Kara: "Let's bring those bitches back in."
Jewel: "They really were your best songs!"
Kara: "Jes, you soared and resonated emotionally. Sonyae, your religion metaphor was brilliant and only a little creepy; as usual, your lyrics were magical. Scotty, you were masterfully commercial while also being heartfelt and blowing our minds with your viewpoint."
Jewel: "The winner... Is... Going to be... Told to you in a sec."
Scotty: Has everything required to make it in this business and now has the connections, of course. He's disappointed about losing, but he knows damn well he's a genius.
Sonyae: Is the winner of Platinum Hit. Like we knew ten episodes ago.
Jes: Can't wait to give Johnny a big old hug.
I don't know, what did you think? Knowing the result from early on made this a much more interesting journey in some key ways, because of the fact that it's one of those industry-specific inside-baseball shows Bravo does so well, so you're simultaneously watching people be good at something -- which is hot -- while also being given just enough information to be dangerous. (I.e., if I never hear the word "draping" again from a TV-watching fashion dilettante it will be too soon, despite being a TV-watching fashion dilettante who tosses that word around like it's a tickertape parade and every piece of paper has some word that you learned from that show and in no other context.)
*(Although I still hate that Lifetime got Project Runway, if only because gay men only watch Bravo and thus have no idea that the show even exists anymore, which means nobody will talk to me about it. How dumb!)
So I guess what we learned is that songwriting is A) A thing, B) Really hard, C) Connected, like all art, to a failing monster that manipulates the economy, and D) Is an art in the hardest way possible, which is that you have to bring your entire self to it while also leaving yourself entirely out of it. As you can see by the following paragraph, as well as the ones that precede it, D interests me the most because it's the hardest thing to understand and/or control.
I think that's why Jes's journey was the most interesting, because you could see her slamming her entire body back and forth between those two poles: It's All About Me and It's Not About Me, vigorously as an A-Ha video, and never making it quite through the door into real life. It was always one or the other, or sometimes 50/50, and the trick is that it has to be 100/100.