Down to the last 4...and the rules have changed a tad. Each singer gets two songs and two phone numbers -- for their fans to split up and hit.
According to Simon, Blake Lewis and LaKisha Jones are the most vulnerable this week. This week's mentor -- Bee Gee's, Barry Gibb was very impressed with the top 4 contestants. During rehearsal, he'd shut his eyes and really feel what each and every one of them was doing to/for his music. He was a gracious accepter of change unlike many artists who are very controlling of their original work. Gibb said back in the day his band thought "This is Where I Came In" could be a hit record, but admitted they were wrong. HOWEVER, he says of the freshest rendition, "It's been waiting for its time-- maybe Blake will bring it up to date." Wow, very inspirational words from such a musical icon. But Gibb has more love for the other contestants as well. In his opinion, Jordin Sparks "is going to be one of our greatest female recording artists."
She sang “Woman in Love” to which Gibb called the kind of song that is “subject to different people’s interpretations.”
As for Jordin’s interpretation of her other song choice, “To Love Somebody,” he gave the ultimate compliment. “I know a couple of hundred people who have sung this song, but I haven’t heard a greater version than Jordin’s."
The Judges called “To Love Somebody” the best vocal of the night. Her other song, they were not so impressed with, describing it as pitchy and pageanty. I was ultra impressed that the 17 year-old is still getting A's and B's... keeping up with her school work and learning songs, performing them, etc. That should get a special award itself.
Gibb is refreshing. And not only does he have a great discography, but a good grasp on what works musically for each contestant.
Another great look for Melinda Doolittle! But that whole Michael Jackson comment she made was just so dorky. Why does she insist on making herself look silly each week? (Last week it was the oh, golly gee... how do I do "rock hands"??? Puh-lease!)
Anyway, Ryan asked her what her 1st tape was, she goes Michael Jackson’s Bad (then she puts her hand over her mouth very SNL’s “Pat-like.”) She explained why she covered her mouth by saying, “my mom crossed it (Bad) out and put Good.” Uh… ummm… ok, Melinda. Whatever. Just sing for crying out loud!
She sang, “How Can You Mend and Broken Heart” and “Love You, Inside and Out.” Her vocals were as Paula calls them, “spot on,” but the judges are looking for her to take a risk and wow them to excitement.
But think about it -- Melinda singing rock and country -- those were genres she was uncomfortable with, but rose to the challenge beautifully. She's also amazingly transformed her look. What else could she possibly do? I bet she'll give us a little something next time. I totally look forward to what she'll bring to the stage.
After LaKisha sang her first song, “Staying Alive,” Simon (referring to last week) called out to her, “No kiss tonight… you’re back to shouting.” And he reminded her she needs to “bring it back” on the second song.
Her next song, “Run To Me” was better (and even better during practice), but she went a little hoarse in the end of it.
Let's go back to Blake -- who stood out from the rest of the hopefuls, not just because he’s the only male, but because he’s truly one of a kind. He showed off his beatbox skills in each song. The first song he sang tonight was “We Should Be Dancing.” Gibb felt like beatboxing really suited the song. Randy didn’t think it worked.
Randy also said it didn’t think beatboxing belonged in his other song, “This is Where I Come In.” He said, “you don’t have to beatbox in every joint...it gets old.”
Now this is where I come in with my keen memory.... early on in the competition, I recall the Dawg telling him to incorporate those skills in every song. This was while Simon was telling him that he was smart to to mix it up, show his versatility and singing ability.
After this week there’ll be 3. Who do you think that should be?VOTE!
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