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JSC - ROUND 11vote Dec 1, 2020
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final 4. one round until the finals. if there's ever a time NOT to fuck up, it's now...

i've been putting you guys THROUGH it with these rounds recently... like damn i made y'all submit COUNTRY. but before we complete the final, i want to stop my twisted games and bring it back to YOU.

your challenge is to submit a youtube link of a SONG THAT HAS GREAT MEANING TO YOU. accompanying your song, i'd like a couple of sentences (nothing crazy) explaining what this song means to you. you won't necessarily be getting points slashed for your rationales, though i do want there to be a connection to how this song has maybe impacted your life, or an place/person/thing/event it reminds you of, or anything that allows the song's meaning to transcend into your real life. "this song means a lot to me because i like it" is not a valid reason.

i want you guys to be able to be vulnerable here, but obviously only feel comfortable sharing what you feel comfortable sharing. this added description is more just a way for me to understand why this song has meaning to you so i can know more about YOU, and maybe your taste, this explanation will not heavily affect the judging process.

••• You can not use an artist you have already used.
••• Anyone who doesn't submit, along with the person who submits the worst song, will be eliminated.
••• You have until this blog expires (approx 2:20 AM EST, Weds, Dec 2) to post.

✰ Contestants ✰
gigi10
newnightmare7
joey65409
austinrules6969

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Points: 25 2 comments
JSC - ROUND 10 RESULTSvote Dec 1, 2020
It's time for the results of the TENTH ROUND! ugh, now i know how tyra banks feels near the end of ANTM, to cut any of you feels SAD, you've all given a lot this contest, but the show MUST go on.

From here on out, we'll do this a bit differently. First, I will post your comments, in order of submission...
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turkeylover (Orville Peck, Shania Twain - Legends Never Die) – orville peck has always been one of those buzz artists i’ve seen on my twitter timeline that i’ve never actually gone out of my way to listen to a song of his, meanwhile shania’s work and status speaks for itself… this is definitely not your stereotypical HONKY TONK YEEHAW cowboy song that people may think of when they think of country. shania is certainly carrying this collaboration, although i don’t think orville’s voice is bad, it doesn’t really blend well with shania’s for me? it almost doesn’t even feel like a country voice, it’s very musical, and that kinda makes the whole country instrumental just feel gimmicky. other than peck’s voice, the components of this song work well! as i said, shania is amazing, the background music is typical country and not super generic, the lyrics are pretty catchy, BUT peck’s voice is SO distracting for me, that it really detracts from what otherwise would be a solid song.

AustinRules6969 (Cam - Classic) – i’ll be honest, i know one song by cam and it’s the one everyone knows and i can’t tell you the melody of it at all, so this is essentially a re-introduction to Cam for me. the first thing i notice about this song is my foot will literally NOT stop tapping. cam’s voice is beautiful, it’s very classic country, and the melody/lyrics/instrumental are very classic country, too. and while that’s not entirely a bad thing, it definitely doesn’t bring anything NEW to the table. this seems like a very standard country song, although it is definitely catchy. i will say, seeing as you have submitted kacey in the past, you likely had the most expertise with this genre/category, and i do think you could have found something better.

GiGi10 (Chris Stapleton - Fire Away) – i know chris stapleton is a huge name in country, but i can’t name a single song this man has contributed to (except like maybe a justin timberlake collab from that weird album?). i’ll be the first to admit, this guy’s voice is INSANE, and considering not much is happening with the background music other than a few guitar chords and a thumping repeated drum, it’s really up to his voice to carry this song, and he does a good job doing so, i really feel the vulnerability of the lyrics come through with his voice. i know this is obviously a slow song, but slow doesn’t automatically mean it can’t be exciting. is this an exciting song that brings anything new? i don’t think so, but it also is a solid entry, i wouldn’t change the station if this came on the radio. it’s giving me last call at a townie bar, though. take with that what you will

NewNightmare7 (RaeLynn - Tailgate) – even though this is a genre i barely tap into, this is the only artist submitted that i have literally never heard of! this sounds really FRESH, which is something i’m always into in a genre that i feel like suffers from so much repetition. her voice is really pretty and the lyrical content, as risque as it is, is kinda written pretty poetically! this chorus is going to be in my head for so long, and i think the “bridge” or whatever you wanna call those 2 lines after the second chorus is super funny and clever. i know this genre wasn’t anyone’s cup of tea, but knowing you were really anxious to submit this week, i’m sure you’ll be happy to know that this was a highlight of my listening party!

