² Blonde To The Bone ²
° The four safe girls are so nervous about who will return to the °
loft that they're actually nauseous. Bailey has even planned out
her reaction to make sure that the returning girl feels
welcomed. Autumn walks through the door, feeling even more out
of sorts than the other girls. She knows they're happy to see
her return, but she also knows how sad everyone is to see Emma
go. Even Lauren has to admit that she knows Emma deserves to be
there above some of the other girls that remain, which is a hard
concept to handle.
When people probe Autumn on what happened in the casting office,
she lashes out at Rhiannon for her behavior before elimination.
Rhiannon repeatedly proclaimed "I am not going home today,"
which insulted both Autumn and Emma. With being so close to the
end, everyone's on edge.
The call sheet arrives the next morning, instructing the girls
to head to the John Barret Salon at Bergdorf Goodman's. Looks
like Autumn and Natalie will be going blonde! Sure enough,
Haylie informs the girls that today's workshop will focus on
"becoming Elle Woods, inside and out." She then introduces John
Barret himself, who will be conducting the makeovers. He advises
Autumn and Natalie that blondes do have more fun and the two
brunettes easily agree to make the transition.
Autumn and Natalie are psyched to go blonde, knowing that it
will put them all on an equal playing field. The girls that are
already blonde are nervous that once everyone is blonde, they'll
lose some of their competitive edge. Of course, the naturally
blonde girls will get makeovers too -- going even more blonde
than they already are! Amazingly, it's Bailey that has the
hardest time with her makeover, bursting into tears when they
trim just a little bit of her long locks. Hopefully Autumn and
Natalie will handle their makeovers better!
When the towel comes off, Natalie adores her new do. She thinks
that the other girls didn't see her as a legitimate threat
because she didn't look like Elle Woods. Natalie thinks her
newly blonde tresses will change all that.
But the girl who's really going through a dramatic t-
ransformation is Autumn. Like Natalie, she's excited to have her
outside match the capability she has on the inside. When Autumn
first sees her blonde hairstyle, she actually hates it! But,
she's not about to let the other girls know that and eagerly
shows off her blonde bob.
For the next part of their workshop, the girls head to the SoHo
Studios where Laura Bell Bundy (aka current Elle Woods on
Broadway) is waiting for them. She's there to teach them about
their inner Elle Woods. Laura Bell explains how taking on the
role of Elle has caused her to be a more positive person (like
Elle) and become more true to herself. She goes so far as to
describe it as the "best experience" of her life.
Laura Bell has to run to do a show, but she introduces the girls
to Michael Hartman, one of the principles at the public
relations firm Barlow Hartman, and photographer Dan Hallman.
Michael informs the girls that they'll all be in the same dress
and shoes, but they'll get to choose their own accessories and
poses for their photo-shoot. The girl with the stand-out photo
will be the winner of the workshop and get to go on a lunch date
with current Legally Blonde cast member Andy Karl, who
understudies the role of Emmett.
While Dan and Michael like all of the girls' photos, it came
down to Natalie and Bailey. Bailey got into the role by
recreating the current Legally Blonde poster, holding a bunch of
books and looking overwhelmed. Natalie, on the other hand, got
super creative by standing on top of all the books. Ultimately,
Natalie's creativity pays off and she wins the lunch date.
Haylie informs the girls that for this week's audition, they'll
be singing the musical's signature ballad "Legally Blonde" with
Andy Karl. After watching a clip of the song, all of the girls
get a little teary-eyed because they know what it feels like to
be judged week after week -- especially Autumn.
Natalie and Andy start their date off with some jokes about
Natalie's new blonde do, but quickly turn to work-talk. Andy
talks with Natalie about how the song "Legally Blonde" is all
about Elle's choice to return to her roots. Natalie feels her
discussion and new connection with Andy will give her an
advantage at the audition.
The girls head to Bernie's studio to rehearse the "Legally
Blonde" ballad with Seth and Denis. This time however, each of
the girls is treated to some one-on-one rehearsal time with the
vocal coach and choreographer to get individual critiques. When
Autumn weeps through most of the song, Seth helps her come to
the realization that she associates the auditions with the
possibility of being sent home and thus is bad at auditions.
Seth suggests that instead, she think of the auditions as a
chance to perform a three minute show.
The other girls also impress Seth and Denis with how emotional
they get while rehearsing the song. Like Autumn, Rhiannon and
Natalie are reduced to tears by the emotional number. But Seth
and Denis encourage the girls to show emotion, so long as
When the day of the audition arrives, Autumn is feeling
confident. With a new blonde hairstyle and a new attitude on
auditions, she's certain she can avoid the casting office.
Indeed, she wows the judges so much that Bernie deems her "one
gifted girl" and Heather admits the performance brought her to
Bailey, meanwhile, fails to impress the judges -- perhaps
because she's done so well in past weeks, but didn't really
connect with this audition. Although Natalie was confident that
her blonde hair and time with Andy would help her case, the
judges are starting to realize that they just can't see her as
Elle Woods despite her obvious talent. Lauren continues to wow
the judges with her incredibly strong pipes and Bernie even
admits that he's rooting for her. While the judges love
Rhiannon's presence on stage, they're starting to doubt whether
or not she's vocally strong enough to handle the role.
There are only two names on the list this week, meaning three
girls will be sent to the casting office to face elimination.
Autumn is the first called, followed by Lauren, leaving Bailey,
Natalie and Rhiannon to head to the casting office.
The judges tell Bailey that they know she's got the perfect
package -- they're just not sure it's the complete package
they're looking for. She needs to be more authentic and put more
into her performances if she wants to succeed. The judges love
how Rhiannon lights up the stage, but they're not sure her voice
or her dancing is strong enough for a leading role. Natalie,
however, has a powerhouse voice but failed to connect to the
material that week.
Bailey is the first girl to learn she'll be moving forward, with
Rhiannon and Natalie left facing elimination. The decision comes
down to whether the judges choose the girl with the big Broadway
voice or the sparkling personality. They ultimately decide to
give Rhiannon one more chance to grow and cut Natalie.
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