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I applaud Amber's willingness to jump in. The "canopy bed" line was kitschy and funny, and she totally "went there" with Jackie. The problem was where they went was further down a very narrow lane, in the wrong direction.
This was my least favorite judging session so far. Watching it I kind of cringed listening to myself! I was hard on Jackie because it's the third or fourth time I have seen her come up with a decent starting idea, and then fail to make it into a great idea once she won the hook challenge. I'm a fan of hers, and I really want to see her push herself to the next level. She needs to get her head in the game and realize just because she won the hook challenge doesn't mean she gets to be the boss of the song and dictate where it goes in the writing session. She doesn't know everything. If she did, she wouldn't be on our show; she would already be a hit writer. She really needs to listen more to her co-writers because she does not yet have all the skills necessary to deliver a stand out mainstream song on her own.
It was interesting to watch this episode for me because apparently her fellow contestants feel the same way. It came to a head that they feel she steam rolls them in sessions and doesn't listen to their ideas, and this dynamic works against Jackie. She keeps ending up in the bottom. And sadly, this week Amber paid the price. Had Amber been picked by another team, she would probably still be on the show. I hate seeing that. But we have to judge based on who the weakest link in the group was, and since Jackie at least came up with the winning hook to begin with, Brian did the track, and the worst lines were written by Amber, it was just an unfortunate set of circumstances. I really like Amber and wish she found an opportunity to show us and her teammates what she had. We never got to see her as a writer or what she's capable of, but I hope to see it in the future. It broke my heart to see her leave in tears. She is a lovely, talented girl, and I'm sure this is not the last we have seen of her!
Until next week,
Although the judges may not always pick my favorite hooks from the hook challenge, I can usually see why their choices have potential. To me, Jackie's hook was more of a spoof on the hook challenge itself, to the tune of Weird Al Yankovic, than a witty/smartass rap that might've been penned by Luda or Missy. I really don't think it had the potential to be more, and the other songwriters knew it when they hoped not to be on her team. That said, I'm sure this episode was hard to judge, being that only one contestant really had rap experience. It's too bad we haven't seen Sonyae and Jackie work together - if they could put egos aside, Jackie's skill for recognizable structure would marry well with Sonyae's relatable lyrics.
re: Sonyae picking Melissa over Amber. I'm guessing that she was focusing on how she lost when she was writing with Amber for "Love it or Hate It'...and won with Melissa in "Paint this Club".