‘American Idol’ Recap: Round 2 Features Breathtaking Performance of Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’
It’s round 2 of Hollywood Week on ‘American Idol’, and that means it’s time for the 168 remaining contestants to form groups. Group round is notoriously the toughest part of the week, but that didn’t stop 39 teams from hitting the stage in front of Steven, J. Lo and Randy — including five teens that laid down a breathtaking performance of Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love.’
There were plenty of tears as past favorites — like Paris Tassin — went home, and lots of feelings were bruised on this week’s episode which featured enough Bruno Mars, Cee-Lo and Rihanna to start a Top 40 radio station. Our hearts broke as we watched 15-year-old Jacee Badeaux struggle to find a place to fit in among cliquey groups. He’s kicked out from his original five-piece with country boy Scotty McCreery, but that didn’t stop him from moving on alongside Brett Loewenstein with their performance of Duffy’s ‘Mercy.’
Dramatic Ashley Sullivan wanted to quit before her group, The Hits, even made it to the stage — but good thing she didn’t, because they swept through with Blu Cantrell’s ‘Hit ‘Em Up Style’ — and Randy called them the “best harmonized group” he’s seen.
Charming Carson Higgins and teammate Chris Medina made it through in their group’s dynamite performance of Cee-Lo’s ‘Forget You,’ and Seth Rogan lookalike Casey Abrams also walks to the other side. An all-girl foursome tries to sweet talk Steven Tyler with the Drifters ‘Some Kind of Wonderful,’ but the flattery only works for the judges’ favorite 15-year-old, Lauren Alaina — who makes it through with no struggle. Meanwhile, country favorite Scotty McCreery has a heavy heart about not sticking up for his young buddy Jacee, and leaves the stage in tears after his group’s performance of the Temptations ‘Get Ready’ — which gets them all through.
The last group of the day is the memorable Nashville ex-couple Rob Bolin and Chelsee Oaks, along with Jacqueline Dunford — but Rob’s bad attitude and lack of sleep cause him to forget the words to ‘Forget You’ — and the judges send him packing.
But the hands-down performance of the episode was the group of 15-16 year-olds — Keonna Evans, Jalen Harris, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Felix Ramsey and DeAndre Brackensick — whose performance of Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’ received a standing ovation from the judges. All Jennifer Lopez could say was “Wow,” while Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler admitted, “This is what I joined forces with American Idol to hear.”
Up tomorrow, things get cut through with big cuts on ‘American Idol’, as the judges slice their 100 remaining contestants in half.
Watch the Group Sing Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’