Dr. Jekyll and Melissa Hyde

Bravotv.com's Editors try and figure out where Angry Melissa came from.

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? 

Sonyae Elise: Platinum Hitmaker

Sonyae Elise nabbed the win for Platinum Hit. What's the songwriter up to now?

Bravotv.com: How did you feel when they told you won Platinum Hit?
I felt one step closer to my ultimate goal in life. I felt like I was making good progress. I was happy and grateful and surprised but kind of. . .surprised/not surprised because I was confident in myself all along. But definitely. . .I can't even describe it. It was pretty awesome.

Bravotv.com: The last challenge seemed like it was pretty tricky. You were given this open-ended idea: write the song of your life. What was it like going through that actual process?
I was actually excited because we were given everything I had hoped for in the finale -- because I don't play an instrument, a producer, time (more than four hours), so that was dope, and I was prepared to do or die. Go hard or go home. So I was just focused.

Bravotv.com: Throughout the competition, you were a little different from everyone because you didn't play an instrument. Did you feel like you had to work harder? Did you feel like people maybe underestimated you?
I definitely felt people underestimated me initially, but I worked hard, period, to gain their respect. I wasn't too worried about that. I knew there would come a time if I was given the opportunity to stay, week by week, that my competitors would see my worth, and I was glad, (finally, I don't know what happened) but they started respecting what I do. Everybody plays an instrument, but I can work Pro Tools really well, so aside from having my voice as an instrument, that was also an asset in many of the challenges.

And also, I think that everybody has strengths and weakness, and I think that because I don't play an instrument, I build a strong foundation of lyric and concepts -- and melody as well, because I sing. My lyric and concepts are what I'm known for from this show. I think that were people like Scotty and Brian who were really good at melody because they play instruments, but they kind of lacked what I was strong at, and vice-versa. So, we made a really good team. I think that after a while, people saw that. So, it's cool, you know, you could doubt me in the beginning. See what happens. [Laughter] Bravotv.com: Over the course of the show, what were some of the challenges that surprised you, or that you thought were maybe the most difficult?
Well, everything was a surprise because we didn't know anything. It was all one big surprise for me. The amount of time we had, the fact that we had to work -- I didn't know what the hell I was getting myself into. Having to cowrite with people you don't know from a can of paint and then having to maintain a level of personal respect for each other just because you have to write with each other. When some people want to be rude, and some people get under your skin, and might be annoying, and you kind have to keep it cool because you have to work with these individuals. What surprised me the most was every challenge that they gave was one big f--king surprise. [Laughter] To tell you the truth.

Bravotv.com: What was your favorite challenge?
The love challenge and the rap challenge were probably my favorites. The love challenge is second nature to me. Being a woman and being emotional, just to be able to express myself is so easy. Music is my therapy, so that was a piece of cake. The rap challenge [I liked] because I was just excited to be able to show the contestants and the judges my other gift -- that I can rap. And I like that song, "Miss Make The Boys Cry." 

Bravotv.com: What you would you say was your favorite song that you got a chance to work on during the show?
"Stranger to Love."

Bravotv.com: So, on the other side of the coin, what was your least favorite challenge?
Well, my least favorite week would have to be the first week. I don't know if that would be my least favorite challenge, because I won the first hook challenge, but, it didn't turn out well. It was my least favorite week because I didn't know anybody, and I didn't know how to strategically pick my group so that I could come up with a better end result. That would have to be my least favorite week just because I was like a deer caught in headlights. I didn't have time to adjust first week, but after that I was a little bit more able to gauge what the hell I need to do to get to the next level of the competition. So, the first week was my least favorite week, by far. Hated it.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of the judges over the course of the season? Do you feel like you learned a lot from Kara and Jewel?
Yes. Kara and Jewel are amazing. They helped all of us grow and learn -- I don't think one person would disagree. I love Kara. She's probably my favorite. Because I think we share that kind of. . . you know, she gives the tough love thing, and I think that works best for me. She's the kind of person I am. We definitely identified with each other, someway, somehow. Jewel is a sweetheart. She's a hottie. What did I learn [from her]? I learned a few fashion tips, and some really good stuff in songwriting, I guess.

