The Exorcist

Hip Hip Sonyae!

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The Write Girl

Sonyae Elise: Platinum Hitmaker

Sticking With You

Dare to Suck

DJ Have My Babies

It's Poppin'

I Like The Way You Move

On Pause

Reign Over Me

Nice Guys Finish Last

When Egos Collide

The Word is Hubris

Like a Tohn of Bricks

A Safe Bet

Sincerely Yours

10 Things I Love About You

All You Need Is Love

Dr. Jekyll and Melissa Hyde

Lovin' It

Not Hot

Clever Girl

Rap Battles

Join the Love-Fest

The Weakest Link

I Get Chills

Speak And Spell

A Place of Truth

Straight to the Vein

Panic at the Disco

Keep It Simple Stupid

Sicker Than the Remix

Get Loose

Setting the Bar

30 Minutes or Less

I Write the Songs

On the Hook

You Only Got One Second to Save the Song

The Exorcist's Editors are still a little put off by Jes' intense freak out.

Oddly enough in the week about empowerment songs, not one person came off particularly empowered (except maybe Nick by the end). Brian and Jes tried to throw one another under the bus in order to stay in the competition and Scotty’s whole team thought their song was a total flop even though it ended up being the judges’ favorite. It seemed like they kind of missed the flame rather than kissed the flame.

No. 1 Most Inappropriate Comment from Nick This Week

Nick really doesn’t have much of a filter. Exhibit A:

But this week he raised the bar once again by saying that Jes would do well with empowerment songs, because they’re all about “being on the rag” or “boyfriends not calling you back.” Oof. I mean come on, you knew this was going to be televised, right? Comments like that aren’t going to win you a lot of dates (especially not with Colbie Caillat).

No. 1 Cutest Reaction to Something Very Serious

Clearly this wasn’t Jes’ week (we’ll get to her freak out later). She dug deep for the empowerment theme and opened up about being drugged and abused, which was terribly heart wrenching.  However Jewel’s exclamation of “Oh my heavens!” when Jes shared her story with the judges was just too adorable! We think it might be impossible not to like her.

No. 1 Best Dance Moves of the Season

Now we still have two more episodes, but we’d bet money on the fact that no one will be able to top Scotty’s very special dance/voguing showcase during his performance. You really need to watch to get the full effect:

I mean come on. There was no way that song was going to lose this week simply because of those moves. Scotty should really consider dancing every week. He doesn’t have to worry about anyone wanting to “rein” those moves in because they are fabulous.

No. 1 Exorcism Scene

Jes really had a very odd freak out when she was put in the bottom two. She kind of half shouted that she knows she can write a hit song and let out a series of “ooos” and “ahhs” along the way. The judges aptly commented (as she walked away and couldn’t hear, lest she start vomiting pea soup) that it was like watching an exorcism. We’re not sure if it was quite that supernatural, but it was definitely awkward.

No. 1 Most Dramatic Goodbye
Brian kind of surprised us by engaging in the most dramatic post-elimination behavior yet. Instead of walking into the stew room and saying his goodbyes, he just stood outside with his head against a wall and cried. It’s sad and all but come on, you’ll be OK, Brian! Why not try putting your natural born Elvis resemblance to use and try your hand at being an Elvis impersonator? Slip in your own original songs or a remix of ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and see what happens.

Next week Scotty comes up with perhaps the most bizarre song title we’ve ever heard. Oh and Taio Cruz is a guest judge.

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!