"Round of 5" - April 5
We have as the host...Leann
Rimes! Yay! We have joining her...Cledus T. Judd. Booooo.
The guest that we have is...Nashville Star's original
season 1 winner, Buddy Jewell! Yay!!!! Of course, with
the new age lowering thing, if they had that
specification in this season, then Buddy would never
have gotten to be Nashville Star. Boooooo. Buddy sings
very well - well enough, hopefully, to have the
producers rethink this strategy. Yaaaaaaaay!
We see the 6 remaining finalists, we see the judges, and
we Leann trying to do damage control from last week's
surprising dismissal by having the judge's confirm that
it was her anger and diva-ness that got her eliminated,
and not the bad video job that happened two weeks ago.
Uhhh....not very convincing.
We will see first...Jayron Weaver! He talks about his
Christianity and how he puts it in country music as he
sings his song, 'Should Have Been a Cowboy'. He actually
sounds much more country than gospel and this is the
best that I have heard him. He has a Kenny loggins/Richard
Marx sound to him which is nice. The audience agrees, as
they eat it up. Jayron says that with the least
experience, he feels like the underdog. Anastasia wants
to see more grit in his country as she gets booed down
by the audience. Bret tells him to get used to
playing in front of 5,000, while Phil says what
Anastasia wanted to say a little better - namely, bring
Since we only have 6 performers left, we get...video
montages! Whoopie! The first one - the people who
auditioned who mangled the lyrics, belly flopped, sang
out of pitch and didn't make the broadcast. No mention
as to whether or not Chris Wylde tried out.
Need more space-filler? No problem - we get the return
of Buddy Jewell! He talks about the sadness when people
were eliminated, and then the elation of getting a
record deal and winning the competition, He says that he
can live out his dream, thanks to his fans and Nashville
Star (awwwwwbarf). The advice that he has - be good to
the fans - they will be good to you. Well put.
Leann teases the audience by calling Erika Jo over. She
says that everyone has been a great influence on her.
After the audience yells at Leann for doing that, Leann
says that singer #2 will be...Jason Meadows!
Jason appreciates being considered George Strait. He
talks about his similarities, and then talks about how
he isn't George Strait. He certainly sounds like him as
he sings 'Down on the Farm'. He does a good job, and
although I can't tell him apart from anyone else, I
don't see him going anywhere. Jason thinks that stage
presence is very important, and Bret agrees, telling him
that he has it going on. Phil says that he gives him a
great job, and Anastasia thought he was solid too,
though telling him to back away from the ditties.
Despite being misheard (probably intentionally) from
Bret, she has a point - lets hear something
different from Jason.
Cledus talks to Jody about his change to a ballad - and
how bad that was. Jody says that he brought it to his
fans and that hopefully they liked it. Cledus asks Jason
if is microphone piece makes him look like Britney
Spears. Wha? Jason says that he appreciates the
compliments. Will anyone say that Jason sounds like
Jason? I will say this - Britney, in my opinion, is more
entertaining than...Cledus T. Judd.
Leann calls over Justin, and notes that despite the
wishes of Anastasia (and me) that he is still here. He
thanks his audience (the same group that he insulted a
few weeks ago) and I want to retch.
Getting to the half-way mark, we see that singer #3
is...Erika Jo! That's someone who I do want to see, as
Erika Jo hopes that her fan base is strong enough to
keep her going. As she sings 'You're No Good'. She was a
little pitchy at the beginning, and this isn't as strong
as she has been, but she is still solid and the audience
screams for her. Doing more damage control, Erika says
that everyone gets along good and she and Tamika cleared
the air before last week. Phil is impressed about her
youthful performance and Anastasia calls her very strong
(both of them, apparently overlooking her pitch), though
she tells Erika to improve her physical image. Bret sees
a young superstar ready to burst out - but he wants to
hear 'Black Velvet' next week. Phil wants her to wear
black velvet next week. Yowsers.
Oh look - more bad singing - from the same singers in
the first montage. Next!
It's time for leann to call Jenny over. She says that
last week wasn't her best performance, but she loves her
song, adding that she hopes she did well enough to stick
around. WHo will be sticking around? Justin David!
(Yuck.). He talks about his connection with his dad and
the fiddle that he received from him around 13 years
ago. He plays the fiddle and singe 'Baton Rouge', and
like Erika Jo, he is also pitchy all over the place. He
plays the fiddle, well though, and I thought the fiddle
sounded much better than him. Leann talks to him about
his instrumental playing, and he tells the audience that
he hopes that they had as much as he did, adding that he
just puts himself out there. Well, Justin has an ego the
size of Texas, doesn't he? Anastasia says that she digs
him (to the laughter or Phil and Bret) and suggests that
he and Jody should form a band. Bret says that he comes
into his own, while Phil, who says that his voice isn't
the best in the competition, says that what he does is
hard, and he respects that. Not exactly ringing
Cledus talks about being in the final 2, as Jenny and
Jody have both been down there before. Jenny says that
she still has strong legs, while Jody says that he
wouldn't mind being in a band with Justin...and Cledus.
Wha? Cledus asks Jody if he is going to break out Latino
music. Wha?? Can we vote out Cledus instead?
Unfortunately, we can't, and it's down to Jody and
Jenny. They both say that they had to be themselves, and
they both say that their fans will carry them. The
person who is leaving is...Jenny Farrell. Jenny says
that she is disappointed, but she says that she will see
them all on the road.
With that, Jody sings 'Since You've Been Gone', and we
hear the same old Jody, which isn't bad, if you like the
Elvis Costello stuff. He does a very good job, and he is
even technically better than 2 of the singers tonight.
Bret says that he's glad the old Jody is back and he
adds that he wants a Nashville Star, so bring it. Phil
is happy that Jody is still there and is bringing his
thing, while Anastasia (who likes him as well as he
likes Justin) says that Pro Tools will not solve his
problems (and gets another chorus of boos).
So who did good in my book?
Well, that's a surprise. Both Erika and Justin were
pitchy all over the place, and my already dislike for
Justin puts him on the bottom. This was Erika's worst
performance as well, and...you don't think that she
could leave in an upset vote, could you? Join us in 7
days to find out.