The next contestant, Cody Belew meeting Jennifer Hudson, is a great time on this show. Cody calls it "a moment" in his thick Southern accent, and Jennifer seems equally delighted by Cody. Cody chose "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce. Jennifer Hudson obviously adores Cody, and gave helpful feedback, too. I don't think Cody's crazy Mad Max top is going to help his votes, though.
I would like to see Cody sing this with Jennifer Hudson a little more, but he's fine on his own once the song gets going. Cody breaks it down for a fun dance break, channeling the defeated Domo, and that is perhaps the best part. Adam tells Cody he is awesome, and makes him laugh. Whatever that means. Blake says he's "confused in a good way," and wonders what Arkansas will think. Christina gives it an "oh hayyy," and I'm just happy this performance put everyone in a good mood.
Christina Milian talks some more at Melanie, Cody, and Terry, and Cody manages to have a little moment in spite of the desperate Milian Steamroller. "Cody how do I get my inner bambam back hahaha don't you love it Terry I do OK that's it."
Bryan Keith, who is on Team Adam, is singing Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" this week and I'm very happy about it. This is the first Bryan Keith song choice I approve of. I'm not sure why "America" hasn't grown bored of Bryan Keith yet, but this casual, plodding performance might just be the thing to do it. I get that he's "cool," but I don't like when you can tell performers are thinking about other things while they're singing. Before going to the coaches, Carson notes that this song is "timely" because of Hurricane Sandy. Buhh, Carson.
Blake says Bryan reminds him of Michael Buble, and Christina says you can tell the performance is heartfelt. Cee Lo likes Billy Joel. Adam also likes Billy Joel. We are in consensus -- Billy Joel is great.
Amanda Brown sings next, in a fabulous new weave. She openly acknowledges that "Spectrum" was not her best. This week, she's singing "Stars" by Grace Potter. Adam is right, this is a great choice for her. It's time for Amanda to narrow her focus a bit more. Amanda seems moved, and legitimately emotional by the end of the performance.