How do you solve a problem like Lazaro (pictured, right)? The ice cream scooper with an extreme stutter, 21, really just doesn’t know any of the words to any of the songs! Somehow he got through Stevie Wonder’s “Once in My Life” with no tears-inducing hiccups for his tepid Motown Week solo (full recap here) — perhaps he’d heard it before, or listened to it thousands of times over the weekend. But his subsequent trio with Burnell Taylor (left) and Devin Velez on “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” was a complete disaster. Lazaro looked like he was about to cry the whole time, and the guys received a thorough lashing from judge Nicki Minaj. “Don’t ever do that. All three of you, go. Go! Go! Get off the stage!” (RUDE.)
When Ryan Seacrest gently nudged the guys to discuss what happened (ALSO RUDE), Burnell muttered “Not to throw anyone under the bus, but…” and then Devin explained, “I learned my parts. I tried saving a couple people, but…”
“I didn’t know the words that well,” Lazaro strained to say.
Which did you think were the best and worst songs of the night?
I was way off in my Top 8 Power List about Angela Miller having a comeback week — her uptempo departure from her usual Pretty Piano Pony motif was horrid. But Janelle Arthur redeemed herself with a guitar-based “Keep Me Hanging On,” and I also loved Kree Harrison, Burnell Taylor, and especially Amber Holcomb on Stevie Wonder’s “Lately.” Candice Glover was solid as usual but sang in the dreaded number-one slot.
Stay tuned for my full recap later on (update: here it is), but discuss now!