Thank goodness I was barefoot and have no ability to throw stuff, because I might have broken the TV with the first, and best, performance of the night. (Side note: Can someone explain the throwing stuff at a good performer thing to me?)
Chris Weaver was spine tingling good tonight. I had literal goosebumps. I knew I was in for a treat since I got a ping on my phone and it was TT telling me about it. She is absolutely right in that the unseen piano player was, and I quote, AMAZEBALLS. I guess she and I are destined to agree with each other on this season. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket or we should have our star charts done? I digress. The house band on this show doesn’t always get enough credit. We love this show for the diversity of artists and genres. The band backs up all of them. Think of some of your favorite performances. None of them were acapella, were they? Honestly, I’d be happy if instead of a “best of” show when we are only a couple of weeks in, they did a “meet our band” episode with a couple of prerecorded coach performances with them tossed in.
Back to Chris for a moment, and his KO partner Katrina Rose. I think Chris can outsing Katrina anyway, but I think she really gave him the edge in over thinking her song and the “message” she wanted to convey about the voices in her head and body image or something like that. I got bored with the explanation. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard “Zombie” and to me it sounded like she was saying “Zambie” a couple of times. Chris’ song choice? I Put a Spell On You. Why? Because he sings it in his drag performance and is excited to sing it as himself. (I didn’t catch his drag name… but I bet she is amazing!). It is also a great song to show off his incredible range, and knowing it so well HAD to help with any nerves he might have had. I couldn’t see or hear any. Again, so happy I was barefoot because I might have damaged my TV tossing my boots at him.
As for the other two Knock Out rounds, you should check out Red Marlow. I think he might be a new fave. First, in the practice round he praised his competition and gave her a big hug. Not in a creepy way, but in a I give great hugs way. After the performances Miley blew him a quick kiss, and he immediately sent one back. Normally I would think this was slightly weird, but again, big old gentle guy vibe. Finally, there was a purity to his performance, and any Randy Travis fans out there? There was a quality to some of the lines he was singing that made me think of Randy. Blake could sneak in a win with Red here.
The really remarkable thing in the last Knock Outs was who Adam picked as the winner. Does Adam smoke weed? I’ve always thought he was fairly “clean” in that regard, but his being high is the only explanation. Anthony Alexander’s singing was forgettable. I can’t remember really a single note, and I almost fell asleep. Hannah Mrozak was the better performance of the two, although I thought she overworked some of the runs. She’s lucky Jennifer still had a steal. I’m still kind of pissed Stephan went home though, and those two are staying.