Then later on, Turbinator's group completely botches the "Payphone" song, and Nicki dubs them her favorite group because Turbinator wore a pink turban and the guy with the red scarf in his hair walked up to the front of the stage and did his dance. And even though he forgot the words, his personality shined through. She is then shown giving them a pep talk where she pretty much pats them on the back and says that it's OK that you were off key and forgot the lyrics as long as you were entertaining and personable. Priorities.
If it was based only on who sang well and gelled as a group, they deserved to go home. But... I confess that I found them really entertaining in a "so bad it's good" kind of way. I think I get why they, and not some other trainwreck groups - made it to the next round.
I loved Math Heads! I'm sure they put the shortest contestant with three of the biggest guys there for giggles, but they rocked as a group, picked a great song and just had the right amount of personal flourish to make it interesting without being over the top.
I guess Nigel thought putting two burly country boys with two glittery guys was ha-ha funny, but it wasn't really. I agree with the judges' decision, but I didn't love the group. I loved the name Country Queen, though.
I thought Charlie held his own quite well with those big gospelly voices, and while I think Finch(?) has a great voice, he's a douche.
I adore little Lazaro. I understand why his teammates were frustrated with him, but I think he the potential to be a Latin pop star that the girls will love - even with his stutter. It'll be interesting to see how far he goes.
Frankly I'm just so disgusted at how racist Idol is being with the whole Turbanator thing. Yes, he is the one who called himself that during the audition, but he said it ONCE, likely just to get a laugh out of the judges - I hardly think he wanted that to define him for the rest of the show! During the audition show, they even did a whole graphic thing and made his eyes red...I'm sure the Idol producers knew the hick Americans (their largest demographic, probably) would LOVE that, as someone wearing a turban is bound to have devilish qualities, right? He'll probably blow up the joint since Sikhs and Muslims are all the same and basically anyone ethnic is evil?
Is it racist or just typical Idol overkill? Any schtick they can exploit for effect they will over, and over and over again.