Lights! Camera! Action! The superstars and their partners pulled out all the stops for last night’s movie themed episode where the duos attempted to recreate the hit songs from such films as Top Gun, The Bodyguard and Saturday Night Fever.
Last week, John Legend lost his partner Meleana Brown and blamed himself for her ousting. Determined to make good with his other partner, Bridget Carrington, Legend’s only focus now is getting her to number one and finally beating J Rome, whose managed to stay on top since the beginning.
Carrington, who claimed the runner-up slot last time, showed off her sassy side with Tina Turner’s“What’s Love Got To Do With It?” The performance, which showed the two’s chemistry, earned her a spot in the top three.
Olivia Chisholm almost went home last week, but managed to stay alive. This fact wasn’t lost on her mentor Robin Thicke who decided the two should take a stab at the Bee Gee’s classic “Staying Alive.” Channeling Aretha Franklin, Chisholm brought a little soul to the disco hit and managed to keep herself out of the bottom two.
With the motto of “go big of go home,” Jennifer Nettles went for the jugular and it definitely paid off. With a string quartet, John Glosson managed to kept things classy, instead of cheesy, for Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” J Rome also tackled a fan favorite in Whitney Houston’s“I Will Always Love You,” which was definitely no easy feat. Poking fun at Legend, who wasn’t too keen on J Rome’s waterworks the week before, Nettles joked that their performance of the classic love song would finally get the soul superstar in touch with his feelings. J Rome’s concern though was being able to hit all the right notes, “People will say, ‘you can’t do a Whitney song, unless you’re going to really do a Whitney song,” he explained. “There’s a lot of really high notes, no guys sing like this.” At the end of the song, the crowd gave the two a standing ovation and J Rome playfully announced, “I hit all the notes!” No surprise he ended up at number one once again.
Kelly Clarkson’s partners on the other hand floundered with both of them falling into the bottom two. Vocally Jordan Meredith’s version of Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” was strong, but the judges missed the passion in her eyes that they had seen in other weeks. Jason Farol struggled to keep up with Clarkson, who overpowered him on “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge.
In the end, the two teammates battled it out to figure out who would be going home. But Jordan’s plea of “You’re gonna love me,” on “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from the 2006 movie Dreamgirls just wasn’t enough to beat Jason’s jazz-infused take on “Momma Knows Best.” With a few tears and a hug from Kelly, Jordan said goodbye.
Next week, the show goes live and America gets a chance to vote for their favorites. Do the viewers love J Rome as much as the superstars? We’ll soon find out.
–Shannon Carlin, CBS Local