If you’ve been keeping up with me this season, then you already know that I am completely heartbroken over the elimination of Rob Bolin during the group round. He has been a solid early favorite of mine since his audition, and I am still super bummed that he will no longer be on my TV Wednesday and Thursday nights.
I do have a bone to pick with the judges about his elimination. The judges mentioned that they were judging the contestants on their performances in Hollywood, and they were also taking into consideration past auditions. If this was truly the case, Rob Bolin shouldn’t have been eliminated during the group round.
No, he didn’t know the words to Cee-Lo’s “Forget You,” but he sang on the melody about not wanting to be sent home, which is what Jacee Badeaux did during his group audition too. Bolin was sent packing, Badeaux advanced to the next round. That doesn’t seem fair to me, but it’s all said and done now.
With now both Sarah Sellers and Rob Bolin eliminated from the competition, going into Thursday night’s episode, I found myself without a favorite contestant to root for. After watching the insane amount of talent that Idol has been hiding for the last few weeks, we all have a great crop of talented contestants to root for.
There were a handful of new faces that were highlighted included Jacob Lusk, Sophia Shorai, and Ashthon Jones.
Jacob Lusk sang “God Bless The Child” for his final Hollywood audition. You want to talk passion? This kid has passion busting from the seams. His vocal range is insane. He truly gave everything that he had and left it all on the stage. You knew it was a big moment for him afterwards, as he wept in the arms of his family. To be honest, I teared up at his performance. It was a true American Idol moment. I think this performance will be one that the Idol pundits, including myself will remember when thinking back on great Hollywood performances.
Another fabulous performance came from Sophia Shorai, who sang “Georgia On My Mind.” Seriously Idol, where have you been hiding her? Shorai has one of those voices that you don’t expect to come out of her. Her soulful vocal earned her a huge applause from her fellow contestants sitting in the audience.
Ashthon Jones is my favorite of these three. She sang “And I Am Telling You” from Dreamgirls. This girl can sing her face off. She can command the stage, and when she sings, trust me you will pay attention. She absolutely nailed this song. I cannot wait to see more of her during the Las Vegas round.