Despite an off night, J Rome is still the frontrunner
No more weird voting system, yay! But the camera angles were making me a little dizzy, especially when it followed host Quddus as he walked in front of the judges. The judges were also extra dry in their comments, with Robin offering actual depth to his comments in the end, when he probably realized he should stop talking about random stuff. And Kelly Clarkson is blonde! And Jennifer Nettles is pregnant! And John Legend ... well, he actually didn't get overshadowed by the other judges. Probably because he was the only one offering criticism that I agreed with.
Because of America's vote, there's no way of knowing how the judges rank the singers, so the performances below are listed from what I think were the best.
Jennifer Nettles and J Rome, "Without You"
John Legend commented that this was one of his weaker vocal performances. While I agree, that's only because his previous ones have been so fantastic. It's hard to maintain that consistency week after week, and no one can overtake him for the top spot. That's probably why he -- again -- ends the show.
Kelly Clarkson and Jason, "Mercy"
This was a good song choice for Jason, and I got a Bruno Mars vibe from him with his appearance and think any of his songs would be a good pick. It was a fun performance, although John Legend said Jason's dancing doesn't look like it's completely natural. As long as it looks like he's having fun, that's really all that matters.
John Legend and Bridget, "Halo"
She had a good performance, but I finally figured out what my issue is with her. She doesn't connect her words together when she sings, so it sounds choppy. But I'm starting to like her more as the weeks go on. She hit all her high notes, and Robin said she got better as the song went along.
Jennifer Nettles and John, "When You Say You Love Me"
What a long, drawn out, boring performance. Not a way to start off the night. I understand that this is a song that "fits" him, but I don't know how that will translate to an actual singing career. It sounded very lounge-y. John Legend called the performance "syrupy." Jennifer picked this song because it was John's audition song, and she loved it.
Robin Thicke and Olivia, "Need You Now"
I was excited for this performance while watching her intro video, but it fell flat. Kelly also noticed her pitch issues through the entire song. At first, I did think the song was perfect for her, but it was too low in the beginning, and it took awhile for her to settle into it. I like her though because her voice is unique but time is running out for her.