For this episode, each group sings a rock classic and a country hit song.
[As usual, I starred my favorite songs!]
I don’t know what song they’re singing. Is that bad?
Alright, I just did a little research…It’s called Wake Up by Arcade Fire.
*1) Pentatonix – Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf
It’s hard for them to do rock with so little voices. They had great motorcycle sound effects. They had this cool silent break in the middle of the song that like sucked everyone in…it was CRAZY! Loved it. This was a great rendition of this song.
Sarah Bareilles: You blow my mind consistently. That was incredible.
Shawn Stockman: It’s amazing what comes out of you five. You guys sound so big and so strong everytime you guys come out. And golly Avi.
Ben Folds: You always have a couple tricks up your sleeve that are entertaining.
2) Dartmouth Aires- We’re Not Gonna Take it by Twisted Sister
One of their bassists left for grad school. This is a problem because they’ve gotten comments on needing a stronger bass section. This song is a classic headbanging song. Their shredded clothes were crazy. The entertainment value of the performance was great. The vocals were good. Overall this was a pretty good performance.
Shawn said the song could’ve used more cowbell.
Ben pointed out some pitch issues at the bridge of the song.
Sarah told the bassist that he did a great job.
3) Afro Blue – American Girl by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
They’re trying to avoid going over peoples’ heads by sticking close to the original song.
I always like their outfits. They threw the national anthem in with the song. The song was okay for me but not something I’ll still want to play over and over tomorrow.
Ben: You were really yourselves with the harmonies.
Sarah: We are sitting here clearly looking at some of the most talented singers this show has ever seen.
Shawn: I love hearing you guys sing.
*4) Delilah - Dream On by Aerosmith
These girls are emotionally exhausted.
This song is PERFECT for the girls of Delilah. Rock is a great genre for them. They had some great slides in their song. Holy Crap can their solosit, Amy, sing. She hit Steve Tyler‘s notes effortlessly. Those notes were HIGH!!!!
THIS GAVE ME CHILLS! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!
Shawn: That was rock n roll. Amy man. I saw a female Steven Tyler.
Ben: I thought that indeed rocked. Amy, you really handled that fan. (The fan was blowing up at her from the floor like crazy!)
Sarah: Girls, I love you and I feel a kinship with you… Amy that was a sick lead.
5) Urban Method - Here I Go Again by White Snake
They’re making the choice to stray away from the original. This is a big risk. Michael may rap.
I’m nervous for their modernization of this song. I didn’t really like the rapping for this song. I think they should’ve stuck to the classic song. They kept the chorus neat, but the rapping just didn’t do it for me. Apparently the judges liked the rapping, though. Who knew?
Ben: You know that was good. That was really good.
Sarah: What I love about you guys as a group is you are tenatious as hell.
Shawn: At this point in the competition, you’re too deep into it to hold anything back….it was entertaining. It was strong.
*6) Vocal Point – You Really Got Me by the Kinks
They’re balancing the competition with school. They take their schooling very seriously. These guys are crazy. Whoever the soloist was was RIDDICULOUS! The song was creepy and amazing! I was so entertained it was great! The high notes he could hit were like whoa! Everyone in the audience was smiling.
Sarah: How adorable are they?…Ross, look at, he’s all proud of himself.
Shawn: Is that how they do it in Provo, Utah?
Ben: Yeah you’re always loads of fun.
Now for some COUNTRY! YEE HAW!
*7) Dartmouth Aires - Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy by Big & Rich
This is a great country song for them. It’s so much fun. I LOVE THIS SONG in general. OMG the Dartmouth Aires are LINE DANCING! WHAT!? I loved the barrels on the stage. They did a little gospel diddy at the end of the song. It was great! SO much fun!
Ben: WOOO! Pshew Pshew (gun sounds) That was fun! I feel very uncomfortable talking about the tightness of the bottom end in this case. I don’t know why.
Shawn: The fun thing about this song is I guess this would be the closest thing to a country club banga.
Sarah: [THEY ALL TOOK THEIR HATS OFF WHEN SHE TALKED] I love that we’re doing country music…I thought you guys did what you do very well with this song.
8) Afro Blue - Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
I love the original of this song. I hope they don’t change it too much.
Sarah: I am emotional right now, watching you guys getting emotional. That was really special.
Ben: Thank you, you clocked into the song…there’s not that much to say when you do it as well as you just did it.
Shawn: I think everybody experienced tonight how fulfilling it is to be a singer.
*9) Urban Method – Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
I adore this song. I’m PRAYING they DON’T RAP this song!!!!
WOW The girls just emerged in this group! HOLY COW!
The soloist has a BIG voice! DANG!
Shawn couldn’t smile bigger if he tried.
Sawn: Sassy Katy, sheeh. It’s so nice to see you come out of that shell and blast off into the stratisphere like you do.
Sarah: That was awesome. Katy, you know what I learned about you today. You’re only 19 years old. Oh my God.
Ben: I love seeing you guys all work through your slump together.
10) Delilah - It I Die Young by The Band Perry
It felt very earthy and natural. Not a lot of extras. I liked it a lot. I got shivers. The soloist started an ended by singing alone. It was beautiful.
Sarah: I guess country music is kind of depressing. Everyone’s crying tonight.
Shawn: Aw man, I have to give it up to Ingrid as well. The lead was beautiful.
Ben: Emotionally compelling…I did enjoy it.
11) Vocal Point - Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts
This is a great roadtrip song. Great car engine sound effects in the beginning. They’re doing some kind of country choreography. I loved the red flannel shirts. They had a beautiful key change. They threw their hats at the end. This was a very fun and enjoyable performance.
Ben: It was a lot of fun. Had to hang onto your hat from the beginning of that one.
Sarah: When you guys finish your performance, you’re all so proud of yourself. It’s so cute.
Shawn: My favorite part was starting the car.
*12) Pentatonix - Stuck Like Glue by Sugarland
I’m worried about them adding a techno flavor to this. We’ll see what happens. HAHA they added a ragae remix! NICE! That’s perfect for this song. This was a nice way to end the show.
Shawn: I think this was the simplest arrangement pentatonix has done in this competition and even that was fly.
Ben: The lead just made me smile.
Sarah: That was a really sweet performance.
Elimination – Bottom 2: Afro Blue and Delilah
WHOA DELILAH GOT VOTED OFF! NOT OKAY WITH ME!!!!!!!!!
Next Week: The Rhythm and Blues Revue