'American Idol' Top 5 Group Auditions, from Lauren Alaina to Jacee Badeaux
Things certainly got interesting in the second, two-hour installment of Hollywood Week on "American Idol," as the group performances brought out the high drama between contestants. Between group changes, in-fighting, Bruno Mars covers and Steven Tyler singing a few notes of his own, however, there were memorable performances galore, including an adorable rendition of a Blu Cantrell classic and a shining moment from the unstoppable Jacee Badeaux that got us a littled choked up. Tell us how you would rank last night's most memorable performances, and check out a full recap of the second episode of Hollywood Week below.
1) Keonna Evans, Jalen Harris, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Felix Ramsey, Deandre Brackensick
Song: Queen, "Somebody to Love"
We say: Can we make this five-some a permanent singing group? All five singers shined as they put an inventive stamp on Queen's hit, and unlike James Durbin's group that performed the song earlier in the night, their voices blended together seamlessly. This was the one must-see performance of the night, and definitely earned the standing ovation from the trio of judges.
2) Jacee Badeaux
Song: Duffy, "Mercy"
We say: Poor Jacee was put through the wringer this week: first he was kicked out of Clint's group, and then forced to sing a song (Duffy's "Mercy") that he had never heard. He might have riffed on a few of the lyrics, but the 15-year-old's voice and the collective goodwill of the judges pushed him through along with the rest of the group. When Jacee started crying after an emotional day, it got mighty dusty in our living room.
3) Lauren Alaina
Song: Soul Brothers Six, "Some Kind of Wonderful"
We say: We agree with Jennifer when she said that the decision for the quartet of ladies to serenade Steven with "Some Kind of Wonderful" was "cute," but probably not the best showcase for their vocal talents. Luckily, standout Lauren Alaina grabbed enough of the spotlight to win over the judges -- and hey, at least her trio of friends didn't seem too bummed about going home.
4) Scotty McCreery, Monique De Los Santos, Frances Coontz, Clint Jun Gamboa
Songs: The Temptations, "Get Ready"
We say: The group that kicked Jacee Badaeux out before the competition earned some backlash from the judges: "For that alone, we should make y'all step back one," Steven snapped. The foursome banked on their performing skills to overcome the personal stigma against them, and it worked, with Scotty's country drawl somehow complementing Clint's soul-shaking high notes.
5) Keeira Lyn Ford, Ashley Sullivan, Ashton Jones
Song: Blu Cantrell, "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops)"
We say: This group of ladies gave the episode a playful breather as they took on Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style," complete with an awesome cash-toss at the end. Even if she was a little pitchy, as Randy pointed out, Ashley brought a fierce passion to a song that she didn't evoke her best stylistic qualities. The other contestants certainly dug the girls' vibe, and so did the judges, who passed them all through.