay, because despite the mistakes, they all made it through.
Shiva Squared was next featuring Shi Scott, Andrew Bloom, Adam Ezgelian and “Big Ron” Wilson. They stayed up most of the night and were worried their sleep deprivation would get the best of them. They sang “Pretty Young Thing” and, I’m sorry but it wasn’t at all pretty. Though individually they sounded nice, they all tried to overshadow each other. All made it through except for Andrew. Big Ron was so upset about Andrew going home that he said he’d give up his spot for him if he could. That’s a sweet thought but, sorry, calling a major bluff on that one.
Maddy Hudson, Reno Anoa’i, Tyanna Jones and Steffi Ledbetter were the youngest group with a collective age of, like, 40. Their age drastically showed with each of them trying to “outrun” one another. Well, all made it through except for Steffi who, oddly, was the only one of the four not to cry after the verdict. Huh.
Team Dimples is next because– yup– they all have dimples (though the verdict on their IQs is still out). Jaq Mackenzie, Nick Fradiani, Hunter Larsen and Michael Simeon sang “Rude,” and it was by far the best group performance of the night. All of their reggae sounds meshed extraordinarily and they sounded just as great in their solo sections. In fact, Harry said one of them would be winning the competition.
Alexis Granville Faints Onstage
Sal’s Gals is next featuring, of course, Sal Ventinetti. After a momentary panic attack prior to the performance, we thought Alexis Granville had made a full recovery. However, she took to the stage and went blank behind the eyes. Suddenly, she fainted and had to be escorted off the stage by an EMT.
AND THEN THE EPISODE ENDED! To be continued? How dare you Idol!
What did you think of Hollywood Week? Who is your favorite to win it all so far?
— Casey Mink