I’m playing major catch-up with Can You Duet. I’m posting the Top 3 and Top 4 today. Tonight is the finale…
We’re down to the final 3 duos on CMT’s Can You Duet.
While Big Machine Record exec, Scott Borchetta has been full of praise for the obvious talents of alt/country duo Steel Magnolia, somehow, I would not be surprised if JB Rocket, The duo that features Season 7 Top 50 contestant, Brandon Green and 18 year old Jonathan Cox are the last duo standing next week. The duo’s poppy sound is right up Borchetta’s alley (he’s the man who signed Taylor Swift).
Hopefully I’m wrong and my favs, Steel Magnolia, will take it all…
Videos after the JUMP…
The remaining 3 duos open performing a group number, Big and Rich’s “Big Time”. Judge Big Kenny looks very happy as the contestants sing his song.
Ryan and Avalon – “American Track” – written by friends of Avalon – Big Kenny mentors, helping to produce their song as a rock track. The duo have been great singing softer material, but they’re getting swallowed up by the band as they attempt to “rock up” their act.
Steel Magnolia – “I Need You” by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw – mentored by Scott Borchetta – I’ve always dug this duo’s edgy alt/country vibe. The song choice is perfect to show off the passion and chemistry in their fantastic vocals.
Kate and Kacey – Last year’s 4th place finishers. The pretty blonds were signed by Scott Borchetta and his Big Machine Records. They’re like twin Taylor Swifts. Not impressed. Sitting next to the guy who signed them, Naomi Judd is forced to take back all the snarky things she said about them during the competition. Bet she really doesn’t mean it.
JB Rocket – The duo that features Season 7 Top 50 contestant, Brandon Green and 18 year old Jonathan Cox “More Than a Memory” by Garth Brooks – mentored by Naomi Judd. Oh gosh, with Jonathan on lead vocals, they made Naomi cry. Unfortunately for Brandon, he’s been regulated to playing John Oats in this duo.
Elimination: Ryan and Avalon are sent home. Scott says it was not a unanimous decision, and he makes them promise to stick together. The duo are good, but not very versatile–forcing them outside of their box did not produce a good result. I think there could be a niche for their brand of ethereal country folk, and won’t be surprised if someone signs them.
Next week, it’s the big finale between duos Steel Magnolia and JB Rocket.