The auditions are officially starting to outstay their welcome. I understand that judges have the requirements of selecting a team of 12 each, but that unfortunately means we have to sit through at least 48 audition performances (not to mention another 10 or so to keep it exciting.)
I think a lot of people are going out of their way to hate Delta. Yes, she has several elements that make her unlikeable – she was a teen pop star, she’s inexplicably happy 24/7 and she had sex with both a Westlife member and a Jonas brother. However, apart from the first episode, she’s really started to find both her feet and a constructive argument.
I’ll keep the performances quick for two reasons. The first is that critiquing the auditions individually is exhausting. The second is that generally, they were horse shit last night.
Realistically, there has been only five knockout performers thus far, but in saying that, five and counting is still better than any season of Australian Idol. The potential, mixed with the new format, is a breath of a fresh air.
Sam Ludeman might have sung “Not Over You,” but it looked like his girlfriend was Not Across the fact he was clearly a homosexual. It kicked off a night of terrible song choices, being so cheesy and unmemorable. The guy obviously had talent but it was not a show-winning performance by any stretch.
Viktoria Bolonia actually impressed me with her rendition of “Babooshka.” Speaking of, what’s with the Kate Bush comeback? If someone busts out “Running Up That Hill,” I won’t cope with the amazingness of it all! Viktoria may have had her pitch issues but those high notes soared. The polish might reveal a star.
Glenn Whitehall ‘s “A Change is Gonna Come” did what it needed to. It was a solid, bogan pub version of a soul classic. He came across as a massive fuckwit at the end though.
Diana Rouvas’ “Work It Out,” Esther Welsh’s “Fell In Love With A Boy” and Cory Heargraves – “We Are The Champions” were all decent enough but ultimately unremarkable.
During Mitchell Thompson’s ”The A Team”, I couldn’t help but notice that all of the judges make faces but don’t press the button ? IF YOU ARE IMPRESSED, PRESS THE FUCKING BUTTON. I thought the lad was very solid.
Keiran Fraser was James Blunt’s vocal doppelganger with “Same Mistake.” Despite the nerves, I thought it was a strong and moving show.
I am still in shock that Jazz Flowers managed to have all four judges turn around with her woeful choice of “Big White Room.” She hit the high notes, but the rest of it was a little bit meh. Not to mention she looks like she lives in 1991.
Jerson Trinidad’s “Ordinary People” was a ballsy song choice, given that John Legend is almost uncoverable. Jerson managed to pull it off, even though the last note sounded like a howler monkey giving birth to a pterodactyl.
Finally, Michelle Serret’s “Only Girl in the World” was flat and not half the performance the judges made it out to be. In fairness, the song would be tremendously difficult to sing, but that’s why you don’t bite off more than you can chew.
An average night on the whole. Tonight is the last night, as well as the debut performance of my friend Nick Len, who let’s face it, might not like me tomorrow!