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Australian Idol – The Sydney Auditions

Thank God the auditions are over I don’t think I could have sat through another two hours  of bad singing, taking the piss out of asians, and an untalented drag queen. It is almost de rigueur to trot out a drag queen in Sydney, but why not get one that can at least sing, or make them mouth synch like they do every Friday night at the Imperial Hotel.

The auditions in one hour increments over two nights were much easier to tolerate.

Sydney brought out the Wes Carr effect in Sydney. there were a lot of gigging muso’s who are keen to use Australian Idol as a way of lifting their profile. Also I am sure the  $200,000 development fund is a motivating factor as well.

Sydney also had a motivating pep talk by Lady Gaga but I was so distracted to see if her nipple were about to slip out that I did not hear a thing that she said. Yes I am talking about the nipple not any other supposed appendage she might have.

Special guest judge tonight was Australia’s sweetheart Delta Goodrem who I had not realised how tall she was, her legs just go on forever. I thought she was better than her fiancee Brian McFadden who special guested last week. If Marcia ever retires or gets the boot, Delta would be a great replacement for her. She comes across as nice, but is also not afraid to make a hard call.

However it is a wonder Delta did not walk out after having to listen to first the first audition Rebecca Gebrael who sang Delta’s anthem Lost Without You. I am not sure which was worse the forgotten words, or the cracking voice.

Ryan Sampson a 21 year old from Tamworth sang Garth Brook’s The Storm, and was it meant to be country and western, however I thought he was singing a Pogue’s version. That must be why I liked him. Dicko said he was not classically attractive. I have seen a lot worst sent into the Top 100.

James Johnson is a fulltime muso at eighteen! Can you get away with that at Centrelink?  He was very good, and is the full package, cute, can sing and play an instrument. Delta said watch the wallpaper in his voice where it all stays the same and there is no build. Personally I don’t think everyone has to be a Mariah Carey.

Aaron Bolton was also from Tamworth and he was a 24 year old who gigs on weekends. I thought his voice was ordinary, however the judges liked it, and he got through to the next round. I was perplexed by this but maybe because he was shipped down from Tamworth they thought they better put him in.

Vladimir Lasky was the joke contestant, and he reckons he busks after work. Why are all the joke contestants either accountants or IT dudes. I could not work out if he was taking the piss or not.  Kyle Sandilands told him not to sing in public. Dicko told him he was a tit, and Vlad said What’s a tit, sometimes tits can be good.” He was vaguely amusing.

Daniel Raso was a find and if he can make it into the top 24 should get through to the top 12 because he will get all the Penrith Panther supporters voting for him. He is the Panther mascot or I should say he runs around inside the Panther’s mascot. He also has charisma to burn. Daniel sang Proud Mary by Tina Turner and it was great. He also got to sing and dance with Delta, and sorry Delta he did the better Spice Girl rendition. Dicko got it right when he said he looked like a goofy kid in an American sitcom.

Chantelle Perreau a teacher sang a Whitney Houston One Moment in Time. Firstly when are they going to ban people from singing Whitney Houston, and secondly before she opened her mouth in the audition I thought she was going to be able to sing. I was wrong she was appalling. Marcia was even harsh with her.

Jason Bartlett had the hair and beard connection with Kyle Sandilands sang his own song. Kyle thought he looked good which shows if you are a bloke you can be obese and be on TV, but if you are a woman Kyle will take the piss out of you.  Kyle is a hypocrite, and can he and Dicko stop perving at the girls that are still in their teens. They come across as creepy. This guy was ordinary in voice and body and should not have gotten through but he did.

Tenielle Muslin from Western Australia sang Warwick Ave by Duffy. She had an interesting voice. Dicko found her intriguing. Delta was not convinced, did not think her voice was strong enough and said no. But she got the judges other three votes to get to the top 100. I was glad this girl was interesting.

One of the ones to watch is Jamila Joane  17 year old Samoan girl from Campbelltown who sang a Whitney song. Her voice very pretty. Dicko said he had heard bigger and better, but she was through.

 Roscoe Chew was another asian who was taken the piss out of, as was Jennifer Lai. Hasn’t the William hung thing been done to death yet. Personally I find it slightly racist.

Sabrina Batshon had a huge back story of previously performing professionally, however she suffers mental health issue, which culminated in attempted suicide. Thankfully that is behind her but she did say she suffered OCD and panic attacks.  She also said she had received a lot of encouragement from Alan Jones.

Her line to camera about “Taking this as an exciting opportunity to sing and connect with people,”  seemed like a rehearsed line. But it made more sense once I had heard about her past. She has a beautiful voice, but how is she going to cope from the pressure. I am sure last year the judges were drilling someone about whether they could stand up to the pressure of Idol.

Marcia is obviously a fan as she  said “If anyone messes with you you tell me,”. I get the feeling she may have a hard time getting votes. However if Jones promotes her on his radio program she might slide into the top 12.

