The next safe contestant is Melissa Lawson. She'll be singing her song, "Ready to Stand." Melissa tells John Rich that she's very new to songwriting, and has no idea if her song is good or if it sucks. She plays it for him, and John thinks she's a natural songwriter. Melissa's song is about her journey to get where she is. She's been knocked down a lot of times in this business. But this is her moment, and she's ready. Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this. Some people search forever for that one special kiss. ...Wait, I'm getting confused. Melissa performs, and no one has given her a note about the crazy eyes yet. Argh. But her song sure has a catchy melody. And a bridge! Suck it, Cof-FAY! The gist of the song is that she's fallen a lot of times or whatever, and closed doors and blah blah blah, and now she's ready to stand. The lyrics aren't revolutionary at all, but the whole thing totally sounds like it could be on country radio. Her performance isn't as good as usual, I'm guessing because it's really nerve-wracking and emotional to sing your own songs in front of people when you're not used to it.
Jewel tells Melissa that one of the great things about songwriting is that you get to write for your own voice. Melissa did a good job taking advantage of that, and Jewel is proud to be part of a show that lets artists write their own songs. I don't know if that really makes a dent in all the things that are embarrassing about this show, but let's pretend we don't know that for right now. Jeffrey is furious that he hasn't gotten to critique the heck out of anyone tonight. He says that there's some incredible talent on the show. Then there's a weird moment where I think Jewel asks Melissa if she wrote the song by herself, and Melissa kind of sucks her teeth and shakes her head no. But Jeffrey is still talking at the same time so no one seems to pay any mind to it. Grassy knoll! Grassy knoll! Anyway, Jeffrey loved it. John Rich says that he's becoming more and more impressed every week. He tells Melissa to stay focused. Everyone knows she's a powerful great singer, but the competition isn't over. Still, he thought it was great. Billy Ray tells Melissa that not only is she ready to stand, she's standing proud. It's so cute/sad when he goes off the teleprompter.