And yet, mysteriously, the judges love it AGAIN! Jewel says again that Ashlee is the one person on the show who feels like an artist. Yeah, the artistry in that song is really overwhelming. Are we sure she isn't Joni Mitchell's other secret love child given up for adoption? You know, the one she had from her ménage a trois with Bob Dylan and Townes van Zandt? (On a side note: could you imagine THAT awesome version of My Two Dads?) Jewel would love to work with Ashlee, and says that the song was great. Argh. Jeffrey reiterates that the level of talent on this show is so high. He says he loved it. John tells Ashlee that should she be gone tonight, Nashville would be a fool not to give her a record deal and put her music on the radio. Jeffrey agrees. I don't even know what to say about all this. Is it just me that thinks she's so bad? Billy Ray has to make the special point that the call-in numbers to vote begin with "866" and not "800" or "888," I guess because Ashlee's fans do not have great numerical comprehension.
Shawn Mayer is last to sing. I love her and you can't make me stop. She's not the greatest singer in the world, and I don't think she has a chance of winning, but I continue to enjoy her pluck. Her song is called, "I'm Not Looking Back." She is super emotional to be on the Opry stage. She explains that the song she's singing is about the love of her life. She moved to Nashville to pursue her dream, and he stayed in Iowa, so she let him go. It was the hardest time of her life, and the song resulted. Jeffrey tells us that he was seriously impressed by her song, and that she's got mad skills as a writer. Shawn performs, and immediately invokes the Debbie Gibson classic, "Lost in Your Eyes." The song is one of those big ole' country ballads that Reba McEntire would sing, and have a corresponding video where she wore a lot of crazy hats. It definitely sounds like country crossover, too. It's not super-original or anything, but it's a solid song. I think it's a little too big for Shawn's voice, but she's sincere when she sings it.