Quick wrap up of last night’s show here, since I didn’t take notes and I’m doing it all by memory now. The order is approximate, but incorrect. The theme is Broadway showtunes. Thankfully, nobody danced to them.
Scott sucked. That’s two weeks in a row he couldn’t hit a note. And it’s a damned shame because that’s a great song. I would love to see Clay sing it.
Carrie was great again. Kid can’t hit a bad note. Remarkable.
Anwar saved himself this week. That’s the best he’s sounded in at least a month. He put the playbook away and sang a good song, without relying on the money note at the end.
Speaking of which, Simon is just now realizing that contestants rely on the big note at the end to save their performance?!? That’s been happening since season two. . .
And Paula needs a month in dry dock. She’s so wasted.
Constantine was better this week than last, I think. (I might be biased; I like “My Funny Valentine.”) I also think the judges are right that he should consider dropping the rocker thing for a crooner thing.
Anthony can go now. “Climb Every Mountain” takes a special arrangement to work for AI. And it’s not so much that he didn’t get the arrangement the song needed. He just didn’t do terribly well with the one he had to work with.
He should also put the glasses back on.
Nikko was all right. Or, as Randy might put it, “a’ight.” I don’t know West Side Story past a couple of the more famous songs, so I didn’t recognize this one. It sounded to me like they added a little R&B feel to it for him, which worked out nicely for his voice. This is one arrangement of a song I can’t complain about.
Vonzelle is amazing. I agree with Simon, though: It came up just short of Fantasia’s “Summertime,” a song which I mentioned as we watched the episode. It was a strong performance, but not a powerful one. It lacked one extra bit of power — emotionally or dramatically — that would have made it a contendor for Most Memorable Performances of All Time category.
Bo was not good. I’m not sure if I believe the “I picked a song with a random point of the finger” story, but it would make an awful lot of sense.
Nadia is not as impressive a singer as Carrie or Vonzelle, but she certainly makes up for it by looking comfortable on the stage. I don’t mean that as a put down — she sounded great last night for the most part. But I caught a couple of off notes that I didn’t hear from Carrie and Vonzelle.
From best to least: Carrie, Vonzelle, Nadia, Anwar, Constantine, Nikko, and then a steep drop off to Bo, Anthony, Scott.
Who will wind up in the bottom three? Partially, it depends on America’s reaction to Scott’s non-felonious police record. If his fans rise up to support him, he’s safe. If it draws viewers away from him, he’s in trouble. Going first this week didn’t help him, so I’m going to put him in the bottom three, along with Nadia (who sadly can’t seem to find a strong fan base), and Anthony (ditto, but less sadly).
Bo is on the bubble.