Bravotv.com: You said that Kara gave you some tough love. Was it ever too tough?
No. I'm not easily offended, and I have really tough skin. I knew that if I took in what they were giving us, took in the lessons without being super-sensitive and offended by them, I knew that I would go far.

You know, in any competition, in life, you have to take the lesson, and make sure you keep a sense of who you are and don't let everything be altered. But also, put stuff in your archive, and as you're building your building of life, take out the tools that you need as you go along. But you have to keep your sense of self. Keep whatever design you wanted for your building, but attack it accordingly with the tools you gained on the way. . .I know I'm being super-metaphorical, it's because I'm a songwriter. [Laughter] I can't help it! Basically, I just love Kara. She was my fave. She would come over when the cameras weren't rolling and say little smart s--t, I just love her. She's sarcastic and fun.

Bravotv.com: It seems like you guys managed to get in a bit of fun amongst everything. Did you have fun with the other contestants?
I had fun with everybody, yes, because I really don't pay people any mind. The one person everyone didn't get along with was Nick, of course. But you know, I really don't give a f--k, because, at the end of the day, you have to be cordial and be able to make a good song. And I think Nick and I proved that no matter what the status of our friendship, or lack thereof, we were able to make a song, and a damn good one.

I do think chemistry is important if you want to continuously make hits though. With Scotty and Brian, our chemistry is we're good friends outside of the competition. Me and Nick went through a lot of stuff. He was really, really disrespectful so. . .I could be around him, and he's apologized and stuff, but it doesn't really matter to me. It is what it is. Nobody got along with him, and I don't not like him, but I don't particularly love him. We're good though. He definitely apologized and whatever. But he definitely apologized when he thought it was helpful to him. So, you know, that's another story. Not to dwell on it.

Who would be my least favorite though? I think my least favorite person -- even though me and Nick didn't get along -- I think Amber is my least favorite person, and my favorite person is Scotty. [Laughter] If you wanted some juice.

Bravotv.com: We always want juice. What song that somebody else wrote was your favorite?
"Betting My Life," with Johnny and Brian is definitely my favorite that I didn't have anything to do with.

Bravotv.com: So what have you been up to since the show ended? Well, I just released my second mixtape, "Lady Rebel Vol. 2." It's on my website, Sonyaeelise.com. It's super-dope, and I'm getting a lot of great feedback from already established artists, huge DJs. It's getting played in clubs. I've been getting tweets about it, that my song's playing in clubs, and I think it got some radio spins. A lot of stuff is starting to trickle down. I think with a lot of help from the show. People started to pay attention to what I was doing and started to listen accordingly.

It taught me a lot, the show. If you go listen to my first mixtape, and you listen to this one, it's tremendous growth, so that's a good thing. What else have I been doing? Shows, recordings, definitely trying to get myself prepared for, you know, what happened, and, just recording, trying to come up with one of those classic, timeless albums and establish myself in the music industry, then go into movies. You know the story. I wanna do it all. Be filthy rich and happy and married and. . .happy, when it's all done.

Bravotv.com: Awesome. Well, can I ask what you're listening to right now?
Hmm, what am I banging'? Linda Jones, always. I listen to that girl all the time. She never gets old. Kendrick Lamar, this new guy -- he's super-dope. Stacy Barthe, this girl who's been my friend for two years, and she's an amazing singer/songwriter. She has written for everybody from like, Rihanna to Beyonce, but now she's doing her own stuff, and she's hustling. A lot of jazz. Oh! Oh, and one more person! Rahman Apollo! I definitely listen to him all the time. How could I forget him? That's like my favorite!

Bravotv.com: So what advice do you have for other songwriters coming up?
I advise them to be aware of their weaknesses, as well as their strength. It's really important to know your strengths -- not only your weaknesses, but your strengths. If you don't know what you're strong at, you don't know what you need to work on, it just all goes hand in hand.

And be real with yourself: from knowing whether or not a song is hot, or whether your hot, and you need to keep your day job. Definitely that. That would be my advice.

Bravotv.com: Anything else you want to share? Any other big news?
Make sure you let everyone know how bad I want them to check out my new mixtape.

Bravotv.com: Well Congratulations! This is going to be good for you!
No, I think it's going be excellent! Excellent.