The first episode of Hollywood Week got intense. We lost a bunch of amazing voices, but some of my favourite people still remain. Most importantly, in my opinion, Catie survives. I feel like she’s like Daryl Dixon to me. You know how a bunch of Walking Dead fans say if he dies they’ll stop watching? I think if Catie doesn’t make it past a round I’ll just stop watching. Probably not, because there are other great contestants, but she is by far my favourite.
She performed Come Together by The Beatles and, of course, did amazingly. But even when she wasn’t performing it was literally impossible not to love her. All of the judges even hugged her because she’s just too precious. There was even a short segment in that video about she and another contestant, Zach, becoming good friends, and it made me happy to see them together. But unfortunately Zach didn’t make it past this round, even though he was also really good. I would have liked to have seen the two of them together throughout the season. It was adorable seeing them.
Dennis Lorenzo sings Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, and in the time since his audition has gotten married. We’re already seeing major life moments from these people and we’re not even to the live episodes yet.
When it comes to the group round, Marcio Donaldson‘s group had me worried. He and Maddie Zahm were taking it seriously, while the other two people in their group weren’t. I was afraid they were going to drag them down. And for a minute there it looked like they weren’t going to make it, but most of them did. Marcio was saved, at least.
Catie’s group, Taco, was full of other amazing people. I loved watching all four of them work together and interact. Sadly, only three of the four made it through. Highlight here is seeing Catie beatboxing. Wasn’t expecting that, but it just made the performance all the more entertaining. Never a dull moment when she is involved.
Denis Lorenzo’s group, Superdope Hotmess, had a single flaw in it which I thought was going to ruin them. Milo Sposato joined them after they’d already picked a song, and quickly tried to take over. Or rather, his mother tried taking over. But it doesn’t help that he changed the arrangement at the last minute, to where even the vocal coach was asking him to specify the changes as they were walking onto the stage. I thought for sure Milo was going to not make it to the next round, because the whole point of the group round is to see how they perform with other people. Milo was essentially trying to make it about him in a way. When it came to his part, he asked that the music stop so he can sing it A Capella, basically putting all of the focus on him. At one point he even says, “I do care about the group, but this is my decision”. No, it’s a group decision. They let him through anyway. If he’s like this now, just imagine if he wins and has actual star power.
I think my second favourite part of the episode was when Crystal Alicea’s group, Don’t Touch, went to perform. Crystal felt a little insecure about her voice, because she hadn’t been singing nearly as long as the other three girls in her group. At one point they were sitting at a table and she got emotional, and the other three comforted her and tried to encourage her and give her tips. When it came time to perform, all four of them were amazing. But when they finished, Katy said that they only had enough spots available for four more people. They were the final group to perform, and there were four people in the group. Katy said that she’s going to need one of them to volunteer to go home. Crystal said she’d do it, reminding me of Katniss Everdeen saying, “I volunteer as tribute”.
Obviously, she was devastated because she was voluntarily giving up her dreams. But then Katy told her to not cry, because she was joking, all four of them were going through.
That moment was like something out of a movie. Crystal Alicea is a truly amazing person, and even though I put her on my top ten favourite contestants list, I feel bad for putting her at #8. She’s more like #3, after Dennis and Catie.
This show just keeps getting better, and I seriously look forward to seeing these people go far.