Coffey -- nay, Cof-FAY -- is the next safe contestant. In his mentoring video, Coffey is surprised and delighted to see his daughter, Savannah. She is awfully cute, and Coffey tells us that you don't know what love is until you have a child. Coffey prepares to sing "Hey, Good Looking," which Jewel notes is not a very vocally challenging song. She wants to milk Coffey's voice for all it's worth. However, she wants him to choose his moments and not get all cheese-tastic after every single phrase, like he did last week. On stage he's fine. It's a decent performance -- a little pitchy, but there's nothing either really remarkable or horrid about it. Jeffrey Steele just throws his hands up and says it's too little too late. He is unimpressed. John Rich says that a cowboy hat doesn't make you country, and adds that Cof-FAY got lost on his way to American Idol auditions. He's a good singer, says John Rich, but not a country singer. Cof-FAY throws some Bangs, Texas style attitude. He has counted sheep and cleaned rabbit cages with the best of them, whether John Rich agrees or not. Jewel is diplomatic, and says that she'd love for Coffey to stick around and do a ballad next time. And in case you were wondering, Savannah thought her daddy did great. Coffey does 20 seconds of "Take Me Home, Country Roads" for his second song. He is pissed the whole time he's singing it, which is pretty distracting. Jewel seems awfully nervous. The thoughtless words of those around her are breaking her heart. Somehow, though, I doubt that Cof-FAY is always brilliant in the morning.
Hey! Vanessa Williams is in the audience! Looking fly, per usual.
Tommy Stanley is next announced as safe. He hasn't seen his family in over a year! His parents are there, and his mother practically starts shaking when she sees him. They seem really sweet. Jewel wants Tommy to be more country after the "Maniac" disaster of last week, as does Tommy's dad. Tommy is ready to do it. He sings "God Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts. Rascall Flats? One or the other. His mom is crying while he sings, which makes me cry, too. Or maybe I'm crying because of the pain from my ears bleeding. I mean, in all fairness, there were some decent parts, but overall it is not great. John Rich thinks that Tommy is a great guy but, like Coffey, he's not a natural country singer. Tommy at least takes his critique like something other than a whiny bitch. Jeffrey Steele tells Tommy that he saw something in him tonight, and he also likes how Tommy handled a rancid note that he hit. Jewel misses Tommy's swagger and personality. It's true that he seemed a little subdued. I think part of his problem is that he doesn't know what to do when he's singing a slower song and can't freak out on stage like a maniac, maniac on the floor.