Scott Borchetta runs down last week’s performances. He downplays Clark Beckham’s impact, calling his performances “moderate.” Scott explains, “I didn’t think ‘Moon River’ was great and ‘Superstition’…was good, but I don’t think he had a big ‘Clark Moment’ this week.” On the heels of dissing Clark, Scott talks up Nick Fradiani, saying that he hit it out of the park with both “American Girl” and his ballady version of “Only the Good Die Young.” Ditto Jax with “Piece of My Heart” and “Beat It.” He claims, “She moved up the ladder.”
UPDATE: Scott tells Taste of Country that he is excited for Clark’s performance of “Boyfriend” tonight. “(He) Just reimagined the whole song,” he says. “It’s amazing.”
Quentin Alexander showed what Scott calls “the rock n roll heart,” in the wake of his confrontation with Harry Connick Jr. “Great art happens by struggle, and by passion.” Rayvon Owen had one of the best performances of the season with “You Were Always On My Mind,” but if ends up in the bottom for a 4th week, “I don’t know how you survive that,” he says.
Scott felt it was one of the better weeks of performances–particularly because two chances to perform may have relaxed the finalists. I don’t really agree with that. I thought Kelly Clarkson week performances, for instance, were better. But he’s paid to talk up the show, so there you go.
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On Wednesday’s, Scott makes the rounds of morning radios shows. Here’s Scott talking to Country 106.5 WYRK. The beginning of the interview is all about the Quentin/Harry dustup. Yada yada yada. But later in the interview, he talks about gauging fan engagement. The dj makes the point that Scott and the show’s fans may not be on the same page as far as favorites are concerned. “Sometimes you bring something and think ‘people are going to love this’ and they just don’t,” says Scott. “We do have a lot of monitors in this media department to gauge interest.” THEY’RE WATCHING US! *WAVES*.
“The fans are always going to win,” he says, “The fans are always going to lead.” Even if they are the type that don’t buy records?