"Round of 6" - March
We start the show with Big
and...Phil Vasaar? Well, it was supposed to be Big and
Rich, but Phil Vassar is singing tonight to open the
show. It's good that his singing is better than his
We go to original song night here on Nashville Star, and
after we see the contestants we see.... a commercial.
After that commercial, we get the judges intro, and then
Leann explains that she got the same throat bug that got
everyone else last week. She talks to Erica Jo, who says
that she is having fun.
Also having fun (because he is the first person who gets
to sing) is...Jason Meadows! The first original song is
called 'Big Shot', and he dedicates it to his wife, who
makes him feel like a big shot. AwwwBarf. It's a
traditional rockabilly song, which is nice fluff - and
very commercial to boot. The audience eats it up and so
does Phil. Bret says that he owned it and tells everyone
that they better bring it. Anastasia says that he
brought it - but she wants to see him distinguish
himself and show us why they should plunk $12.95 for it.
Next up is...Justin David! He says that he still has to
apologize and make hay while the sun shines. He decides
to sing a ballad for the show called 'Finding My Way
Back to You'. It's also very nice, and although safe,
it's diverse and it will help him. Justin thanks his
support group again as we hear the judges. Anastasia
wants him to jump into the payoff a little quicker, but
she liked it. Phil wants it less middle of the road
(what - Phil is offering a good critique? Wha?) and Bret
We see Cledus talk to Tamika and ask her for the hardest
part. Tamika says that the prayer meeting that she held
has been misconstrued by people as her leading up the
older charge against the younger people, and she says
that it's been a very stressful thing to have to deal
with a gaffe the producers did. I didn't see it as her
leading the charge against Erica Jo, but her fans
obviously did and if a lot of people also did, then that
spells a lot of trouble for her.
Cledus's next victi...I mean star is Justin, who says
that he in only 4 weeks away. He says that it's
overwhelming, but he has to keep his eyes on the prize.
so to speak.
Before we get to the next singer, Jody is asked what
makes him stand out, and he says that he has no idea. No
one has any idea who the next singer is...until now.
It's Jenny Farrell! She sings 'Hard to Take', as she
references her own break-up into the music. She may have
wanted to pick a different song. I didn't like it, as it
goes into her lower registers, which is a weak spot for
her. This isn't the Jenny Farrell I am used to hearing,
and she may have taken a step backwards on this one.
Leann asks her if she'd prefer to be a songwriter or a
singer, she says that it's not fair, but she says that
she loves to entertain people. Anastasia says that she
is surprised that she is still here and calls her
performance yawn-inducing (and gets boos). Phil says
that she seemed pitchy and nervous and suggests that
Jack Daniels from last week and Bret thinks that she can
write hit songs. That's good - but it's not a ringing
endorsement of her singing, is it?
We have 4 people left to go as Leann asks Jayron if he
will be shocked if he doesn't sing. He says he would be
disappointed and he doesn't answer it. (Hey, Jenny
didn't have that choice). Jayron won's have to be
shocked, because he's next to perform! He sings 'She's
Not The Kind' as a tribute to a woman he saw in college
- though nothing happened. He's hoping that she doesn't
think he's a stalker. Heh. I'm hoping he can continue to
bring that to the table, as I like what he did. The
audience screams their approval as Jayron hoped the
person who he wrote it for liked it. Phil thought it was
the best song so far and calls him the best singer, but
wants more emotion. Bret also wants more and Anastasia
thinks that he has great Christian roots - but thinks he
is more suited to that than country.
Next to be called in the Green Room...Jody Evans! He
sings 'Chances', and he is taking chances as he is
singing a ballad. The chance...didn't pay off. Ouch.
Here's the problem - his affected voice sounds decent
when it's quick and can bounce off notes. When his voice
is spotlighted and has to stay on notes for a given
time, well, it sounds more like shouting in a bouncing
muffler than singing. Leann wants more tricks and Jody
says that he doesn't know if he has more rabbits in his
hat. Anastasia says that it was pitchy and worries that
he may have problems, Phil calls himself an idiot and
wants the old Jody back, and Bret just calls him great.
I think that last rabbit bounded off to pasture.
Cledus asks Tamika if the reason why she is still there
is because of the comments. Tamika says yes and Erika Jo
says that the comments were taken out of proportion. If
you add Justin to this, that's now three contestants who
are less than thrilled about the editing that happened
over the past 2 weeks.
And the person who is eliminated is....Bret Michaels! No
wait a sec, he's not eliminated, but it's his turn to
sing next, as he croons out 'Every Rose Has It's Thorn'.
I have to admit that he's not as strong as his usual
performances, but it's passable and the audience
probably doesn't care.
That brings us down to Erika Jo and Tamika. Erika says
that she is nervous while Tamika says that she wouldn't
have called a prayer meeting. heh. The person eliminated
is...Tamika Tyler. Tamika says that she's had fun, and
she thanks her supporters, but her eyes look like she's
shooting daggers at the producers.
With that, Erika Jo sings 'He Don't Care'. She hasn't
gotten that bulging veins out of her neck yet, but she
still rocks the house and the audience still goes nuts.
In my opinion, this was the best song of the night and
it's certainly the most commercial. She says that a
woman can win Nashville Star and she hopes that the
audience thinks that she's it. Bret says that she rocked
it and is shocked that Tamika left. Anastasia calls the
song average but called her gr eat and Phil called it
her best performance.
The judges are still stunned that Tamika is out, and
frankly, so am I. We get the recap of the performances,
and then we get the tag to call in - or else. With that,
we are out.
Here's who I think did what -
Ok, I'll forgive Justin, but I still don't want him to
win the whole thing. I think he'll be safe next week, as
Jenny and Jody should be competing for the path to leave
In terms of the Tamika scandal, Tamika just HAD to go -
she has no J's in her name =O. Seriously, I've always
thought that if it's a talent show, it should be based
on TALENT, and you are skating on very thin ice if you
are determining who is leaving based on events that
happened outside the competition. If Tamika can prove
that the prayer circle she led had nothing to do with
her leading the old singers against the young singers,
then Tamika may have a point - and a possible lawsuit -
on her hands.
Next week - We have Nashville Star singers singing. How?
Buddy Jewell is the guest. Join us in 7 days to see if
Jody's decision to change himself to appease the judges
costs him the competition.