The narrator tells us that this process is going into the "late morning hours." When is that, exactly? "The girls are exhausted." I think that perhaps this narrator went into a studio about six months ago and recorded a few sentences that they just plug in every few months. Sound bite 32A: "The pressure is intense." Sound bite 8C: "The stakes are high." Sound bite 31C: "But it's going to take a lot more than..." Sound bite 31D: "...to handle the pressures of becoming a Popstar."
Nicole tells us that it's exhausting to start the day working out and then having lunch and then driving for two hours to the studio (where is this studio and why would they give the girls a house so far away?) and then working all day on a song.
Ana Maria is sassing up the second verse. She's also in a turtleneck, in addition to the full winter attire. Oh, and gloves. Gloves! Matthew tells us in a triple screen (one screen is just of Matthew's back as he hunches over the panel) that Ana Maria's voice "comes across, but doesn't sound like she's trying." He adds, "She has the attitude, but it's just cool." No, cold. Ana Maria is clearly freezing in Los Angeles.
"In the end, the first verse goes to Nicole." We hear Nicole singing the verse without the music. Matthew says there were some things Nicole was "the best at, just because of her natural, natural born...tone in her voice." Matthew is very shifty-eyed. Matthew said there weren't any egos among the girls, even though they all wanted to sing. Well, not in front of you, Matthew. You're the guy with the parts.
The narrator echoes these sentiments, and shows that the girls really are upset about how the parts were assigned. Maile tells us that there is "frustration" with the assignments.
Cut to the dining room table, where the bitch-fest has begun. Rosanna says she refuses to "subscribe to the idea" that the group should just have one or two lead singers. She says not all groups are like that. Ivette gives an amen and Rosanna starts shaking her head slowly and waving her hands like she's just said the gospel. Nicole watches quietly from her Beyonce position. Tiny Squares of Girls and Fun.
Back to the catfight. Ivette says that she doesn't want the day to start like this. Maile interrupts her to say that they're a group and they need to talk to each other. Nicole is so not talking. We see the same damn scene again where Rosanna refuses to subscribe to ideas. These girls point at each other an awful lot. How rude. Ivette says you pick and choose your battles and she's not going to pick the battle that involves her opening both arms and waving them around towards the other girls. I don't know what battle she's referring to there. Maile says they've had tension and cries and it's important to "keep it real within the circle." She emphasizes by drawing imaginary circles in front of her. Maile says they all had shots at being soloists, and now they're in a group.