Then came a whole line of professional musicians:

  • Hayley  Warner a 17 yearold lead singer of Bleached Academy. Delta thinks her voice wasn’t as good as the other contestants,but said yes.
  • Adam Eckersley who was not willing to give up music to get a day job said Idol could help with his family’s  standard of living. I thought he was okbut he was no Wes Carr at this point. Was he the one in the bandanna in the Australian Idol ad?
  • Ed Zaidan has left his glam rock band but wants to do softer stuff. He was only 19 but looked older, and his voice was beautiful as he sang Hallejulah. The judges were a bit hesitant. Marcia thought he would have a bit of a hard time. One of my faves of the night.

Daniel Prypchan a venezaulan accountant who goes to singing lessons three times a week, could really have spent his money better. It was disappointing he could not sing, as he was kind of cute.

Ashleigh Toole sang a Pink song. She has a likeability, and a great voice, so she might have a chance of getting into the top 12.

And finally there was Nathan who did a fabulous rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, and also had some sort of Delta connection. He had been on her DVD I think she said. She obviously put him through, and claimed she had discovered him.

In the end 42 talented singers were put through from Sydney to Sydney.


1 Helen { 08.17.09 at 12:49 am }

I’m so glad I’m not the only person who cringes at the Asian-bashing. I thought that maybe I was being overly sensitive but it’s not funny nor necessary. Presumably the popularity of the whole Masterchef feel-good factor and nurturing undertones will influence future episodes?

2 Wurstsemmel { 08.17.09 at 1:19 am }

Did you notice that clever crossover to Masterchef with that croquembouche on her head?

I was again only flicking over from the brilliant Steven Fry but what I saw of Delta I found really irritating. There was one girl who looked a little bit Delta that everyone but Delta put through. A little threatened maybe? But then Ive never been a Delta fan.

3 Wurstsemmel { 08.17.09 at 1:22 am }

Did you notice that clever crossover to Masterchef with that croquembouche on Lady GaGas head?

I was again only flicking over from the brilliant Steven Fry but what I saw of Delta I found really irritating. There was one girl who looked a little bit Delta that everyone but Delta put through. A little threatened maybe? But then Ive never been a Delta fan.

4 David { 08.17.09 at 2:13 am }

Ed was the axel rose in the ad not adam..
After going on his band’s myspace, he really is yet to unleash a killer rock voice.. Quite impressive stuff…

5 Wurstsemmel { 08.17.09 at 8:53 am }

Sorry for the double post :(

6 me { 08.17.09 at 10:10 am }

besides, adam would not be so tacky. he’d be more likely to play robin ford. adam is a shit hot guitarist and blues singer

7 Anon { 08.17.09 at 12:17 pm }

Reality Raver, do you even know anything about singing? Or if there are a bunch of you, do you guys know anything about singing?

Chantelle Perreau was great. She was a little nervous, but if you guys know even a bit about singing, or music, you’d be able to tell that she has talent. She was also gorgeous!

I think Marcia needs to cork it and listen to other great singers out there other than herself. ooo….thems fightin words.

8 Reality Raver { 08.17.09 at 12:37 pm }

Helen – the whole paying out on the bad singing asians makes me feel very uneasy, and really it has not been funny since William Hung on American Idol, six years ago.

Wurstsemmel – I was too busy looking for wayward nipple to notice the hat on Gaga’s head. But you are right. also thought Gaga was as bland as blamange.

David thanks for pointing out who it is. I keep on looking at ad, and I cannot tell who the contestants are. I should put it up and let you guys help me. By the way Ed is a big fave of mine at the moment so hoping he gets into the top 24.

Me – will take your word for it and will look forward to hearing more from Adam.

Anon – I re-read what I wrote, she looked promising when she was singing one on one to camera, but completely tanked in the audition. She should have picked a better song. Who else thought she should have got through?

9 Michelle Brook { 08.17.09 at 2:11 pm }

I’ve seen young James Johnston perform at Starstruck in Newcastle. In one show he sang a ballad then rock then an original. Fantastic. It wont be just the teenyboppers drooling over him as I was sitting next to a group of middle aged ladies drooling also.Dont think his audition did him justice.

10 Kyvyny { 08.17.09 at 2:13 pm }

Delta really does have an amazingly long set of pins on her. And while it looked like Kyle was trying to be mean for the sake of having grey hair, Delta was very warm about the singer who couldn’t even remember words to LOST WITHOUT YOU. So much a good judge compared to the schtick the others are resting their laurels on.

11 Anon { 08.17.09 at 3:16 pm }

Reality Raver, Thanks for the reply. I also re-read what I wrote and I didn’t mean to sound confronting or aggressive. Sorry about that.

I do agree with what you said about Sabrina Batshon. And I think her past would help her in the future if she could use what she learned about overcoming life’s “little” problems.

12 seepi { 08.17.09 at 10:23 pm }

I read that Dicko has given up drinking for 250 days – so perhaps that is where his narky / witty comments have gone also…