Tonight was certainly a tough night for the mentors. Before the public vote next week, each mentor had to pick two acts to save. The remaining two acts in their category had to sing to save themselves and their mentor would then pick one more act to save, sending the other home for good.
After last night’s great performances by the young adults, Demi was already facing a tough decision. The first person she chose to save was Jennel Garcia. Not a big surprise there… she killed it last night. The second person she saved was Paige Thomas, who really didn’t do much for me last night. That meant that CeCe Frey and Willie Jones were up to sing for their lives.
CeCe went first with her performance of “Out Here on My Own” by Irene Cara. I thought she was still a bit pitchy, I didn’t really feel it from her. It definitely wasn’t a “singing for your life” moment. Jones was up next with “You Don’t Know Me” by Ray Charles. Even before Demi made her decision I was done with Willie Jones. His gimmick was over long ago and as I suspected, it got him sent home.
Song: “On My Own” by Irene Cara
Song: “You Don’t Know Me” by Eddy Arnold
L.A. chose to save the odd looking but insanely talented Vino Alan. He then chose to save fan favorite (why?) Tate Stevens. This left the adopted boy, David Correy, desperate to find his birth mother, and the big Adam Lambert, Jason Brock, to sing for their spot in the Final 12.
Correy went first and did an over dramatic and desperate plea to stay with Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone.” While his voice was amazing at some parts, I felt like he was SCREAMING at me for most of the performance. I will say though that he was singing for survival and he put everything he had into it, so kudos to him. Jason Brock (who I secretly adore) went up next and did a much better performance than last night with Whitney’s “One Moment in Time.” It was far more understated than his tacky stereotyped performance the night before. While I thought Jason Brock was a sure thing, Simon said, “You’re asking me to judge two horses who are coming last in a race.” Didn’t see that coming.
At the end of the day, the choice was L.A.’s and he chose to save the fabulous Jason Brock, sending David Correy home.
Song: “Since You Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
Song: “One Moment In Time” by Whitney Houston
Britney added a few more weird looks to her repertoire while choosing to save Beatrice Miller and Carly Rose Sonenclar (my current pick to win). This left Arin Ray (aka Ne-Yo, Usher, Chris Brown, Yawn!) and the amazing Diamond White to sing for their lives. Arin butchered another Whitney song for the night when he sang “I Look To You”. On the other side, Diamond killed it with Mary J. Blige’s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”. Like honestly, she nailed it. There was a moment where the music stopped and her voice got much louder and I seriously got a bad case of goosebumps.
Britney unfortunately chose to keep Arin Ray sending Diamond White home and causing me to delete “B in the Mix off” of my iTunes (I wouldn’t mess with any of her REAL albums).
Song: “I Look To You” by Whitney Houston
Song: “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” by Elton John
Emblem 3 was Simon’s obvious first choice after their crowd pleasing performance the night before. He then sent Lyric 145 to join them which I was kind of hoping for so I could hear 1432 sing again.
1432 and Sister C sang for their survival. Sister C went first with a boring rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “When I Look at You.” These girls are definitely talented and I see a place for them, I just don’t see them winning this competition. At least not until the Dixie Chicks die or disband.
1432 had the hotspot final performance of the night and sang Demi’s “Skyscraper.” This was the group we saw at the judge’s homes that we were looking for last night. They absolutely killed it with their rendition, even causing Demi to say it was better than the “original singer”, so it was no surprise that Simon chose to keep them. Also exciting to note was that the fans get the chance to name this group one. last. time. since 1432 is an AWFUL name for them.
Song: “When I Look At You” by Miley Cyrus
Song: “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato
What did you guys think of tonight’s performances and eliminations?
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