The judges were pleased too. BK said he finally got their name, he’s the tree and she’s the flower. And then, “Look at that. Y’all have become an act here tonight, they may be unstoppable.” He was in. Ms. Naomi went wild as she explained that they gave her the zips, the zowies, and the woohoos and the a-has. In her excitement she flounced up her multi-colored frothy underslips and as she sat, said, “That would be a yes.” Had I hallucinated or was Scott Borchetta smiling? He asked, “It’s a cable show, so can we cuss?” Then he leaned over to his mic and said, “Hell, yes.” Which made Steel Magnolia the first group to get a guaranteed spot on next week’s show.
O’Shea were next. Jay asked BK what he thought they were lacking. He thought they looked pretty slick and could they make it a little bit raw, to add a bit of an edge to their originality. He said, “They look like they are an act in a show. Instead, they have to act like they are the show.” Last night, Jay wore a simple button-down shift in a neutral that played up her classic looks and red hair. Mark had on a brown, long-sleeved shirt with rolled-up cuffs and some very cool, funky jeans to offset his angelic face—two separate styles that seemed to complement each other nonetheless. Their song was Roy Orbison’s “Crying” and they started it out with Mark on his acoustic guitar. Along with their look, their performance was different than any they'd done before with subtle changes on both accounts that took my breathe away. They sounded so amazing together and they've learned lessons that could very well take them to the top.
Scott said they did a great job and it knocked everybody down. He gave them a rousing yes. Big Kenny told them, “It’s so awesome to sit here and watch people improve so drastically over such a short period of time. You’re a whole new act here tonight.” He also gave them a yes. Ms. Naomi mentioned that she, along with others, had felt O’Shea was too slick, too poppy, but that tonight they flipped her like a pancake. Her yes gave them the three they’d need to go onto next week’s show.
It was Ryan & Avalon’s turn. Their session with Big Kenny was all about performance. They would sing a Collective Soul song called “Shine”. Ryan reasoned that the song had a lot of energy, which they haven’t brought to the table yet. BK was concerned more about the actual singing as sometimes they aren’t always in tune. “One wrong note tonight could send you home,” he warned them. They started by making a bolder stand with their look. Avalon wore a red dress with black accents that went well with Ryan’s black, long-sleeved shirt and slacks. For them, it was a big step. About half way through the song their energy kicked into a higher gear. That got a good response from the audience and I enjoyed it but I wasn't sure it would be enough.