The end result of Jes' song was very pretty and very nice to listen to - if it came from a singer-songwriter. But this is not a singer-songwriter competition. We are not judging the writers on what kind of artists they would be, and this is something our new judge Keith Naftaly pointed out.
Keith is a top A&R man, and he knows his stuff. He is the man who is pitched hundreds of songs to get cut for Jennifer Lopez or Britney Spears. He needs hits -- real hits. So a cool, vibey song like Jes' that we all loved, came in second because we really want to get it through their heads that we need hits to pitch to other artists who do not write for themselves.
I loved when Keith came on as a permanent judge to the show. He is smart and knows his stuff, and I know you will fall in love with him like Kara and I did over the season.
All the contestants have a way to go, but I think they are all well on their way.
Talk to you after the next episode,
Love this show, what a fresh and original idea! All of these competitors are so talented and as someone who loves singing and music, I am truly inspired. Also enjoy you guys on the panel, refreshing to finally have a true music show.
So far I've seen all 3 episodes and I like the show. I hardly ever watch Bravo to be quite honest, and after reading about it in the paper, I couldn't wait for its debut. I wasn't expecting to see so much team writing, and I hope it doesn't continue. To me, the best thing about music is not only the vast variety of it, but the way it can inspire, move, motivate, and relate to the listener. Music IS what brought, and continues to bring generations and cultures together. Who doesn't have a song in their heart or on their minds most of the time. Music changed the World. But, as someone who writes lyrics, I want to see the contestants express themselves by writing the types of music that is in them to do. I don't see how it helps them, the show, or we the viewers to have them write the type of music that is not their natural style. I mean, I DO understand getting them out of any "comfort zones", but in the end they will only end up writing the kind of music that they like best anyway. I think what I am waiting to see is, is this show more geared for just pop music, or will it be opened to change towards the flow of the strengths of the finalist, whoever they may be. Either way, I intend to watch Platinum Hit through to its conclusion. I'm a fan of good songwriting, and I like the format of the show overall. See you next week.