The first challengers were Sweet Suspense, the group Simon put together from discarded solo artists Millie Thrasher, Celine Polenghi, and Summer Reign. This group may not have spent much time together, but they must have practiced at some point because they showed off their superior vocals with a performance of “Wishin' On A Star” by Beyonce. Demi was impressed with how the ladies blended their voices so effortlessly and Simon thought, “there is more to be gotten out of you girls.” Sweet Suspense easily grabbed a seat and Simon wasted no time in saying goodbye to the party-rocking duo Wild Thingz.
The Texans known as Yellow House Canyon may not have much to do in their hometown of Lubbock, but they sure have been singing. These ladies raised the roof with their performance of The Pistol Annies' “Hell On Heels.” Even though they got the crowd going, it was clear the judges were less impressed. “You're just made in America you two, aren't you? You aren't the best singers in the world, but you do bring an energy,” said Simon. Our Brit hesitated for a slight moment, but eventually sent the ladies packing.
Simon put One Direction wannabes Ricky Garcia, Emery Kelly, and Jon Klassen together after they were all cut from the Top 40. These little lads, who now go by the moniker Forever In Your Mind, hit the stage to take on The Jonas Brother's “Love Bug.” Despite feeling like they've been friends forever, their performance lacked unity. Kelly was hard on the boys saying, “I feel like they're missing a lead singer,” but Simon decided to take a chance on the boys and sent Atlanta gals Glamour home in their stead.
California girls Hannah and Julia of Good News don't want to go home! I got that from their backstory. Well, that and that they love Simon's soft sweater. This was shaping up to be either really good or very, very bad. The girls warbled their way through Fleetwood Mac's “Landslide” and were able to grab the judges' attention . . . in a bad way. “Mario, I don't need the music or for you to ask the question. I'm just going to say straight away, you're going home,” said Simon. Ouch.
After Good News got some really bad news our resident folksy lovebirds Alex & Sierra stood up to the plate. These singing lovers met on the beach in Florida and have been making beautiful music together ever since. It's so adorable I should be disgusted, but I'm not. Their folksy rendition of “You're The One That I Want” from Grease knocked the judges and audience off their chairs. “I really, really like you,” said Simon. “There's no one in the market like you. I like that you put your own twists on these songs. People are really going to fall in love with you two.” Simon eagerly gave Alex & Sierra a seat and sent Girls United back on the long road home.
RoXxy Montana was the final group of the night. This sister act from Michigan are the daughters of two pastors and boy, can you tell that these three ladies grew up in the church! RoXxy Montana took on the legendary Michael Jackon's “Man In The Mirror” and knocked it out of the park! The crowd was up on their feet dancing and the judges were totally impressed. Paulina didn't expect the performance to be “so tight and so good.” Simon said, “We could make you incredible.” The easy part was giving the ladies a chair, but who would go home? The axe came down on newly minted group Forever In Your Mind. Lesson number one, boys: never predict “forever.”
With that the Top 16 is complete! Check out their new contestant bios now. We're off for the next two weeks to accommodate Major League Baseball, but tune in on October 29 to see the Top 16 competing LIVE for your vote! PLAY BALL!