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“Boy Band” Recap: Double Elimination Results After New Group Performances (VIDEOS)

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Boy Band Recap August 3 2017

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Boy Band Recap August 3 2017

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It was “Break Up Week” on Tuesday’s “Boy Band,” and it sure was a heartbreaker for the two singers eliminated. Get the results and watch the performance videos below!

As Gossip Cop reported, “Boy Band” started holding double eliminations last week. After the 13 remaining contestants were put into three new groups, they were tasked with singing hit songs from movie soundtracks. But Mikey Jiminez, Andrew Butcher and Cam Jackson were deemed by the architects to be the weakest links. And America could only save one of them. When the votes were tallied, Jiminez scored another reprieve while Butcher and Jackson were sent packing.

Now with 11 contenders left in the ABC competition, the groups were shuffled once again. And this time around, Timbaland, Nick Carter and Emma Bunton wanted to see how they would handle breakup songs. The live broadcast kicked off with Boyz II Men singing a medley of “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye” and “Motownphilly.” The latter track didn’t really fit the night’s theme, but it was, of course, appropriate for the aspiring stars to see an iconic boy band take the stage.

Pre-taped footage then revealed hit songwriter Justin Tranter penned what will be the winning group’s first single. Called “Eyes Closed,” only the five contestants left standing in the finale will get to record it. But there’s still a few more rounds to get through first. And all of them wanted to make it to the end and sing that track… badly.

The new group Relentless, featuring Andrew Bloom, Brady Tutton, Jaden Gray and Michael Conor, was the first to perform tonight, singing Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone.” Timbaland and Nick Carter gave a standing ovation as the foursome ended the performance by falling into the crowd. Carter said afterward, “This is the part of the show when these boys are gonna have to work for this record deal.” He then said he was concerned Tutton wouldn’t be able to step out of his comfort zone in the studio. Bunton said Bloom has the vocals, but she worries about him not having a strong enough “character” and “pop persona.” In contrast, she deemed Conor a “confident” and “natural performer.” Timbaland also said it was “amazing” to see how “on point” Gray has become.

Awake, with Devin Hayes, Drew Ramos and Chance Perez, followed. As the show’s first-ever trio, they had to cover “Without You” by David Guetta and Usher. They, too, received a standing ovation from the architects. Carter stressed to everyone “that was three guys right there, holding that stage up,” and told the “authentic” Ramos, “You are peaking at the right time.” Bunton said Perez is “proving that you’re not just a heartthrob” and showing that he has a “natural gift.” And Timbaland urged Hayes to work on not just his vocals, but also his breathing to better pronounce the lyrics. Still, he got an “E for effort.”

Last to sing was New Wave. Marcus Pendleton, Mikey Jiminez, Jay “J Hype” Gilbert and Sergio Calderon performed “Jealous” by Nick Jonas. That earned the third standing ovation. Carter praised Jimenez for coming back and proving “that we were wrong and America was right.” While noting that J Hype is only 14, Carter reminded that he’s still going to be held to a “certain standard when it comes to your vocals.” Bunton said Pendleton “shined,” and Timbaland commended Calderon for being “so consistent.” But he encouraged him to have a “breakout moment.”

After all three performances, the panel deliberated over which singers should be up for elimination. And this time, they could pick from any of the groups, instead of only one from each. They ultimately chose J Hype (New Wave), Bloom (Relentless) and Hayes (Awake) as the bottom three, which actually made it one from each group anyway. Carter told J Hype there’s a lot he can still “learn,” and America will need to “fight for you” if they want a beat boxer in the final group. Bunton acknowledged Bloom’s “strong vocal,” but said, “We need more from you than that.” And Timbaland said Hayes’ vocal is “lacking,” and questioned if his “charisma” is enough.

Like last week, even though three contestants were in jeopardy, viewers could only vote during the last commercial break to save one of them. In the final moments, host Rita Ora announced Hayes won redemption. Sadly, that meant Bloom and J Hype were officially dumped. Check out videos of this week’s performances below.

 


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