NAPLES — One dream became dependent of others when American Idol featured group night on Wednesday night.
Paige Miles didn’t forget her Naples roots or maybe it was just a coincidence her group name was Neapolitan.
Wednesday marked the first televised appearance of Miles, a Community School grad, and it didn’t lack drama.
Her group, Neapolitan, clashed with another group, Destiny Wild. They both chose the same song, Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.
Destiny’s Wild then accused Neapolitan of stealing their concept of singing it, a cappella.
Luckily for Miles and the rest of Neapolitan, Thaddeus Johnson, Jessica Cunningham, and Liz Rooney, they performed first. Simon Cowell was surprisingly impressed “In its own way that was pretty good” with the performance and all four moved through to the next portion of the competition.
Not to be outdone, Destiny’s Wild (Todrick Hall, Jareb Liewer, Theri Harden and Siobhan Magnus) pulled out all of the stops with a high-energy, kind of “weird” (as Ellen DeGeneres called it) performance.
To be honest Destiny’s Wild sounded better than Neapolitan.
But our local hopeful, Miles, finally had her chance to be seen and heard.
“We just tried to take it and try to have fun with it,” said Miles of performing the Lady Gaga song.
Adding to his group
The only task tougher for contestants than group day might be having a baby on group day.
Contestant Big Michael Lynche from Tampa talked his wife through the delivery of their first child while he stayed in the competition.
It’s a girl. And Lynche didn’t miss a beat, moving on to the next round.
"It's a good day,” Lynche said. “It's a great day.”