June 07, 2012 07:03 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Tonight’s episode of Duets is a suspenseful one, with one contestant facing the awful fate of being axed from the show. Contestants also get teary-eyed for a completely different reason: they have been ordered to perform songs that they find meaningful. Read on for the highlight’s of Duets’ first elimination round.
The very first elimination episode of new singing competition Duets starts with a hot rendition of I’ve Got The Music In Me, performed by Jennifer Nettles and John Legend. Let’s hope that later performances aren’t a letdown after this display of talent.
The big task for the singers tonight? As host Quddus puts it, honoring “the artists and songs that have come before them.” At the same time, they really need to make an impression so as not to be sent home.
The choice for Alexis Foster and Robin Thicke? Killing Me Softly. The practice session is a tad bit awkward; Robin strokes Alexis cheek but Alexis looks unbelievably uncomfortable. Kelly Clarkson obviously catches that same vibe when Robin and Alex perform, telling Alexis that her constant gazing at Robin comes across as “awkward.”
John Glosson selects How Great Thou Art, an excellent choice given that the day of the performance also happens to be the anniversary of John’s brother’s death from leukemia. Jennifer finds John’s story touching, commenting, “even in the worst times, there is grace in sorrow.” John’s performance certainly lives up to his touching story. John Legend explains that, although he’s heard the song several times in church, he finds John and Jennifer’s version simply “gorgeous.”
Jordan Meredith is having a hard time. Last week’s performance left much to be desired and now Jordan’s worried about being sent home. She’s burned all her bridges, having quit school and two jobs, so, in her mind, being eliminated is not an option. Mentor Kelly Clarkson can relate, as she really struggled before hitting it big Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert. By the time the big performance comes around, it’s clear that Jordan has been working on showmanship. Robin obviously likes it, bringing out a bit of a creepy vibe when he tells Jordan, “you’re lucky I’m taken.”
Chart-topper (and mysterious Johnny Gray replacement) Meleana Brown has a tall order this week: stay on top of the heap. Meleana decides to do a reprisal of her initial audition piece If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys. Jennifer Nettles fawns over Meleana’s, telling her that she comes across as a “seasoned performance.” Last week, Robin had compared Meleana to a sandwich, but this week, he says he’s “in the mood for a little dessert.” Unfortunately, though, Meleana is not able to hang onto that top spot. she drops to third place, putting Jordan solidly in the safe category.
Olivia Chisolm suffers from a lack of confidence, so Robin chooses Beyonce’s Crazy In Love, a song that will force her to “come out of her shell.” Kelly Clarkson loves it, telling Olivia, “I can’t wait to hear your album.” John isn’t as impressed by the vocals as the other jobs, but he is a big fan of Olivia’s legs. Olivia lands at number four and Meleana is now safe.
J Rome dedicates this week’s performance to his recently deceased grandpa. The last time he visited his grandpa, the two sang Amazing Grace together. J rome honors his grandpa by offering up a very emotional rendition of Michael Bolton’s How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, bringing tears to the judges’ eyes. Given the clear enthusiasm displayed by the judges, it’s really not surprising when J Rome lands on the top of the chart.
Having hidden in a car to avoid letting his parents hear that he’s not planning on pursuing an academic career, Jason Farol is really worried about letting his family know about his passion. These fears are eased a bit when Jason practices Hallelujah in front of his dad. Bolstered by new-found family support, Jason goes on to sing Hallelujah on stage with Kelly Clarkson. Robin thinks it’s lovely and can relate to Jason’s fears, admitting that his dad wanted him to be a dentist.
Bridget Carrington and John Legend groove out on stage to the classic hit I Heard It Through The Grape Vine. They look like they’re really having a good time. The judges enjoy the performance and Jennifer makes a point of commenting on Bridget’s “attitude.” Bridget gets fourth place, which means that Jason Farol and Alexis Foster get take part in the very first solo show-down.
Both Jason and Alexis approach the a capella face-off with plenty of bravado. But one must go home and the judges decide that it’s the end of the road for Alexis. It’s a bummer to see such a talented singer go, but her awkward pairing with Robin Thicke won’t be missed.
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