Kara DioGuardi

Kara discusses Johnny's elimination and lets us know who she thought drank the "kool-aid" this week.

on Jul 15, 20110

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It ain't a pretty sight when a writing session goes south. It's even worse when it goes south, and the song gets dragged down in the process. That's what happened this week with Nick and Johnny's "All Day Sunrise." Watching them bash each other (while at times entertaining) left me kind of cold on both of them. They acted childish, but ultimately I thought that Johnny did not listen to some of Nick's ideas, which were more in line with what Gavin DeGraw would sing. Dare I say it, I actually felt bad for Nick. His attitude is off the chain but he does work hard and invests himself in the process. It was definitely all about egos clashing this week and their egos got the best of them both.

I thought that Johnny's original chorus idea was a strange one. In most of his songs he has had such great imagery and use of metaphor. "All Day Sunrise" seemed sort of corny for a writer who said things in the past like "I'll let those tire tracks talk dirt behind my back."

Johnny was one of the strongest contestants. He co-wrote some of my favorites songs from "Betting My Life On You" to "Going Where I Need To Be." I hope he's somewhere in the world working on a song right now. He has definite potential to write great music. He should stick with it.

I loved when Sonyae said she doesn't want to have a "hot melody with nothing to say." The worst scenario you can have is a great melody and words that don't compliment it. Again she came with a great concept. Brian and Sonyae are a good team because they have "feel" and Brian knows how to create music around Sonyae's melodies. I could totally see Beyonce, Jordin Sparks, or Kelly Rowland singing that song.

Jes and Scotty were too cute this week. The intro to the Justin Bieber song was soooooo fun. I think Jes definitely drank a little "black kool-aide." Watching them enjoy the process and create a hooky song (loved the melody to "love you down") uplifted my spirit after watching Johnny and Nick take each other down.

Best judge's comment this week came from Keith who said "That was a ..lyrical cesspool." Jewel looked badass in that feathery dress, too.

20 comments
Viewer from Las Vegas
Viewer from Las Vegas

I am so in love with this show!

Johnny sadly needed to go this week. Each contestant is graded based on the week at hand and even though Johnny wrote great music in previous weeks, this week was a miss because he let his personal feelings for Nick get in the way. Let this be a lesson to everyone: Professionalism trumps everything else.

Non-Viewer
Non-Viewer

I stopped watching this show because of your decision to reward Nick for NOT working on his team. If you wonder why people are a'holes, its because they expect to be rewarded for it, just like you did with Nick. I hope this is the last season of this show.

Viewer in Northeast
Viewer in Northeast

Hi Kara - I've tried to post this on 3 separate occasions and it has not been posted for some reason.

I so enjoy watching this show - the panel of judges is refreshing and the concept itself is wonderful. As an avid music lover, I love watching the creative process every week and seeing what goes into making a hit song. I especially like the contestants as well as the judges as they're both honest and it's less about TV drama than just making solid, good music. I do wish we got to see the whole performance at the end but hopefully next and future seasons will allow for that.

Was surprised by the elimination of Johnny but it was definitely justified. I think that really showed integrity on the part of the judges as you were able to judge on just this one challenge (not cumulatively) and separate out the truth that Johnny had most certainly shut Nick out of the creative and collaborative process. Not a Nick fan in the least (his behavior in panel was abhorbale) but Johnny's behavior was inexcusable and the end product showed exactly why it was the wrong decision on his part. Will miss him on the show as I was a huge fan of his but really, all those remaining are so talented, it really could have gone anyone's way.

Thanks so much for bringing this great show to our televisions! Hope it continues for many more seasons!

EileeninSeattle
EileeninSeattle

I think Sonya and Johnny were the best of the best when it came to writing. I am so sorry we won't see them face off... as we should... and I wish Nick had been let go. He walked OUT for heaven's sake. And he rushed to tell Johnny to go first at the pitch, and then was angry at him because he didn't get the chance. He was not going to let Johnny get through this week, he's been saying so since the beginning. I am sad the Judges bought into his drama. :-(

Viewer
Viewer

I need my Platinum Hit!!!!!!I looked for it on Monday night oops, no show...Friday I will be front and center......Thank You for this show....

Viewer
Viewer

Your decision to eliminate Johnny was spot on, although Nick can be abrasive, he tried every angle and was shut out of the session. Johnny has be riding on the coat tails of the other contestants. Remember when the show first started he stated, that he did not want to continue to be a cumputer programmer all of his life, he wanted to write music. That was the 3rd episode, if you are going to ride the horse, you can't get on in the middle of the race. He was totally using Brian, and he's negative. I would much rather know that you hate me in my face, than behind my back......On another note, I would never be shut out of a session, unless I knew that the opponent was weak, great move Nick, sometimes we must play Chess, only with humans..lol

Aassante
Aassante

I agree with Kara and the decision that was made to get rid of Johnny. If you watched the show, Johnny, was not taking any of Nicks ideas into consideration at all. Nick had tried several times including the time that had to write as many hooks as possible to collaborate with Johnny. Johnny would not even spend that last hour to even go over what their individual ideas were. I do agree that it is a contest and Johnny (as well as everyone else on the show) wants Nick out. Nick's music style is normally not what i like but I think he is very talented and does collaborate well and contribute great ideas. My favorite song so far is "My City" (i listen to it everyday on the way to work 3 or 4 times)

atlmom
atlmom

I think you guys made the RIGHT choice this week. It was completly unprofessional for Johnny to straight out ignore Nick even if Nick is annoying. Love the show.

