Hope you didn’t tune it late… cuz just 10 minutes into the show, they had finished the much-hyped “sing-off” and sent Latice Crawford packin’.
I was rather frustrated with the entire show last night. Not necessarily cuz of anything the contestants did, but because I just don’t think it was well done.
The show opened with Kirk announcing that the sing-off would begin immediately, and that the contestants would be singing “Jesus Loves Me,” with no rehearsal, no huge band– just vocals and an organ. Great. Lookin’ forward to it.
Latice Crawford came out first and did a great job, followed by Jessica and Y’Anna. I thought Latice seemed most comfortable and kinda gave a better vocal than Jessica and Y’Anna (though, don’t ever get me wrong– I looooooves me some Jessica and Y’Anna). In any event, right after they sang, the show moved into “results” mode and Latice was sent home.
What the world?! Even if the judges thought that Latice didn’t “win” the sing-off, it’s not like they went to a commercial break to actually DISCUSS who did win it… Clearly, a decision had already been made, which begs the question– why we gotta extend things for an entire week? All you really needed was to add 10 more minutes to the end of LAST week’s show to make your decision. Or, maybe there was more that we didn’t see and the editing was just THAT good…
In any event, I simmered down once Ricky Dillard & New G hit the stage to perform “Search Me, Lord” (from their latest release, 7th Episode, which is incredible). I was gonna be satisfied with just that, but you should’ve heard my GLEE when it flipped into a funky remix of his CLASSIC choir hit, “More Abundantly.” I think I kinda lost my mind for a minute. I’ve been a lifelong fan (shout-out to Chicago choirs!), so I was VERY pleased.
Then, Y’Anna took to the stage again, singing “The Battle Is The Lord’s.” It’s CLASSIC and she did a great job ministering. Jessica followed, with “I Won’t Complain,” and also did a phenomenal job ministering. I agreed with the judges– you could see when something flipped for her in the middle of the song, and the words started ministering to her first, THEN to us. Both ladies gave great performances.
Last season’s winner, Crystal Aikin, followed with a performance of her single, ”I Desire More.” It’s a great song, which she performs VERY well, in my opinion. I’ma need Brother Sound Man to give us a little more of her and a bit less of the music, though. Still, she really delivers that song and it was great to kinda have that full-circle moment with last year’s winner.
Y’Anna and Jessica capped off the evening with a duet of “Jesus Is Love.” Now, I said on Twitter last night (you followin’ me???) that I did not understand WHY someone chose that song out of aaaall the duets that could have been created. And the mediocre performance further illustrated my point. Just cuz Smokie Norful and Heather Headley recently turned it into a duet doesn’t make it work! The key seemed right for Y’Anna, not right for Jessica. And there wasn’t a whole lot for either of them to do (vocally) to demonstrate their artistry, so it just kinda came off like an awkward performance to me.
The show ended and we were reminded of how we can vote for our favorite contestant. Unfortunately, at NO POINT DURING ANY PORTION OF THE SHOW were we told WHEN voting would end. ARRRGH!
Fear not, readers… that’s what GospelPundit.com is here for:
You can vote until 12 noon PST on Saturday, May 9th. There are three ways to vote:
1. Click here to vote online.
2. Call toll-free: (877) 701-0141 for Jessica… (877) 701-0142 for Y’Anna.
3. Send a text to 70101 with the letter ‘A’ for Jessica… ‘B’ for Y’Anna. (Note: that’ll cost ya $0.49 per text in addition to any standard rates on your plan, so guess who’ll be doing the “online” and “toll-FREE” option?)
ALL IN ALL, as heavy-handed as this particular recap was, I have loved the entire season of this show. The vocalists were so good that it’s gonna be fair either way… and, if Latice had stayed, I woulda been absolutely fine with that, too.
Make sure you click here to read my EXCLUSIVE interviews with each of the three ladies, if you haven’t done so already. And make sure you head over to the new poll in the sidebar (>>>>>>>>>) to predict the winner of the show.
MY PREDICTION: I’ve always said that Jessica is my FAVORITE contestant, and she still is. I’ve also never taken anything away from Y’Anna, cuz she’s phenomenal too. I love both of these ladies as vocalists and I can see them as new artists. That said, if people vote the way I expect them to, Y’Anna Crawley will be crowned Sunday Best next week.
*opening the floodgates*