Devin Velez, "The Long and Winding Road": I'm saddened to report that I'm also not feeling much of a genuine connection between Devin and his music. I want to, because his voice is just so pretty. Burnell has the coolest voice of the guys; Devin has the finest.
His performances just aren't resonating for me. I had no idea what he'd sung by the end of the show. I feel like military-schooled Chicago boy Devin is dying to be more fabulous but is holding himself back -- Keith called it a "laid-backness." All I know is Devin's shiny green suit with a sparkly rosette pin was working harder than he was.
Oh, thanks to Nicki for classing up the joint by trying to get "penis" by the five-second-delay censors. "I mean pianist! Can't bleep that, HA HA HA, FOX!" (Fox's unofficial response: "F--- you, Minaj.")
Janelle Arthur, "I Will": This was the perfect song choice for Janelle -- I was waiting for something this subtle where her pure vocal could sort of just creep over us and draw us in. Still, I wanted more out of this number, especially as it came last in the episode. Maybe it's just that I'd have preferred if there had been 700 percent less things happening onstage. The giant twirling heart in the background was so treacherous….
…and at times Janelle had to put up a serious fight for some frame space!
Favorite critique from Randy tonight was to Janelle: "You had a nice thing with your head."
The judges loved Janelle -- Keith made sure to point out her cowboy-boot heels and Nicki asked her to renew their vows (oh no, will Kree be jealous?) and called her a "beautiful swan goddess." That's one mighty fine euphemism for "jeweled toga."
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Why yes, dah-ling. It reminds me of the first time I fell asleep by the pool. FOR ME.
Don't forget to wear sunscreen! See you tomorrow. Who goes home tonight?