Next up is Emblem 3. I gotta say, I don’t get the hype. I wasn’t impressed by their audition, nor by their performances in boot camp. Alls I see is a trio of not quite hideous, not quite cute stoner dudes who decided to audition for this show on a whim. I’m not into it.
And like, LFO already did this. RIP Rich Chronin .
The boys sing Sting & The Police’s “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.” For me, the performance was okay, and the boys weren’t helped by one of them spacing all the way the fuck out when it was his turn to come in for a verse. Of course Mark liked them, citing that the guys were so easy-going, they seemed to be taking in the sun while performing. Simon is much less impressed by their lack of focus.
Next up is Sister C, a group of 3 very pretty but very bland sisters from small town Texas. We’re being reintroduced to them with a montage, because the producers have probably realized that the audience has completely forgotten who they are. But wait! Maybe there’s something to them, as we’re treated to a clip of Britney Spears calling declaring rather emphatically–or, as emphatically as a Zoloft zombie can–that Sister C is annoying. What could these chicks have possibly done to her? I wanna seeeeeeeeeeee! During their pre-performance meet, Simon tells the girls that they seem standoffish, and that that’s probably why they haven’t yet been signed to a record label. The girls explain that they’re only just introverted, and they usually open up when they are comfortable. They decide they want to prove to Simon that they can be likable. The girls go before Simon and Mark Anthony looking a little shy, and it’s actually really sweet. They sing a gorgeous country version of Natalie Cole’s “Leavin.’” They know they just killed it, too, and for the first time, we see a smile out of the girls.
Look at all those pretty teeth! I’ve been converted!
Mark loves them, and so does Simon. Only, Simon worries that they might have a hard time getting the audience to pick up the phone and vote for them come the live shows.
Next up is a rap group made up of Lyric Da Queen, a gritty female MC with an early 90s Aaliyah swag, and rap duo One4Five, who were put together when the judges made their cuts at boot camp. They’re black rappers, so of course the producers need to work the “we need to win this show to save ourselves from the ills of the hood” angle, and we’re treated to super serious music and a close up of Lyric talking about the many funerals she’s attended back home in Flint, MI. I don’t get the sense, though, that the two boys have had it nearly as rough as Lyric has, and one of them remarks half-assedly that “things like this don’t happen in Queens.”
“The producers told us the only way white people will vote for us is if we tell them our mother is Precious.”