"Round of 8" - March 15
The theme of this show
is...Outlaws and Rebels. We start with the rebellious
Charlie Daniels Band as they sing about race car
legends. By the end of the hour, one of the nine singers
will be outlawed from the stage.
Leann thanks Charlie as we get on with the show. We get
to see the 9 remaining finalists, and then we get
started with...a commercial. That's pretty rebellious of
Back to Nashville Star, and after an intro of the judges
(with a special note of Bret Michael's Birthday), Leann
says that Justin is feeling like a long-tailed cat in a
roomful of rocking chairs, but he won't be allaying his
fears as he is not to go first - Jenny Farrell is! Jenny
equates her appearances to a horse that stumbled out of
the gate, adding that she has to catch up. She sings
'Cold-Hearted Man' - and the problem is that I didn't
hear a lot of her, as her voice was drowned out by the
background music. What I did hear of her, though, was
nice, and the audience loved it. Anastasia tells her to
feel the mu sic more and Bret tells her to be less
stressed - maybe take some Jack Daniels before she goes
out. Phil thinks that she sounded great - but Phil says
that about everyone. Zzzzzzzz....
Singer #2 is... Jayron Weaver! Jayron talks about how
his singing in the cafeteria got him mention, as he
brings out his guitar to sing the first verse of 'Bonnie
and Clyde'. I liked him better now than I did last week,
but like Jenny, that voice just doesn't pop out for me.
Phil says that he may be the best singer in the
competition, Anastasia loves how he improved his
connection with the audience, and Bret loved his style.
He's still not my favorite, but I don't think he's going
Cletus, who I'd love to see get booted (but
unfortunately, we don't get THAT option), asks Christy
how her nerves are doing. She says that she is confident
that G-d and the angels are watching over her, and
she'll do fine. She better hope so, as I had her clearly
in the bottom 3 last week.
Will Christy be singing now? No, because singing now
is...Justin David. That was one of the people who I
thought was in trouble, which should concern Christy.
Justin talks about how he thinks that he hasn't given it
100%, some of his worst moments are better than some of
the contestant's best moments, and he thinks that as
long as he doesn't get the lowest amount of votes, he'll
win the competition. That is a VERY dangerous attitude
to have - one that won't get him votes and one that will
only pay off if he brings the goods. He sings John Hiatt
and I don't think that he brought the goods. Leann calls
him on his strategy and asks if he brought his 'A' game
tonight. He says that maybe he did and maybe he didn't,
which gets boos from the crowd. Anastasia calls him on
it immediately and says that it's not very professional.
Phil says he has no excuse for not bringing it every
week and Bret needs him to bring more energy. Justin may
have signed his own death warrant tonight.
Someone who has been singing very well is Erika Jo - and
she's next. She sings 'Texas is Been as Close as I've
Been', and though this isn't her best effort, it's
pretty good and the audience applauds her on it. She
says that she misses high school and she hopes that she
doesn't have to deal with a Spring Break. Bret says
tells her to not change a thing, Anastasia says she
wants to see sweat and emotion (though she thinks that
she is tied with Tamika as the best female vocalist) and
Phil loves her. Sure he does.
Who else does Phil love? Jason Meadows! He's the next
one to perform as he'd rather be who he is than sell
himself out to Nashville. He sings 'What's Your Name?
(Little Girl)' and this is the most passionate that I've
heard him. Phil likes him without the guitar as well as
with the guitar, and Anastasia wants him to get a new
identity between him and George Strait. Bret likes him
as a cowboy and tells him to sing on his own terms. All
in all, a good performance.
We go back to Cletus and Christy, who says that she will
bus back in forth if she has to if she is eliminated,
but she won't give up. He also gets to talk to Jason,
who is too breathless to really say anything coherent
besides that he feels like a 100% cowboy. Yee-haw.
Singer #6 will be....Tamika Tyler! She says that if you
are driven, then you can be both a singer and a mom as
she starts with a nice primal sing-scream. She sings
'You Don't Have to Be My Baby' - and we see the veins
popping out of her neck - the same veins that Anastasia
wants to see Erika display. Anastasia calls her the lead
horse in the pack - but she wants her to love the song
to feel it even more. Phil calls it ridiculously good
and Bret calls her performance brilliant. Justin - take
America has also decided to keep...Casey Simpson! She
has to do better than what she did last week - and quite
frankly, she doesn't. She sings 'Me and Bobby McGee',
but if Bobby was listening to this, he would have
changed the channel to the World Poker Tour. She is
pitchy and the emotion isn't there - and I blame this on
her over excitement on them announcing her this late in
the competition. Bret tells her to get a song that's
clearer in her vocal range, Anastasia says that the song
hurt her ears and Phil says that she needs more fire in
We get Jody Evans and Christy McDonald out on the stage.
Either Jody leaves because he hasn't been himself, or
Christy is out because her 'Mikalah mouth' got her into
trouble. The person leaving is...Christy, who says that
when she started this, she worked her tail off. She is
interrupted by Bret, who comes out and gives her a hug.
Heh. She says to come see her on the road, and as she
leaves, I was just wondering if the angels that were
supposedly watching her were too busy concentrating on
writing up their NCAA pools.
Jody says that you are going to get your good and your
bad, and I want to see him doing something that isn't an
impersonation. What do I get? An impersonation of 'I
Fought the Law and the Law Won.' Completely uninspired
and taking a page from Simon, I can see him in a karaoke
bar. Jody says that based on the song, he may not have a
job to go back to. Phil likes it, though calling it
one-dimensional. Bret tells him to keep doing what he
wants and Anastasia wants to see more energy and to
change the arrangement. The judges seem to be resigned
that he is going to be one-dimensional - but at least
they are trying.
We get the montage of singers at the end, and then Leann
signs us off. Before I sign this recap off, here's my
Yes, I know that Mr. Hung and Mr. Wells aren't
technically in this competition, but at least they
tried. Justin has even admitted that he doesn't try, as
if he's trying to pan off his passionless performances
to the fact that he's not bringing his 'A' game. That is
crock and he has to go - now. I think you'll see him,
Jody and Casey competing to be that eliminated person.
Next week - we go from 7 to 6 and we see Sarah Evans.
Join us in 7 days to see if Justin's strategy works - or
just gets him booted quicker.