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Boy Band Recap August 17 2017

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Boy Band Recap August 17 2017

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On Thursday’s penultimate “Boy Band,” the Top 8 singers performed solo for their last chance to make the final group. Check out the videos below!

As Gossip Cop has reported, ABC’s new reality music competition premiered in June, with Emma Bunton, Timbaland and Nick Carter as the “architects” putting together America’s next great boy band. On the first episode, 30 potential contenders were narrowed down to 18 finalists. In the weeks since, they’ve been put into different combinations for the judges and viewers at home to valuate their vocals, performance skills and personas.

The show went live in mid-July, at which point fans were able to vote each week on the contestants put in jeopardy by the panelists. Like the “Instant Save” on NBC’s “The Voice,” viewers cast ballots during the final commercial break of each episode to decide which singer deserved redemption. Last week, the Top 9 “Boy Band” singers performed in groups of three, and it got heated towards the end as Carter and Bunton clashed over who should be up for elimination. Ultimately, Sergio Caldron was saved, while Devin Hayes were eliminated.

Now just eight remain, and only five can be in the final group, which will score a record deal with Hollywood Records and record Justin Tranter’s “Eyes Closed” as their first single. The contestants vying to secure a spot in the boy band are Brady Tutton, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos, Jaden Grey, Marcus Pendleton, Michael Conor, Mikey Jimenez and Sergio Calderon. And in a change from the usual format, tonight they all had to perform solo for the semifinals. Furthermore, no one was eliminated at the end of the broadcast. Rather, viewers have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday to cast votes for which five should make the official group.

The second to last episode of the season first kicked off with a recap of the journey to date, and then Pendleton was the first to perform. He sang Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” Carter told him afterward, “Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Bobby Brown. Those are all guys that come to mind when I watch you perform,” noting that all started in groups. The Backstreet Boys singer added, “We believe you are a star. We just need America to put you in this boy band.”

Calderon followed with Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You,” which he performed in both English and Spanish. Timbaland told him, “That is it! The breakout moment I was talking about. I’m sorry I ever doubted you.” Bunton pointed out, “I didn’t want to put you in the bottom two last week and America agreed with me!” Next was Tutton, who covered “I’m Not The Only One” by Sam Smith. “Do you feel that?” Carter asked afterward. “You had the ladies in the palm of your hands… You gave us passion and, most importantly, you gave us soul.” Confirmed Timbaland, “You gave me that soul I’ve been asking for.”

Both rapping and singing, Conor took on Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us.” Bunton told the aspiring star, “As a rapper, you are single-handedly changing the face of boy bands forever,” while Timbaland encouraged him to keep growing. Ramos chose Zayn Malik’s “Pillowtalk,” after which Carter said, “God, I wanted more!… You are the star we always thought you were.” Amusingly, he added that Ramos is the “one boy” in the competition that fans should want to take home to their parents. And Bunton even said, “You are not the dark horse anymore… I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more.”

Jimenez, playing guitar in the beginning, performed “Chains” by Nick Jonas. Carter gave a standing ovation, and Timaland said, “The chains did not break you, brother!” Carter also commented, “What I saw there was so impressive man… You took control of your fate.” After that, Gray surprisingly selected Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper, and he received an ovation from all of the architects. The audience event chanted his name. “Music is in your blood,” Bunton told him. “What you would bring to this band is undeniable.” Added Timbaland, “You belong in this boy band.” That prompted more chants.

Lastly, Perez closed out the showcase with Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror.” He, too, had all the judges standing, and had tears in his eyes. Also emotional, Nick Carter said, “I want to thank you for giving us and America a moment to reflect, a moment to escape, a moment of hope. You are the Chance this boy band needs.” Bunton further declared, “I need to see you in this band!”

Next week, the winners will be revealed on the “Boy Band” finale, and the group will give its first official performance together. Watch the videos of tonight’s performances below!

 


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