Jamie Gabrielle & Trevor Holmes, “Speechless” by Dan + Shay
Vocal Performance: B+
Oh okay, no variety on this Listen to Your Heart finale, excellent. We went right into Jamie and Trevor’s second act, which truly did these two no favors. Perhaps I would’ve, I don’t know, forgotten how irritated I was at the breathy voices in their first performance with time. Alas, here we are, and we’re back at square one with Trevor’s inability to project or sing any key that isn’t ended with a half-sung breathy note.
Not that this is fair, but there’s no fairness in show business, so I’ll keep bringing it back to Matt and Rudi – their harmonies, comparatively, had expert depth, and you could hear both of their voices, despite Rudi having an obvious edge of power. Conversely, it’s almost as if these two…drown each other out? Is that even possible? You simply get no enhancement when these two harmonize together. Moreover, I’m not sure this was Jamie’s key – it reminds me of her “Gravity” performance with Ryan, and how her voice could not thrive in that lower range. Her power note here was hiiiighly hindered by the lower-key she was attempting to sing in. Thanks for playing, you two, it was a valiant effort on Listen to Your Heart this season, but as Simon Cowell would tell an earnest 16-year old, maybe come back in a couple of years when your voices have fully gone through puberty.
Interpretive Routine: B+
Okay, okay, we took some frantic last-minute notes after the first performance grade, it seems. Jamie attempted the prowess of Natascha and Rudi in sauntering over to Trevor in the opening verse, and I’m nothing if not one to award effort. They definitely stepped it up in this routine, I’ll give them that. But for really blowing this category the entirety of Listen to Your Heart, I still am ultimately unimpressed. The half-effort “choreography,” if I can call it that, is again, not enough to overcome frankly mediocre vocal abilities.
~Romance~ Level: A
Alright, fine, these two at minimum sold it in this department. Though I’m not sure tour-goers want to spend half the concert watching Jamie and Trevor repeatedly kiss mid-song, in a competition with unclear judging parameters with respect to singing and romance, I suppose it’s appropriate. These two are the ultimate definition of puppy love, and it’s been palpable in all of their Listen to Your Heart performances thus far. As Kaitlyn artfully put it, these two looked overdue for a fantasy suite visit – yes, less than 24 hours after their initial one. Puppy love, ladies and gentlemen of the esteemed Bachelor Nation.