Previously, on “Alter Ego”! The last five singers shy in front of the camera to audition are all dressed up as colorful alter egos, four of whom impressed the judges and the audience enough to move forward. Wylie was eliminated and revealed to be Milton, a 30-year-old man from Forrest City, Arkansas. The remaining 16 contenders will now face each other. Eight will face off on October 13 and the other eight will face off on October 20.
Follow our minute-by-minute recap of “Alter Ego” Season 1 Episode 5 below.
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20:00 – Host Rocsi diaz introduce the judges William, Alanis Morissette, Grimes and Nick lachey. Tonight, they will weigh on the first sing-offs of the season.
8:10 p.m. – Tonight, the competition takes to a whole new level with a place in the semi-finals on the line. Competing in the first head-to-head is King of Nevaeh vs. Safari. Nick says they both have amazing talent and super fun personalities. The judges are curious to see how the singer embodies their alter ego and they are looking for the full package. Nevaeh sings for the first time “I Will Survive” by Gloria gaynor. She’s a diva classic and even though she’s voiced by a male, the judges have no idea and love her sleek personality and powerful voice. Will thinks Nevaeh was his alter ego and compliments his energy. Grimes would love to hear him sing a more modern song since they are looking for the superstar of tomorrow.
8:25 p.m. – It’s time to see what Safara has to offer and she sings “Diamonds” from Rihanna. It’s definitely a more modern performance compared to Nevaeh and her vocals live up to it. Will is so impressed that he gives Safara a standing ovation. Grimes likes his goofy personality, Nick compliments his comfort on stage, Will calls the performance “superb” and Alanis hopes to hear it again with a more subtle song. The judges deliberate and decide that the winner of this head-to-head is Safara by a vote of 3-1. Will was the only vote for Navaeh.
8:30 p.m. – Navaeh King gives another farewell performance of “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion. The judges’ jaw hits the ground when they see a man come out on stage singing those huge diva notes. They finally meet Jay Miah, the voice behind Navaeh King. He says he liked not to be judged for his high pitched voice and that he is happy to embrace his inner goddess.
8:40 p.m. – The next head-to-head competition is Embers of the Phoenix vs. Bear Scott. Grimes calls them two powerful rockers who put their heart and soul into every performance. This match could be brutal! Dipper sings for the first time “Believer” by imagine Dragons. Will loves Dipper’s voice and the judges look fascinated by this performance. I was hoping he would take another octave, but Dipper did enough to get the judges back on their feet. Grimes says Dipper is his favorite performer on the show, Nick doesn’t understand why he’s not already a superstar, Alanis thinks he’s an amazing superstar and Will just says, “Hell yeah.”
8:55 p.m. – Phoenix Embers will perform “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus. It’s a more vocal dynamic performance, but will the judges be swayed in its favor? Nick says Phoenix’s voice came in like a wrecking ball, Will calls it “wow wow sauce”, Alanis says “Wrecking Ball” is one of her 20 best songs of all time and gives Phoenix a triple boost and Grimes digs his personality. The judges deliberate and vote 3-1 to save Dipper Scott. Alanis was the only vote for Phoenix, who has now been eliminated.
8:59 p.m. – Phoenix Embers is in tears but pulls himself together for one last performance of “I’m the Only One” by Melissa Etheridge. Halfway through the performance Danielle Cetani appears as the voice behind Phoenix. Danielle says she gave up singing a few years ago and was inspired by this last chance to make her dreams come true. Nick tells her to take this renewed sense of what music means to her with her. Alanis can’t wait to see Danielle’s next chapter. It’s a wrap for tonight. Congratulations to Safara and Dipper Scott for reaching the semi-finals!