THIS THIS THIS. He chose a schtick that people are afraid to criticize.
Yes, he can sing, but he doesn't blow me away. He's not a super-talent. Singing with Lea Michelle only emphasized that he's not a star, and that became even more obvious when Jurnee matched LM note for note.
They did a terrible job splitting up the groups- I'm sure the top 14 was pre-selected and the groups split up accordingly... but I really do hope they were kicking themselves when the second group was so much stronger than the first.
It's just hard to remember so much of this is about marketing. I think Alyssa sparkles a lot more than Michelle with a similar look and age, but Michelle's got the Spanish-speaking demographic they probably want to tap.
I wish Effie had been stronger this week, because I really do love her voice. I do find her large tattoos off-putting, but I wouldn't not vote for her because of them. (I only get super-judgey about stupidly-shaped facial hair on guys.) But again... their performances probably didn't matter.
Garrett isn't strong and such a waste of a spot. And to be shallow-- I don't think it's his eyebrows that bug, I find something weird about the way his teeth are set in his jaw.