Kelly meets with her two partners, Jason and Jordan, and reminds them that they were the bottom two last week. She thinks the other contestants have more stage experience, and it showed, but they're going to work on it all week. She works with Jordan Meredith first, and tries to pick a song that shows off Jordan's ability to emote through her voice. They sing "Misery" by Pink and Steven Tyler (I guess? I don't know this song). Wow. Jordan starts alone and she sounds great, and then Kelly joins her and their voices blend in an amazing way. Jordan really does need to work on her stage presence, though. She's either looking directly at Kelly or at the floor, and she needs to look at the audience once in a while. And Jordan gets nervous for her big ending and doesn't come in as strong as she should have. She can do it. She's got the voice. She's just too nervous and didn't go for it.
What did the other superstars think? (Note: I hate calling them superstars but that's what the show calls them.) Jennifer loved the song choice and thought it showcased Jordan's voice. Robin points out that she didn't finish as strong as she started but he thinks she showed what she's capable of. John tells her to watch her pitch and don't rely on Kelly as a crutch because she can stand on her own two feet. With all of that, Jordan ends up in second place. Kelly agrees with John's advice, because Jordan has a lot of potential but she has to believe that she can do it. I feel like Jordan is Kelly's "building self-esteem" project.
Jennifer will be singing with John Glossen first, the big church singer. She thinks that the voting last week was not entirely accurate, and I agreed, although I don't know that he should have been higher. Anyway, Jennifer is the first one to allude to the central problem with the show: people are scoring their competition. Anyway, they are singing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," so at least one of my wishes is coming true. Jennifer is a little worried because John Legend is a huge Marvin Gaye fan and has strong feelings about staying true to the original song in these cases. Well, it's not like you can improve on it. You can only hope to live up to it. Oh my God, this is awful. I mean, the singing is fine, but Jennifer is getting on my nerves. She's like a Kerri Kenney character gone bad. And they are SUPER WHITE. It's like if your youth pastor and his wife decided to sing this song but instead of making it about love for a partner, it was about love for Jesus. The whole thing is just SO CORNY. And I love that song. Seriously, the version in Stepmom where they sang into hairbrushes was better in terms of soul delivered.