Disconnected...was very polished. A bit too polished, maybe...No idea how much they practiced for this one, but I don't know, for most of its songs it sounded like it was just going through the motions. Don't know if that's a sign that they've been practicing too much or too little, or if it means they were just all too nervous, but in any case, a lot of the energy that characterized their previous performances was sadly gone. Individually:
Jean was absolutely incredible. She totally outdid the original singer of "Heaven" (despite the crapalicious microphone) and then blew us away again with that other song (ARG! I can't remember the name). She did get pretty tired near the end because we kept pressuring her to go back onstage, but she managed to pull through okay. And, upon request, she did "Angel" and "I Will Remember You" in a capella! Anyone else would have dropped dead from stage fright and emotional exhaustion trying to pull that off after "Heaven" and that other song (ARG!), but Jean made it through, and it actually sounded okay.
The freshmen were great. It's a shame nobody could really hear their first performance, though, since the amps were all screwy. They didn't have the contagious happy energy they had at Beat (I still have "Pinch Me" on my computer), but I guess that's just because the songs they picked this time were a bit more serious. Their rendition of "Worlds Apart," while not as powerful as James Liu's version two years ago at UnPlugged, was not bad. Their cohesion boggles the mind--how can any group of people sing so well in perfect unison?
Sean and Ivy's "Kiss Me" was impressively true to the original.
Mr. Flynn was a very charming MC. (I like his British accent.) His open mic performance was totally unexpected and surprisingly very good.
There were a few other artists, but about 90% of the concert consisted of performances by these people and I don't have the energy to judge anyone else.
Oh, and BTW, just in case anyone accuses me of taking sides on the whole Felicia/Jean rivalry thing (which is officially over, but oh well)...
Felicia is Bob Dylan. Jean is Whitney Houston.
Whitney Houston cannot sing Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan cannot sing Whitney Houston.
Trust me...they've tried. (Felicia and Jean...not Whitney and Bob. ^_^)