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Australian Idol – The Top Ten Sing Top Ten Songs

Can someone tell Jay Dee Springbett that Australian Idol was not moved from 6.30pm to 7.30pm so he could drop the F-Bomb? Lucky for Ten they had a delay button on it which they used.

Also I have been harsh on Brian McFadden on this blog a number of times, but I thought tonight he was one of the highlights tonight, with constructive advice about their performances and song choice. In fact I thought he highlighted how inadequate Jay Dee is. Sorry Jay Dee you seem very nice but you are not doing for me at all.

The bottom three tonight were Kim Cooper, Sabrina Batshon, and Casey Barnes. I was surprised by  Kim’s inclusion in the bottom three, but not the other two. As Dicko said Casey is not cutting through and he was cut out of the competition.

Even when Casey was being eliminated, it was all about Sabrina as she clutched onto him after his name had been read.

Anyway the theme for tonight was The Top Ten, which was lovely and broad where the singers could pick any song that had made top ten.

Sabrina Batshon – My Love Takes Over – Kelly Rowland

Nobody puts Sabrina in a corner, well that is what Brian McFadden told her. He said no one does big like she does and encouraged her to continue to do her OTT performances. So we had the pseudo sexy Sabrina writhing on  stage. I like the low register of her voice, but once she hits those really high notes I find it very off putting.

After her performance the judges said that it was her chatting back that she needed to contain not her voice. It was pretty much agreed that her chatting to judges and to the camera was what was turning voters off.

Toby Moulton – Take On Me – Aha

This Aha song is shite and is not improved by it being sung unplugged. Really I think it is time Toby went back to his local musical society, some of his high notes were really off. However it would appear I was the only one who thought that.

“Took a great song and made it your own, well done.” said Brian McFadden.

“What a great choice for you,” said Dicko and Jay Dee Springbett.

Kim Cooper – Just Dance – Lady Gaga

The jury is still out for me on this whole Lady Gaga phenomenon, but by mid song I was really enjoying Kim’s performance. However if she landed in the bottom three because people were not voting for her because she is too good looking, and sexy she could be in danger next week as well.

“Great pop sensibility, marketing dream, …. I want to see your voice go from good to great,” said Jay Dee.

” You need to explore something unique… you have a generic pop voice,” Dicko said.

” The reason you sounded the generic was the song you picked. …..need to concentrate on the most important part of the show the vocals.” said Brian McFadden.

Stan Walker – Straightlines – Silverchair

I cannot believe I am saying this but Stan’s voice is really growing on me. I think is voice has some great tones and depth. Was the performance a “touchdown”? No, I probably won’t even remember tomorrow, but while he was getting 100% of my attention.

“I didn’t feel the connection with the lyric,” said Jay Dee. “When was the last time you hit the gym debate?” Which was misconstrued that Jay Dee was implying he was a bit chunky, but he back peddled and said it was about strengthening his performance.

“You can sing the crap out of of it, an amazing performance,” Brian said  “Just need a bit more swagger.”

“Personally thought it had the  perfect amount of energy.” said Marcia Hines.

James Johnston – Drops of Jupiter – Train

“I was worried about him becoming bland,” said Brian McFadden. I did wonder what Brian would have thought about the fact James thought they were similar? I thought it was a good performance, and can see his appeal.

“For me it was too sickly sweet, your young and your cute,…. the performance was all a bit pleased with itself.” said Dicko.

Brian  disagreed. “I enjoyed it and I thought you were starting to grow”.

Jay Dee dropped the f-bomb  just to emphasise the point about his vocals, but ended on a positive “Your growing keep it up.”

Scott Newnham – Kiss From A Rose – Seal

Scot had pitch issues all the way through, and I am really sick of the I have never performed in front of an audience before line. Yes we get it, and it is getting boring. He got caned by the judges for poor song choice.

“When it comes to the big moments you lack the confidence,” said Brian,”I felt  a bit uncomfortable watching you.”

“You just did the snowboarding equivalent of the black run,” said Dicko.

Nathan Brake – Since You’ve Been Gone -Kelly Clarkson

I did not think this was his strongest vocal performance of the series, but it is ok.  And I agree with Brian (my new BFF) that I prefer it when he gets all theatrical.

“Work out who you are… musically,”  Jay Dee said. Nathan thought he was trying to imply that he was gay. But since they were on that theme Dicko was going to continue it.

