Note to producers: The boxing thing? Stupid. And I like boxing.
Round 1: (Cook: “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2/Archuleta: “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” by Elton John) Both songs I love and you both sang the hell out of them. Despite my Cook-loving bias, I had to tie-break using comfort zone and song toughness factors, so I reluctantly give Round 1 to Archuleta.
Round 2: (Cook: “Dream Big” by…?/Archuleta: “In This Moment” by…?) Cook—good performance, high energy, pretty typical Cook. Archuleta—Lots of emotion, relevant to the point of cheeziness, wee bit melodramatic. Round 2…I’ve gotta call it a draw. (The husband, not surprisingly, has given both rounds to Cook.)
Round 3: Contestant’s Choice— (Cook: “The World I Know” by Collective Soul/Archuleta: “Imagine” by John Lennon…again) Cook—Oh my. When that song comes on the radio, I hit the scan button. Unfortunate. And rather…okay. You sang it well, but I’m having trouble separating your performance from my general dislike of the song. Archuleta—I’m annoyed with you. It’s bad enough that all my shows are having their season finales and rerun season is bearing down on me, but you have to rerun yourself? (Not even a rerun because you didn’t do as well as the first time.) Round 3 by default to Cook.
All that and I end up with a wash?
Not really. I could have given all three rounds to Archuleta, and I’d still call in votes for Cook.
Go DC! (Don’t listen to Simon) :cheer: