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Posts from — September 2007

Australian Idol Final Nine – Unplugged

Due to a recording malfunction I missed both Mark and Natalie’s songs – very cranky but not as cranky as the males in the house when they realised the first half of the Grand Final had not been recorded!

Tonight was acoustic night, and it was an opportunity for the Idol’s to put their money where their mouth is. They were able to play instruments and their was no music restrictions. I found it ironic that acoustic night was held on the night they will get their lowest TV ratings due to most of Sydney and Melbourne viewers watching the NRL Grandfinal.

Kyle was at his witty best, and Sheridan Tyler was obviously feeling waistcoats this season, as both Jacob, and Daniel wore them.

Ian Moss was a guest artist “mentoring”the Idol’s, nicely timed to fit in with the release of his new CD. On American Idol the guest artist also sits on the judging panel for the night, which did not happen here but I presume five judges would be too much, but he could have replaced Dicko for the night and given him the opportunity to get over his jet lag.

Carl – sang a Harry Connick Jr “It’s alright with me”. He is a bit amateur hour for me and each week I think he is going to go, but those puppy dog eyes are clearly working on some voters. There are a lot of hits on his fan site on the Official Australian Idol website. Only Ben and Matt Corby have more. So it looks like he will be staying around for awhile.

The navy have agreed to let him out of his contract, however I still see his career on the high seas – singing on a cruise ship.

Oh and Kyle the horn joke was predictable.

Jacob- Keane – “Somewhere Only We Know”. Why was he not playing his guitar? I thought this was the week all the “serious” artists on the show were wanting. I thought it was dull and when I heard the lyric “This could be the end of everything” I thought yeah honey I think your Idol journey will be ending tomorrow night.

At the end of the song the camera was desperately scanning the crowd to find a Jacob placard. They found one and it was probably a relative or friend, so that does not count.

Matt – Damien Rice “The Blower Daughter”. Now Matt rates highly on the crucial placard count – there were squillions plus kids in I love Matt t-shirts, this guy is going to have be caught with a kilo of smack to lose this competition.

Dicko said there had been shenanigans backstage about the choice of his song. The interpretation of this was producers were wetting themselves that the obscure song would see him voted out, and leave them with limited star quality for the rest of the Idol performances.

Musically he is extremely talented, and I thought the song was good. The judges are so hypocritical re: song choices, because Matt pulled it off he was an artist, if he had blown it they would have been pulling out the Holly, and Reigan rantings.

Daniel – Kiss “I Was Made For Loving You”. I was surprised he did not play an instrument tonight, but maybe he wanted his musicality to show through the arrangement he had done on turning the rock song into a ballad. Gosh did it work. Tonight I thought he looked good, even sexy. Did someone trim his hair? The waist coat was working for me. The song was beautiful, first time I have ever listened to the lyrics of a song which I have heard at least 100 times. Not sure if it merited a touchdown. I wish Mark would outline the criteria he judges it on as I thought last weeks was dodgy too. Ben’s song was better, and Mark did not give him one tonight.

Ben – did not catch song title or band but it did not matter as it was so beautiful. He has such star quality, I hope he goes to broadway. The nerves were showing but who cares as Kyle said “Sensational”. He is a cutie, and I suspect he will be walking the Opera House steps with Matt.

TarasaiDeseree “Kissing You”. I nearly gagged when Kyle said she was his favourite. Probably guaranteed to get her in the bottom three tomorrow.

Vocally brilliant probably the best song she has done, but she does not connect with me. Maybe if I saw more of that mad personality the judges were talking about my attitude might change. But the cutsie look she gives the camera is irritating. I found it vaguely amusing that Ian Moss did not warm to her.

Marty – Snow Patrol “Open Your Eyes”. Yes looked much better with the guitar, and his gravelly voice really suited the song. He will get through this week, but I think his life on the show is now limited.

Bottom 3, Mark, Tarasai, and Jacob.

A stronger show tonight, with Kyle again taking out the points for most amusing judge.

September 30, 2007   3 Comments

So You Think You Can Dance – Nigel Lythgoe to be a guest judge?

The Sun Herald today reported that Nigel Lythgoe may be a guest judge on Australia’s version So You Think You Can Dance. Apparently he has grandkids on the Gold Coast and is a semi-regular visitor.

Nasty Nigel will definately be a ratings boost for the show, and will be able to give the judges some much needed advice in the first season. He is a fair and balanced judge who loves dancing. If he is nasty then Simon Cowell must be a complete sociopath…

Also in the same article there was speculation about Megan Gale being the compere – however I think that rumour was killed on Friday and I suspect the herald’s gossip column had already been printed.

Asha Kuertan name has been mentioned. However front runner is now Rogue Traders lead singer Natalie Bassingwaite. Who really is a shorter version of Cat Deeley. Apparently Natalie did the warm up for the Disco show on Australian Idol.

I would expect an announcement soon prior to the auditions commencing as the PR girls cannot keep on spinning these rumours out – at least Bec Cartwright has not been mentioned.

September 30, 2007   Comments Off on So You Think You Can Dance – Nigel Lythgoe to be a guest judge?

Reality Titbits

Casey Donovan has a mystery boyfriend of two years – article still could not reveal who it was – no photo of him though.
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22495142-5012964,00.html

Damien Leith’s book “One More Time” is now on sale in all good retail outlets. I look forward to the reviews.

Asha Kuerten rumoured to be the host of the Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance. Never heard of her – must watch the Channel 9 Saturday morning music show to check her out.

Matt and Lana admit to a few “cuddles” in the house – yawn- so over this bring on the Natalie, Daniel, Ben love triangle. http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22489947-5006002,00.html

September 28, 2007   2 Comments

Reality TV Not Real reveals Producer

In shock news today it was revealed Supernanny producers would make toddlers cry all in the name of good tv. Article here http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22496714-5001026,00.html

Someone blew the lid of the manipulation of the show, to say that this was just one of the liberties taken on the show to make it more watchable.

I kind of thought this was the case in Supernanny as we all know that our kids behave like angels when people are around and then as soon as they are gone the performances begin.

It was also revealed that there were also changes to things on Wife Swap. To think I thought this was typical American behaviour…… No one came out looking real good on that show. However I found it strange how some families in the US eat their dinner off paper plates and drink out of disposable cups so they don’t have as much washing up to do. No one there is a greenhouse issue.

September 28, 2007   Comments Off on Reality TV Not Real reveals Producer

Extreme Makeover coming to Australia – Yippee

Yeah at last a reality tv show I may qualify for….

Today’s Daily Tele states that an Eastern Suburbs plastic surgeon may do a show here based on the US version. Article link attached http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22494873-5006002,00.html

It does not say which TV channel, but it won’t be ABC or SBS (they are to busy showing late night porn, oops I meant arthouse flicks).

It appears to have Channel 10 written all over it, but I suspect David Gyngell would like it to boost the current poor ratings of Channel 9.

Will try and get more details.

September 28, 2007   Comments Off on Extreme Makeover coming to Australia – Yippee