As of this week, each finalist now had to do two songs a week. Again, I would like to apologize for originally saying Tommy was eliminated last week; I have fixed last week’s recap as of this typing.
First up was Ashlee Hewitt with “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. Jewel credited her for trying the piano in a performance this week, but she still thought she only did a clinical performance. Jeffrey thought it was decent. John thought her transitions were good in that song, but noticed that she’s been starting slowly and ending strong the past few times on stage. I gave her a 7.
She then did “Help Me Make it Through the Night” by Willie Nelson. John thought she sounded like a modern-day Tammy Wynette, but said she needed to start getting tougher. I also gave this a 7.
During the episode, everybody’s family and friends were in the audience, since this was family week.
Second was Coffey and his first song was “Hey, Good Looking” by Tammy Wynette. Jeffrey thought he didn’t do that good until the latter part of the song. John thought he got confused and didn’t like the song he was wearing at the time, because it didn’t necessarily make him a country singer. Jewel thought it was a difficult song and said that he did the best he could. I gave him a 6.
The second song he did was the John Denver classic “Take Me Home, Country Roads”. Jewel said that she wanted him to do a ballad later on this season. I gave him a 7, for an average of 6.5.
The third contestant to move on was Tommy Stanley. First up for him was “God Bless the Broken Road”, originally done by Rascal Flatts. John thought he had the same problems as Coffey does now. Jeffrey saw some promise in him this week. Jewel thought he was self-conscious. I gave this song a 6.
Next, he performed “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John. While she knew he was a unique performer, Jewel thought he wasn’t that unique as a country singer, although she thought he sung better on
this song. I gave him a 7, for an average of 6.5.
Fourth to advance was Pearl Heart and they first performed “I’ll Still Be Loving You” by Damage. Jeffrey thought they were a bit stiff but thought they did a fine job. John thought the song was tough and thought they sung it mostly correct. I gave them a 7 there.
Their second song was “One Way Ticket” by LeAnn Rimes. Jeffrey criticized them for some of the group members asking themselves during the song if they were doing OK, but was still proud of them. I gave them another 7.
Next to move on was Melissa Lawson. Her opening song was “This One’s For the Girls” by Martina McBride. Jewel thought she did a great job, as did the other two judges. John added that if the season had ended tonight, he thought he should be the winner. I gave her a 10 on this performance!
She tried to be just as good with her second song, “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac. John thought her nerves were getting her at times. I gave her a 9 for an average of 9.5!
Qualifier #6 was Shawn Mayer with the first song being “Breathe” by Faith Hill. I immediately busted her for leaving out part of the opening. Jewel thought this was a good song choice but noticed that she was running out of breath at times. Jeffrey thought she made a big step with this performance and John thought it was some of her best singing of the season. I disagreed with all the judges, so I gave her a 6.
She tried to do better with “Forever and Ever Amen” by Randy Travis. John thought she wasn’t a real competitor. I gave her a 7 this time for an average of 6.5.
After Blake Shelton performed his hit “Home”, the last contestant who definitely wasn’t going home this week was Gabe Garcia. His first song was “Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi. Jeffrey thought he was great. John thought he was the best male singer so far this season and Jewel thought he needed to flirt with the audience a bit more. I gave him an 8.
For his second song, it was “The Fireman” by George Strait. Jewel thought he continued to improve. I also gave his second performance an 8.
That meant Laura and Sophie and Alyson Gilbert were in this week’s bottom two. Each act only got to sing one song before the final decision was announced; the final act that advanced to next week got to sing the night’s last song.
Gilbert sang “She’s In Love With the Boy” by Trisha Yearwood. Jewel blasted her for having her eyeballs pop out too much. Jeffrey thought she oversang the song. John thought he listened to his advice well this week. I gave her a 5.
Laura and Sophie then performed “Walking on Sunshine”, originally by Katrina & the Waves. Jewel thought they were falling apart late in the song. John thought they were singing like high school girls at a talent show. Jeffrey was proud of them, although he said they squeaked a bit tonight. I gave them a 6.
The act who didn’t get to sing again this night and therefore was eliminated was…
Laura & Sophie
Laura and Sophie had the night’s last performance, and they sang “Because of You” by Kelly Clarkson. I gave them an 8 for an average of 7.