Song #1: Sia’s “Chandelier”
Song #2: “Let It Go” from THE MOVIE YOU KNOW but NOT THE GOOD VERSION
First things first: a mathematical correction. Adam suggests that Kat’s trajectory—unlike any other contestant’s—is a straight line with a positive slope. Love her or hate her, that’s wrong, because the graphic representation of Kat’s journey should really be a staggered W, much like Wario’s mustache, since she’s been in the bottom three two weeks in a row. As a matter of fact, of all the contestants left, Kat’s trajectory is the LEAST straightforward. Sorry about it. #truthbomb
Surrounded by chandeliers, Kat’s saddled with this summer’s overrated pop jam “Chandelier” (if it ends up being the song of summer, which it won't be, I'll throw myself on a BBQ grill). I’ve recently realized that Kat’s sustained upper register is mostly pitch-perfect, and it’s on fine display here. I mean, she’s sounded far screechier in other weeks, and it’s not completely there today, but at least this week she appears to be in both her vocal and atmospheric element, sweeping her way through fog like Sarah Jessica Parker in Hocus Pocus visiting the Phantom's lair in Phantom of the Opera while looking like Amy Winehouse by way of Megan Draper with just a hint of Elvira on "club night."
And then…she sings “Let It Go.” Oh, oh, oh, dear Kat. Not even the wick-ed-ly talented Idina Menzel could accurately sing this song on the Oscars, but of course Kat is fearless—I admire that—and so she chooses the Demi Lovato version, which is less “diva singing about liberation” and more “teenager can’t figure out which hoodie to wear.” Kat's rendition is not amazing, which Blake sort of corroborates, but I'd actually place most of the blame here on the fact that Demi's version of "Let It Go" is just the worst.
Song #1: Waylon Jennings’ “Good Ol’ Boys,” also known as the Dukes of Hazzard theme!!
Song #2: Bryan Adams’ “Heaven”
The big question to ask at this point is: will Jake ever grow facial hair? (Just kidding, because obviously no.) The second question: if Jake hadn’t shown us that he has the most incredible personality, would he still be in the competition? Vocally, he’s probably the least powerful of the Top Five, but that’s not to say that he’s not a fantastic singer. Listening to Jake actually makes me want to dare listening to country music, a daunting task I have not braved since…well, since I saw Brave (if I could change my fate, I’d go back and never see that movie).
But gosh, Jake really is a joy to watch. And he's not bad by any means. He could win this whole damn thing and still walk away the most humble little country fair singer you ever did see. The judges’ praise for Jake’s stellar performance of That Song From Dukes of Hazzard is as positive as we’d expect, and we hear the same statement of “You’re so real!” and “I love how real you are!” and “This is the story of seven strangers picked to live in a house, work together and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting REAL!” (Too much?)
I take more issue with Jake’s performance of “Heaven,” which was fine if not particularly revelatory. Should that really have closed that show? I mean, not only was he following up Christina Grimmie, but he was following up ALL THOSE BALLOONS.
I wish for big things for Jake’s future, but I’m not sure if he deserves to really walk away from this competition as the winner—but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be happy for him if he did.
NEXT: Christina Grimmie presents Up (minus the house)