‘Duets’ Movies Night: No Happy Ending For Team Kelly Clarkson
It was Movies Night on "Duets" this Wednesday, but there was no happy fairytale ending for Team Kelly Clarkson, when both of Kelly's contestants ended up in the bottom two and had to emotionally battle each other for a spot in next week's first live show of the season. That spot ended up going to Jason Farol, leaving Kelly's other contestant, Jordan Meredith, as the odd (and very, very sad) woman out.
While I personally wasn't that sad--I never thought Jordan quite rebounded after her shaky opening night, when she was in the bottom two with Jason for the first time--I still didn't think she was the worst contestant of the remaining six. That non-honor has always gone to Robin Thicke's contestant, the weak and whispery Olivia Chisholm. I can only speculate that the reason Olivia has survived each week, outlasting some undeniably stronger singers, is because the scoring system on this show--which so far has been entirely controlled by the judges, who obviously have their own agendas--is totally wack. It'll sure be interesting to see how the leaderboard order changes next week, when the public finally gets a chance to vote.
Here's how everyone, including Jordan and Jason, performed when it was time for their closeups on Movies Night...
Jennifer Nettles & John Glosson, "My Heart Will Go On" - With John and her other contestant, consistent leaderboard-topper J Rome, Jennifer certainly seems like the judge to beat. (She's the only judge, going into next week's live rounds, who still has two contestants left.) John and J are two of the show's standouts, but while J has a more traditional superstar "total package" look, John is arguably the better, bigger vocalist. Was this Titanic weeper hip? Cool? Current? No, no, and hell no. But as a vocal display, it was admittedly impressive. Celine Dion ain't easy to sing, you know.
Kelly Clarkson & Jordan Meredith, "Take My Breath Away" - Jordan sometimes seemed like her breath had literally been taken away during this performance, as she struggled to keep up with her arguably superior mentor, who once again sang concentric circles around her. But this wasn't bad at all, and at least Jordan finally seemed to have her nerves in check. Confidence (or, more specifically, a lack thereof) had always been Jordan's biggest issue, but she was finally starting to seem comfortable onstage. This should not have been the night that Jordan got sent packing.
Robin Thicke & Olivia Chisholm, "Staying Alive" - Why is Olivia still alive in this competition? She may be the contestant who looks the most like a pop star, but only some Auto-Tune would make her truly sound like one. The girl is simply Not. A. Great. Singer. Amusingly, this was my favorite performance of the season from ROBIN--he was soooo in his cheesy element, from the Gibb-like falsetto to that white Tony Manero disco suit he was rocking. But I found Olivia's performance much less enjoyable than Robin's. Whether you're a mother or whether you're a father, you should be voting her off next week, people.