Australian Idol – Season 7 – Melbourne and Brisbane Auditions
What is the point of Brian McFadden and Delta Goodrem being guest judges at the auditions on Australian Idol? It is like bland and blander, also it drags out the auditions as well. Tonight I did not really hear Brian say anything that was either constructive or witty. In fact his way of getting a laugh seems to be to take the piss out of the performer.
Now I wonder if Channel Ten are going to assess what reaction Brian gets from the viewers before finalising the now vacant judging position, and if so I am giving it the thumbs down. I am now thinking my guess that Jay Dee Springett is going to be the new judge is a dud ( See previous post here ) as he is going to be on the top 100 show so that could have been where that rumour emerged from.
However if the choice is between him and Brian I hope they go for Jay Dee, as he is ten times hotter than Delta’s future husband.
Also Brian’s acting was not great when he staged his “walkout” of the Melbourne audition. And memo to Channel Ten if you are going to set up something like that make sure you get the continuity right as his clothes kept on changing during that sequence.
Tonight Australian Idol’s seventh season kicked off in its new 6.30pm time slot, which for the record I hate, the time slot not the show. Who gets to sit down at that time to watch television?
It is a critical year for the show, James Mathieson and John Foreman have gone, there is a new format, and they have had to sack Kyle Sandilands who from tonight’s performance was the most entertaining judge of the four of them. Having said that someone who puts a 14 year old on the show to question about their sex life does deserves to be hung, drawn and quartered, and that goes for you as well Jackie O.
Anyway here are a few thoughts on tonight’s episode:
- Marcia has had so much botox that the only things moving on her face are her eyes and her lips;
- Having said that the boys have also have their share of cosmetic enhancements, Kyle has had botox in his forehead, and Dicko had some sort of violet coloured contact lenses in, as well as a fake tan;
- Ricki-Lee as much as I love her, has been photoshopped in this week’s Who magazine;
- The producers continue to make fun of the bad asian singers and unattractive people in general;
- Also there was too much yabbering in the voice over by Andrew G it was about 15 minutes into the show before we got to the first singer,
- There was no suspense you knew if the contestant got a montage they were through to Sydney;
- I miss James he was the one with the wit, but I guess I am just going to have to get over that;
- As said previously Kyle was the most entertaining judge, Dicko needs to find his mojo NOW; and
- I don’t think we have seen this year’s Idol winner on the show tonight.
Melbourne was the first audition, but it was really Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Tasmainia. This year the singers came to the judges rather than the judges going to them.
Aliqua Mao was first up from Adelaide. The 16 year old school student did vocal gymnastics and by the time they went through the whole montage you knew she was going to Sydney. Dicko called her a “loose canyon” which I did not really get.
Scott Newnham the 20 year old brickies labourer will draw comparison to last year’s amateur singer Luke Dickens. Brian McFadden said he looked like David Beckham, I did not see it but with a bit of styling he may be this year’s teens choice of heart throb. The judges thought he was great also helped by the story that he had only ever sung in front of one person his mate. There was definitely a bromance going on between that pair.
Crystal Tandy a 16 year old seemed sweet but she had made her not insubstantial clevage the focal point of her outfit, and also sang Lady Marmalade, not really age appropriate. She also sang with her Ipod on to help her hit notes, if you thought this may have given her some added advantage, it didn’t.
Juvita Pingiaro a 27 year old cleaner had the motivation of her mother’s secondary cancer to push her through the audtion. She sang Natural Woman, I liked her bluesy type voice. But Dicko wanted a “Bigger, better more confident performance then what we saw”, so he told her to come back on the last day of auditions. She left the room, and after some discussion Kyle got her and brought her back in. The other three said they were saying yes to Sydney. I got the feeling this was all staged to add more drama to the story.
Marijana Topalovic a 27 year old Croatian wedding singer looked like she had pinched a corsage from a bride. Considering she was a professional singer her voice did nothing for me. Brian Mc Fadden thought she could win the show, Kyle and Dicko thought she was the best they had seen thus far. I remained perplexed and underwhelmed.