PHFan1124
PHFan1124

Even though the judges had a choice to go on prior performances and the current challenge, they did what was best for the show. Essentially Johnny did tune nick out of the session and who is to say that he won't have to work with an artist who is just as annoying as Nick. Professionally, that cannot happen. Who is to say that Johnny didn't try to sabatogue Nick. As much as Nick is an unlikable person, he actually did put out some good ideas during the session.

Brian and Sonyae's song was awesome. It had the type of feeling that all song writers should have. Sonyea's inability to play an instrument may hurt her in the end but she is the best writer on the show currently. She needs to show her range in more songs to make her a stronger contestant.

Scotty did good but where is his greatness? Gathering ideas off of the next person to make them better is good... But could he have come up with ideas and worked more collaboratively?

jeepster
jeepster

hmmm... I think Melanie makes an interesting point here. I fully understand that the whole point of the challenges is to collaborate on one song, but that just wasn't the case. Johnny didn't take all of Nick's ideas, and Nick became frustrated and walked away. I say ALL of his ideas and not ANY because, lets not forget, in the elimination you asked "who wrote these terrible lines" on 2 occasions and the response was NICK. So he did use some of his lyrical suggestions. That being said, when asked who wanted to pitch their song first Nick volunteered Johnny. Seems as though he had every chance to pitch his song first, take control and write his song either with Johnny or without him. Instead he stepped aside giving him the hook, and carrying that bad attitude to the writing session by saying " You can't stand me and I can't stand you." Regardless, I'd bet that Johnny finds himself in a better position writing and performing his own songs. He sings to well to just sell his ideas and not perform them. And Nick....well Fallout Boy hasn't had anything new in awhile, so you could maybe give them a call?

Anonymous123
Anonymous123

I just find it weird that the judges said they would not be judging them off their previous performances. However, when you look at some contestants like Amber or Melissa, it seemed like they were being judged off of their previous performances even saying how they were never really involved in the songs the helped create. Also I would think that it seems hypocritical when you send people home for contributing almost nothing such as Melissa or Blessing and then go back on it in this episode. I believe that even though Johnny was being a dick, Nick should've stood up for what he thought was good instead of just accepting whatever Johnny wanted.

Al F
Al F

You guys blew it. You rewarded a childish, talentless jerk for taking his ball and going home because he didn't get his way on the playground. Nick is too immature to work with talented people. Not sure the show can survive such a critical blow to its credibility.

Carol D.
Carol D.

You made THE completely wrong decision. It's ok not to try at all? I sure would not want that kind of person to collaborate a song with. Give me someone who at least tries. A song can be fixed, but only if something is there, if you don't participate - there is nothing there. DUH!

duster
duster

nah... i totally agree with Kara. Johnny did it to himself. Nick, as abrasive as he is, has proven time and time again to be easy to work with and he seemed to be putting his differences aside for this session as well. Johnny shut him out. Period. Period. And then he wrote a weak song. He's the only person responsible for the outcome of that situation.

I love how the perception is that Nick is the doosh-bag and Johhny is not. Johnny has been just as bad throughout the season, just in a different way. I actually kinda respect Nick's way about him because atleast he owns it.

RMS125
RMS125

Johnny and Nick both deserved to go home. If Johnny would have worked with Nick, they wouldn't have been in the bottom. I feel that Nick was trying early on in the session but gave up after it was clear Johnny wasn't going to work with him. Johnny brought the elimination on himself.

rigoberta
rigoberta

love the show more and more. Still thinking that johny is a snake and niky is an antihero...

dirtydeed
dirtydeed

It's a shame you pick people for the ratings and not for their talent. This really was disgusting.

Seattlegirl83
Seattlegirl83

Kara, This week was a big shocker. Although I commend the judges for making a bold decision, I'm surprised you chose to keep Nick, who decided not to participate. I think people can always make better choices and if I were Nick, I would not leave the session without a fight. I understand that the judges don't know what is going on behind the scenes, but it is shocking that you chose a competitor that didn't compete over someone that at least made an effort and failed. It does get frustrating when someone doesn't listen to you in a collaborative session, but I found it ridiculous that Nick didn't even want to perform in the end. At least, battle it out on the stage with music not by pointing fingers.

All you have done is shown the contestants and the world that it is okay if you don't make an effort, you can survive by doing nothing. Poor Amber. If only she "refused" to contribute to "Super Duper Rapper" she would have been "safe".

Squedge
Squedge

It's between Scotty, Sonyae & Brian. Don't stress about who came 6th, 5th or 4th. Personally I think Sonyae will win.

melanie A.
melanie A.

Rewarding trying nothing over trying something destroys creativity. Nick may have been excluded but nothing stopped him from writing his OWN song. Didn't anybody think of that?