Jewel

Jewel discusses how pride comes before the fall and what she learned watching the Nick/Johnny co-write unfold.

on Jul 15, 2011

Hello,

If you have not heard, I'm in baby heaven! My husband and I welcomed our first child into the world this last Monday, and we are over the moon excited!

I found out I was pregnant at the beginning of Platinum Hit, and it felt like it took forever for him to come! It will be fun one day to show him these episodes and be able to tell him he was in my tummy.

But -- I suppose I better get to the business at hand. . .this week’s show was a doozy! (Yes, I just used the word doozy.)

When it comes to our latest episode, the word of the day is:

Hubris: extreme haughtiness, pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power.

Hubris has been rearing its ugly head as some front-runners have been quite comfortable labeling other writers as less than or inferior to them. Scotty obviously looks down on Jes but was still able to make the session work. My advice to Scotty is everyone has a strength and a co-write can only benefit from seeing the best in your co-writer and bringing it out while being realistic about their weaknesses and trying to compensate for them. And you can hope the co-writer does the same for you. Sonyae, who is quite talented as a lyricist, does not seem to let her opinion of herself get in the way of collaborating. She and Brian come from different angles, but they are able to meet in the middle. Nick and Johnny were a mess.

What a crazy episode this was. Johnny is the LAST person I thought we would be sending home. But more on that later. . .

As judges, we are not privy to what goes on behind the scenes. All I see is what happens when I am giving challenges or sitting in the judging chair. I enjoyed watching this episode on TV because I got to see our contestants actually pitch songs in a real, professional environment. None of the co-writes for hooks were that productive, but two teams -- Scotty and Jes, and Sonyae and Brian -- were able to improvise and work with what they had and flip it into what was asked of them on the spot. Lots of respect to everyone for that.

Johnny was lucky he got to pitch first, and he was lucky that what he wrote naturally kind of worked for the surprise guest Gavin DeGraw. As I watched the show I, like Nick, thought I’d get to hear a Nick hook, but it was not in the cards, and so we will never know if what Nick wrote was any good or better than Johnny’s.