It was the journey of a lifetime for 11
talented singers with checkered pasts, but in the end, three of them -
Angelica, Jazmin, and Mixi - have outlasted the others. Now it's a
contest to see who will emerge triumphant as the newest singer on the
First thing's first... a challenge. Sing
"Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield.... a cappella... in front of an
audience of the eliminated.
To help with the judging, Nicole Ehrlich
and Mauli B.
Angelica's up first. It was a typical
performance... No one believed a word of it. Mixi has a little twist-up
on it. Mauli B wants to hear more. There's no great vocal there yet. And
Jazmin totally screwed the lyrics. We're still hoping for the Jazmin we
saw on day one. They're the last three here... and they're not yet
Kendra says Angelica has a great voice,
but doesn't connect. Farah would've bought it if she put her finger up.
"I wouldn't buy your album. I wouldn't bootleg you off of Limewire." She
finally breaks down on stage.
Joie says that she was expecting a show
out of Mixi... and she got it. Farah says that she has no vocal skills.
Esther says Jazmin has a lot to learn.
Owning your beauty is going to change your performance. Joie basically
said... If this was a singing competition... TWO of you wouldn't be up
From there, Chris sends the final three
home to revisit their past in order to embrace their future. But only
two of them will return to the house to perform for the final time.
Angelica goes back to her apartment in LA
and visits her roommate Lily. She moved to LA when she was 17 with
$20,000. It was gone in six months, leaving her to grow, do, and sell
marijuana. One day, she threw her plants away and started her life over.
Music is what ended up saving her.
She gets a package.
Jazmin heads to Toms River, NJ to visit
her mom and the place where she tried to kill herself. She got caught up
in drugs and alcohol in high school. She was grounded for a while before
she was shut down emotionally. She ended up trying to kill herself when
she found herself in an ambulance. That part of her past made her into
who she is today.
She gets a package.
Finally, Mixi goes to see her friend
Christine, who's been looking at her house... which doubles as her car.
She was kicked out of her house by her boyfriend when she moved to LA.
She doesn't want to live in her car anymore. If it weren't for
Christine, she wouldn't have a house or a friend to rely on. She's tired
of fighting, just to fail.
She gets a package.
In the package... the respective albums.
Angelica's is still intact. She is one of the final two.
In Jazmin's cover sleeve... a note...
"You've been dropped from the label." And sure enough, there is her
record, broken in pieces. "I have more talent in my pinky finger than
those girls do. This won't break me."
And sure enough, Mixi is also in the
final two. So now it's back to Geffen for the performance of a lifetime.
Both girls are going to have to have a flawless performance tonight,
Mixi more than Angelica. Angelica is going to have to learn to connect
with her performances.
- Mixi: "I'm Like a Bird" by Nelly
- Angelica: "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie
Helping out today is Peter Michael
Escovedo, who's brought a team of experts who have worked with Mariah
Carey and Joss Stone. They'll perform in front of a select group of
Geffen executives, who'll determine a winner.
Angelica says she can connect with her
song... We'll see. Mixi hopes to bring something she's never brought
Mauli B enters as the girls are being
primped for a pep talked. He's never been prouder, and he wants the two
to sing their asses off, sing like they've never sung before.
And at long last... We're leaving our
troubled pasts behind us. We're embracing the future with one person
winning a recording artist and a chance a musical stardom. It's the
Ron Fair has a message of good luck and
Judging the performances... Jeff Norskog
(general manager of Geffen Records), Erica Grayson (product A&R), Andrew
Flad (THE product manager for Geffen), Lisa Frank (VP video promotion),
Nicole Ehrlich (video commissioner), and ... oh, Mauli B.
Mixi is first with "I'm Like a Bird". She
still sounds like a B-grade Amy Winehouse. But she has a genuine
likeability with the song and she connects with it. She thought she did
well. Angelica is scared a little bit.
Let's hope she can work past that with
"Big Girls Don't Cry". She basically play acts her way through the
performance as she's done in the last ... oh, entire season. There's a
difference between singing the song and telling the story, and she
hasn't gotten a grasp of that yet. Mixi says it's going to take a lot
more than vocals to win this.
Angelica gave the best vocal that Mauli B
has heard. Mixi is her own planet, she has her own language. He wants to
learn it. They both rose to the challenge, and Jeff is excited to work
with both of them in the future.
They have transformed themselves and
their art in the course of these past few weeks. They've said goodbye to
the mistakes of their past in order to embrace a brighter tomorrow. But
in the end, there can only be one.
Jeff Norskog has the results. The winner
of "Redemption Song"...
MIXI! Cue the confetti! She started from
not even knowing if she was going to win... to winning. "I think I
completely redeemed myself." And Angelica is legitimately happy for her.
Will we see
You can download her first song
exclusively on iTunes if you liked it enough to see the video roll
during the end credits.
Thanks for watching and reading. I'll
leave you with this thought... Homer once wrote... "Dreams surely are
difficult, confusing, and not everything in them is brought to pass for
mankind. For fleeting dreams have two gates: one is fashioned of horn
and one of ivory. Those which pass through the one of sawn ivory are
deceptive, bringing tidings which come to nought, but those which issue
from the one of polished horn bring true results when a mortal sees
them." Nothing worthwhile comes without sweat and toll.
Think about it.