Australian Idol – Wildcard Show
It was no surprise that James Johnston from the Thursday night semi-final got through to the top 12, nor was I unhappy with Kim Cooper getting in either, at the moment we have quite interesting eight singers in the top twelve.
Tonight was wildcard night with nine singers getting the chance to perform again for the last four spots.
But a couple of thoughts first:
- I found it a bit cringeworthy that Dicko and Jay Dee were being a bit lewd with 22 year old Tenielle after she sang Kiss Me, when is Dicko going to learn that it is not cool to openly make salacious comments about women over 20 years younger than him;
- Dicko has been told to liven up the judging panel, and he has definitely improved his commentary and is also trying to bait Jay Dee, who at this stage is being far to polite.
- The Sunday Telegraph are alleging Jay Dee Springbett had something to do with Marcia Hines getting the arse from Sony BMG, therefore they don’t get on. If I were a betting person I would say this story was manufactured, however I did notice tonight she did not interact with him,
- Sabrina Batshon who has the talent to win Australian Idol this year needs to possibly settle down a bit, I know she is excited about being in the top 12, but the interview she gave tonight with Ricki-Lee was all about engaging the audience, and I think that could cost her votes in the long term,
- By the way Sabrina Batshon is not the first Idol contestant with a known psych history, apparently Mark Da Costa has bi-polar which he disclosed to the producers when he was on the show, however he did not want it known – so publicly the viewers were told he had had some issues with alcohol and gambling. He accused Idol of “spitting out the contestants once they are no longer needed.” Source: Sunday Telegraph (Scroll down);
- The producers must want Hayley Warner to get into the top 12 as they gave her the last song of the night,
- I thought it was unfair that Casey Barnes got a wild card ahead of rock man Adam Eckersley, and
- Does Ricki-Lee ever get off the couch?
Apparently the judges got to pick three singers each for the wildcard show, but what made me think that there had been some producer involvement was the fact that Dicko had to read the names off a card.
Dicko “picked” Aliqua Mao, Casey Barnes, and Lucie Johnson.
Jay Dee “picked” Toby Moulton, Ed Zaidan, Hayley Warner.
Marcia Hines picked Lauren Street, Tim Johnston, and Tenille Muslin.
Not happy with some of the wildcard picks – I would have liked to have seen Adam Eckersley, Seth Drury and the Penrith Panther mascot dude Daniel Raso get another chance.
Lucie Johnson – Boogie Wonderland – Earth, Wind and Fire.
I really like this 16 year old she is so articulate and has the most infectious smile. She ripped through Boogie Wonderland, but still got a bollocking from Dicko about not being able to tell him what musical direction she want to go in. I thought that is what record executives did – that they guide and mould the singer.
“Still lacking direction,” Dicko said.
Jay Dee Springbett has obviously been told to argue with Dicko this week, as he disagreed with Dicko about his assessment of her, and thought she could do R&B.
Casey Barnes – Never Say Never – The Fray
Very surprised he got a wildcard, as I thought on his semi-night he was particularly ordinary. Tonight he was much improved, and he thought he would emulate former Idol winner Damien Leith and bung in a bit of falsetto. Just has the touch of the blands about him, and will be relying on the older women vote.
“How do you think you did tonight?” asked Jay Dee. (Which is Jay Dee’s way of saying he was crap) “Wasn’t enough of an improvement for me.”
“How did it take you out of your comfort zone?” said Dicko as this had been one of his criticisms of him the other night “I picked a song to stretch my voice,” Casey said. Dicko responded ” I don’t think your voice is the problem… you need a different energy, different vibe.” I so agree.
Aliqua Mao – Power of Love – Celine Dion
So Dicko on her semi night told her that she should pick a hip young persons song, after she sang an iconic Whitney Houston number, then she goes and picks a Celine Dion song, if she gets through she is sure to sing Mariah next week. At this point I thought she was insane until she revealed she had had to lock her wildcard song in prior to her semi-performance. I know Australian Idol producers have to clear songs, but this put her at a severe disadvantage that she could not react to the judges advice and move to a more age appropriate song.
Aliqua did look very spunky tonight it is just a pity about the song as she can sing.
“Not for me,” Jay Dee said. “Poor song choice, I did not see a young girl shaking her booty.”
“Not for a 16 year old girl….choose crazy crazy songs.” Dicko said.
Lauren Street – Low – Kelly Clarkson
Lauren is concerned she is not connecting with the audience as she left in the wildcard round in 2005. So this is her fourth time singing in the semis on Idol, as Andrew G said this was her “second second chance” which really says something about her likeability. The only way she will get into the top 12 is if the judges put her in.
“Such a fantastic performer, I hope you stay in the competition…probably one of our top 3 performers,” Dicko said.
“Pitch got a little bit out the window,” Marcia said.
“I really liked that performance, there is an edge of your voice that I love,” said Jay Dee. He did add whether he thought she was an Idol or whether she might go work on cruise ships.
Tim Johnston – Yesterday – The Beatles
I thought Adam Eckersley should have been given a wild card spot ahead of this guy, who thought he was a soul singer. Did Gloria Jeans just get some prime time free advertising on Idol with the footage of Tim doing his barista thing. As this chain is owned by Hillsong Church, I sense another Hillsong voting scandal this year? But he will need Hillsong’s resources to get on as he is good looking but oh so bland, and this song did nothing to change my opinion of him. Yawn.
“White boys can sing,” said Jay Dee.
“Terrific, and when you looked me in the eye my heart melted,” said Dicko.
Ed Zaidan – White Noise – Living End
I really want Ed to get into the top 12, as there is something about him I really like, but tonight’s performance just was the same as his previous one he did of the Eskimo Joe song.
Jay Dee agreed “It was pretty similar to the last one”.
” Jay Dee you need to clean your ears out it was out of pitch the whole way through,” said Dicko “You chose another muscle bound rock song that your voice can’t cope with.” Ouch.
Tenille Muslin – Kiss Me
Is she some kind of pop with a bit of a country flavour? Anyway I quite like her voice, it is a change from all the big power singers in the competition.
“You do have a voice that could skew [go country] that way,” said Dicko. “More passion or action in it,” and “It just flatlined a bit.”.
“I would like to kiss you,” said Jay Dee. “Not convinced, but keep writing songs and playing music.”
“A lot of my music is country pop” she said which confirmed what I thought.
Toby Moulton – With Or Without You – U2
Of the 30 year guys this year, Toby is definitely hotter than Casey. Casey has the better voice, and they are about on par with their performing abilities. This was a much better song for him, and the audience went crazy. The judges are really pimping him.
“I think that rocked so well done,” Jay Dee said.
“Got the look spot on,” Dicko said.
Hayley Warner – I Do Not Hook Up – Kelly Clarkson
Does anyone else think this girl has star quality? I think if she gets in the top 12 she can give the title a good shake. She is hugely like able, and her voice has a good range.
“Seem very comfortable… I think you are an exciting young package,” said Jay Dee.
“Don’t go off the stage, I hate it, it distracts you, and it looks like you are up yourself,” said Dicko and “your electrifying….you are 50% invincible, and 50% vulnerable.”
My prediction for last four in will be Hayley Warner, Toby Moulton, Aliqua Mao, and Tenielle Muslin.