Before last night’s performances, we were on Team Christina when it came to Tony Lucca. The former Mouseketeer had yet to produce a stellar performance, and his “comeback” with Britney Spears’ “...Baby One More Time” was memorable only because it was so overly promoted.
But then, Tony set the stage on fire last night with his rendition of “How You Like Me Now” by The Heavy. And now, we like you a lot, Tony. The singer showed a confidence and stage presence we’d never seen before, and it was a refreshing break from his acoustic guitar-filled days.
At the same time, Katrina Parker pulled out another impressive song after coming off a high from her “Jar of Hearts” performance last week. Though Tony may be the stronger performer, Katrina’s voice is definitely the most special.
We’d like to see Katrina move on, but chances are Tony will be the one in the finale, and for the first time, we’re OK with that.
Though both of these contestants are strong, compared to the other teams, they are the least memorable.
Before we say what must be said, let us start with the fact that we love Erin Willett. It’s overwhelming that this contestant was able to persevere through the loss of her father and excel beyond fan and coach favorites.
That being said, 80 percent of her performance of “Without You” last night was flat. None of the judges seemed to want to say it, but it was painfully obvious when Erin attempted those high notes.
She broke into sobs after her performance because she knew, but chalked it up to raw emotion (which we’re sure there was plenty of, as well). It’s a shame she had to go out this way, but Jermaine Paul simply did the better job.
His rendition of “Open Arms” was moving and powerful, and he’s the clear choice for Team Blake.
The worst thing about this competition is that the four finalists are required to be from different teams. Team Cee Lo has easily dominated this competition, and it breaks our heart that either Jamar Rogers or Juliet Simms will be forced to go home tonight.
Jamar is infectious, adorable, powerful, and extremely talented. His performances are always memorable and his story is extremely endearing. And Juliet is a rock goddess from another time. She’s so connected to her performances that she seems to lose her connection to reality.
But who will go home? As much as it pains us to say it, Jamar will probably be the one on a flight back to Brooklyn tomorrow. While he’s produced an impressive fan base, Juliet’s sound seems to have literally blown the judges’ minds (as well as America’s).
This is a toughy and completely up to audience taste. Pitting an opera singer against a coffee shop musician is like getting milk from a cow versus a bottle — both get the job done, but each offers a very different experience.
Chris Mann has a more impressive vocal range and a trained, professional sound, but Lindsey Pavao offers a more creative sound and a clear vision.
In terms of this competition, Chris should move on, but in terms of a music career, Lindsey will move on.
It should also be noted that Lindsey’s performance last night was her strongest, and least awkward, in the competition thus far.
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