5. Rayna records the song that she wrote, “Buried Under” Who needs Deacon (Charles Esten)? We were so proud of our girl Rayna (Connie Britton) for writing her own song. Even her manager, Bucky, is happy with it — and he’s never happy about anything. The only thing that bummed us out was that Teddy (Eric Close) wasn’t more supportive of her writing, but given that the song doesn’t quite portray Rayna’s home life as Rockwell-esque, we can see why he was sweatin’ it.
4. Juliette and Deacon record “Yellin’ From the Rooftop” It’s clear that staying away from her mom was the only reason Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) kept recording so many takes of this song, since the rendition that we heard of this feisty number was pretty darn perfect as it was. Then again, seeing Deacon with his “concentrating face” on while he was in the studio is really all we need to adore a song performance.
3. Rayna sings “American Beauty” for the commercial It’s appropriate that Rayna keeps using the word “beauty” in this song, since she has never looked hotter than during this shoot. (A question for Rayna: When you’re done borrowing that red dress, any chance that we can have it? Thanks a bunch!) If all real-life commercials were this awesome and toe-tappin’, we wouldn’t be quite so quick to fast-forward through them on Tivo.
2. Deacon performs “Sideshow” at the Bluebird Cafe How could anyone not love Deacon’s voice on this song? We’re kinda glad Deacon gave that heckler the what-for, since we almost wanted to teach that guy a lesson ourselves. But the song itself was especially moving, with its lyrics about being hurt by a woman who’s a performer, which sounds like someone we know (*cough* Rayna). By the way, what was up with such little screentime this week for Dayna? Not cool!
1. Gunnar and Scarlett perform “Loving You Is the Only Way to Fly” Well, we’re still bitter that Avery’s (Jonathan Jackson) showboating cost Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett (Clare Bowen) their big break with Lady Antebellum. But even that can’t keep this song from its rightful place atop this list! And it’s hard to blame Avery for getting jealous of Garlett’s chemistry, since we basically need a towel to wipe away the perspiration from seeing those two make googly eyes at each other onstage.