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.
It seems to me that in previous weeks there was consideration for track record of those who were let go each week, so I was very disappointed that the judges made the choice they did. As a songwriter myself, I would not work with the Nick I have seen on Platinum Hit (even though he has some good ideas) and I would totally work with Johnny, even after seeing some flaws in this episode. Sorry judges, this week YOU were a "miss."
Sorry worst episode ever. You kicked out a very likable and talented guy. Nick should have been kicked out a long time ago. You guys made a big booboo. No reason to watch anymore
I totally agree with the judges decision. I kept wishing that they were able to see behind the scenes to know what really went on during the session. Johnny has written one of the best songs of the competition, but it didn't come in this episode. And he did himself no favors by completely shutting Nick out. I'm really not a fan of Nick's, but if Johnny's going to continue to mock his one-track style, Johnny needs to quit sounding like a John Mayer impersonator himself.
I wondered if Nick wasn't kept around because he was 'good tv". Every story needs an antagonist and Nick seemed to revel in that role. There most certainly will continue to conflict/drama with Nick remaining. I had really enjoyed Johnny and found his lyrics and melodies easy to connect with - that said - they BOTH behaved badly and let their egos get in the way of the task at hand. In the real world we all have to work with people we don't necessarily like - finding a way to do that is part of growing up - it seems to me both Nick and Johnny have some growing up to do. A tough life lesson - yes - but maybe good song material?? : )
Completely agree with your analysis -- after Johnny's disgusting behavior, he needed to go. Nick, hopefully will mellow -- he definitely has talent but has allowed his arrogance (based in fear) undermine his performance.
Jewel, I love ya and all but this was a terrible decision. You kicked off Johnny for shutting Nick out but don't you remember Johnny used Nick's bridge and some other lines (the judges even pointed these out to say they didn't like them)? Where was the footage of Johnny and Nick working on those together? Oh, yeah, it wouldn't have made Johnny look like a butthead so it was edited it out. It also kinda sucks that people who consistently act like jerks can eventually get away with it (Nick) but when a "nice" guy or girl comes across as rude people act like they clubbed a seal. No matter how "pro" you are, anybody could have snapped after having to deal with someone like Nick for so long. We're both songwriters so we know how difficult it is trying to do something creative when you're in a bad mood. It ain't easy. Nick did seem to want to work together but it's easier to be a pain in the butt and then try to play nice than it is to forgive and forget how that person has consistently acted. Nick's insecurity aside, it was most likely his toxic aura that was to blame for the song's failure not Johnny's supposed arrogance.
That said, congrats on the baby! Parenthood is awesome. I've been all over the world and had a lot of amazing experiences but my little girl makes me feel like I've won the lottery 10 times in row :-D
Jewel: While I adore Johnny, I have to agree with you that he behaved very badly this episode and treated Nick disrespectfully. The competition is clearly not just about measuring your songwriting talent, it's also about collaboration and cooperation. Despite Nick's sour attitude, he has always shown a willingness to put ego aside and work hard. I know Johnny will be a success in the future, but he has a lot to learn about people. Empathy is important in life and songwriting. Congrats on the new baby, Jewel.
Mistake. Nick should have been let go long ago. I honestly don't understand what the judges see. All of his "hooks" sound the same. Screaming, barely distinguishable words, to some abused guitar melody I would never listen to.
I think its also pretty easy to edit to make someone look better than someone else. Unless we saw the whole un-edited session, we can't say that this is totally on Johnny.
Mistake that was probably done for the ratings his antagonistic personality brings. He won't win it all, but people will watch to make sure that their personal feelings are validated that he doesn't.
The most shocking and disappointing part of the episode was NOT Johnny's elimination, but the fact that you all as judges did nothing to put Nick in his place for his horrendous behavior in front of the judging panel. He referred to another contestant as a "piece of $hit" then blew that obnoxious kiss to Johnny as he ran out. By saying nothing to him regarding his behavior, you only reinforced his poor behavior.
Even though I watch nearly every show Bravo offers I didn't think I would like this one because I'm not an American Idol, etc fan but I have to say I really like the show. Last show would have been a tough call without seeing the footage but I think your blog encapsulates perfectly every aspect of the situation from Nick's insecurities to Johnny's hubris. Johnny will learn a lot watching this in retrospect and he is, i think, the perfect type to learn from it. I can't say I wouldn't have been a bit harsher than normal too with someone like Nick nipping negative all the time, but in the session Johnny was just unprofessional and it was the right call. Thanks for making this show at the level of TopChef as compared to other cooking competitions.
So what you are saying is that if Johnny, did as nnick did and just provided nothing he would of had a better chance. Nick walked out of the session before it was complete, he was not shut out. Can't wait to see Nick tell a famous singer they don't know what they are doing and for the writers of this show to have to pay him $100K and give him a contract that he will never be able to fullfill.
Nick is a gobbadouche !
Hi Jewel, Congratulations on the birth of your baby! What a wonderful time for you and your husband and may God Bless you and your new bundle of joy!
