I’m still not sure what happened in the opening number. It started with “Bittersweet Symphony” and somehow became “Hollaback Girl.” That’s when it stopped being recognizable until, oh man, they’re singing “Last Friday Night.”. It’s a pitty that America doesn’t get to vote for this part, because I’d send whoever arranged that POS home.

Let’s do the opposite of Nick Lachey and get this thing moving as the groups perform “Master Mixes” because “Glee” stole the term “mash-up”.

Pentatonix (aka “Those Kids Who Sang At Starbucks”)
• Songs: “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson and “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green
• My Thoughts: This group is tight, even though I still can’t get on board with the female’s voice. It’s just not extraordinary to me.
• Judges’ Thoughts: Ben noted that they were out of tune for the first time in the series. Shawn noted how seamlessly they put together the two songs.

Urban Method (aka “The Rappers”)
• Song: “Hot in Herre” by Nelly and “Fever” by Peggy Lee
• My Thoughts: There was so much going on and the arrangement was clearly very complex. They totally rocked it.
• Judges’ Thoughts: Sara said she “came away a little hot in here.” Shawn actually made sense when he said that the group needed to do a master mix to show just how much they could do.

Afro Blue (aka “That Black Group With The One White Girl No One Talks About”)
• “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly and “Fly” by Nicki Minaj & Rihanna
• My Thoughts: Watch out, Urban Method! Apparently Afro Blue can rap.
• Judges’ Thoughts: Ben liked how they used complex harmonies to let the two harmonies move back and forth. Everyone was very impressed by the female rapper’s ability. Sara talked about courage.

Dartmouth Aires (aka “Those College Guys Who Don’t Wear Yellow”)
• “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga and “Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones
• My Thoughts: Holy Difficult Arrangement Batman. I thought they were kidding. They were not.
• Judges’ Thoughts: Ben noted that the bass was out of tune, but it was really entertaining.

Oh it’s not done yet. It’s also “Judge’s Choice” week in the last episode before America can vote for which group they want to see in the finale.

Pentatonix (aka “Those Kids Who Sang At Starbucks”)
• Song: “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine
• My Thoughts: RIDICULOUS!
• Judges’ Thoughts: Shawn noted they are indeed, ridiculous.

Urban Method (aka “The Rappers”)
• Song: “All of the Lights” by Kanye West
• My Thoughts: Whoever said these girls couldn’t keep up was sorely mistaken.
• Judges’ Thoughts: Shawn took it back.

Afro Blue (aka “That Black Group With The One White Girl No One Talks About”)
• Song: “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
• My Thoughts: The group is tight, but they’re still boring to me.
• Judges’ Thoughts: Ben said he would buy that record.

Dartmouth Aires (aka “Those College Guys Who Don’t Wear Yellow”)
• Song: “Shout” by The Isley Brothers
• My Thoughts: Seriously? For the all-male college group? Could we be more cliché?
• Judges’ Thoughts: Sara noted that there were a couple pitch problems, but she didn’t seem to care.

At elimination, it gets down to Afro Blue and the Dartmouth Aires. The judges’ force them to do an encore of what they feel was their best performance of the season. Afro Blue reprise “American Boy”. We all know which song I’m pleased they didn’t do. The Dartmouth Aires reprise “Somebody to Love.”

Sara chooses Dartmouth Aires and Shawn chooses Afro Blue. Ben is the tie-breaker and choose Dartmouth Aires to move on. Afro Blue makes their exit to “We’ve Only Just Begun”.