Jackie, Johnny, Melissa: The way the performance parts are filmed is pretty amazing. It's like a cross between shots that look like every Bravo show, and then these weird cinematic effects. The song itself is pretty standard stuff, I mean, Jackie can do anything so what really comes through is the Jack Johnson vibe from Johnny. Melissa just sits there on the stage vibing or something.
Scotty, Brian, Nevin: Scotty tries to cheat by being a good performer, which makes the song sound better, and making it very Kara DioGuardi song, which I guess is about trying to make the song sound commercial. But then Brian starts playing the drums and it starts sounding like an actual single, they're harmonizing and there's piano from nowhere, and everybody else stares. It sounds pretty, in a Coldplay or OneRepublic kind of way, but that is probably just the execution.
Sonyae, Blessing, Amber: Sonyae leaves her teammates in the audience because she doesn't need them for this part, and then sings her song over herself and a spare electric guitar track. It's very simple and I think very pretty, but sometimes a complicated thing can sound very simple and vice versa, and I can't tell which this is. Either she's a genius, which she doesn't seem to be, or a very boring person, which she radically is. Either way the song seems unlikely to grab the judges.
Amber worries that either they just didn't do well, or her absence from the stage will reflect poorly on her given the song, or whatever. I believe that Sonyae, while appalling in many ways, might be one of the best ones. However, she better win Hooker of the Week every week, because I doubt so very much that she can be of help to anyone, and also maybe this is her one trick she can do. For her part, Sonyae makes it clear that she's planning on blaming Amber.
I'M OKAY WITH THAT
Jackie's group and Nick's group take the stage... And it turns out their punk and melodic, respectively, songs did the best. RCA dude calls Nick's song "edgy" which it wasn't, but he liked the lyrical metaphors and Kara liked how immediately the songs grabbed the judges. Nick, Jes and Karen win the night; all six of them go home for some rockin' house parties bro.
So now it's down to Sonyae's group and Scotty's group, who sang the two songs your recapper actually liked. Jewel, however, thinks they were terrible. Scotty's was unmemorable and unemotional; Sonyae's was trite, confusing and uninspiring. And then Scotty's team loses, and Kara sings their hook at them weirdly, in her way, and Jermaine yells at them for taking too long to get to the hook.