The remaining ten groups take the stage tonight and perform “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie, reminding us that there will be enough fluff to keep us watching ALL NIGHT LONG.  Thus begin the next two hours of my life.

Nick Lachey continues to be insignificant by once again introducing the judges and explaining what accapella means.  If you don’t know at this point, you do not deserve to be watching this show.  Anyway, the brackets have been combined and we now have all the remaining groups performing together.  However, the first five groups will perform and one will be eliminated.  Then the next five will perform and one will be eliminated.  So really the brackets are still in place, there just isn’t enough fluff to keep the groups separated.  The theme is guilty pleasure songs.  How appropriate.  Here we go!

 

Yellow Jackets  (aka “The College Guys Who Went To Africa That One Time”)

  • Song:  “Wannabe” by The Spice Girls (no, that’s not a typo)
  • My Thoughts:  Awesome, super energetic performance, with the exception of a really fruity breakdown.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Despite the tuning issues, the judges loved the arrangement and it was really fun.  Shawn noted that it was a little flart (flat and sharp), but also noted that it made him want to slam his body down and wind it all around.

 

Delilah (aka “The Girl Group”)

  • Song:  “What A Feeling” (the theme from Flashdance) by Irene Cara
  • My Thoughts:  Totally loved the chair dance that went with the beautiful voices.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Despite the fact that it’s really hard to be a girl group because of the lack of range, they really found a song that suited them.  The sound was a little off, but the performance was very enjoyable.

 

North Shore (aka “The Bowling Shirt Wielding Mobsters”)

  • Song:  “Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News
  • My Thoughts:  Fun performance, but all their songs are starting to sound the same.
  • Judges’ Thoughts: All three noted that the need to see more emotion and variety from North Shore. Sara admitted that Huey Lewis and the News is one of her favorite bands of all time.  Does she know this is airing on national television?

 

The Collective (aka “The Nashville Pros”)

  • Song:  “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
  • My Thoughts:  For the first time, I really felt like this group really came together and a group and not just individuals.
  • Judges Thoughts:  All three noticed their improvement.  It makes me feel really good when I come up with the same thoughts as the judges.  Like I actually know what I’m doing.

 

Dartmouth Aires (aka “Those Preppy College Guys That Don’t Wear Yellow”)

  • Song:  “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
  • My Thoughts:  It’s really hard for me to distinguish these guys from the Yellow Jackets, but needless to say, I love them both.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Love the dance.

 

First elimination:  Yellow Jackets, The Collective and Dartmouth Aires are all given safety.  It’s down to Delilah and North Shore.  The most experienced group in the competition, North Shore, is sent home singing their swan song, “Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight” by The Spaniels.

Back from the millionth commercial break we begin with the second five groups.  Does anyone else find it interesting that ten, two minute performances can be stretched into a two hour show?  They take literally twenty minutes of material and stretch it to TWO HOURS!!!

 

Afro Blue (aka “The Black Group With One White Girl That No One Talks About”)

  • Song:  “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  • My Thoughts:  They let the white girl sing!!!
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Sara and Shawn fought over whether a “line dance” was a “wedding dance” or a “soul train line.”  As far as AfroBlue goes, they were good.

 

Pentatonix  (aka “The Kids Who Sing At Starbucks”)

  • Song:  “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles
  • My Thoughts:  Their beat box and background was so good that it actually sounded like a track.  Honestly, this group has not been my fave so far, but they really won me over with this performance.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  They went outside the traditional and it totally worked and really found their sound.

 

The Deltones (aka “The College Coeds”)

  • Song:  “Listen to Your Heart” by Roxette
  • My Thoughts:  Too slow.  Too boring.  Forgettable.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Ben loves that they don’t take themselves too seriously, but Sara thinks the song choice might have been too serious.

 

Urban Method  (aka “The Rappers”)

  • Song:  “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe
  • My Thoughts:  They had me at the song choice.  And they totally rocked it.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Ben rapped.  If you’re reading this recap and not watching the show this is why you should.

 

Vocal Point (aka “The Mormons”)

  • Song:  “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins (Nick Lachey pointed out that it was in theaters now.  Thank you, Nick, for being completely useless)
  • My Thoughts:  Does anyone else find it ironic that the Mormons are singing a song from a movie about a town where no one is allowed to dance?
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  This is the first real rock and roll song, not just from Vocal Point, but in the entire competition.  The guys gave a great, fun, performance.

Second Elimination:  Pentatonix, Vocal Point, and Urban Method are immediately in the clear.  It’s down to AfroBlue and The Deltones.  As expected, The Deltones are headed home and make their exit to “Goodbye To You” by Michelle Branch.  See you next week for the final eight and Hip Hop.