The Hollywood Five Don’t Have Us Begging for ‘Mercy’ on ‘American Idol’
The Hollywood Five went five-for-five during group week in Hollywood during the 'American Idol' auditions. The entire group got pushed through to the next round of the competition on the strength of their strong and well-harmonized rendition of Duffy's neo-soul gem 'Mercy.' We were not begging for mercy -- in fact, we were begging for more. That old phrase "keep it simple stupid" certainly applied here, as the performance was clean and crisp.
There were no cracks in this group's foundation from start to finish, with 15-year-old Eben Franckewitz, 17-year-old Gabi Carrubba and 17-year-old David Leathers, Jr. taking solos during the song. We hope the other groups were watching, since this is how you do group week, easily the messiest and most stressful part of the audition process. They were just as good as Groovesauce.
The teenage quintet, which is also included 16-year-old Ariel Sprague and 19-year-old Jeremy Rosado, all hit the right notes at the right time. Sprague opened the song soulfully and Rosado closed it with some well-navigated higher notes. As a result, we will see them all again, and gladly. Franckewitz and Leathers, Jr. are unusual and unconventional talents, which also bodes well for them, and Carrubba certainly knows her way around a microphone.
They were easily one of the best groups of the night, and while that night not seem like it's saying much, since so many groups were train wrecks, this quintet of singers got us excited for what's to come once the live rounds kick into high gear.
Watch the Hollywood Five Perform 'Mercy' on 'American Idol'