Torrence’s Take On Sunday Best Episode 6Published by Torrence Glenn on Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 9:05 pm.
From 5, to 6, to 4. Part of the reason I got into the entertainment business is because I wasn’t the greatest Math student, but these numbers just aren’t adding up! Bringing back 1 to kick off 2? Just wrong… Oh well.
First up, the Design Essentials makeover and a cell phone. Really? Ummm, ok.
So Zebulon Ellis is the wildcard pick? I get that. I kind of wanted it to be Clifton Ross, but I can understand and agree with Zebulon getting the nod also. Although i wasn’t blown away by his performance last week, I’m more than aware that he’s a GREAT singer. And guess what? He showed and proved with that Donny Hathaway cover this week! Now I’d usually say that 90% of good singers can’t and shouldn’t ever attempt to sing “A Song For You” but Zebulon absolutely killed that song. He showed us all his “vocal” personalities! Awesome.
I’m glad we FINALLY got to see Donald Lawrence. He’s been mentoring all the contestants and helping them with their arrangements and performances all along. He may not be a “singer” like that but he is a sick producer and musical director and always brings out the best in singers. I’m also glad that now that we have fewer contestants, they have a little more time to work their songs out.
Ok, back to the performances. Jessica Reedy? OMG! I had to pick myself up off of the floor when she was done. I can’t find a thing wrong with it. In this episode, she crossed over from singer to ARTIST. (And folks, there is a difference!) Still my favorite from day one. As far as her “makeover?” I think the hair was too much, she’s a pretty girl and didn’t need all that. I’m just sayin’…
John McClure sang a song I didn’t recognize. The judges said it was a Fred Hammond song, so I’m going to go with that. It was absolutely beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but I kind of wanted the song to go somewhere else and it didn’t. But like I said, I don’t know the song, so maybe I was looking for something that I shouldn’t have.
Latice Crawford gets a standing ovation from me. (Yes, I got up in my living room, don’t laugh.) Why? Not because it was her best performance, because it wasn’t. But she worked that song out, hoarse and all! There are artists on the radio and on YOUR ipod right now who can’t deliver through hoarseness and SHE DID! I don’t wear hats, but if I had one, I’d take it off to her.
Dontavies Boatright showed out with the popular praise and worship song “How Great Is Our God.” Those that know me know that I “feel some kind of way” about the whole praise and worship “genre” thing. But if more praise and worship artists sounded like Dontavies, I’d perhaps feel a lot differently. That’s how it should be done. It was powerful and sweet all at the same time. Did you hear those swells? Dontavies, how much do you charge for lessons, so many singers could learn from you!
I almost choked on my chicken fingers when Y’Anna Crawley walked out. John Mayer? “Waiting on the world to change?” Really??? Thank GOD the woman can sing anything, because that was almost a set up. Her voice is so much better than that song, but because she’s also an ARTIST, she worked it out. Was it our favorite performance from her? Nah, but she still did an excellent job. She also showed us some other sides to her. She showed us she could tone it down and just sing pure and low. I mentioned last week that when listening to a new artist, I always ask “can I do a whole CD of this?” Y’Anna’s performance would cause me to say “ABSOLUTELY.” You can’t holla and squalla for 12 songs straight in the studio. Y’Anna, you still amaze me.
Ann Nesby as tonight’s guest performance was good. I LOVE that song, “I Found A Place.” Tonex produced it and it just bumps.
So when it was all said and done, Dontavies and John were sent home. I was really hoping that the judges would only send one person home. Sure, they’re both GREAT, but I do admit, that one person for me probably would have been John, but I would have really appreciated at least another week of Dontavies.
But with that said, this is the part of the competition where EVERYBODY is good, so no matter who goes home, it’ll be someone good. So although when I started typing this blog I had a bit of an attitude, the more I think about it, I can’t be so mad. Somebody’s got to go.
So the final four are:
1. Zebulon Ellis
2. Latice Crawford
3. Y’Anna Crawley
4. Jessica Reedy
I know this, the judges had BETTER NOT send 2 people home anymore, or I’m going to have an attitude again! Ha!
What do y’all think?