joey65409 (Luke Combs - Don’t Tempt Me) – similar to chris stapleton, i get this guy is huge, i’m sure i’ve heard his songs, but i do not fuck with country usually so i don’t know any of his songs… the “beer with breakfast” line is SO classic country that it borders on cringe but i kinda don’t mind it? it’s really catchy, i honestly love the sorta summer-in-the-50s vibes i’m getting interweaved with the backing music. men’s country is honestly so hit or miss for me, and i can’t say this has been something i’ll listen to a lot going forward, but i definitely find it to be catchy, maybe the catchiest of the bunch, and i like combs’ voice quite a bit. it’s not necessarily bringing anything new, lyrically, but i think this reads as a very CLASSIC git-er-dun country song, and that’s like the polar opposite of the country i tend to enjoy, so the fact that i liked this, as concerning as that is for me, is a GOOD TIME (get it lol).
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The first person I'd like to call forward is GiGi10...

Matt, you stood out this week by sending a more downbeat country song. While there wasn't a whole lot going on, and it may not be for me, your entry showed the best vocals and some of the better lyrics this week. CONGRATULATIONS, you are SAFE this week.
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Next up, I'd like to see the TOP 2... NewNightmare7 & joey65409.

Joey, you have definitely been stepping up your entries this week. This is the song I was probably dreading the most coming into it, knowing the little I know about the artists, but I found myself really enjoying this. Although this week will not be another win for you, you have made the top 2 and are safe.

NN7, congratulations, you are the winner this week! I loved the care-free vibes this song gave out, it was for sure the dark horse, being the only artist I didn't know, but I found the vocals to be nice, the lyrics to be both witty and clever, and the melody to be super catchy!

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This means, AustinRules6969 and turkeylover, you are the bottom 2 this week.

Austin, while your entry was FINE, it is certainly a departure in quality from a lot of your recent entries. And, knowing that you won with a country song in week 2, it's disappointing to see you submit arguably the most generic entry. The melody here is great and I will definitely be tapping my foot, but I wanted to see more from you. I hope this is a wake-up call, if you stay.

Turkey, my love, this was not your most protein-packed entry thus far. You have the makings of a really quality song here, but I will admit, just as you feared in your comment, Orville Peck completely fucked this for you. Shania is KILLING it, the lyrics are catchy, and something that I loved about this is how this felt like a nice, modern country song – I gave this year range for a specific reason, because I think the genre has evolved greatly then, and you caught onto that. But, I really can't get past Peck's voice, it feels so out of place here, and it detracts greatly from the quality of the song.
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The person advancing to the final four is...
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AUSTIN.

turkeylover, this means you have been eliminated. Through your highs and lows, you have always been unafraid to step outside of the box, and you have done an amazing job of showing your style throughout this competition. But, a winner of JSC must succeed in ALL styles, so your journey ends here. Thanks for playing.
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this is the busiest time in my life.vote Nov 30, 2020
imagenot because of school or other factors, but because i am juggling competing in THREE blogs page food contests and THREE blogs page song contests, all while hosting a blogs page song contest of my own... *breaks down* can i get a blogs page hug?
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honestly?vote Nov 30, 2020
imageblog game contests that require you to post pictures of food/links to music videos > any group or tengaged game i have ever played.
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JSC - ROUND 10vote Nov 30, 2020
congratulations on making it to the FINAL 5! with this being your 2nd to last round before the finale, i want you to really bring it with these entries, as it doesn't matter HOW good your track record is, one bad round could send you packing.

this week, i want to see the DIFFERENT things you can bring to a table. there's something that none of you have been able to send me so far, and i want to see how this goes when you're taken outside of your comfort zone...

your challenge is to submit a youtube link of a COUNTRY SONG. THE SONG MUST HAVE BEEN RELEASED WITHIN THE PAST 5 YEARS, AND THE SONG CAN NOT HAVE CHARTED ON THE US/CANADA MAIN CHART (if it charts on the country specific chart, that's fine).

I AM ALSO GOING TO MAKE A NO KACEY MUSGRAVES RULE, that is a very obviously easy way to win this genre. this is a genre that i do not LOVE, but i do think some of the best songwriting is in country music. there's a lot of generic/basic entries, there's quite a few gems, too. just as all of YOU are stepping outside of your comfort zone, i will be stepping outside of mine, as well, and i have a feeling most, if not all, of these songs will be first-time listens for me, so i'm very excited!

