I got in about 40 votes for Elliott. I'm not sure it made the difference, but I've never voted so much for anyone.
I really wish Kat would get sent packing. I feel like she doesn't get the meaning of her songs, and the floor thing is getting pretty old. I'm pretty confident Taylor would squash her in the final 2, but I'd rather El be there.
The first placement didn't help Elliott at all. I'll be sad if he goes tonight, but maybe with continued support by Paula/Randy, he'll be a top 3 finisher that actually makes it big.
Why is it boys talk so much, when they have nothing to say? And girls have plenty to say, but no one will listen?
I love it that Elliott is now nervy enough to put his own name into songs on national television. I think that probably means that he's now nervy enough to try to pursue his dreams by using his new contacts, contacting record companies, and so on.
When he was interviewed on Richmond TV, asked whether he'd still call Richmond home, he said that he always would but that from now on he'd "go where work takes me." So I think he's got the confidence now to actually look for that work, when he didn't before.
That's all that really matters to me, actually. I want him to work in music. He's clearly made friends with AI's vocal coaches, backup singers, and so on, so he's getting a feel for how it all works. And since he's such a nice guy as well as so talented -- plus *raw*, and not already stuck in one mold of performing -- I can't believe that people aren't going to be intertested in working with him, when he comes calling. I think somebody out there is going to be happy to mold him, and in a good way, not the 19E way that results in the horrible AI-related albums.
I think I may have had it with this show. Their manipulations are getting more and more blatant.
I would seriously enjoy a Taylor / Elliott final. However, I don't think I'll bother watching if Katharine is in it, because I know they're setting her up to win. And If she does, IMO she will be the worst singer to ever actually win the title, and this show has lost whatever little credibility it had.
"Feel the sky blanket you/ With gems and rhinestones/ See the path cut by the moon/ For you to walk on" - EV
Conniption fit? Anyone with me?
Second, yeah it sucks that McPhee got to sing all of SOTR, allowing her song to flow naturally and build upon itself, while the others, particularly E's "Open Arms" were gutted to the point of being awkward. I think if E had been able to knock out the other verse or at least repeat the chorus, that performance would've been worlds better.
The only thing about last night's show that worries me though, is Elliott's last performance. It was sooo great. I'm a lover of that song from way back, and I was more impressed than I thought I would be by Elliott's take on it. He tackled the complicated melody perfectly. He had the soulful, growly, manly spirit down pat, and his vocals were awesome too. I dug it. I dug it very deep. He did an excellent job ...
... and then the judges panned it. He gave them a really great heartfelt, soulful performance, and he got pats on the back from R&P, and then Simon pats him on the head and tells him he's a good boy? Whaaa? They completely overshadowed how good he was by making it seem like he'd failed. Making people think he'd failed. That mess had me nearer to cursing than I've ever been in my whole life. And what's worse, and what has me worried, is that I think it might've worked. I sincerely hope not; I hope people rallied around Elliott instead of giving up on him, because he does not deserve to go home tonight.
Also on how gorgeously Elliott did I Believe in My Soul. ... loved it loved it loved it.
But I do think that the judges' lukewarm response may have worked. They're looking for a pop idol, and an awful lot of people like bland pop music, and probably just don't connect with Elliott's style or the songs he loves at all. How many I Believe in My Soul's do we hear on the radio?
I think Elliott would rather sing what he sang and let the chips fall, really.