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Eleven beautiful singers with troubled pasts get one last chance at rock'n'roll stardom. Society has judged them... Now it's our turn.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

FACT FILE:
Host:
Chris Jericho
Judges: Mauli B., Ron Fair
Announcer/VO: Zac Fine
Creator: Richard Drew
EP: Richard Drew, Christie Williams, Nicole DeFusco, Danny Fenton
Packager: Zig Zag Productions for Fuse
Website: fuse.tv/redemptionsong 
Airs: Wednesdays at 11pm ET on Fuse

 

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The Total Package
December 17

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 Geffen label.

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 ready.

Ladies?

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 there.

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 Furtado
- 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 before.

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 ultimate redemption.

IT'S SHOWTIME!

Ron Fair has a message of good luck and well wishes.

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.

Judges...

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"...

...

IS...

..

...

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.