'Boy Band' eliminates Miles Wesley, welcomes guests AJ McLean, Bobby Brown and Chris Kirkpatrick
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/14/2017
Boy Band went live on Thursday night, and after three new groups of boys performed, America sent Miles Wesley packing.
Boy Band aired its first live show last night on ABC, with Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean, N*SYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick, and New Edition member Bobby Brown in the house.
After a night of great performances, home viewers voted to oust Miles, a 19-year-old from Marble Falls, TX, from Boy Band after the show's architects -- Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, Spice Girls member Emma Bunton, and music producer Timbaland -- determined he should be in jeopardy along with Mikey Jimenez, a 17-year-old from East Los Angeles, CA.
Miles fell into the bottom two because the architects said he gave off a solo-artist vibe, that he didn't seem to fit into the group. Mikey was also up for elimination because he apparently lacked confidence onstage and could simply do much better.
America ultimately texted to save Mikey, who sang "Despacito" with his group Topline comprised of Michael Conor, a 17-year-old from Cleveland, OH; Chance Perez, a 19-year-old from Seal Beach, CA; Sergio Calderon, a 16-year-old from Redwood City, CA; and Drew Ramos, a 19-year-old from Bronx, NY.
Emma said Sergio was in his comfort zone and commanded the stage, while Timbaland compared Drew to Marc Anthony. Nick said the group reminded him of a 2017 Menudo and he's becoming a serious Michael fan. Nick pointed out, however, they needed to work on Chance's voice.
Miles performed "Don't Let Me Down" with his group Element, which also featured Andrew Bloom, a 19-year-old from Yorba Linda, CA; Jaden Gray, a 16-year-old from Hawthorne, CA; Devin Hayes, a 17-year-old from Springfield, IL; and Jay "J Hype" Gilbert, a 14-year-old from Las Vegas, NV.
Nick said the badge for "most improved" belonged to Devin because he has charisma and deserves to be in a boy band. Emma noted that she had trouble reading Miles, that he needed to be more sexy or gritty and also be more focused. Timbaland said he wanted to hear more from Jaden.
The group to perform the best last night was granted immunity from elimination, and that group was Tr5ble, who sang "Rolling In the Deep."
Tr5ble was comprised of Andrew Butcher, a 17-year-old from Greenwood, IN; Dorian Tyler, a 15-year-old from Memphis, TN; Cam Jackson, a 19-year-old from Willingboro, NJ; Brady Tutton, a 15-year-old from Shorewood, WI; and Marcus Pendleton, a 16-year-old from Nashville, TN.
Nick told Tr5ble that their performance was powerful and they looked like a boy band already. Nick advised Brady to never lose that innocence he has about him, while Andrew B. was told his voice is incredible but he's missing some key elements of a boy-band member.
For each episode, the architects will shuffle contestants to find the best combination of voices to perform for America.
After critiquing each band's performance, the architects must collectively determine the two contestants who are up for elimination each week, and then America texts to save one of the boys. As the show gets further down the road, the bottom-two boys will sing "survival" songs for home viewers before voting commences.
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.