Before we get into the song, I should mention that Taylor is dressed very strangely. Maybe it's because I'm used to him being swathed in gabardine, but this blue jeans and leather jacket number comes across like your dad at a rock concert. Check that: your mom at a rock concert. Seriously. The leather Members Only deal he's working looks like nothing so much as a lady biker. My actual conversation with Liz went like this: "Honestly. That jacket makes him look like an actual woman." "No, because I've seen Tom Cruise wearing that same thing." "Um exactly?" "Yeah, okay." Not a good look for Taylor, is what I'm saying. The performance itself seems for a long time that it will consist of Taylor simply repeating the word "trouble," over and over again. Like Woody Boyd singing to Kelly. He's still singing from the fetal position, but the slow blues of the song is keeping him from getting his tic on too badly, and as a result he's almost 100\% more enjoyable. Taylor is behind such a series of eight balls with me. ["I think you'll find he snorted those before this segment." -- Jacob] I'm not a huge fan of his style of music. I thought the overt face-biting with Cocker and Ray was diverting for about ten minutes before I was well over it. I hate the attention-grabbing freak-outs. I hate the fake underdog vibe. I hate that he says he's twenty-nine when he's clearly forty-two. So when I say that this performance is generally not bad, it's probably best to weight that opinion against the mountains of dislike I've already got piled up for him. George Huff is in the audience, clapping for Taylor. Randy explains why he's been all over song choice tonight: with the theme being this current, the final ten have a chance to show everyone what kind of record they'd make should they win the show. No, Randy. That's Clive Davis week. It's a good point, though, and it actually gives some helpful context as to why he's got such tunnel vision about the song choices this week. I kind of wish that part would have been more overtly laid out in the theme: pick a song from the last six years that best fits the type of record you would like to make. Bring a little Apprentice / Project Runway vibe to the table.
Episode Report CardJoe R: C- | 572 USERS: C+
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