So finally in the opening of the show, they explain the rules and how eliminations will happen. Am I crazy that I like to know that information up front? Anyway, there will be no eliminations again this week, which I guess makes sense, because you want people to get a chance to know the contestants a little bit. And then next week, the bottom two will have an a capella battle to determine who goes home. And then in a few more weeks, America gets to vote. This seems like a sad hodgepodge of how reality shows usually work; I’m surprised this show isn’t on NBC.
Wait, are they really opening with a duet between Kelly Clarkson and Robin Thicke of “State of Shock”? Does anyone besides me remember this song? It was a duet between Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger? Anyone? I actually remember this song because back when people used to listen to the radio, and my brother and I were pre- or early- teens stuck at home listening to the Hot Eight at Eight or whatever, we called in and he got to introduce this song on the radio. And we recorded it on our cassette recorder. We thought we were totally famous. I wish I still had that tape. Not that I have a tape player that I could play it on anymore.
Anyway, this week’s theme is Classic Duets. I would like to state for the record that I want to hear “Islands in the Stream,” “Leather and Lace,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and “It’s Only Love.” Thank you.
The host is still named Quddus. They start the show with a recap of last week’s show, which you either watched or you read the weecap from last week, so let’s move on. This week, John Legend will be singing with Bridget Carrington first. Her name does not fit her image, at all. He realizes that the verses were a little low for her, but this week, he thinks they’ve found the right key. And they’re singing “Knew You Were Waiting” by Aretha Franklin and George Michael. How in the **** did those two end up singing together, by the way?
Bridget comes out singing first, and then John joins her. He sounds fantastic. She sounds nervous. When they sing together, he’s overpowering her a little, but their harmonies work. She needs to cut it with the embellishment on the notes. Her voice and tone are pretty; she doesn’t need the extra notes. She has a pretty decent stage presence and performance but they don’t have a ton of chemistry together. I guess I just want her to be better than she is.