It was too late to make comments last night so I will make my comments and go right into the results and the wild card choices: The group was really strong in the men and not so good in the women. That pretty well set it up for Lil Rounds. I thought that Kristin was pretty good, and I like Felicia Barton (the one called back for a second chance). I was very disappointed in the performance of Ariana Afsar (cute as a button). It was a very poor performance.
There were four guys who I thought had a chance to make it: Von Smith, Ju’not Joyner, Scott MacIntire, and Jorge Nunez. I liked Joyner the best. I got goose bumps during his song, but I was concerned for him because of all the chatter concerning some of the other contestants, and the hard plugs for MacIntire and Nunez. I felt Joyner might fall through the cracks. That would be too bad.
One other contestant caught my attention and in the old format she would have advanced I think. Kendall Beard, the country singer. She looked like and sounded like Kellie Pickler, and if you have been following, Kellie is very successful in Nashville.
RESULTS: Lil Rounds was the class of this group and could win the whole thing. Scott MacIntire was also picked, and though he’s a very good singer, it was an emotional pick. The final two were Joyner and Nunez, and after the strong plugs by the judges it was preordained that it would be Nunez, and it was. All three were very good singers and none a surprise. But the surprises of the night were yet to come.
THE WILDCARD PICKS: Von Smith, Jasmine Murray, Matt Giraurd, Megan Corkray, Ricky Braddy (a slight surprise, but he was deserving), and Anup Desai. The two surprises: one made me very happy and the other kind of yuck. Jessie Langseth I thought was terrific in a soulful and bluesy way, but Tatiana Del Toro…very good voice, but such an emotional train wreck. The other surprise was Ju’not Joyner being passed over. He was my favorite tonight. It was almost like he was too good, made it look too easy. He had a great back story too, but ????????? He just didn’t connect.
Who will make it tomorrow night for the last three spots: I think Matt Giraurd and Megan Corkray (Simon likes her), and maybe Von Smith or Anup Desai. What do you all think?