"Round of 7" - March
You gotta love the special
guest for the first act, because that gets people to
come in and watch the show - and that also gets
recappers like me to not miss anything when a show
causes you to miss the first minute of the next show you
have to recap. In this case, the star was Sarah Evans as
she sang for the 8 remaining contestants. By the time
this is over, we'll have seven left to sing to.
We get the intro of the singer and the judges, and then
we get Leann talking to Justin (the person who did the
not-so-bright move of talking about not playing with his
A-game). He says that he hopes that Cletus is out there
with the mop and bucket (heh), because he may need it.
The person who may need it is...
Contestant 1 - Jayron Weaver! He says that he's just a
guy who goes to college as he sings 'Who Wouldn't Want
to Be Me?' Who wouldn't indeed, as that's his best
effort so far. Jayron says that he needs a churchgoer
with brown hair to be his perfect woman, and Leann cuts
him off before he gets him into trouble. Anastasia was
wondering if he picks a song that he can wail on (and
she gets booed), Phil says that he set the bar high (and
he gets cheers) and Bret wants to see him on original
night. I think he'll get there.
Joining him to next week's show is... Erika Jo! That's
well-deserved, as she's been bringing it every week. She
says that she may be less experienced, but she says that
she is competing just as hard as they are. She changes
gears with a slower paced song called 'You Don't Even
Know Who I Am' this week, and although she is a little
pitchy, I like her diversity. Both Bret and Phil say
that age is not going to be a factor when it comes to
her, and Anastasia loves her look - but she wants to
feel it (and she gets more boos).
We get a needless segment with Cletus and Tamika, who
says that she works good under pressure, and she adds
that she has confidence. Erika Jo is also told that she
blew out 4 windows in the next door hotel. She was also
asked if the age thing is causing tension. She says that
it's been resolved and everyone can move on. We'll see
if that becomes an issue later...
Next up is...Jenny Farrell! But she's not singing, she's
talking about a strep throat scare. Yipes. Singing will
be...Tamika Tyler! She talks about the emotional week
that she has had, as she called a group meeting, and it
seems like she is trying to be the peacemaker between
the warring factions. She sings 'Let's Give Them
Something To Talk About' - and she is also pitchy, and
not bringing the energy of Erika. She brings the energy
later on - but not the pitch and this is her first
blunder of the competition. Anastasia says that it's her
competition to lose...BUT she has to improve her image.
Phil likes her as does Bret, and I don't think her pitch
problems will hurt her tonight.
Cletus tells us all to go to gaylordopryland.com to look
at a Nashville Star vacation package. Ooooh. Leann asks
Jason about his boy seeing daddy on TV - and he says
that the little one is excited. Will the kid by happy
now? No, but the family of...
JENNY FARRELL is! She wants to get to the original song
competition, which she thinks is her strong point. She
also hopes that 'Maybe It Was Memphis' gives her a
strong point. She sort of loses it at the end, but she
was very solid throughout the song and we may have a new
contender. Leann asks if she is single - and she is, and
we expect her to gets lots of e-mail. Phil liked the
song and so did Anastasia, who says that she selected a
song that's good for her and she wants to hear her
original material. Bret says that she feels much more
comfortable onstage and maybe the Jack Daniels advice
NOW Jason Meadows's kid can be happy, because Jason is
next! He talks about almost having to choose between his
music and his wife - and he says that it's tough being
faithful, but mandatory. He sings 'Behind Closed Doors',
and while it's not wonderful, and it's also a change of
pace from what he does. He was solid, though and I think
that although he was a little pitchy as well, this makes
him the guy to beat. He thanks his wife and the judges.
Phil and Bret think that's it's a hard song to sing, but
they thought he brought it. Anastasia says that he
didn't, and that gets her a shower of boos.
We go back to Cletus and he has Jody. They all say that
it's a thrill to be here. Jason says that he was one of
the people caught with the throat bug, but he said that
he tried as hard as he could.
Leann asks Casey about the harshness of the judges, and
she says that she hopes that she can sing tonight and
show the judges what they learned. The next person to
show the judges what they learned is... Jody Evans! He
is shocked at how Nashville Star has united the family.
He sings 'There Goes My Heart'...and there goes his
pitch and tone. He is clearly singing affected, and it
drives me nuts. I'm still waiting for him to sound like
something different than a cross between Elvis Costello
and David Byrne. He shows off his beat box talent as
well, and Leann tells him to stay with Rockabilly. Bret
and Phil like what he does, while Anastasia likes his
star power - but wants to see something different - John
Denver, perhaps. It seems like he is a one trick pony,
but Matt Lindahl drove his comedy shtick to the Top 3
last season, so you never know...
We're down to two - the arguably worst performance last
week in the form of Casey, and the arguably biggest
attitude problem in the form of Justin. The person who
is leaving is... Casey. She said that she probably
shouldn't have sang the song that she did, and she knows
that she has the future ahead of her.
Justin says that he is not the arrogant person that he
is made out to be. He said that he means that he can do
better and he means to. He sings 'Highway 40 Blues' and
although he sounds pretty good, it still sounds
arrogant. He says that he made his peace and he will be
giving his all. Anastasia says that she nailed it and
the judges think that he was great. I agree - but his
attitude still reeks, as what he said just made him look
even more arrogant.
With that, we end the show with the synopsis and we are
out. Wit that, here are my rankings:
I'll blame this week on the strep bug. The only problem
is that egotism and defiance can't be cured with
antibiotics - only with a swift boot. Justin had a shot
to redeem himself - but he came off looking worse and
even though he was probably the best performer, he could
still be leaving.
Will Justin be redeemed? Will Jody's Pony leave the
ranch? Join us to get the answers to these questions.