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American Idol 4, February 9: Group Dynamics and Other Odious Beastsby Sting7 -- 02/10/2005
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Now there are only 97 left. Those 97 are put into groups to perform a song together. My favorite part! But, it’s not going to be easy. There is already tension.
Jaclyn Crum is pulled to the side because her mother (who you might recall has MS) has collapsed. She has to go with her mother to the hospital, leaving probably very little rehearsal time with her group. Matt Meyers, who we haven’t met before is enjoying working with Danny Steward (we haven’t met him either), but not so much for Scott Savol. As Mike and Danny work on "Sugar Pie Honeybunch," Scott stands there scowling. To us, Matt says he wants to "bitch slap" him. Ouch.
Scott says he has seen people get dismissed for being in a bad group, and he will not let that happen to him. He’s not going home until April or so.
Meanwhile, Janay Castine is working with Gina and Natalie (no last names given yet). Gina seems obsessed with the choreography, despite the fact that her mother has gone to the trouble of writing the lyrics to "Mr. Postman" on a big display board. It’s getting on Janay’s nerves.
Matt and Danny are about to knock off for the night. Unfortunately, Scott being AWOL leaves them feeling less than confident about tomorrow.
Anwar Robinson, music teacher, is using his teaching skills with his team of Mario Vasquez and another guy who is not named. It seems to be working.
Elizabeth Pha is having trouble with lyrics, just like yesterday, we are told, and her team has no interest in helping her learn them.
In the choreography room, Gina’s dad has to break it down for the trio. Worrying about choreography will get you bounced. Speaking of choreography, Constantine has developed all the steps for his group, but Dezmond Meeks seems to have awarded himself the title of choreographer. It’s grating Constantine’s nerves. He is resigned to the fact that they will be a "train wreck."
Elizabeth’s group has left her alone to learn the lyrics. They rejoin her hoping for progress... nah. (The other group members are not named, so I have to refer to them as Glasses and No Glasses). Glasses doesn’t understand the problem, "it’s just a simple pop song! If you can’t learn the words to a simple pop song, what are you doing here?" (And they don’t come much simpler than "Where Did Our Love Go?") Elizabeth’s eye-rolled, sarcastic answer is, "Hello? I can sing!" But, she’s going to have to learn words she doesn’t know if she’s in the Top 12. I have to side with Glasses on this one.
Natalie has asked the parents to leave her, Janay, and Geena, after Geena’s dad even more directly tells them they have to focus on the words. Father does know best, this time.
Many of the groups have begun to go to bed. Scott Savol returns, extending an olive branch, or at least offering a hug. Danny hugs him, but Mike declines. They head into the room to do some work, but not without Scott casting a skeptical glance at the camera first.
Jaclyn has learned her mother has food poisoning, as opposed to an MS-related episode. Encouraged by that, as much as one can be encouraged by food poisoning, she heads back to the hotel to work with her group, who welcome her.
Meanwhile, things get worse for Elizabeth Pha’s group. Glasses tells her directly that Elizabeth could blow the chance for all of them. Elizabeth, who seems to be showing out for the camera in some strange dramatic improv more than listening, asks what is she saying, and announces in a huff that she’ll perform by herself. Nighty-night.
Morning comes, and Elizabeth doesn’t meet with her team, so they come and get her. Elizabeth claims she didn’t know about the meeting, since Glasses and No Glasses were talking amongst themselves. Glasses waves that off and says Elizabeth is late for roll call anyway. Tense.
Gina’s dad is shown taking the Diana Ross position in his daughter’s group – and relishing it! Natalie is still annoyed by the presence of the parents. Gina’s dad insists he only gives advice when they want it. Not looking that way, Pops!
John Zisa’s group seems to be struggling with lyrics, since they went straight to bed, figuring there would be time for lyrics and stuff in the morning, as they are performing near the end. John is confident "it will come!"
Now it’s time to perform. Starting with Constantine, Dezmond, and William Blake. Their "Sugar Pie" is a something of a mess, choreography falling to pieces. In the end, it’s yes to Constantine and Dezmond. No for William, who graciously thanks the judges.
Now, the ill-fated Elizabeth Pha team with Glasses (Carrie Zanuba) and No Glasses (Rachel Leslie). Rachel starts with a nice, clear tone, Carrie seems just a tiny bit off-key, and Elizabeth steps forward to utter not a single lyric, just lots of whoa-whoa-whoas all over the scale. There is a hint of satisfaction in Carrie’s eye as she knows Elizabeth is about to be crushed under a bus. Paula is first to call Elizabeth on her disaster. Elizabeth says she didn’t get enough sleep. What about the other day when she also forgot them? Not enough sleep. Simon wonders how much sleep she needs for "Baby Baby where did our love go?" Good question. Elizabeth’s lame answer is, "I’m good! Really!"
Yes for Rachel, Carrie is being given "another chance," and for Good Really Elizabeth, the competition is over. Outside, Elizabeth says she is a beautiful person, and it’s all unfair. Puh-lease. No one said you weren’t a beautiful person, and whose fault is it that you can’t remember maybe 12 lines of lyrics?
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