This week on AMERICAN IDOL, the 185 remaining contestants are to be whittled down with both group numbers and solo performances. As the groups prepare to perform, some singers oversleep while others are ill-prepared, some are just ill, and still more are fighting with their fellow contestants.
The first group suffers from more than one ailment, with one of the performers sick and the others arguing constantly. Out of Jennifer Malsch, 20; Cherie Tucker 23; Cari Quoyeser, 21; and Gabrielle Cavassa, 17, only Jennifer and Cari are chosen to continue.
The next group (Reed Grimm, 26; Nick Boddington, 26; Creighton Fraker, 23; Aaron Marcellus, 27; and Jen Hirsch, 25) put together a polished performance with plenty of focus on background vocals and harmony. The judges are duly impressed with the work put into the song - "That's how you do it! Amazing!" Randy exclaims, and everyone moves forward.
The third performance has a parent problem: too many parents with too many ideas. The group consists of 19-year-old Kyle Crews, 19-year-old Joshua Ledet, 17-year-old Brielle Von Hugel and 17-year-old Shannon Magrane. Working late into the night, they've managed to work out a routine - without the help of the parents - but it's only enough to send three of the contestants through. For Kyle, it's the end of the road.
Then it's a very rough performance for Dustin Cundiff, 18; Amy Brumfield, 25; Mathenee Treco, 25; and Jacquie Cera, 26. Jacquie complains of dizziness just before the routine, while Dustin and Amy forget lyrics - which leaves Mathenee as the only one who'll be seen in the next round.
That kicks off a montage of singers forgetting their lyrics. Although this year former judge Simon Cowell's strict rule ("If you forget your lyrics, you're out") doesn't apply, it's a mistake that not many bounce back from.
Another young group (Ariel Sprague, 16; Eben Franckewitz, 15; David Leathers Jr., 17; and Jeremy Rosado, 19), uses the parents to a better advantage than the earlier group. Working together, they manage to put together a slick routine that impresses the judges and succeeds in sending all of them through.