This is where the real competition finally begins.
I’ve long been an advocate of a different voting format than the one employed on this show: Make the voting cumulative for the first half-dozen performance shows and once we get down to the two-a-nights, make it a straight up elimination round where you vote contestants off.
That system is much more fair because now the contestants are afforded the chance to make a mistake with either a song choice or a bad few bars and still recover due to their singing two songs each night.
It also means that if a contestant is significantly better than the rest of the contestants, then he or she is allowed to lay two vocal beat downs on the challengers, proving their dominance twice in one night.
The two-performance nights are when we get to see week-in and week-out who actually has the goods, and the range, to become a recording artist and who can’t face the heat. That’s why I think this is where the show moves from just being rounds of performances to a real competitive singing match.
So who was up to the challenge? Read on to find out…