It’s the semi-finals, and someone. Will. Win. A new Nissan Dualis and a bunch of other stuff, including a pretty nice contract, but a free car, that’s always a good thing. Even if your music career doesn’t exactly blow up.
Jason Owen is the only contestant to make it to the final four without once being in the bottom two. This should bode well for both him and Mel. Mel is clearly trying to set Jason up for country/rock/pop crossover success with both of these song selections. Jason tackled the songs competently, nothing amazing, nothing out of this world, but it delivered both of them with the consistency of a seasoned performer. There was a time that I thought Jason would just be in the top 3 with no real shot of winning, but now that we are here. I definitely feel like he has what it takes to take home that Nissan. He is by far the most consistent performer. I wish he would stretch himself a bit more, but for the type of music that I see him making there is little need for him to do that, so just stay in your lane Jason!
Heartless was the performance that changed the game. Scream and UFO were awesome, but Heartless took Samantha Jade from bottom 2 contestant back in the top 12 to a real freaking contender to take home that Dualis. She delivered that Heartless with all the swag and presence of a real artist. Like it was freaking written for her. Where Have You Been is good, but I feel like the song kind of stayed pretty flat, but that being said, Heartless was Samantha’s equivalent of I (Who Have Nothing). The shocking thing for me is that Samantha has a real chance to win. She just didn’t fall into the finals, she really could win.
Bella Ferraro tries to foray into something a bit more ‘fun’ with Bulletproof this week. This was probably Bella at her most commercial. She sounded good, but this song melodically doesn’t really go anywhere. She ‘danced’ just fine and with way more commitment than she ever brought to Big Yellow Taxi. As Mel B said in the judging panel Bella’s voice is just better than that. When it comes to Last Day On Earth, it was interesting and made me look up the original, but Bella’s take didn’t move me, not the way her Skinny Love did or even the way her Sweet Disposition did. I know it was a long shot, but I really did want Bella to win for whatever reason. I bet her recorded would truly be heaven, with a little help from post production of course. I look forward to whatever she does in the future.
From the top to the bottom two twice in a row. What happened to The Collective? They were so awesome, but for the past three or four weeks, they just haven’t delivered like they did in the beginning. I guess the magic is starting to fade. They sound good, their harmonies are strong, but it just doesn’t feel special. They clearly get along off stage, but maybe it is a lack of onstage chemistry that isn’t allowing for them to truly connect with us at home. The fun just seems so forced even on Yeah 3x. They body gyrations and energy just feel so inauthentic and I guess that is really where the disconnect is with me. If they are bored of their shtick already how are they expecting to win this competition or make a career out of this for real? I wish them luck, hope they can pull out an underdog(?) victory.
I am glad the judge’s went to deadlock and allowed the public to make the decision. At this stage of the competition it is really the only fair thing to do. That being said I wasn’t surprised by either of the bottom two, Samantha killed everybody and Jason was better than Bella or The Collective. So this is how it was gonna go down. At this point I hope Samantha Jade wins, she would the first contestant that I know that was in the bottom two week 1 and went to go win the whole thing. Both Samantha and Jason showed so much growth on this show, but The Collective changed but it reverse. It feels like they are bored themselves. So what do you expect from the audience? Thanks so much for reading! Next week someone. Will. Win.