Posted June 26, 2007 – OK, we get it. Diddy wants Michael to lose some weight. That was evident last week when the judges hinted that he might want to start excluding beef from his diet. So, this week’s hour-long show was pretty much dedicated to driving home the whole fitness thing, and by “driving home,” I mean beating viewers over the head with a two-by-four.
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Mike was weighed, scolded about his grilled-cheese breakfast and forced to run five miles on a treadmill. Diddy questioned his desire to be part of the group. Maybe Diddy had a point, considering that Mike’s overweight counterpart, Dan, hired a trainer and dietitian to lose 16 pounds, while Mike only lost two and didn’t do a lick of exercise to make it happen.
Honestly, I’m not sure why weight is such a huge issue for a male R&B singer. Luther didn’t exactly have abs of steel, and Gerald Levert wasn’t pulling his shirt off on stage, but their fans wouldn’t have had it any other way. Except for the health issues, should it be a major factor? Granted, a group full of hard bodies might sell more records, but that’s no guarantee. Besides, when you think of groups like Boyz II Men, Troop or even Jodeci, was it their looks that had you singing their songs? I don’t think so.
However, the workouts with trainer Amie and choreographer Laurie Ann – whose tight blue leotard assured the fellas would pay attention – did remind us that groups do a lot of moving on stage, but it wasn’t the overweight guys who had the most problems. An ambulance was called for poor Dyshon, who practically passed out while doing some sort of crawl on the floor exercise.
Although the fitness topic was an overwhelming one, the most interesting thing to me was the racial dynamic. Dan, one of the two White guys, found himself in an unusual position … for him. He’s the “minority” in the group, and he’s getting a taste of what it’s like to be surrounded by people who don’t look like you and even have the power to affect your destiny. I don’t think Dan’s enjoying his minority status too much, and we’ll see how he handles it.
So, did the wannabes do any singing this episode? I’m glad you asked. The episode did eventually get around to the thick of it, and the 20 guys were split into five groups: Campus Block, Legit, Face, 37th Ave and Switch. Diddy made it clear that any group could lose members at any time, but no one’s been cut just yet.
However, Chris’ neck is definitely on the chopping block. Not only do the judges and vocal coach doubt his singing abilities, he does, too. Somehow his vocal session turned into a teary-eyed tribute to his deceased grandmother. That may endear him to the other contestants, viewers and judges, but I have a feeling Diddy won’t be so moved.
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