••• You can not use an artist you have already used.
••• Anyone who doesn't submit, along with the person who submits the worst song, will be eliminated.
••• You have until this blog expires (approx 8:20 PM EST, Tues, Dec 1) to post.

✰ Contestants ✰
gigi10
turkeylover
newnightmare7
joey65409
austinrules6969

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Points: 38 7 comments
JSC - ROUND 9 RESULTSvote Nov 30, 2020
It's time for the results of the NINTH ROUND!

The following are SAFE...
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NewNightmare7 (Bob Marley - Jamming) – this is QUITE a left field entry! while i admit i do have a bob marley poster in my room, i would probably not be able to know more than 5 song titles of his LMAO, this is one of that i have definitely heard before without actually knowing. this is not one i expected to enjoy as much as i did, but it’s really relaxing, and there’s actually quite a bit going on with the vocal harmonies with the background singers. this is like CERTAINLY not something i would normally listen to, but it’s catchy and relaxing and as you said in your comment, CHILL. good entry!

GiGi10 (Jack Harlow - GHOST) – jack harlow is one of the biggest names to emerge in rap recently, and although this song doesn’t get as much recognition as his other ones, this is probably one of my favorite songs of his. the production goes HARD, and i love when rappers switch up flows and he definitely does that. this is a great showcase of his talents, my only criticism with this song is it IS extremely short, another verse would definitely catapult you up a tier in this competition. and, even when you exclude round 8, which REQUIRED you to send kanye, this is your 3rd rap entry in a row. you used to be a frontrunner and a lot of that was due to your diverse entries, i’m worried you’re starting to slip!

CONGRATULATIONS! You have moved on to the FINAL FIVE.
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Now onto the top 2...

AustinRules6969 (Janelle Monáe - Django Jane) – this album is INCREDIBLE and i think janelle monae can do absolutely no wrong, she has some of the best array of talents, but like i ALWAYS skip this song off this record… but after listening to it again, i’m not entirely sure why? i definitely PREFER janelle’s singing-heavy tracks but these lyrics are great, the production is awesome, and it NEVER feels flat, bored, or basic, this is something only janelle monae can really do.

joey65409 (Jack Johnson - Upside Down) – while jack johnson definitely has BETTER songs than this one, i can’t really name a more care-free song like literally ever. something about this just really makes me so happy, and although i used to listen to him a lot and now i don’t listen to him at all, this kinda served as a reminder for me to add him to more of my playlists, the level of serotonin i got from this kinda can’t be matched. i find his voice to be super peaceful and like… kind of a really underrated bridge? your best entry yet… will it be enough to get you your first win?

THE WINNER OF ROUND 9 IS...

Jack Johnson - Upside Down, submitted by joey65409! Make sure to go stream:
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Now onto, the bottom 2...

turkeylover (Jessy Lanza - Lick In Heaven) - turkey, you have probably been the most inconsistent member of the final 6. sometimes your entries are really strong, and other times they kinda flounder. i feel like this is one of those weeks… this is a very DECENT entry. i do think this is a song that would probably grow and eventually become better than this, and while i’m not MAD at it as of now, i am definitely just FINE with it. it could be better, especially with have lyrical substance, the production is pretty cool and as a whole it’s catchy. one thing about this entry is that it is FAR from generic, which i greatly appreciate, but just short of par overall, though.

purplebb4 (Beyoncé - Jealous) – this is the record that definitely made beyonce be taken more seriously as an artist, but you definitely chose a song that not a lot of people talk about. admittedly, this is not on my constant rotation of the beyoncé songs i enjoy but after this… i kinda understand why? the only part of this song i really enjoy is literally the way she says JEALOUS and the way the production kinda explodes in the background. beyonce is a vocally BRILLIANT artist but i think she has always kind of had a hard time making her album tracks stand out as much as her singles do, and while she has drastically improved with this over time, and some of these album tracks are the best of her career, this is a pretty forgettable song and nothing is really pulling me into it.

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The contestant that will move on is...
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turkeylover! Congratulations, but this means purplebb4, you have been eliminated. You have been on a GREAT streak and shown a lot of improvement, but all it takes is one meh/forgettable entry at this stage to have your chance at the million-dollar prize be cut off. Thanks for playing!
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