These live shows remain loud, brash and borderline obnoxiously in your face.
And I didn’t really agree with any of the showdown picks, especially David Correy. I can’t believe they kept Vino over him.
There is some talent here, especially the younger singers. And who would name any kid in this day and age Beatrice?
So all is not lost. I’m not sure if this is a better crew than last year, though.
Anyway, Khloe Kardashian wore some hideous blue rubber suit. And Demi changed her hair – again, and now looks like she could be Anne Frank. The crowd screaming is again incredibly annoying, especially during ballads.
Who’s in immediately on Demi Lovato’s Young Adults team
1) Janelle Garcia. No surprise. Demi really liked her doppelganger.
2) Paige Thomas. I wasn’t impressed but clearly she’s a Demi fav.
The showdown is: CeCe Frey vs. Willie Jones
CeCe (”Out Here On My Own” Irene Cara) – Crap song. Bored stiff. While technically solid, she doesn’t connect with me at all and there is nothing remotely distinctive about her voice. She is fundamentally unlikable at the core. Grade: B-minus
Willie (”You Don’t Know Me” Ray Charles) – Good but lacks the resonance or the tenderness of the original. He’s beyond his depth. “You need someone who understands what to do with your voice,” Simon said. Grade: B/-B minus
Demi picks: 3) CeCe! Blech. I still would have selected Willie.
L.A Reid’s Over 25’s’
First two saves:
1) Vino Alan. Over David Correy? Really?
2) Tate Stevens. No surprise there.
Faceoff: David Correy vs. Jason Brock
Correy (”Since U Been Gone” Kelly Clarkson) He slows it up and adds his own brand of angst. It’s a bit over the top in the histrionics department but effective. “Melodramatic,” Simon noted. Grade: B-plus/A-minus
Brock (”One Moment In Time” Whitney Houston) A much better song choice than last night and he hits at least a double. He misses a few notes but overall, he did a good enough job. “There’s something really genuine behind your eyes,” Demi said. Grade: A-minus
L.A. picks 3) Brock. So somehow, the guy I liked best is out and the guy who arguably had the worst performance last night survives. Go figure!
Britney’s young teens
First two saves:
1) Beatrice Miller. She isn’t my favorite but okay.
2) Carly Rose Sonenclar. I can’t complain. I get the appeal. Love her voice.
The face-off: Arin Ray vs. Diamond White.
Arin (”I Look To You” Whitney – again) He does ballads surprisingly well. This worked better than I would have expected. Grade: B-plus
Diamond (”Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word” Elton John) I generally prefer her over Arin as a more interesting artist. He seems too generic. She has that little extra something. Go Diamond. Grade: A-minus
Britney picks 3) Arin. I was a much bigger fan of Diamond. Bummer. I do hope they find a way to bring it back and make it a top 13.
Simon Cowell’s groups
No surprises here: 1) Emblem 3. Duh.
2) Lyric 145. Surprise! But they have real skills so that’s good.
Showdown: Sister C vs. 1432
Sister C (”When I Look At You” Miley Cyrus) – Adequate rendition of an exceedingly dull song. I am still a fan though the harmonies weren’t quite as sharp as they were on “Hell on Heels.” Grade: B
1432 (”Skyscraper” Demi Lovato) – This still sounds like five different women stuck together. Is there a leader here? Another lame-o ballad but in this case, it’s one of the judge’s songs. Whatev. Grade: B
Simon picks: 1432. Of course he did. This is a Franken-group. They have to keep them around. And Simon is truly clueless about country so Sister C was doomed. He hates the name 1432 and will try to get the public to choose their name. I agree.