I seriously thought about not posting again this week because it's been a pretty emotionally draining week at work and today has been pretty hard as well. It's like the Samford universe said, "Hey! Katie's about to bounce outta this mug, so we need to hit her hard with some crazy happ'nins before she wises up."
(Yes, I'm leaving Samford. Birmingham, in fact. June 3, peeps. But that's a whole different post for another day.)
It's hometown week, y'all. I don't know about everyone else but I'm kinda excited to see where Scotty comes from.
And also, I'm calling it now. An all-country final. I'll pay you all 38 cents if it doesn't happen.
Amazed - Scotty just keeps getting better and better. (You see what I did there? Hint: song lyrics.) This was probably THE most honest performance that Scotty has given. There wasn't an ounce of cheese in that performance and I'm pretty sure he kept the mic upright instead of turning it sideways. Progress, people. But seriously, all kidding aside. Scotty has become one of my favorites. And that's saying a lot coming from an anti-country person. (I mean, seriously. I picked an all-country final. Wha???) He was pitch perfect and he's got what, two more performances left?
P.S. He looks exactly like his momma.
Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not? - Y'all, I'm running out of ways to say that I love Scotty. I've heard this song twice. Both times I was in my friend Hollie's office. She has her TV on CMT in the morning and ESPN in the afternoon. And I really do like this song. It was great for Scotty and I love that he pulled out the guitar for this one. I'm thinking right now that Scotty is gonna be the one to beat. However, I might eat my words since there's two more performances and a whole 'nother round to go.
Well, as if luck would have it, my DVR cut off after an hour and a half and only caught it 10 minutes later, so I missed Scotty's entire third song. Pretty bummed about that. So it's up to y'all to let me know how he did.
Wild One - Lauren has hit her stride. I don't know that she's going to do anything particularly bad from now on. She's so like-able and cute and she looked like she was having fun up there tonight. I really can't say anything bad about her performance besides the fact that she looked like she was the musical guest for this week's episode of "Hee-Haw" with those earrings.
If I Die Young - I actually like this song too. Maybe living in Alabama has had a little impact on my anti-country perspective. She did a great job with it too. I'm pretty sure she had a little flub coming out of the bridge at the modulation point but she covered it well. It's crazy how before she hits the stage she just seems so young and immature and innocent, and then the music starts and she's a completely different person. She's great and she will do great things.
I Hope You Dance - Great. Fantastic. Blah blah blah. Y'all, you can only say she's good in so many words.
What It Is And What Will Never Be - Loved that her dad got to play in the band for her performance. That's pretty dang awesome. And I loved how she bounced back from the fall. I knew someone was going to do that this season. I just didn't know who it was going to be. Haley has really grasped the directions that the judges have been giving her with her song selection. I think, starting with Bennie and the Jets several weeks ago, she really has picked one great song after another that really fits her voice, in my opinion. This week, even though it wasn't really a well-known song, she pretty much killed it.
P.S. I'd love to see her dad go on the road with her when her career takes off.
Rhiannon - Hailey's so original that I'm really running out of things to say about her too. She's also very vintage and I love that about her. It was interesting to see her just stay in one place and sing. I thought it might get a little boring but her voice and the way she feels the music is so captivating that it kept my attention the whole time.
You Outta Know - Gotta admit. I wasn't really paying attention. I got distracted by text message. Sue me. Sounded great though.
I lost interest toward the end but I'm keeping to my prediction. Scotty and Lauren in the final.
Put your 38 cents where your mouth is.