Somewhere around 15 years ago, I went with some gal pals to Salt Lake City to attend a Neil Diamond concert. I’ve got to say, it was one of the best live performances I’ve ever attended. And I say that despite the fact that we were seated in the nosebleed section of the venue, which felt like it was a minimum of a mile high. Anyway, love Mr. Diamond’s tunes.
Two songs tonight and no judging until after the second song. Interesting format.
Jason, with guitar, started off the night with Forever in Blue Jeans. I thought it was a perfect song for his style and voice. I liked it a lot.
David C., with guitar, sang Alive. Or maybe it was I’m Alive. Not sure, and I wasn’t too crazy about the song. It just didn’t ring my chimes nor did his performance. I’m not sure it was wise to go with something so unfamiliar.
Brooke, with guitar, went for I’m a Believer. Hmm. Love the song, but I wasn’t crazy about the performance. Despite being a snappy version and lots of smiles, it all felt rather lackluster or something. Not great.
Note: I miss the judge’s immediate feedback. Which surprises me a little since sometimes they upset me. And the night feels very rushed, too. Not a good sign when we are only three songs out of ten into the night.
David A. sang Sweet Caroline. It was okay but I’m not wowed.
Syesha was next up with Hello Again. I thought it was lovely though I probably won’t remember it next week (if that makes sense).
Time for a quick critique from the judges: Randy didn’t say much. Paula really blew it by critiquing Jason’s first and second song even though he sang only one, then tried to say she was talking about David C’s performance (which made no sense after she said “I thought you sang twice”). Simon ripped into all of them and said they’d better turn it up in their second numbers.
Jason is back, sans guitar, to sing September Morn. I thought he did a great job right up until the last two words. Randy said it was okay. Paula thought it was safe. Simon said he was forgettable. In other words, they were pretty down on him. Still, I’d say he is still my favorite of the night so far. (Nobody has been very inspired.)
David C. returned with his guitar to sing All I Really Need is You. Ho hum. The judges really liked it. Maybe I need my ears cleaned.
Next up was Brooke on the piano for I Am I Said. Good job, Brooke. I liked this. Not my favorite Brooke performance of the season but quite good. Judges love it.
David A. sang America. It’s one of those songs that gets an audience on their feet. Changed it up a little, and it worked for him. Judges agreed.
Last up was Syesha with Thank the Lord for the Night Time. Well, well, well. Two weeks in a row, Syesha gave one of my favorite performances. Randy loved it. Paula babbled. Simon liked it but thought she could be in trouble. Hmm. That surprised me.
Wrap-up: Going by the judges’ comments alone, Jason could be in the most danger. For me, I think any of them could go home, based on one performance or another. Since there are only five left, it could be a real toss up. I don’t think there is a clear front runner as there has been in past years.
Tomorrow should be interesting.