'Boy Band' eliminates Gavin Becker after his "Six Track" group performs, determines Top 15 boys
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/07/2017
Boy Band eliminated Gavin Becker and determined its Top 15 male vocalists during Thursday night's broadcast of the new ABC reality competition series designed to create America's next great boy band.
Gavin, an 18-year-old from Philadelphia, PA, was eliminated by Boy Band's architects -- Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, Spice Girls member Emma Bunton, and music producer Timbaland -- after his group of six members sang and danced to "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" by Shawn Mendes in front of an audience of screaming girls.
Nick, Emma and Timbaland seemed to determine that while Gavin is very talented and already a social-media superstar, he didn't stand out in the group performance.
Gavin performed the Shawn Mendes hit in his group who called themselves "Six Track" after training and rehearsing with vocal producer Tim Davis and musical director Adam Blackstone, who has worked with iconic artists such as Justin Timberlake, Eminem, Drake, and Janet Jackson.
Choreographers Napolean and Tabitha, who are often seen on So You Think You Can Dance, also worked with the boys.
Gavin's group members were Andrew Butcher, a 17-year-old from Greenwood, IN; Miles Wesley, a 19-year-old from Marble Falls, TX; Michael Conor, a 17-year-old from Cleveland, OH; Mikey Jimenez, a 17-year-old from East Los Angeles, CA; and Dorian Tyler, a 15-year-old from Memphis, TN, who were all declared safe from elimination last night.
Nick said he was surprised by the apparent chemistry between the guys onstage because they had difficulty jelling in their rehearsals prior to that night.
The architects put Gavin's group together because they have a lot of soul but are also the youngest contestants in the competition, so it was important to find out whether age should be a factor in putting this boy band together.
Heading into live shows next week when America is in charge, the other boys still in the competition are Andrew Bloom, a 19-year-old from Yorba Linda, CA; Chance Perez, a 19-year-old from Seal Beach, CA; Jaden Gray, a 16-year-old from Hawthorne, CA; Cam Jackson, a 19-year-old from Willingboro, NJ; and Brady Tutton, a 15-year-old from Shorewood, WI, from "Reverb" as well as Devin Hayes, a 17-year-old from Springfield, IL; Jay "J Hype" Gilbert, a 14-year-old from Las Vegas, NV; Marcus Pendleton, a 16-year-old from Nashville, TN; Sergio Calderon, a 16-year-old from Redwood City, CA; and Drew Ramos, a 19-year-old from Bronx, NY, from "Uplift."
Each episode going forward will feature a different theme, and the architects will shuffle contestants to find the best combination of voices to perform for America.
Architects will also critique each band's performance and collectively determine the two contestants who are up for elimination each week.
After the contestants in jeopardy perform solo "survival" songs, home viewers will be able to vote live for their favorite band members during each broadcast, ultimately creating a group of their very own.
Boy Band's final and official group will win a recording contract with Hollywood Records, and in the finale, America's favorite five band members will debut and perform a brand new single together for the first time.