Thanks for sharing your insights into how the judging process went down. If we look at the contestants remaining there does seem to be something missing with Johnny gone. But I have to agree with you Jewel, Johnny's behavior was abhorrent. It took a lot of guts for Nick to say he wouldn't perform. I am no great fan of Nicks but in this instance I think, sadly, the right person was sent home based on the performance for this week.
Jewel. You hit it right on the head. As unlikeable as Nick is, he was trying to work with Johnny but Johnny didn't have any real interest in working with him. I think they would have escaped the bottom if they could have worked together. You unfortunately got the elimination right.
Johnny did not want to work with Nick and he let it be known early on. As big of a jerk as Nick is, he put the effort in at the beginning and just couldn't bear to be shut out and take the fall for a song he wasn't going to be able to contribute to. Unfortunately, you got the elimination right. Nick is still a jerk though. I think you have it right concerning his insecurities.
well i completely agree! Nick may be a jerk but he has a track record of being easy to work with. Johnny use to be the sweet talented guy but this episdoe he became arrogant and needed the boot. Im glad nick is there, i prefer his guitar rifts and lyrics more than Johnny's. Will he win, I don't know. I am more of a scotty fan.
/epic fail Jewel. Nick was pouty, childish and utterly passive aggressive. How could you put up with that. I really thought you would kick them both off. But Nick did not even produce.
I understand that these two were teamed up to write a song, but that isn't the real reason for the show or you would have a team of winners - not one winner. With that said, you judged Scotty out of the competition for his "bad" song. Bad surroundings seem to be able to create problems for a songwriter and lord knows that Nick has created some bad conditions. In fact, in previous episodes you judges threw people out because they didn't contribute or weren't helpful in the writing process. Please know that Scotty isn't my favorite, but I think that he is very talented. I agree with the last writer - that tonight, the judges missed.
totally agree with the last two comments. Judges blew it. If you didn't know what happened you should have given the guy with the track record who actually wrote a song the benefit of the doubt. You took a great show with a great idea and rewarded an immature quitter.
I completely disagree with this descision. I have bought 3 of Johnny's songs and none of Nicks. Nick is pompous, not a team player, and overall does not play nice in the sandbox. Huge loss to the show. Very disappointed!
Wow. What an episode. Never thought i'd see 2 of the best song writers in the competition get that jealous of each other. Love the show but sure didn't want to see that ugliness go down. Scotty and Jes totally rocked their song, Loved it. Can't wait to see jes bing her newfound hunger to the songwriting. Sure gonna miss johnny's style on the show. Congrats on the baby boy!
What a disappointment. Nick has consistently been a jerk and has not written songs I would want to listen to or can connect with. Johnny writes songs- lyrics and melody- that I could relate to and would buy. Though this song was a miss, I still would want to hear the next song that Johnny writes. Not so with Nick. I agree with Johnny's characterization of Nick that he does the same melody over and over. I was very disappointed with this week's result and look forward to seeing Nick go home. I I were a songwriter, I would much rather write with Johnny than Nick; Nick has been rude and nasty to the other songwriters, making disparaging comments and showing arrogance. Johny has been respectful to his fellow competitors. I'm looking forward to hearing Johnny's songs on the radio.
Congrats on your baby!! This week was a great episode. As much I as I was rooting for Johnny in the begining he showed his true colors this week. I think he truely thought that Nick was untalented and that is why he ignored him. He seemed shocked that Nick did not preform with him but what was he expecting?? You guys made the right choice. As the episodes draw nearer to the finaly we'll be able to see who really has what it takes and is not hiding behind their castmates.
I didn't envy the judges this week - this was a hard decision. While Johnny did shoot down a lot of Nick's ideas, Nick responded by pouting, and taking it personally. That was unprofessional, but Johnny didn't seem to even want to hear a single idea. As a musician myself, I know one of the hardest things about the profession is to be proud enough to stand up for your ideas, while being humble enough to let others help you edit them. Neither Johnny or Nick were able to strike that balance.
Love the show!!!! And I like Nick, I know you cant really tell completely from the show but the little impression that I got is that he has had it tough living by himself at such a young age. Thats why he acts so tough, but at times shows his nice side. I think he is talented and like the way he plays the guitar and I like his melody. Looking forward for the rest of the show.
Yeah, I think I'm done with the show. Nick is a gret big jerk. Johnny was cool enough at least. If Nick is such a dream to work with, and Johnny needed to be taken down a peg, then explain the reaction of the others when they found out that Nick was still there? Was ANYONE happy? Did Nick do well when he was out at the mall playing for the crowds? NO. He was the worst of all. And even then, he was an arrogant jerk. Most if not all of Nick's songs go E,B,C#m, A. They're all pretty much the same old thing over and over again.And there are a lot of songs that already go that way. He did come up with one cool riff once, ONCE, and it was something to somebody elses song, that ended up coming in last. But most of the time he's on the losing team, and for some reason he thinks he's the greatest thing that's ever happened to music.
