Anthony continues to sound more and more like Clay Aiken with a slight Slavic accent. Well, he's way less ornamented and silly about it, but I think mainly I resisted the comparison because he looks so very little like Clay and I didn't want anyone to have to carry the weight of being the new Clay Aiken. I don't even want Clay Aiken to have to carry the burden of the old Clay Aiken, but it's too late to save him now. He sings some song that is the same song that he sang in Cleveland, and he's such a shoo-in that the only drama Ryan can come up with is, like, "Will this hurt his chances?" Yeah, the fact that months ago he sang this same song is going to matter to three people who are variously so high, nonsensical, and utterly uninterested that they're barely going to remember that he himself was in Cleveland. Or the fact of Cleveland, for that matter.
We learn that Jaclyn Crum is the youngest person still in the competition, at 16. She's very likeable, but I can't see ever rushing out to buy her album, or like, putting a poster up in my office cubicle at all. Well, maybe. She's kind of weird-looking. She makes the utterly boneheaded mistake of singing a Kelly Clarkson song at this time. Also it goes on for a million years, and also it's pretty great. I keep waiting for Paula to say, like, "She did Kelly Clarkson, but she did it better than Kelly Clarkson," because that joke is always good for me, and then I remember that all three judges are going to pretend it's some song they slightly remember having heard but not how or where or why. Which basically is what they do. I wish she had opted for "Sorry 2004" instead. How awesome would that be?
Tammy Wynette Nash (28 Greensboro, NC) Jacks up out the Box and sings "A Place For Us" as a sad ballad, and it's pretty awesome. I like her, even though she's nuts, because of all the songs she could sing, she thought to sing something from West Side Story, and that's cool and memorable. She's had a hard week, and Ryan documents this for us with many, many shots of her becoming more and more insane up until her talking about how good Larry was, and she sings all awesome and then wanders out of the auditionorium, shaking off the hands of comfort she shouldn't even need because she rocked, and then yelling crazily into the camera about how she DID HER BEST. Jesus, these people in this room are all crazy.
You know, Scott's in this room. Just saying.
Okay, Bo Bice is that one long-haired guy I thought he was. Scott Savol sang "Ribbon in the Sky" for this round. I don't know that song. Mikalah acts like an insane freak and continues to address only Simon and continues to be pretty charming while being completely upsetting and horrible at the same time. "Today, she toned it down," says Ryan. Not in the looks department. Also, she has now become Barbra Streisand altogether. Yeah, congrats.