Jonathan Cox and Brandon Green, who shall now be known as JB Rocket, picked their name because of the shoes they both favor. I’m here to tell you it could have been because they took off like one from the opening notes of “Long Time Gone” and kept it going during their entire performance. It looked like they were having fun and they were fun to watch as well. Maybe the duo took everyone by surprise as only Scott had a clear comment. I mean, how can you top it when he said, “Dare I say you’re probably going through to the next round.” He even had to pull himself back by mentioning that we’ll have to wait and see. Right. Definitely a no-brainer on this one either.
The final couple of the night to sing were Matt Boggs and Keeira Lyn Ford a.k.a. Matt & Keeira. They did a rousing version of Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say,” lots of high energy and worked towards relating well with the audience and towards one another. Scott thought that “we got it right” which Big Kenny agreed with. Ms. Naomi mentioned that they need to relax into it and I totally get what she's saying. They have the elements right there, which is very cool for their first performance together. As they continue to work together and get into the groove as a duet, they’ll have a good chance of being solid contenders.
All this meant that four singers would be packing it up and heading on out. Memarie Gayle and Kassie Miller, who were put together by the judges as well as Abby Fender and Holly Jackson had to go. A bit sad as I think these girls were quite good. But with only one shot to make that impression as a permanent duo, it was obvious that their chops couldn’t stand up in comparison with those remaining.
That’s the end of week three. We have our six final couples. I have to say that at this point, I have no clearcut view of who could win. There’s something about each one of them that appeals to me. While the pre-established duos have a slight edge from their experiences performing together I have the feeling that the three newbies are quick studies. At least, that’s what I’m gathering from what I saw tonight. Now we’re getting down to the real nitty-gritty of the competition and the gloves are off.