On the Boys' Group Performance:
When Ryan asks what went wrong, Burnell says, “I did what I was supposed to do. I ain’t throwing anybody under the bus, but this is a competition.”
Devin says “I learned my parts. I tried saving a couple of people.”
Lazaro says “I didn’t know the words that well.”
I have to ask: Why did Lazaro think it was okay to forget his lyrics and not even bother with the simple choreographed dance moves? Yeah, Burnell’s “not to throw anyone under the bus…” and Devin’s “I learned my parts. I tried saving a couple people,” may not have been tactful, but it’s not like they could ignore Seacrest’s question — or what had just gone down in their performance just seconds prior.
How can one forget his parts when there are only a couple of verses to memorize? Lazaro was very unprofessional. Sometimes you just have to admit that you messed up. That would have been a test of his character and endear the audience more to him but instead he made up excuses and looked even worse. As for the other two, it wasn't their fault, they were just fending for themselves after the critique but they didn't want to mention names. Devin said "a couple or people" when he actually meant just Lazaro. Not fair that Randy and Nikki dissed on Janelle but they didn't diss on Lazaro for his screw-up. They criticized the performance but not who caused the disaster that threw the whole thing off-kilter. I wish that was Hollywood Week as Lazaro would have been gone.
The bottom line is, the judges have been assessing Lazaro's subpar performances using a very different (lower) standard, obviously because of his affliction, than they employ for this season's less fragile (but more talented) singers. And this simply is not fair--to viewers, to the contestants, or even to Lazaro himself. It has to stop.