The homework is predictably over-acty from everyone except Shanna and Blake, who have a gauge for these types of things. Abraham is doing a pretty good job, Ali did her hair like Baby Spice, and Michael just looks incredibly awkward. He still looks good in the face, though, and for that I would like him to stay another week. I imagine Ali will be crowned the winner for being in a wheelchair.
Amber wanted to see more vivaciousness from Abraham, and found Lily disconnected. She loves Aylin's voice, and applauded Ali for "moving" and "going for it." She gives the win to Ali for "personifying tenacity." You just can't compete with the chair, folks.
Amber tells the contestants that this week's video will be "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor. Also, this week Erik White will be channeling his inner Orson Welles and the video will be filmed in one, continuous shot. I understand that this is meant to test them/their tenacity, but it really might be one of TGP's most inane machinations yet. Even worse, they'll have to "complete a physically challenging obstacle course set up in a gym," for every take. It's stupid, and what's even worse is that no one can call bullshit on this particular reindeer game of Ryan Murphy's, because they are all still jousting to win his favor. No one is allowed the tenacity to stand up and say what a stupid, worthless idea this whole week's challenge is. Is it in honor of the Olympics? Could there be a worse tribute to athleticism?
"If we end up doing this video shoot for like, 12 hours, I will hate the bitch that keeps messing up," Abraham says. That's it, Abraham, don't think about the bitch that came up with this video shoot, hate the one who trips the intricate set of wires so carefully arranged for you all to fail.
In the studio, Nikki says that this song isn't in any of the contenders' vocal ranges. Shanna is great as usual, as is Blake. Nikki loves them both dearly. She does not love Abraham or Michael. Oh my god, Michael, though. He is doing horribly, and watching him try to "feel" this song is just painful.
In the group session, Lily is belting and way too loud, with her trademark inability to blend. Aylin comments that Lily is "really loud," and this strikes a nerve with Lily, whose loudness is apparently a big insecurity of hers. She doesn't see it as something worth changing about herself, she's just insecure, I guess. I have an idea, Lily, how about you kill two birds with one stone and try to be less loud? That way you won't ruin the group vocals, and you can eliminate that particular insecurity.