"One can have a dream, baby. Two can make
a dream so real."
We start with one superstar, the original
American Idol. Then we add another, the son of two songwriters. Then we
add two more... a country diva and an R&B soulster. Put it together and
we have a competition. Because while one voice is good... Two voices...
twice as good. Or at least that's what we're hoping for for the next
Now here's how it's going to work. The
superstars' will perform with their two contestants, each of them
competing for a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
Over the last few months, the stars went
out into America to search for their partners. Here's who they found.
JENNIFER NETTLES (Sugarland lead
- John Glosson, age 32, from Douglas, GA
- J Rome, age 25, from Laurel, MD
JOHN LEGEND (multiple Grammy award
winning R&B superstar)
- Bridget Carrington, age 34, from Farmville, VA
- Johnny Gray, age 37, from Shoreline, WA
ROBIN THICKE (multiplatinum R&B
- Olivia Chisholm, age 21, from Charlotte
- Alexis Foster, age 21, from Knoxville, TN
KELLY CLARKSON (Grammy-award winning pop
- Jason Farol, age 23, from Torrance, CA
- Jordan Meredith, age 21, from Kimberly, WI
(DISCLAIMER: your compiler's sister
actually went to college with Jennifer. But no favoritism will be shown
because of it).
Now the superstars that didn't perform
will enter a secret score with 50 points for performance and 50 for
presentation. After each amateur performs, we'll total the scores and
reveal the standing.
First up, Jennifer and J. Rome are
singing "Tonight" from Sugarland. And it's a good start to the show. A
good blend, but I think we needed to hear more out of J. And at the tail
end of the song, it ends with Jennifer being a little flat. J was on
point throughout. The bar is set. He obviously starts at #1, but the
question is... will he stay there?
Next is John and Johnny with "Ordinary
People". Johnny is giving J some competition, making a game of it. He's
got a great singing voice, but the key to the game is blending with
John. We needed to see a little more than that. It's like the first
performance was a mirror opposite of the second. The first was too much,
the second, not enough. But Johnny is making certain that his voice is
the one that stands out. The scores are locked, and he's... at #2.
Good news for the amateurs; no one's
getting kicked off today. But they'll have to continue to prove
themselves next week as well.
Third up, Robin and Olivia with "Lost
Without U". It's a smooth song, but the problem is that Olivia is not a
smooth singer (and it seems that they end up on a vocal collision more
than not). But even so, it's the most polished of the blends seen so far
(which could bode fairly poorly for the rest of the series). She ends up
To close up the first half of
competition, we have Kelly and Jason with "Breaking Your Own Heart". Of
all of the voices we've heard so far, Jason's the most effected, and
it's obvious that he's got a bit of the shakes. His road to redemption
seemed to be the most uphill, but then something happened.... the
halfway mark, as Jason regains his own footing. But that ending. Yeow.
He ends up.... #4.
John is back with his second partner,
Bridget. They'll be singing "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" (from the
movie "Think Like a Man"). Seems like this song was made for a man/woman
duet, and it seems like these two were meant to make that into a
reality. They have a nice blend together, both vocally and... in other
ways... And Bridget has some electric stage presence. Is it enough to
take the top spot? That would be a... no. But fourth is a good place to
Jennifer returns to the stage with John
(from her own backyard in Georgia), who she found as she was honored at
a 4-H gala. Because that's apparently what you do in rural Georgia, I
don't know. Their song, "Stay". There's an old axiom about altos and
tenors getting together (C-Note: not that I would know about that sort
of thing. Wink wink). But this is a perfect song for this pairing.
Probably the best of the night. End result.... #3, and the audience
wants a recount. J and Johnny are still atop the leaderboard.
Next up, Robin takes the stage with
Alexis getting everyone up with "Magic". Rather than go for outrgiht
harmonies, they're going to work on stage chemistry, and that's
important because performance is 50 percent of your score. Alexis needed
to do a lot more singing, though. Sometimes you just have to go for it.
We know you can sing. But you need to prove it to us and not let Robin
do all the work. Still good enough for..... #3.
Kelly needs a power performance with
Jordan on "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" to make up for that
lackluster performance from Jason earlier. And it looks like she just
might get it. Jordan has the attitude for this song, but she doesn't
have quite the range for it. And she's just... standing there waiting
for Kelly to walk to her. Again, don't make the superstar do your work.
This is all about you. She ends the night with....
CHART AFTER WEEK ONE
1) J ROME
2) JOHNNY GRAY
3) ALEXIS FOSTER
4) JOHN GLOSSON
5) OLIVIA CHISHOLM
6) BRIDGET CARRINGTON
7) JORDAN MEREDITH
8) JASON FAROL
So we know who is where in the
competition, and what those in the bottom need to do to get to the top.
No one is going home today, but Kelly is saying... "That's a little
suspeeeeect." Next week, classic duets as we look to avoid elimination.
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