I guess this week’s theme is “I’m with the band” which doesn’t make a lick of sense. The band is always there. The theme is basically “Songs” which has preeeeetty must been the theme every week so far.
Why is Harry struggling with this question? The answer is that the save should be used if the result is shocking (the person eliminated, anyway), which so far it has not been.
Emily was arguably pretty surprising, but only because she was 2nd out instead of 4th or 5th.
Wait, why do we have a medley during the competition night?
Or if not a medley, a group sing? I AM SO CONFUSED
So it is a medley AND a group sing? Dexter sucks, by the way.
oh god why is this happening I don’t even
This is doing CJ no favors either. Jessica is doing a’ight with Satisfaction.
And whatever the hell this is is just sucking for Malaya, Jena, and to a somewhat lesser extent Caleb
I disapprove of group-sing-medleys on competition nights
I am also super sick of this stupid Taylor Swift commercial which is actually a commercial for I don’t even remember what. Which also means it fails as a commercial.
Alex is singing Don’t Speak by No Doubt
Alex is so cute
He flubbed a lyric, and this is a reggae arrangement. Two strikes.
Alex is always good technically. His pitch is always good and the guitar is solid. That arrangement was the pits, so I guess he did the best he could. Not great.
Keith: You need some edge.
Jennifer: That was kind of laid back.
Harry: Try to inject some energy.
Majesty doing Florence and the Machine is a BAD idea
Off topic, but if you don’t recognize Idolbot’s avatar, you really should be watching Rick and Morty.
Says the guy without a gravatar
Majesty is singing Shake It Out by Florence + the Machine
Hmmm not bad so far
Majesty made a good decision not to try to hold a big note (because she can’t). So this is actually one of her better performances lately.
This second half is a train wreck. Sorry. Not one of these notes is in tune.
I, uh, really liked the way she used that tambourine! Very theatrical.
Jennifer: Vocally all over the place. You owned the stage.
Harry: You’re so close to breaking out. I liked your performance.
Keith: Good song choice. A little bit out of control.
Can we please get rid of Dexter this week?
I did not think that was strong. The front half was pretty good, with only one (really bad) note. Then it fell apart. I rate it about even with Alex.
Remember that a signature of Vote For The Worst picks is that they stick around much too long. That’s why Dexter was my choice, and I think that’s so far been vindicated.
Incidentally I just deleted MK from the poll. Sorry MK.
I guess I should re-do the poll so y’all could vote again but that seems like a lot of work
Dexter is singing Boondocks by Little Big Town
I thought that was pretty decent. Dexter stepped it up, nice tone, good pitch. Awful song, but whatever.
Harry: It sounded generic. I didn’t hear it tonight.
Keith: I hear what Harry is saying. That could have been a hit, but I want to see another side of you.
Jennifer: I thought you did a great job.
This is feeling really drawn out tonight. Thank goodness we got to see the three judges discuss the merits of a huge gummy bear for 5 minutes; that really informed the contest.
Malaya is singing The Long and Winding Road by The Beatles.
She’s singing this really well, but like, really?
Malaya killed it. That was great.
Keith: That was beautiful.
Jennifer: Your voice really stands out. You blow me away.
Harry: Most consistently improving. It was strong. Work on harmonies, you can become something great. Nice job tonight.
Sam is singing Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s.
Who let Sam into a bar? He shouldn’t be in bars. He’s so wet behind the ears he’s dripping.
All those lightbulbs must make the stage unbearably hot, unless they’re LEDs or something
This is the laziest song other than the Plain White T’s next hit, which was mostly counting to 4.
Yes, Sam should be doing boring, lazy music, JLo.
Jennifer: Perfectly suited to you, and you sounded great doing it. To take it to the next level … [have a girlfriend??]
Harry: This is the most comfortable I’ve seen you. I didn’t feel a whole lot of connection with the lyrics. It felt 1 dimensional.
Keith: You don’t have to think about each note. Be looser with your voice.
I thought it was atrocious. It was an upbeat performance of a song which, to the extent that it works, is about longing. That didn’t communicate longing at all, it wasn’t a vocal that featured the voice, and worse it was jaunty, which no song should be.
Jessica is singing Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac.
Will Jessica twirl like an early Stevie Nicks?
This is basically a tribute band version of this song. It sounds virtually identical to the original.
I have no opinion of that. If you like Rhiannon, you probably liked that. It didn’t have any glaring errors. Fine, not special.
But old people, and let’s face it, the voters skew old nowadays, will eat that up. And by old I mean, like, 50+ (which, now that I’m old, “isn’t that old” anymore)
Harry: I thought you did a nice job, maybe my favorite performance of yours.
Keith: You needed to move around more if you aren’t going to have your guitar.
Jennifer: You gotta draw us in.
C.J. is singing If It Hadn’t Been for Love by The Steeldrivers
Casey Abrams would’ve played his own bass
This is C.J. via Tom Waits. I love Tom Waits, so I kinda love this. Also, it’s in tune. C.J.’s back.
Keith: Clever choice. [I think you’re faking emotion]
Jennifer: It started good, the middle was off, and the end you got it back.
Harry: You have to work on your pitch. I thought it was a good performance, but you have the potential to do more.
That was underrated by the judges. I kinda thought it was great.
Caleb is singing Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin
Oh Caleb. Bless your heart.
I think that worked. It wasn’t one of the super huge Zeppelin tunes, it was dead on. I liked it.
I think Caleb got away with that
Jennifer: That was very sexy.
Harry: I don’t know how you could have sung that any better.
Keith: You made the band sound great. It hit me like a slow motion airbag.
When Zeppelin was playing that song in concert, the thing was very long, and during the middle they would have a segment where Plant would sing a note and Page would play the same note on his guitar. They tried to do a mini version of that, but the guitar player wouldn’t go along with Caleb’s notes. I don’t know if that was editorial on his part, or a lack of technical skill, but they didn’t recreate it.
Flaming cheese sounds awesome
Jena is singing Bring Me to Life by Evanescence.
This is a good choice for Jena’s voice. She’s kind of a big-voiced hack just like Amy Lee.
That poor guitarist. She’s just hollering at him.
I dug it. Good on Jena.
Harry: Really, really strong.
Keith: You always deliver. Good job.
Jennifer: You sound phenomenal. Great job. Be more messy.
Yeah, that was well-done
Very tough call this week. Majesty was definitely the worst. I think Alex and Sam were next worst.
I know you liked him, but I wouldn’t be terribly surprised to see CJ go. But it could easily be Majesty too.
Well, I guess we’ll see!