First off I have to say that this theme was weird. It was suppose to be bands or artists that influenced Gwen Stefani or songs from her or No Doubt. I'm sorry but there are many better themes that I can think of or artists to pick from instead, why not make the theme more generic like pop songs or music from the 1990's. Also Gwen kept giving the same advice to everyone, sing the melody. It looks like they edited her pieces with the contestants cause she didn't have a whole lot to say.
Performance wise, it wasn't good or bad, just whatever to me.
A few people did stand out though:
Gina- Excellent song choice, this girl can sing better than I think she knows. The big notes were beautiful and she really connected with it.
Phil- Finally we got to see the real Phil. A strong vocal and a performance that suited the song with a strong delivery.
Lakisha and Melinda, great singers, so we know that?
Jordin- Interesting and different choice, but I know she did it to prove she can sing anything and I think she proved that.
Sanjaya- Dear god, that boy should be voted off because of his horrible pony hawk alone.
Chris S.- Train wreck, this dude can't find the pocket and he wasn't on beat with the music. If he could have done that it would have been good because I think his vocal was decent.
Blake- I like him but for me it was a bit boring and honestly predictable, that is the second 311 song he has sung this season.
Chris R.- I think it was good but not great, but I did like the arrangement.
Hayley- She has a difficult time connecting with songs and I don't think she did tonight, she still seems a bit timid when it comes to ballads. I think she has the voice she just needs to put it out there.
Bottom (don't know if it will be 2 or 3)