Like a Tohn of Bricks's Editors bid adieu to their favorite super duper rapper.

This week's challenge was all about risks. It seemed to us that everyone really committed to taking that beyond just the song lyrics, whether it was Johnny "Bettin' His Life" on reggae or Jewel getting just a wee bit risqué with her outfit. But who knew the biggest risk of all would be Jackie trying to do a country accent. 

No. 1 Most Effective Way to Busk

Be loud. Jackie turned her gift for gab into a Hook Challenge win by seemingly just drowning out all the other performers to get the majority of the crowd's attention (and dollars). Scotty could hear her all the way from his part of the pier and had to acknowledge the brilliance of her busking abilities. Alas, her luck did not hold out...

No. 1 Most Predictable Song Choice

As soon as the Hook Challenge was revealed, we knew someone would title their song "Risky Business." We were then proved correct within about ten seconds thanks to Nick. And while it's not a bad song title, his strategy to insult the people walking by and demand money from them seemed questionable (and indeed did not pay off).

(Jes') No. 1 Competition for Johnny's Affection

Johnny and Brian definitely engaged in some major bromance this week. Their jam/writing session definitely had a twinge of I Love You, Man to it (although we can't decide which one is Jason Segel and which one is Paul Rudd). Brian also seemed to be digging for details about Johnny's feelings about Jes by subtley asking who the song was about. Then somehow they're talking about marriage plans. Was Brian trying to feel out whether Johnny still has time to bro-out? Unclear, but Jes is going to have to work extra hard to get Johnny's attention now that he has a new BFF.

Biggest Drop on the KISS Charts

Jes and Nick forgot the cardinal rule of pop music -- Keep it simple, stupid! As Bonnie McKee pointed out, a pop song should be simple enough for "a four-year-old to understand." And given she's the genius behind California Gurls, Teenage Dream, and Hold It Aganist Me, I'd take her advice (although I hope a four-year-old doesn't completely understand Hold It Aganist Me).

No. 1 Mistake Jackie Made

While choosing country music as your genre when your teammates are R&B specialists was definitely up there, Jackie's biggest mistake was not trusting her instincts. She knew that one of the lines was too urban and didn't fit the song, and she only added the country accent because Scotty told her to do it. Bad moves. Pointing that out to the judges after you get put in the bottom always ends up in disaster. 

Next week Johnny and Nick clash, and it looks like they're heading toward a major musical meltdown:

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The Write Girl

Kara explains why Sonyae was the winner and what each songwriter brought to the final challenge.

First off, I am so proud of the growth that Sonyae, Scotty, and Jes made over the course of the show. If I were in their shoes starting out, I don't know if I would have been able to take the pressure of the episode challenges. This was a writing boot camp and the strongest (with the exception of Johnny) definitely survived. Their diligence, team work, and commitment to learning is what landed them in the final three. Their songs were fantastic this week, and I believe they all have careers ahead of them in music.

The Winner ---- When we first met Sonyae, we knew she had a gift for lyrics and concepts, which is one of today's most important components to hit songs. But, she was seemingly at a disadvantage because she didn't play an instrument and I wasn't sure how that would translate during the course of the competition. Thankfully we began to see that Sonyae is musical. She knows what chords fit her melodies and that's why she was able to win this competition. Many topliners don't play an instrument but they are responsible for some of the biggest hits out there today. Their voices are their instrument and they sing what they feel and hear in their heads. Her melodies always came from an emotional place and I think that is why she really impressed us as well. She consistently delivered week to week. She would be an asset in any room of writers in any genre. For me, she is a force to be reckoned with and I think we will be seeing a Sonyae song on an album any day now.

And then there's Scotty who was stuck in adult contemporary ballad land when we first met him. During the course of the show, he figured out how to make more contemporary tracks and teamed up with people that pushed him to be younger, more rhythmic, and hipper. His melodic sensibility was always there, he just needed to put it on top of modern tracks. He also started scrutinizing his lyrics more during the season and that culminated in his best work, "Beautiful You." That song is a great personal anthem and I want to commend him for really speaking about such an emotional and personal subject and yet making it so universal.

Lastly Jes, a singer-songwriter with a beautiful voice and passion for writing. When she first started out she would often get lost in her own piano world. Her songs were very niche and her melodies (while lovely) fit her voice more than they did the voices of other artists. Over the competition, she really learned how to condense her songs and make every part of them meaningful. She too has a gift for emotion in her melodies and by the end of the season was writing lyrics that could match the power of her music. "Come Alive" was a brilliant melodic piece of work.

I found it very interesting that all three contestants pulled from their own life stories when they were faced with creating the biggest hit of their lives. We encouraged them from the beginning to always come from an honest place. I don't think it's a coincidence that these were some of their strongest songs. Great writers will tell you their best material came from their real life experiences -- that's the inspiration part of a song, which is so crucial to making it great. The other part is craft, which we spent a lot of time discussing on the show. Hopefully all the contestants feel they are better writers because of the show. If they do, then we all did our jobs.

Good luck to them all. We are rooting for 'em!

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