Love is in the air this week, and not just for Jes and Johnny. Everyone had to bear their souls (more on that later) to Ryan Tedder of One Republic fame in the love song challenge. (But did you know Ryan also wrote Halo for Beyonce? We didn't.) The final results produced some great chemistry due to Sonyae's selection of teams, but did lead to the most awkward elimination segment thus far in the competition.
Biggest Jump on the Sartorial Charts
Obviously this was a great week for Sonyae. Not only did she land the top spot in the Hook Challenge allowing her to select all the teams, but she also won the Elimination Challenge and received immunity. While all of these were great accomplishments, the thing we really can't get out of our heads (besides her catchy lyrics of course) is that outfit she wore for the Hook Challenge:
How cool was that shirt?! The whole ensemble was great, so kudos to Sonyae for her victories on all fronts this week.
No. 1 Love Story
Seeing those picture of Scotty and his boyfriend was cute, but didn't clinch him the top spot. This one may actually be a tie. On the one hand we have Nick's revelation that he thought he found the love of his life at sixteen and moved in with her only to have his heart broken. Hold on a sec, let's back up. Sixteen? How old was this girlfriend? Was she just his next door neighbor? Did they just "run away" together, stay at the local park until sundown, and then head home once they got hungry? Did she then break up with him for his poor planning of their grand escape/emancipation thus leaving him dateless for the junior prom? Clearly we have a lot of questions about this. However Melissa then chimes in with one of her odd lines, explaining that she's been on the prowl because she doesn't want to be forty and miss her "reproductive years." Why do we get the feeling that she leads with that every time she meets a potential suitor? Draw.
No. 1 Moment of Awkward Keyboard Usage
Was it just us, or was the image of Jes balancing that enormous keyboard on her tiny little legs while sitting in a gazebo super awkward? There were definitely stands for the keyboards when they panned to all the instruments. Why not make use of them? It seemed like if she had tried to play the keys on either end, the keyboard totally would have fallen over.
No. 1 Most Familiar Song Title
We're pretty sure this may be a stretch for you, but cast your minds back to 2003. Remember Stacie Oricco and her smash hit Stuck? No? OK fine, just us. But she proclaims that she's "stuck on you," which came to mind when Nick sang his hook Stuck on You. Very different songs, but we really couldn't let the chance to mention Stacie Oricco slip away.
Biggest Jump in Head Rocking
The judges seemed to really be feeling the songs this week, because there were some serious head motions happening. Jewel, Kara, and even Keith were all bobbing to the beats. While this provides us with a great deal of amusement, it does make it obvious when the judges are pleased or pissed. Kara in particular can't hide what she's feeling. So note to self, never play on Kara's poker team.
No. 1 Bizarre Transformation
So sweet, semi-eccentric Melissa must have taken a swig of some Jekyll and Hyde potion during this week's elimination. She was not having criticism from anybody, especially not Kara, who she warns not to "take an attitude" with her. (If she wanted to play hardball though, she really should have rethought those pig tails.) But seriously, where did that come from? How did she go from writing about nature and being dizzy to getting snappy with Kara DioGuardi? It was very off-putting. But you knew her fate was sealed when she kept dodging Jewel's question (which I think she asked maybe five times), "What line did you write?" Her survival tactic of being incredibly abrasive really didn't serve her well.
Next week we're putting the songwriters to the ultimate test -- busking! The question is, who would you give your money to if you saw them performing on the subway?