Isabelle does an amazing job, earning her way into the group round just in time for us to get up close and personal with Kez Ban, this season’s oddest duck and general pain in the ass.
Kez is 27 and fairly androgynous. In fact, knowing that this episode was part of Ladies Week in Hollywood, when I first saw Kez standing onstage I thought I had clicked on the wrong video because why was that guy standing there? Maybe he couldn’t show up on the guys’ days so they let him come today?
Thanks for that #idolgirls hashtag to clear things up.
Kez interviewed in a dress in Chicago so we know for sure s/he is a girl.
Kez is eccentric, to put it politely. In his/her words: “I don’t necessarily think I fit in well anywhere.” This admission is followed by clips of Kez acting very oddly, including screaming at the top of his/her lungs for other performers even though this is a singing competition and taking care of one’s voice seems like it should be paramount, random calisthenics backstage while everyone else waits quietly in line, and just general antisocial, uncooperative behavior directed at anyone in his/her vicinity.
Kez is part of the last lineup for round 1, a group that includes Briana Oakley, 16, who does really well. It’s possible that the judges are tired and/or tone deaf after a long day of judging because they end the day on the high note by letting all the girls from the last group through. Kez actually doesn’t do that great so I’m pretty sure they only let shim through for the freaky factor.
Day 1 is a wrap, with nearly 80 girls advancing to the Group Round. When we return from a commercial, the ladies are filing into the auditorium all abuzz about a change to group round this season.
As if working together under pressure with no sleep in the company of a bunch of catty girls wasn’t enough, this year Idol is going to assign the groups instead of letting the girls pick their own. That means any one quartet could include three #idolcountrygirls and an R&B specialist. Or three relatively normal people and Kez Ban.
The quartets are formed and the girls must work quickly. They have to pick a song from a given list, arrange harmonies, and choreograph a routine for performance on stage…the next morning. It’s already like 9pm.
Some groups agree on a song fairly quickly and leave to start rehearsals. Other groups struggled to find any common ground regarding song choice, thus cutting into their practice time while acting as a clear indicator of drama to come.
Through a series of clips, we see different groups rehearsing. Of note are The Poohsnaps, including three #idolcountrygirls and Zoanette:
Not an #idolcountrygirl