It's week three of Rock the Cradle and the verdict is in: One more rock star wannabe is on their way out. We already know it's not Jesse Blaze Snider, son of Dee Snider, who was declared untouchable by the judges last week. Dropping a bombshell,...... Read Full Episode Summary »
The Cradle rockers share some words of wisdom.
These rock star hopefuls fulfill their DNA destiny by taking a stab at their parents' greatest hits.
It's week three of Rock the Cradle and the verdict is in: One more rock star wannabe is on their way out. We already know it's not Jesse Blaze Snider, son of Dee Snider, who was declared untouchable by the judges last week.
Dropping a bombshell, host Ryan Devlin reveals that after this week, there will be double eliminations. Yup, two people will go home next week! Right now, eight singers remain. The viewers voted and someone is about to be sent packing, but who?
Before the contestants find out whether they'll stay or go, it's revealed that each person that's safe will put their own spin on a song made famous by their mom or dad.
First up is Crosby Loggins, who learns that he's safe. He picks his dad Kenny Loggins' tune "I'm Alright" but decides to make the pop track "more aggressive." Although last week judge June Ambrose said she wanted him to bare his chest, Crosby says there's no way he's pulling a Jesse Blaze Snider!
When the lights go down, Crosby runs out onstage -- fully clothed -- strumming a guitar, putting a rock bent on the song. He looks more comfortable than past weeks as he runs through the crowd and up to the judges. With a genuine smile on his face, he sings to June before heading back up onstage. Did he win the judges over?
Yup. Crosby's scores range from 7.5 to a perfect 10. Belinda Carlisle says it was "better" but adds that he still seems "awkward." June loves that he "loosened up" and admits that she "lusts for" him.
Next up is Jesse Blaze Snider, who already knows he's avoiding elimination because he received the highest score from the judges last week. Will he be able to stay on top for a second straight week?
Jesse chooses "We're Not Gonna Take It" by his father's band Twisted Sister ... but he wants to turn the anthemic rock song into a ballad. His parents are appalled, but Jesse thinks he can pull it off.
Sitting on a stool, Jesse sings over the simplicity of an acoustic guitar. Wearing a sport jacket and button-down shirt, he makes it work. Then he stands up, grabs the guitar and smashes it. He rips off the jacket and shirt to reveal a sleeveless Twisted Sister T-shirt -- time to rock! But did he Rock the Cradle?
Totally! Jesse scores high, ranging between 9 and 9.5. Jamie King calls his performance "very theatrical," saying he "took a risk" and "that's what it takes to be a rock star." Larry Rudolph adds that he "never disappoints."
As the highest score so far, Jesse's in the lead for being untouchable. But he says he doesn't want the title; he thinks the viewers, not the judges, should decide his fate. However, he's told that if he indeed has the highest score at the end of the night, he will still be automatically saved from elimination.
Then Chloe Lattanzi steps up and learns that she's safe. She decides to perform her mother Olivia Newton-John's song "I Honestly Love You," completely "twisting it up" to make it her own.
Onstage, Chloe's unusual voice takes center stage as two very limber dancers slide across the floor and contort their bodies. As she finishes the song, Chloe does her signature move of dropping to the floor. What did the judges think?
Looks like they liked it. Chloe's scores range from 7.5 to a perfect 10. Belinda admits Chloe's voice makes her feel "so uncomfortable" but adds "the weirder the better." Larry calls it "pop porn" and says she's "getting better."
It's Lara Johnston's turn to find out that she's off the chopping block. She selects "Long Train Runnin'" by her father Tom Johnston's band the Doobie Brothers. She decides to take a "huge risk" and reconfigure the song to have a reggae feel. She also takes Jamie King's criticism from last week to heart and takes some dance lessons to "loosen up."
With her dad, Tom Johnston, on guitar, Lara steps onstage and shows off her new dance moves. She even reaches out into the crowd and connects with the audience. Will her new moves help her score high?
Eh, not really. The judges' scores range from 7 to 8.5. Jamie points out that Lara's "got the voice" but still needs more confidence. June calls her "adorable" even though her hair is "dreadful." Larry says she's been getting "better and better."
Wearing shades, Lil B. Sure! lets out a sigh of relief when he finds out he's sticking around for another week. His dad Al B. Sure!'s "Nite and Day" is his choice. He wants to switch it up and make it more hip-hop to show off his vocal range, but dad doesn't think that's necessary.
With Al B. Sure! dancing behind him onstage, Lil B. Sure! starts off on the wrong foot. His vocals are off, especially when he hits the high notes. Will the Rock the Cradle judges be lenient?
Nope. Lil B. scores between 5 and 6.5. June calls his performance "painful" and thinks he should have done his own thing instead of listening to his pops.
The next to learn they're safe is Landon Brown, who chooses his dad Bobby Brown's mega-hit "My Prerogative." But ... Bobby doesn't want Landon to do it because it's his "signature song." Landon decides to perform it anyway, taking it in a different direction so he can show off his skills. Bobby doesn't think his son should "fix something that ain't broke."
Slowing the song down a bit, Landon takes the stage. Despite working the crowd and adding a few dance steps, nothing can mask the fact that he is off-key -- way off. As Bobby Brown sternly looks on, Landon takes off his hoodie to flex his muscles. But is it enough to distract the judges?
Hell no! Landon gets the lowest scores of the season, ranging from 2.5 to 4.5. Although Larry says he's got "a lot of good things going," he just doesn't have the vocal skills. Bobby Brown looks pissed, saying he's "speechless" and doesn't agree with the judges.
Now it's down to two -- A'Keiba Burrell-Hammer and Lucy Walsh. Only one of them will step onstage to sing; the other will be kicked out of the cradle.
America voted and the next person to go home is A'Keiba, who hugs Lucy as her father, MC Hammer, tells her that she's a "classy woman." When she says goodbye to the rest of the Rock the Cradle contestants, they give her a group hug.
The last to perform, Lucy Walsh decides to sing "Life in the Fast Lane" by her father Joe Walsh's band the Eagles. She claims she's ready to "bring it."
Dressed in all black, Lucy rocks from start to finish, working the crowd. But is it enough to give her the scores that she needs?
Nah. All around, Lucy receives between 6 and 7.5. Jamie thinks it was "too choreographed" and "didn't feel natural."
In the end, who has the highest score, deeming them untouchable? Jesse Blaze Snider, who will avoid elimination for a second straight week. He automatically moves on to the next round while the rest of the Rock the Cradle hopefuls are put on the chopping block.
The fates of these rock star kids are in the viewers' hands. Which two will get the boot next week?