I was so unthrilled, I bet you wonder why I thought she was better than Phillip. Well, because even with bad song choices, her voice and vocal skills are something to behold.
His best performance of the night, and possibly of the season (though it’s hard to rank anything above his James Brown homage last week), was “I’d Rather Go Blind”, which Randy Jackson chose for him. Killed. It. He killed it. It was incredible. I watched it twice and then called my wife into the room and said, “you’ve got to see this” and I watched it a third time. Heck, I almost called a friend to talk about it. Imagine a world where we hadn’t seen Joshua for 20 weeks of our lives, and imagine you were watching some random late night talk show one night and the host held up a CD and said, “introducing Joshua Ledet” and then he walked on stage and did what he did last night, and you’d never seen him before. Seriously, you’d call a friend. And you’d hop on Google and search “Joshua Ledet” and you’d like his Fan Page and you’d buy his CD. You would. You’d say he was a “throw back” and in a completely organic way, he’d burst onto the pop-culture scene as, like, the black, male Adele. He’d be a poor man’s Bruno Mars. Or a rich man’s John Legend. As I’ll explain in a minute, he’s not “pop” and this might hurt him in the long run.