Now we’re down to seven groups and they lead off with a Halloween medley which must’ve felt weird when they recorded it weeks ago… sounded good though… the judges seemed to get a kick out of it… tonight they’re tasked with superstar medleys, which is three songs from a superstar mashed up into one… should be interesting… off we go…

now playing: Singing in the Rain/Umbrella by Glee

Urban Method chooses Rhianna as their superstar… i like Umbrella, but i’m pretty tapped out on her catalog at that point… this is a longer performance than i expected, and the medley portion was much more distinct than i had hoped… they are trying to prove that they are more than a rap group, and it comes through fine, but they have lost a little of their identity with it… it was pretty good, but nothing spectacular… Sara says she loved the last song and they should be more confident… Shawn liked that they showed the potential of the girls and compared them all to candies that needed to be unwrapped… or un-rap-ped… Ben thought it started off well, fell apart in the middle, then came back together in the end and overall it was great…

Vocal Point, who stayed alive last week by a heart string, picked Elvis… they’re dressed for Jailhouse Rock, but start off with Don’t Be Cruel…. it’s… um… okay… the ballad in the middle works pretty well.. and here is Jailhouse Rock… it’s good to see a little energy from them, but i think they’re one of the weakest groups left… nothing really major to complain about, just not my favorite… Ben says they’re back and he loved the medley within the medley, they sounded great… Sara says they were in their element… Shawn said it was engulfing and he really thought it was a great job…

Afro-Blue are going with a Janet Jackson trio… they go really old school with What Have You Done for Me Lately to start it off… i guess most of Janet’s songs are old school now… oh well… i think this group has a great future recording hold music… no, but seriously… they blend so well together, they are confident, and they know exactly who they are… and they do it well… Shawn says it was really ambitious and at times, over thought, which they’ve been accused of before… Ben, Mr. Folds if you’re nasty, says it was a radical arrangement and it was really, really good… Sara says they have personality for days and they’re so much fun to watch… she thought they might have been too good for their own good…

The Dartmouth Aires rocks out a Queen medley… they’ve got the personality and the range for it… i think they’re doing a pretty solid job… they always have a full sound and they’re quite theatrical in their performance… tough to take on, but take it on they did… probably the best of the night so far at least… Sara says it was her favorite performance of the entire competition… Shawn says it was just amazing… it was like watching a Broadway play… awesome, they nailed it… Ben says the MVP was the entire group… and it was great arrangement and they nailed it…

now playing: Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson

Pentatonix is performing Britney, well, you know… i actually don’t know the third song, i’m guessing it’s from her comeback – or one of them – but jeepers, these guys are good… each song individually went really well, and then at the end, they blended them together in an amazing mixture that was fantastic… Shawn says the show is great and they were so perfect and entertaining… Ben agrees that the group can fill up the room with sound and the freaking out during the week struggling with the arrangement paid off… Sara says they set a high standard for themselves and they packed a punch…

Delilah sings some Alicia Keys tracks… because you can’t go wrong with Alicia… the first section works pretty well, they’ve stumbled a bit here in the middle and they’re trying to pull it back together for the home stretch… it’s not a bad effort… there’s not much difference in tone, tempo, or melody between each song, so that helps a bit… Sara says they were singing their hearts out and she’s also a fan of Alicia… she loved the first song, it got squirrely in the middle, but she liked the ending… Shawn says it was sassy and strong and a lot more adjectives… powerful performance… Ben says great lead vocals and a great arrangement… he can’t say enough good things…

The Yellow Jackets go with Billy Joel… the winners of the sing off last week start off a little slow and, off… the middle song is a little stronger vocally, well… for the most part… some twinges here and there… little pause for effect and then they jump into a more energetic tune… but i have to say this was probably the weakest of the night even though i probably liked the source material the best… Ben says lots of good thing, they sang with a lot of heart, but they’re too much of a group… Shawn thought it was good to see a different side of the “YJ’s” and he really dug it… Sara points to a sign in the audience and says she hearts them, too…

now playing: Fallin’ by Alicia Keys

well, it’s looking like my DVR cut off the ending of this, so, as Committed performs, i’ll go ahead and make my predictions, but i’m not sure i’ll get to verify the results tonight… so, first the absolutely safe groups… that’s the Dartmouth Aires, Pentatonix, and Afro-Blue… next to be safe, Urban Method… and… The Yellow Jackets… leaving Delilah and Vocal Point… with Vocal Point leaving the stage and competition tonight…

Nick reveals the first three groups that are safe… Dartmouth Aires, Pentatonix, and… Vocal Point… oops… next two… Delilah and Afro-Blue… leaving Urban Method and The Yellow Jackets… hmm… goodbye to… The Yellow Jackets… but, the judges just raved about them… they made me think they were going to keep them on… oh well, can’t say i disagree… they sing Chumbawumba… okay they really need to leave…

peace… love… bdg…