Jamie Gabrielle & Trevor Holmes, “Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum
Vocal Performance: A-
HELLO, JAMIE. Holy Chris Harrison is Jamie the ultimate winner of Listen To Your Heart no matter the outcome. Legitimately, homegirl went from full-fledged phobic panic attacks onstage to being…sultry and confident and KILLING the vocals? To be fair, she literally told us in plain-speak week one of Listen to Your Heart that pop-country is her comfortable genre, but she legitimately has blossomed in these performances in a three-week span!! Her voice is way more complex and has a much deeper depth than I ever gave her credit – does this mean the tip-giving passersby on the street have Simon Cowell eyes for talent that I apparently lack? Do I have to take down my GoFundMe page for their restitution?
Trevor, meanwhile, sounds like an excellent boy band member. He reached his ceiling in the first performance, which is decidedly limited, but he gets points for being a continuous good sport in what is objectively the partnership that has had the most to overcome week after week – by that, I mean the 20 minutes it took to push Jamie’s lead feet onstage. I could genuinely see a lot of guys here (*cough*, Jed) being pissy stuck in a somewhat-nightmarish partnership where it’s a battle to literally just take the stage on a show designed for that specific purpose. Trevor has had a great attitude, I’ll give him that, but there’s a reason he was eliminated in the first round of cuts on American Idol.
Interpretive Routine: A
Sometimes grades are standardized, others are given in contextual relation. Given that they’ve stood frozen in place with Jamie singing peering through Trevor’s sleeve in every preceding performance thus far, any eon of a routine sends their grade soaring. But Jamie was parading around like she took sexy-dance lessons from Natascha out of NOWHERE. Instead of supergluing her hand to Trevor’s forearm, she caressed (*shudders typing that word*) his face all seductively, and they had a semblance of stage presence from the moment they started pressed upon each other like a middle school grind train. This is a literal A for effort exemplary grade.
~Romance~ Level: ???
I legitimately can’t get a read on these two despite seemingly being extremely solid since the first rose ceremony. I mean it’s 100% the f***boy vibes Trevor has perpetually given off; when coupled with his conveniently not-once-more discussed emotional cheating indiscretions, I still see this Listen To Your Heart train headed to Splitsville, and I’m not going to be the one to break it to Jamie.