Vinh Bui a 19 year old played guitar and sang Imagine by John Lennon. Is the Idol franchise racist they seem to take the piss out of a lot of Asians. However I did laugh at his rendition. “Is this a Quentin Tarantino movie?” Brian McFadden asked. I did not quite get that reference he was making. On the contrary I think I think Tarantino makes great use of music in his flicks. Maybe Brian was thinking Asian – oh that is like Kill Bill. Dicko summed it up when he said “it did not flow as well as the original.” I wondered if Vinh was a plant.
Moire Meaney aged 16 from Tasmania was Irish and her and Brian Mc bonded over their shared ancestory. I liked her voice but wondered what she would be like once she got out of the Irish genre. “Thought it was a bit forced” Brian said. Dicko obviously an old Pogues fan wanted her in Sydney.
Tolga Danisken the 16 year old boy who looked 30 did a crap rendition of a Justin Timberlake song complete with camp dancing. Kyle asked to see what was in his pockets of his too tight jeans. Unfortunately no contraband fell out.
Danielle Hockley aged 30 from Perth fulfilled Kyles’s Australian Idol theory that the good looking ones are are always the dud singers. He was talking about the girls, as they don’t seem to push through the hot blokes with bad voices through for comedic value. Unfortunately.
Catherine Lim 18 year old was another asian paid out by singing Beautiful, and it was painful as she was not. She also had a speech impediment when she sang, but not when she spoke which was a bit weird.
Daniel Woodhouse 19 got through with a ok rendition of True Colours again I did not think it was a fabulous as the judges did.
Toby Moulton, a teacher, who was in his last year of being able to apply because he was 30 years of age was average, but the judges thought he had a pure voice. I did not feel it, I doubt he will make top 12 which is unfortunate as he is slightly cute.
Thirty-three singers got through from Melbourne for the top 100 week.
It was back to the three judges on the panel, which for me flowed better, however Marcia, and Dicko seriously need to find some personality. Come Dicko we know you had it once.
Kim- Elise Cooper was one of the first through from Queensland. She is a 21 year old from Townsville I liked her attitude, but I did not think her voice was the strongest I had heard. But for me the most memorable person of the night.
Jo-Anne Cubian was clearly a regular karaoke singer as she had to use her hand a s fake microphone. “Didn’t actually sing it but gargle it. ” said Dicko. Thankfully she did not sing Endless Love or get through to Sydney.
Kristy Pascoe was there with her fiancee Jason and you knew it was going to be a joke, and it was. She sounded a bit like a bloke. Of course if your fat and ugly and you try out for Australian Idol the producers feel almost obligated to take the piss out of you. Personally I did not think this scene was necessary as it was not funny just cruel.
Casey Barnes a 30 year old professional musician had auditioned previously three years ago but nerves had got the better of him then, got through this time round. I really liked his voice it had a lot of warmth in it.
Kate Cook – an abattoir worker whose mother who committed suicide sang her own song whilst playing guitar. I really liked her voice, and the song. Marcia told her not to change her look, however she should at least get rid of the cowlicks, and maybe wash her hair.
So if they are not guesting as a judge, they are auditioning for the show… Kevin Layton a former member of the boy band Mercury 4 audition. Kyle reckon he used to be on his play list, hopefully not this diabolical song below which has ensured he will not be getting his singing career resurrected through my votes.
Lauren Street was back apparently she previously was a semi finalist on the show. I have a vague recollection of her.
Lucie Johnson 16 year old I really liked, and I think we will see a bit of her in Sydney.
And as always they saved one of the best untill last, Stan Walker an 18 year old from Coolangatta but formerly New Zealand started off slow, but by the end of a song I was fan. I am not sure if he will make top 12, but he could go close.
I thought the Brisbane auditions (or what we saw of them) produced the better performances of the night. I am concerned about the judging panel, and it will be crucial to the success of the show on who they get to replace Kyle Sandilands.