"Round of 4" - April 12
We open show with Cledus T.
Judd and... Sara Evans??? Where's Leann? We'll find out
later as we get to Jamie O'Neal sing 'Trying To Find
Atlantis'. She finds a nice song, as we start the show.
Apparently, Leann isn't feeling too good with vocal
chord trouble (sure, I know exactly what it is, but why
disclose that?), so we get the combination of Sara and
Cledus. That's exactly what we need - more of Cledus.
Yick. Hurry back soon, Leann!
As Sara delivers as much emotion on the teleprompter as
a dead squid, we see Cledus talk to Jody about being
here. He wishes Jody good luck as the first of the four
singers to perform is...Jason Meadows! He disagrees with
Anastasia from last week (stay away from the ditties)
and he LOVES the ditties. (I have to be careful on that
keyboard, don't I?) We get more ditties with 'This Is My
Town'. That was his best performance yet and I don't see
how even Anastasia can give him a bad review. Sara loves
the cowboy hat, and Bret, also donning a cowboy hat,
loved it. Anastasia did like the performance and was
glad that he avoided the ditties and Phil loved it as
Afterwards, Cledus talks to Jason and says that he said
something stupid last week about Britney Spears (well,
he says something stupid every week), and says that
Jason has a better @$$ than Britney. Too. Much.
Information. He then asks Jason to tell the audience
something that we don't know - and he says that he lost
a bet and had to dress like a school girl to go to
classes once - and got hit on. Way. Too. Much.
Information - and I'm wondering if Cledus and Jason will
be going out together after the show.
Cledus goes to Justin and notices that he turned on his
A game - finally. He wonders if it's too late, but he
says that his fan base will carry him through. Someone
that the fan base did carry through is...Jayron Weaver!
He's sounding more like Kenny Loggins each week as he
sings 'Life's a Chain'. The judges think that he sings
great, but Anastasia thinks that he is more of a singer
with Amy Grant than honky tonk, and she's wondering
where the passion is. Bret wants to see him do something
from John Michael montgomery and I do agree that he's
Cledus asks Erika Jo if another woman will be voted off
- as she is the last woman. She hopes not, though she
does acknowledge that this show has not been kind to
females. Jayron says that he feels it and he hopes that
he will make the Final 3.
We're at the halfway mark, and since we're only going to
get 4 Nashville Star performances, it's time for a group
number! We get all 5 singers...and Jamie O'Neal for the
group number, 'When I think About Angels'. I'll give
them credit - it sounds better than any American Idol
medley so far this season.
You say you want more? You get more! We have the 5
singers do a second song for you - and this time, with
Phil Vassar! They sing 'Oh, To Be In Love' That song
sounds very good and the audience brings the house down.
Back to business. The third performer is...Erika Jo! She
laments about her 'sisters' being voted off, and it's
hard for her. 'A lot of the voters obviously haven't
liked us girls, so far.' says Erika, as she performs
'Black Velvet'. Wow. If you remember last week, that's
the song that the judges wanted her to perform - and she
does. Massive brownie points for Erika - and even more
for nailing the song. Like Jason, this is the best Erika
performance that I've seen, and these singers are
absolutely bringing it tonight. Erika is thrilled that
she is still there and thanks her fans, and tells them
to do what they think is right. Bret purrs at her and
Phil says that she is reeking of sex appeal. Anastasia
says that...she is the best singer, entertainer. and now
she looks like a star. I can't disagree.
Cledus asks Jody about his continual experiences on
being in the bottom, and Jody says that although his
nerves are shot, he's having a great time. Cledus once
again hypes the Jody and Justin duet as we go to break.
Someone's heart is going to be broken as we find out who
is going home. That person is going to be... Justin
David! Hoorah! Justin says that it's disappointing, but
he thanks everyone for his amazing ride.
With that, we continue to see Jody's amazing ride, as he
gets paraphernalia from fans, including a banner. We get
a little 'Juke Joint Jumping' tonight from Jody, and
although it's solid, it doesn't match either Jason or
Erika. He is asked if he can win the competition, and he
says to leave it up to the fans. Anastasia says that we
found the real Jody, while Phil still digs him and Bret
wants to see either 'T for Tennessee' or some Dwight
Yoakum. That should be interesting...
The interest will have to wait until next week, when we
get some Bret Michaels in another medley and hear the
final four. Who would my votes be going for?
(HUGE GAP HERE)
Im sorry, but Jason and Erika are lapping the other two.
It's either Jody or Jayron leaving, and I think that the
one-dimensional Jody has jumped his last joint. We'll
see in 7 days which singer has jumped right out of the