Blake puts AlyX (determined young pop singer) against Jermaine Paul (A.K.A Alicia Keys' backup singer), and he hands them Billy Ocean's "Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car." Blake thinks that they both take themselves seriously and they both can sing, so he'd like them to have fun with the song. Does he think this is America's Got Talent he's judging? Would he like some juggling monkeys thrown in the mix?
In their first rehearsal, Jermaine seems to be enjoying himself, but AlyX is having a panic attack about every little note. She says that she takes her fun extremely seriously. This girl must be so much fun to hang around with. She meets with Miranda, and she doesn't smile really at all. She tells Blake that she hasn't perfected it... which is not what he asked for. Miranda advises her to cut loose and be sassy. AlyX interviews that she can fake having fun. Jermaine is super psyched, genuinely, to meet Kelly Clarkson. Adorable Kelly wishes she could have been on this show to go head to head against people ....so she could have quashed Justin Guarini early on, and saved herself the embarrassment of being in From Justin to Kelly with him. She loves Jermaine so much, that she'd like him to go on tour with her if this show doesn't work out. Blake advises that AlyX is a wild card... and might have some very calculated spontaneity planned.
Because AlyX lacks personality, and/or can't drive, Jermaine gets to do the product placement car with voicemail in it. He gets a call from his daughter, and just beams about it. AlyX would have been a sourpuss if she'd gotten the weekly Miranda Lambert message. AlyX is wearing a dress that she stole from Tracy Turnblad's closet, and this is not a girl that needs to be shopping at the Hefty Hideaway. Jermaine looks dapper and cool, even with a hat, which I normally disapprove of. He gets the audience clapping their hands, and gets his flirt on with Christina. AlyX does this odd vibrato thing on one note halfway through the song, which makes me dislike her even more than her ridiculously capitalized name. AlyX ends the song with, "Sometimes you've just got to say, 'What the hell.'" Saying it and doing it are two different things.