Bekah Purifoy & Danny Padilli, “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers
Vocal Performance: C+
I’m sorry, WHOMST?! I recognize Bekah, mainly from memories of her vibrant lipstick, but I’m legitimately unconvinced Danny is not a PA who independently elected to go undercover and join the series week two. I legitimately have zero memories of him from night one.
Unfortunately, I can see why they’ve been erased from the Listen to Your Heart edit. Not only did they exude absolutely zero chemistry, but the performance…fell flat. Danny just sounded off-key the entire song, and I’m not sure what range his voice is capable of, but this seemed way too low for him. Bekah has potential, but her voice is too underdeveloped at this point in comparison to her competitors. She has a pleasant-sounding tone, and as we heard in the credits, can apparently brave notes hit by Minnie Riperton. However, this did not translate on stage, and her voice did not have the necessary conviction to make up for Danny’s laryngitis.
Interpretive Routine: C
I mean, there was no discernible reason to park themselves on seats staged five feet from each other. For one, their attempt to slip through the cracks disguised as a legitimate couple was not strengthened by this choice. More importantly, it was plainly boring. At least Jed did a singular lunge when performing his SpongeBob Campfire Song veiled as a “proposal.”
~Romance~ Level: D
I feel like the teacher who is ethically bound to fail a genial student. I prefer to roast people who actually did something to deserve it, and I felt bad for them clearly having no shot of advancing in this. With that said, they failed in both of the literal only prerequisites: vocals and love. If the chair distance didn’t friend-zone them, singing an uncomfortably romantic song while cheesing at each other like the platonic leads in a summer middle school musical finished them off. With that said, they have strong potential as catwalk runners and should summon their inner Tyra Banks in their future professional endeavors.