Johnny is a tool. Plus everything he does sounds like C grade John Mayer. Nick can collaborate with anyone and he has proven it over and over. Plus Johnny got awfully close to out and out racism with some of his comments. I'll be rooting for Nick all the way.
When the Show went to commercial for final deliberation I was hoping the judges would kick Johnny off. While Nick is no angel I watched and could not believe the stubborness and rudeness which Johnny showed in the session. I think Nick took the chance of being kicked off because he was so insulted and knew if he was to go during this week it wouldn't be his fault and he could live with it on principle alone. Glad the judges did the best job and rated the quality of the challenge and the song. I can't wait til these contestants get to produce solo projects completely.
In my opinion : Excluding both songwriters attitudes I still believe this was a Wrong Decision made by the judges. Johnny was much more talented than nick. Very disappointed ! Mabey the judges did this for ratings ? who knows.
Jewel congrats on the baby! Your blogs are amazing and your judging style is very real and respectful. I think there is a lot of biased opinions here. Nick ALWAYS seems to be cool in a session and easy to work with. So all this anti-Nick stuff is blown WAY out of proportion. If you are a true songwriter then you know that the energy he brings is actually very constructive in the sessions. Whatever he says outside and to the cameras is whatever. The way he conducts himself in the sessions shows that HE ACTUALLY RESPECTS HIS FELLOW SONGWRITERS. Judge a man by his actions and not his words. People are swayed by who is "the nicer guy" or whose songs they like more. That is not what its about. The "nice guy" just showed his a** and blew a great opportunity to create a dope track with another artist whom he shouldve respected as an equal in the session. I am excited to see next episode and I am actually on tour in Denmark having to buy it on itunes. Its time for Nick to step up and I look forward to it.
These anti-Nick sentiments are not grounded in anything solid. He works well in the sessions and is completely immersed in the work and this actually proves that he RESPECTS HIS CO-WRITERS AS ARTIST regardless of what he says to the camera or outside the sessions. People forget to judge by a man's actions and not by his words....Johnny was a "nice guy" but when he was tested he turned out to completely disrespect both the session and Nick as an artist. Jewel and the judges made a wise and professional decision. Yes he is talented and its a shame he didn't honor that by working with Nick. If they had done so, they could've won the challenge.
Great choice this week! It seemed like Johnny was very calculating and I could see his agenda from the beginning of the challenge. Nick was trying and he was shut down multiple times. Of course he got frustrated, walked out and wanted no credit for that song! everytime Nick walked away Johnny smiled and made "hell yes" gesture like every thing was falling into his plot! So the judges made the right decision based on this challenge alone.
Most of the people commenting here STILL have no idea why the judges kicked Johnny off.
As it was said in the episode: the judging was "based off the written song THAT WEEK." It was NOT based off stats. Although Johnny has proven time & again to be a dynamic songwriter, the song he wrote (or "co-wrote") that week was clearly a miss.
While the panel investigate the quality of a song, it's also obvious that their decisions are based off professionalism - asking questions about the each team's writing process, etc. Nick may be an ass outside of the studio, but inside the studio it has been repeatedly stated (by the rest of the cast) that he is easy to work with. Johnny's dismissal of Nick's input is simply unprofessional & disrespectful. Perhaps Nick may have polluted to studio with his negativity, but a PROFESSIONAL artist works past that and creates a solid piece. Not only was Johnny unprofessional throughout the session, his song was a complete failure. Therefore, Johnny's fate would have been salvaged had he not written such a mundane song. Two important characteristics in being successful in the music industry were not met by Johnny.
It is unfortunate that Johnny had to be sent home, but ultimately the judges made a wise decision. I'm rooting for Sonyae, Scotty or Brian - but mainly Sonyae ;)
THANK YOU, Jewel for a QUALITY TV show... Def looking forward to the rest of the season - or possibly anticipating a season 2 of Platinum Hit? ;);)
Congrats on the baby ... very happy for you.
I watched the episode intently this week - three times in fact - and compared it to other episodes as well, and I can honestly say that the judges were a miss on this decision. Every male contestant on the show who doesn't like someone's suggestion is shown ignoring it, shaking their head, rolling their eyes, or just informing the other writer that they didn't like it. It is on the other writer to do one of four things: defend their contribution, rework the contribution, submit another contribution, or (as Nick did) wear your feelings on your sleeve and use the rejection as an excuse to not work with someone you are jealous of because their hooks keeping getting picked and their songs keep winning. Johnny's intentional inclusion of the best of Nick's sub-par contributions showed that he at least tried to be a team player.
The judges were inconsistent this week. In previous episodes they booted people for not contributing enough (and if you watch those episodes again you will see the other songwriter doing what Johnny did) but this week they added a new rule - if you don't contribute AND you act like a big baby by pouting, throwing tantrums, and refusing to participate - you get to stay. Maybe the show should have a special elimination category next season - the songwriter who disrespects and makes fun of other contestants while they are actually performing should be called out on the spot - told they are eliminated - and then we would find out who "would have been" booted if the other person wasn't so rude.