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American Idol Recap: Hollywood Group Night

American Idol Rundown: Group Night in Hollywood

Oh, group night. It's the night on American Idol when all attempts at professionalism go right out the window in favor of crying, backbiting, awkward choreography, and absolutely disastrous harmonies. What's not to love?

The funny thing about group night is that it's kind of a silly elimination challenge. Sure, there are group sings in the rest of Idol, but the singers are never judged on them — nor, for that matter, does their ability to get along with other people factor in. But group night is all about arranging a song, putting some goofy choreography to it, and managing not to kill your teammates — skills that a big portion of the Hollywood crowd seemed to lack. Frankly, I'm surprised only 25 or 30 people were eliminated; it seemed like the judges could have been far more savage.

As always, there was plenty of drama — but, interestingly, a lot of the people causing that drama found themselves headed home after their group performances. Want to chat about it? Just


  • Katrina? Drama. Tatiana? Drama. Nancy and Nathaniel? Drama, drama, drama. I had to laugh at Nathan's sign about group night not being as easy as he thought it would be. Once again: Have these people seen Idol?
  • Also, there could not have been a worse matchup in Idol history than Bikini Girl and Rose. Ugh, it seemed obvious from the start that at least one of them wasn't going to make it through.
  • I'm glad Simon put his foot down on forgetting the words. Really, memorizing the song you're singing is a pretty basic skill. So, yeah, even though I was obviously an early fan of Emily Wynne-Hughes, it's totally fair that she was sent packing.
  • I thought it was ludicrous for Katrina to quit on her group — and even moreso once I heard her excuse. "I'd been in heels since 5 a.m."? Cry me a river. "I have scoliosis"? Then maybe don't wear the heels. I'm glad that Jasmine got to scoot through, though; she nearly saved the whole Divas performance.
  • Tatiana just makes my head hurt. All that quitting and coming back, the laughing and crying and praising Jesus . . . it's just too much to take. I actually hope, for her sake, that she doesn't make the top 36 — or that lots of people are skipping this part and only tuning in for the voting rounds — because every time she says something ridiculous, I can practically see her votes melting away.
  • I never, ever, ever want to see that image of Paula with the dead pink zombie eyes again. It's already given me nightmares.
  • On the positive side — yes, there was one! — White Chocolate was a standout, as was Danny's group. So mean of Simon to tell him to step forward and then send the whole group through!
  • I'd kind of forgotten about Adam Lambert, but I sure remembered him tonight.

Did any of the eliminations surprise you? Did anyone sneak through who you think should have been out? And at this point, is there anyone you're really rooting for?

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Gayana Gayana 8 years
Does anyone know if Joanna Pacitti is still on the show? She is the one that auditioned in Louisville, and is involved in all kinds of controversy because shes had a major record label in the past.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I'm upset that Rose got sent home (she's unique), I think she should have chosen another group to work with but at the same time when Katrina showed up late the next morning she should have been booted right then and there. Emily screwed up quite a bit and was right to be sent home. Simon warned everyone from the get go you forget the words, you're gone.
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
Tatiana may very well be the most annoying contestant the show has ever had. She's a total narcissist who can't even sing well. Ugh. At least Bikini Girl is gone. I love Adam. He's pretty fabulous. I just hope he doesn't get into the habit of oversinging everything. I also really like Danny, but I'm afraid he may become annoying to me. I'm really starting to love Matt, he was really impressive last night. I also really like Anoop, even though he wasn't show last night.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Go Adam!
cherrygirl143 cherrygirl143 8 years
Bikini girl was such an idiot! Glad she is gone! I agree that the that the chic praising Jesus, laughing...crying...laughing....crying was so over the top. I actually muted the TV.
aeryn aeryn 8 years
The blind guy made it through. You could tell at the end when they were quickly showing the losers then the winners. These eps needed to be longer this week, we didn't get to see enough of the singing and last night was a very bad drama/singing ratio!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I liked Rose before, but even though Katrina sucks, Rose was being a b*tch too last night. I can't believe they put Tatiana's group through- they were all bad and she was TERRIBLE. I love Danny- his group was awesome. And India is adorable! I thought her group was the best. I feel like we're only seeing maybe 10 people or so that are making it through- I happened to see that Castro's brother made it through from a quick shot of his group, but I want to know what happened to people like Megan from San Diego and the blind guy.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
ktc71 — it's true, but I *think* they can only choose from the people who are eliminated from the top 36 once we start voting.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I was amazed that everyone in Tatiana's Group made it and Especialy her.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I LOVE group night. I felt a little bad for Rose, but she chose her group. It always bugs me when people get to pick their own group and then they complain about the people they are with.
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
Is it true that this year the judges will each get to pick a "wildcard" contestant to come back? I thought I had heard something about that. If so, I could see one of them bringing Emily or Rose back.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
that was painful to watch. some of those people are delusional. Happsmjc - your puppy in your pic is SO cute!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
Oh and Nancy in team Compromise WAS NOT GOOD--her group was not the reason she left!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
LaurenG I agree, why did that whole group make it through?? I didn't get it! They were terrible! I just thought the groups who focused on the singing did great--everyone could have excelled had they done just that! I felt bad for Rose--Katrina shouldn't have even been allowed to preform--she was ridic! I was surprised there are still over 70 ppl. left!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
OMG, I am so happy Bikini Girl is gone. Good riddance. I honestly don't understand why the Tatianna group (or her for that matter) all made it through. They were horrible.
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