Top Four means no collaborations this week! The contestants are assigned the task of literally creating songs to appeal to the masses--of a high school gymnasium full of hormonal teenagers. Because, unfortunately, teenagers rule the entertainment world (Bieb, anyone?) and will decide the fate of our beloved songwriters.
Top Five Moments:
Finally, Kara gives some guidance! I think she is a good judge, but I would have loved for this season to feature either Jewel or Kara walking into the sessions and dispensing good advice to make even better songs. Like a butch Tim Gunn! Next season ladies!
4. High School Hell:
Teenagers are so awkward. Acne, split ends, standing-dancing. The awkward dancing to get on camera (speaking of, anyone catch Jes' dance?) and the awkward dancing that wasn't meant to be seen. Ever. That said, I think it was clever to play them in front of teenagers (they even patted themselves on the back for thatbecause the
3. Taio Cruz:
He's a guest judge. He's a good guest judge with good feedback. He has an accent--didn't know he had one. And he's pretty to look at. Need I say more?
2. The Songs:
Sonyae's really was the clear winner among the kids; she does have good concepts. I'd be surprised though if she won since she doesn't play any instruments. Scotty's might have been too deep for young top 40 listeners, but was very uplifting. Nick wrote his best lyrics, but his melody lacked structure for once. Jes had a strong melody but some immature lyrics. Honestly, I thought all the songs were radio worthy. That's not saying all of them are number one hits (think of what has been on top of the charts lately--really think), but they would succeed.
1. Final Three for Finale:
Sonyae, Scotty, and... Jes! Nick looks like he is holding back his inner tool as the judges tell him their fans after eliminating him (then why not put him through to the final?). Scotty's surprised Jes is still there. Sonyae was gloating a little (a lot) for winning.
Next week, it's the season finale! Expect the contestants to perform the best hit song they can muster and for some heartfelt moments. Oh, and they will crown a winner! Do they get to keep the crown? Just saying.
Emily E. Steck
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