We open with the groups singing a painfully slow version of “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane.  My roommate maintains that it was the right tempo, but I sincerely disagree.  Something is up with the costumes tonight.  I’m guessing it has to do with the “Radio Hits and 60s Classic” theme tonight.  Oh shit, the audience just whipped out their own LED lighters.  So it’s going to be that kind of night.

The six groups from the first week are back with two songs this week: one from current radio hits and one from the 60s.  At the end of the night, one of the groups will be sent home.

Let the competition begin!

Vocal Point (aka “The Mormons”)

  • Song:  “Never Say Never” by Justin Bieber
  • My Thoughts:  It’s like the Backstreet Boys multipled.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Ben Folds maintained that he “will never again say that I couldn’t enjoy Bieber sung by a bunch of Mormons” while Shawn Stockman imitated their dance moves.

Delilah (aka “The Girl Group”)

  • Song:  “Whataya Want From Me” by Adam Lambert (these song choices are just proving what a sad state our current music culture is in)
  • My Thoughts:  They really inspire themselves.  To me the arrangement was way too slow for way too long and didn’t pick up until they’d already lost me.  But I do like the lead singers boots.  Anyone know where those are from?
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Shawn noted how well those harmonies worked though Sarah thought the bass was sharp.

Urban Method (aka “The Rappers”)

  • Song:  “Just Can’t Get Enough” by The Blacked Eyed Peas
  • My Thoughts:  That white girl does a pretty good Fergie.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  “I loved this arrangement because it gave each of you this individual moment to shine and you all just sparkle like Katy Perry’s firework.”  -Sara Bareilles  Does she know that’s not the song they sang?  Because that comment would have made sense if that was the song they sang.  What is it about that middle seat that eats brain cells?

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

  • Song:  “American Boy” by Estelle
  • My Thoughts:  Crazy arrangement!  There’s so much going on!
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Nick Lachey thought it was ridiculous, to which I say, “Stay out of it, Nick Lachey”.  Shawn Stockman loved it.  Like out of his chair, giggling like a schoolgirl, out of his mind, loved it.

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

  • Song:  “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz
  • My Thoughts:  They’re performance was super fun and high energy (even included a shimmy), but they’re voices aren’t nearly as amazing as some of the other groups.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  They used the word “interesting” a lot which leads me to believe that they are going home.

Kinfolk 9 (aka “The Homeless Ones”)

  • Song:  “Price Tag” by Jesse J
  • My Thoughts:  As we noted last week, they just sound like a bunch of soloists forced to sing together.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  All agreed that they had seriously improved as a group so apparently I’m completely wrong.  Also, I just noticed Shawn is wearing one of the most blinged out watches I’ve ever seen.

We move into the second half of the episode as the groups return for their 1960s song.

Delilah

  • Song:  “Heat Wave” by Martha and the Vandellas
  • My Thoughts:  Even though their voices are amazing, these girls clearly do not get the soul of this song and are turning it into a doo-wop piece.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Oh God, Nick Lachey, and this is a quote, “It’s getting hot in hear.  Dare I say, 98 Degrees”.  Oh no, you didn’t.  The actually judges felt like this performance wasn’t quite up to par and the arrangement was lacking.

Urban Method

  • Song:  “Dance to The Music” by Sly & the Family Stone
  • My Thoughts:  They’re dressed like a diverse Brady Bunch.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  They’re arrangement was great and might be their best performance yet.  It actually sounded like there was a band behind them.  Sara squealed.

Vocal Point

  • Song:  “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  • My Thoughts:  Mormons doing a kickline?  Yes please!  Seriously though, this was a fantastic performance with an amazing solo by Jake.  Wow.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Sara is swooning.  Shawn and Ben actually note their musical skills.  Shocking, I know.

Afro-Blue

  • Song:  “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye
  • My Thoughts:  Yum.  I want to date the soloist on this number.  Not as much as I want to date the real Marvin Gaye, but it’s close.  But in all fairness, this group was made for this category.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  The bass was awesome and the soloist really captured Marvin Gaye’s essence.  The arrangement was risky, but it worked.

Yellow Jackets

  • Song:  “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Frankie Valli
  • My Thoughts:  I miss Heath Ledger.Click For Better Version Here!
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  The boys accomplished their goal of wooing Sara and even managed to win over the guys in the process.  This is their best reviewed performance yet.

Kinfolk 9

  • Song:  “Let It Be” by The Beatles
  • My Thoughts:  Come on, guys, don’t suck up.
  • Judges Thoughts:  Shawn noted how the song sounded gospel and that he almost cried.

Five groups are about to move forward, but one is headed home.  Vocal Point and Urban Method receive safety first, followed quickly by Yellow Jackets and Afro-Blue.  It’s down to Kinfolk 9 and Delilah.  Who has to sing their “swan song” tonight?  Kinfolk 9 is headed home…oh wait.  Sorry.  Awkward.  They exit to “Loser” by Beck reassuring the judges that they made the right call.