Guess what, it's Sonyae. Sonyae wins. The Judges all agreed with the teens. Kara loves her pop thing, Jewel loved her concept about exits and how they supermanned the exits, and Sonyae says that she was totally thinking about how people would probably dance to it in an exit-pointing fashion. Taio Britishes at her about how the best music is always the lowest common denominator. Keith is wearing the cutest shirt.
Kara & Jewel: "Scotty, you would have been better off with the DJ make me crazy thing, because your triumphant lovely melody was undercut by the creepiness of your apocalypse words."
Kara, [verbatim, and how magnificent]: "Not everybody thinks the world is ending."
However, there's so much to love about Scotty, and Keith calls it "blissfully melodic" which is itself blissfully melodic when he says it.
Nick also gets loving praise, which makes him start crying. It's marvelous.
Jewel: "These are my favorite lyrics I've ever heard you write... I felt like you were talking about you. This sounds like somebody's telling you the truth."
Keith: "That's all we ever wanted, Nick. To hear what's actually going on in you. Could have been catchier, though."
Kara: "[Micromanages after the fact, in grand Kara tradition. Not that she's wrong, just that it's so funny and exciting when you can see the actual computer that is her brain.]"
Nick, of course, only hears the worst bits. Doesn't change the wonderful things they're saying.
Keith loves Jes's hook, Kara and Jewel approves how Jes is growing in a glacial fashion. Taio says some crazy shit, as compared to saying something simple and lovely, and Jes laughs nervously. Kara calls her out for being juvenile like always, and Keith calls it a junior high or elementary song, because that's what it was.
We discuss at the Judges' behest how everybody feels about everybody's songs, and it's interesting like always when this happens on a show.
Scotty: "My song was catchier than Nick's."
Nick: "Clearly I didn't 'beat' him -- in the technical bourgeois sense that I lost this round -- but in another context that exists only in my head, I am the victor."
Jes: "Nick's melody was like whatever, and my song was more commercial."