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Boot Camp #2

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Putting the "Boot" in "Boot Camp"

After the ads, we see quick clips of one group singing "Kids in America" and another singing "I'm Every Woman." Is that it for those two groups? There must not be anyone we know in them, and honestly I'm fine with fast-forwarding through some of these. The next group consists of Mathew Slovacek, Tim Cifers, Hannah Bethel, Thomas Wells, Jeremy Easley, and a duo named Kingsley who are either twins or just creepily similar-looking. Never heard of any of them. Turns out they must be the country crowd, since they're singing "I Won't Let Go" by Rascal Flatts. We belatedly meet Tim Cifers ,who's a 29-year-old beer distributor with two small kids. We also meet Kingston, who, upon closer examination, may just be two guys who share a name, hair, and face. Hannah Bethel says singing is where she's in her element, Tim talks about doing what he has to do, and now that we've backloaded a bunch of exposition about them, they're ready to start. They'll be taking the stage one by one during their performance. Tim starts out alone, singing the first verse, and he's joined in turn by Mathew, Kingston, Hannah, and the rest, all of whom get solos until they sing the last line in harmony. That was quite nice, actually. The judges seem most impressed with Tim. "I don't know if he's a star, but he's a great singer," L.A. says, rather tellingly if you ask me.

Only one group left to go, hot damn. It's the Brewer Boys, the shaggy crooners; and then a bunch of unfamiliar people named Henri Bredouw, James Douglas, Emma Henry, Hanna Jackson, Ryan Simms, Kyle Corr, and Christa Collins. Christa seems to be all about her costumes, but she says she wants to go out and earn it. We learn to our lack of surprise that the Brewer Boys are in fact brothers, Nathan and Justin, 13 and 17. 16-year-old Emma and 31-year-old Hannah both want section three of the song and flip a coin for it in a way that we don't know who won. After some more interview clips, during which they all stand frozen on the stage through the intro of Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" (Snow Patrol again? Is this show a spinoff of Grey's Anatomy or something?), Henri Bredouw kicks off the song. Or stumbles it off, more like. Then it looks like it doesn't matter who won the coin toss, because Emma and Hannah both stink up the place, leaving the Brewer Boys to save it. Ryan Sims does well with a rather jarring key change, and then Christa Collins drags it back down again before the big group sing right at the end. Aannd we're done. See you next week!

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