So, I finally got a chance to watch last night’s episode…and…I cracked up! Is it just me or was this episode extra hilarious? Let’s get into it shall we?
Now I’m all for a new “arrangement” or “interpretation” of a classic hymn, but one thing I noticed as a judge in DC and overall is that folks hide behind their arrangements when in reality, they just can’t sing the melody. The woman who opened the show I’m thinking fell into that category. I won’t discuss the unicycle.
Y’Anna Crawley, I have absolutely nothing to say to your ridiculously singing self! Jesus! I just felt the “whoosh.” (That’s the moment RIGHT BEFORE you get up out your seat to run, shout, speak in tongues, fall out or any combo thereof.)
John McClure was one of the more refreshing male voices I got to hear in the audition process. I was a judge in 2 of the rooms he auditioned in and I voted to push him through each time. I’ll tell you why. John (and a few others) guys in DC really impressed me with their ability to…..can I be direct? With their ability to sound like guys. Stop pretending you don’t know what I’m talking about, but for a while now in music in general, it’s been a little rough for dudes with lower or more masculine voices. If you had no really high notes, we’d say you were “alright” or “had no range” and be over it. Well in DC, it was refreshing to see guys who sounded like guys who made you pay attention and appreciate them. I was not mad!
Torrence loves the kids, so I’m going to be real careful about what I say here. Whoever is that 11 year old boy’s choir director, is going to have to teach that young man the difference between his “choir voice” and his “solo voice.” That vibrato was a little much, but hey, he was 11. He has all the time in the world to learn, now for adults with the same problem? Not sure what to tell ya.
I’ll admit, I was a little wary of Sharon Gomez when she walked into that judging room with her bible? I was afraid she might try and preach and be “deep.” But her voice was soft and beautiful. (Isn’t that a perm or something?) If Sunday Best doesn’t work out for her, I’d love to hear her do an album of gospel lullabyes. (Hush!)
Clifton Ross, I LIKED YOUR SWEATER! Aside from that though, Clifton could really sing. I can’t wait to hear what he does in the competition. I got to hear him sing a few times throughout the DC audition process, and he’s really got a voice on him. Don’t sleep!
Remember Danetra? She auditioned in all 3 cities and still didn’t make it? I got a feeling you’re going to see her again really soon. And I personally thought she was really good too.
As I watched the show and as I write this blog, it really started to hit me how difficult Mary Mary and Bebe’s jobs are. You only have 20 slots to fill but so many people who can really blow. I think we all agree some really good singers got cut. Bridgette Campbell-Croft auditioned in the online casting, Atlanta, and DC. This woman SINGS! She’s another contestant who came through one of my audition rooms in DC. She really blew us away.
I have no words for that “lady” in the track jacket who attempted to bark “My Life Is In Your Hands” while Kirk sat in pure Blair Witch fear. Kirk, I would have helped you if I could have! ha! She actually auditioned in one of my judging rooms as well. Stephen Hurd, Maurette Brown-Clark and I have an inside joke on this one and we’re going to keep it that way! Hehehe.
Luther Griffin’s was one of those auditions that leave you shaking your head. Not because it’s necessarily bad, but because something just doesn’t seem “right.” He almost sounds like a cartoon character of some kind. I just expected a different voice to come out of him….and one did!
Now I’m going to rant for just a sec. Bear with me. There was a young man who auditioned in DC named Byron Nichols whom they showed for just a few seconds and was called a “one note blunder.” Do not be tricked folks! That dude can SING! Do you hear me? I mean REALLY sing in that “I could be a vocal coach” kind of way. Maybe his nerves got to him on that one note they showed but hear me when I tell you, that brother is sick with it. (Yeah, I was one of his preliminary judges too!)
Guitar boy? If you can’t play it, don’t bring it.
I’m almost done, but I have to give a special mention to Jessica Reedy, the contestant who closed the show. She, in one day’s time, became one of my favorite singers. Period. Everytime she opened her mouth, she brought me to tears, literally. (Folks were laughing at me and I didn’t currrrrrrr!) She is not one to miss. TRUST ME!
Well, that’s it and I’m out. Check back tomorrow for my guest blogger, Vashawn Mitchell to weigh in with his 3 cents on Sunday’s episode and make sure to listen to Praise 100.9FM tomorrow to hear me recap the show with Melanie Clark @ 1 p.m. (ET).