Neil Diamond! One of the most recognizable voices in the industry --honestly, how many of you can tell it's him immediately just from the sound of his voice? And it's a good voice, that. He was great with the contestants and I loved his advice to them all. I was kind of pleased to see that Neil Diamond Night wasn't too shabby. He's a fabulous song writer and I think the contestants chose good songs. Here's my take:
Paula was what? Drunk? Seriously, how could she assume Jason sang twice? She was so confused and it was so embarrassing. And awkward. Worse? She called Syesha "Brooke" after Syesha's second song. We rewound the show twice just to make sure...poor Paula. She really is a ditz!
First song -- Not bad at the chorus. I felt the vibe. But the verses were awful. He looked good, though. The only thing I kept thinking is this "Jason, Jason, Jason. Where are you, man?"
Second song -- Closer, but no dice. He had the vulnerability back, but the notes weren't great --and his ending? Not good. He shouldn't have sung it. But this was still better than the first song.
First song --Wasn't as great as I thought it was going to be...he was kind of boring, actually.
Second song --Awesome. I loved this one! I told Brandon I would buy that single, but Brandon didn't think it was much better than the first song. I liked it, though and loved his falsetto transition into the soft "main theme" again (did that make sense?). I even found myself thinking he was pretty rock-starish/hot stuff, too. Spot on, David!
First song --Way too low of a key. I understand she did that so she could go crazy at the end and sing higher, but...I was disappointed. I wanted her to sing the crazy stuff more --I wish she would have sung the chorus 3 times and just done 1 quick verse. But I know that doesn't really work in a song. I was proud of her confidence, though! She seemed happier. Much happier. And that's the Brooke I love!
Second song --I don't care what Simon said, it was fabulous!! It was the Carly-Simon-Carol-King Brooke that was back and I was so impressed. That song was perfect for her and she sang it so well. Brooke is back! Hooray!
First song -- Pretty darned good, I'd say. It wasn't my favorite rendition of that song, but he still did a good job. I sang along with him (or was it just the back-up singer and the brass I was singing with), but that mostly had to do with the song itself.
Second song -- He cracked on a couple of notes, but he did great! In fact, he's consistently great, which solidifies my thoughts that he's gonna win the whole enchilada. I'll say it again: David is young, good-looking, boyish/innocent, and reaches every demographic. He's gonna win, people.
(First of all, how is it that I could have been spelling her name wrong for 12 weeks?! And nobody told me!? I feel dumb now.)
First song -- Incredible. I loved it! She did such a good job and I had two thoughts: One --David A. has now got himself some real competition! and Two --She is the only one that has consistently improved with each passing week. She just keeps getting better and better; something that Kristy Lee Cook actually did, too. The other contestants have been consistently good, but I wouldn't say they've improved like Syesha has...
Second Song --Very "Broadway" (of course!), but that her strength now, and she knows it. I thought the song was very fun and she did a great job on it, but it wasn't as memorable or strong as her first song.
It was a weird format, not judging the first song and then going right into the second songs --like when Brooke ran from her "interview" with Ryan over to the piano to sing. It was kind of disconcerting, but at the same time, I liked that fresh/raw/realistic part to it. I think the producers were wise in choosing this type of format because it makes the TV audience feel like they are at the show and not just watching it from home, you know? And aside from Paula's total lack of brains, I liked how the judges popped off their thoughts after the first songs. Simon was hilarious! He didn't have one good thing to say after that first round and I just laughed so hard. Didn't necessarily agree with him, but I still thought it was funny.
Who should go home?
Jason. Sorry, buddy! But it's time.
Who will go home?
David A., because I am positive he will win. And the universe is always against me.
What did you think?