Abandoning their country roots for the evening, Pope and Lynch brought energy and perspective to their individual performances, but Lynch ultimately emerged victorious on the show, hosted by LL Cool J with commentator Chrissy Teigen.
In the first round, Lynch wowed the crowd with Ludacris’ 2001 hit “What”s Your Fantasy,” accentuating the performance with an exaggerated chain of pelvic thrusts along with a can of whipped cream. Pope then countered with Avril Lavigne”s 2002 breakout hit “Complicated”.
The competition heated up in round two, which yielded the standout performances of the evening. By serenading Pope directly after an impressively choreographed dancing through the chorus, the song was concluded by Lynch.
Meanwhile, Pope threw herself into to Panic! At the Disco’s emo-pop smash “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” with a surprise appearance from the band’s lead singer, Brendon Urie. Remembering her former role as singer of pop punk group Hey Monday, Pope acted her way by means of a dream-like sequence in her nightgown, as lingerie-clad dancers sprung from a row of baleful red doors plus a staged mosh pit erupting in the closing moments.
Most recently, Pope released the single “Summer” from a forthcoming second album. Lynch’s current single is “Seein’ Red,” and also the Tennessee native will join the winter leg of Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Dig Your Roots’ Tour beginning in January.