‘Alter Ego’ Recap: Semifinals Kick Off with a Shocking Elimination
On Wednesday night, FOX’s new singing competition Alter Ego returned for the first episode of the Semifinals. The series, hosted by Rocsi Diaz, uses modern motion-capture technology to put a totally new spin on the classic talent show format.
The show’s contestants design their own avatar or “Alter Ego.” They control the avatar’s movements from backstage while they perform. The winner of this season will receive $100,000, as well as the mentorship of the show’s celebrity judges — Alanis Morissette, Grimes, Nick Lachey, and Will.i.am.
Tonight, four contestants performed for a chance to make it to the finals, and two contestants were eliminated at the end of the night. The results might shock you.
Queen Dynamite Voted Out of the ‘Alter Ego’ Competition
Wednesday’s episode opened with a performance from Misty Rose (aka Samaera Hirsch), who sang “Bang Bang” by Jessie J while on roller skates. She really stepped up her game this week, and the judges voted to keep her on the diamond throughout the entire episode, meaning she went straight to the Finals.
The remaining three contestants were up for the audience vote. Shockingly, Queen Dynamite (aka Dasharra Bridges) received the lowest number of votes, meaning she was automatically eliminated from the competition. Queen Dynamite has been one of the strongest singers on the show, and her ’70s-tastic performance of “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross was, to quote Morissette, “an experience.”
Dasharra revealed her identity and performed “Last Dance” by Donna Summer as her farewell song. She got emotional as she shared what Queen Dynamite has meant to her, saying she’s “brought me a lot of peace, a lot of joy.” It’s sad to see her leave the competition.
Judges Vote to Keep Night Journey in the Competition
The final decision of the night came down to Wolfgang Champagne (aka Matthew Lord) and Night Journey (aka Israa Darwich). Personally, I felt that these were the two weakest performances of the night. The judges voted for which artist they wanted to save.
Wolfgang’s choice to sing “Creep” by Radiohead was questionable, and Night Journey’s rendition of Jewel’s “Who Will Save Your Soul” fell flat, although it was cool that she started the song by sitting on the edge of the stage.
Despite my confusion, the judges continue to be huge Night Journey fans. They gave her a standing ovation for her performance, and they ultimately voted to keep her in the competition over Wolfgang Champagne. We’ll certainly miss his sassy remarks to the judges.
Matthew revealed himself with a final performance of “Your Song” by Elton John, making host Rocsi Diaz cry. The singer himself got emotional as he told the judges that they “made me feel relevant.”
The second part of the Semifinals will air on Fox on Dec. 1, after a night off for the Thanksgiving holiday next week.