The judges come out and it looks a little tense. All of the acts have to sing a popular dance tune. And some of these last five don’t sing fast tunes. This ought to shake things up a bit. The performers have to do two songs and four will move on to next week.
Melanie comes out first and sings a dance version of Adele’s Someone Like You. And she kills it…lights, dancers and she can adapt the song to a pop version wonderfully. But the judges didn’t stand up to dance. Oh oh. LA said the only thing he didn’t like about it was that it was good. Nicole said she took a risk and rocked it. Paula said her only complaint was that it was too short. Simon – of course – said she sounded like a diva.
Marcus hits the stage in all leather and a bunch of scantily clad girls. But what is the song? Doesn’t seem to have the audience much. Or does he? Marcus has been in the bottom two the last two weeks. Why didn’t he choose something better than Chaka Khan. Nicole loved it though. Paula said it was an even playing field and it was good. Simon even complimented him and said he came back strong this week. LA said he liked it and the fans that did need to vote too.
Rachel is next and Simon makes it a point to say she picked her own song. Interesting. She comes out and sings like a diva! How cute – her shirt has an R on it. Beautiful Girls – Paula is up dancing and Nicole is doing something. They like it. LA says his only problem is he didn’t know who she was singing to. Rachel said Paula and Nicole. Cute. Nicole wants to know when her doll is coming out. Paula said she nailed it and her vocals were mature. Simon likes her song choice and said she did a great job.
Josh’s turn. Pop music might be the biggest stretch for him. Paula and Nicole are up right away dancing…Hopeless Place. Surprisingly, the song, the lights and the background fit his style. LA didn’t buy his version of the song.
Paula said it was believable and he did a great job with his twist. Simon agrees with LA and said the song was inappropriate. The dancers were awful and he said Nicole needed to work with him more. Nicole said he was brilliant and didn’t care that Simon said it was a good thing he had a second song or else he would be going home after that.
Chris does a rap version of a song and it looks pretty good. At least, Paula and Nicole are up dancing. He made the rap his own and the backstage dancers fit. Nicole liked it – OK, she loved it. She loved all of it. Paula said she loved it and it was one of the performers of the night. Simon said he has charisma and a great act, even though he isn’t the best singer. LA said he is improving each week and wrote his own lyrics.
Melanie is up with her second song. Do the judges ever say anything different? Paula and Nicole always love them, unless Simon ticks them off. Simon finds at least one fault with almost everybody. La – he’s the only one who mixes it up. But he always loves Melanie.
Marcus wants to prove himself. He sings a soul, jazz and pop type song. Nicole loved it, says he reminded her of a young Al Green. Paula said it was the most honest performance. Surprised? Simon said he isn’t jumping out of his chair. It was boring. LA compares him to Ali, a champion.
Rachel gets another shot and does a good job performing too, but she was better the first time. Yadda, yadda…they love her. SHe is like an old soul, wrapped in a cute little body.
Josh’s second performance needs to redeem himself from the first – according to Simon and LA. But he doesn’t…to them. The song was completely his style and he did a superb job with it. Nicole and Paula – loved it, of course – LA, so-so.
Last up is Chris. He gets a phone call from Stevie Wonder encouraging him. And Chris picks an original song to sing. Will it help or hurt him. Seems to be a good song for him…tunewise. There aren’t many words though. Nicole says the sky is the limit. Paula says trust the songs. Simon says he is stupid or genius to sing his own song. Says it was a stroke of genius. LA is proud of him. Can he be a sneak winner?