He said “Back stage your effusive, fabulous, fun, natural and quite camp and on stage you become a bit blokey and awkward. I don’t give a stuff about sexuality….. you do have a feminist side to you would absolutely make you an awesome performer.” So Dicko thinks he needs to camp it up.

“That was an amazing performance…..I think you need to embrace those theatrical moments.” Brian said. 

Kate Cook – Landslide – Fleetwood Mac

Really not sure about the whole over the top country outfit. I really liked her performance but I kept getting distracted by the huge hat. This girl is yet to put a foot wrong.

“Captivating performance,” Jay Dee said.

“I just adore you…..just divine,” said Dicko but he did call her ugly saying she gave beauty through her singing rather than cosmetics.

“Most believable performance of the night,” said Brian McFadden.

Tim Johnston – What Goes Around Comes Around – Justin Timberlake

Yawn. This guy does nothing for me, I am not a fan of his voice. I wonder why they don’t tell him that he has a generic pop voice like they did to Kim?

“Justine Timberlake was raw sex, and there was zero going on down there … it was a real sexless performance,” Dicko said. I am not sure if Dicko meant to show sex appeal in a song he was meant to have a hard on, but think about the time slot Dicko.

“That is an amazingly produced record, and on radio it sounds great, but I don’t know if it is a song you should pick to show off because at the end of the day, the aim is to show off you to make people at home think you are better then everyone else.” said Brian.

Hayley Warner – Leave – Jo Jo

I had mixed feelings about this performance, at the beginning it was a bit of a train wreck including the far to much make-up and bright lipstick, and sexy R&B moves. But I thought it was ok in the end. I did think she was going to stack it in her high heels.

“Just blew me away tonight,” Brian McFadden said.

“I think you pulled it out of the bag,” JayDee said. “I don’t think it was your best performance but thought you did a good job.”

Bottom three prediction – Tim Johnston, Sabrina Batshon, and Sam Newnham.

11 comments

1 Anonymous { 09.21.09 at 12:31 am }

I’m probably the one person in Australia who likes and enjoys having Jay Dee on the show, lol. When did he drop the f-bomb? I completely missed that, granted I was channel-surfing through most of the show tonight.

I can’t picture any of these contestants as winners, to be honest. Used to love Sabrina in the auditions, Sydney week etc, but she has lost me the past two weeks. Finding everyone else mediocre/unworthy of discussion.

The group song was an embarrassment. I hope they paid the cast of Glee heaps to sit through that massacre. Yuck.

2 Laura { 09.21.09 at 3:44 am }

I thought Toby was good actually. Kim is my favourite but her vocals were weak. My partner switched channels after Stan, he couldn’t stand it anymore!

3 Sooty { 09.21.09 at 9:08 am }

Anon- Liking JD now he’s settled in also. Over Sabrina last two weeks also. (How does someone with that much experience sing so out of tune and not know it – and why does no-one mention it in judging – apart from Susie Q’s horrified face last week.)

Laura – also thought Toby rather good. He has an instrument of great beauty which he uses with greater aplomb each week, and hasn’t stage experience; but they bypass that fact to compliment the equally inexperienced Scott – wow! it’s the seventh time or something you’ve sung in public! amazing! (Dude said he’d done karioke. They never mention that.)

Scott, god bless him, is a thug and he spooks me out. Minimal vocal ability, minimal stage presence. Thug karioke, not my bag.

Kim is the new Lee Harding.

RR – Stunned to find myself really appreciating Stan’s voice and presence also.

Kate and Hayley are ok-ish, the rest bore me senseless. James can sing in key – which in this lot is amazing to witness. But it’s like watching a flea circus when he’s on screen…

4 RetroGirl { 09.21.09 at 9:13 am }

RR – I agree that Brian was a much better judge than Jay Dee with most of his comments actually being interesting and helpful. The only exception was when he stupidly said he smokes 20 cigarettes a day and is still able to perform concerts. I cringed at the thought of all the impressionable kiddies watching at home thinking “Wow, Brian smokes and he says it’s OK!”

But RR I have to live up to my name and disagree with one of your comments about an 80’s classic – Take On Me is not a shite song even though Toby’s version was. His voice is too weak to carry off such a stripped down version – I kept thinking how Adam Lambert would have sung that version to perfection and turned it into something amazing.

5 reality raver { 09.21.09 at 9:57 am }

Anon – he dropped in when he was talking to James Johnston they blanked it out. Re: the Glee song I don’t know what the point was with them having to sing it when the cast was actually there.

Sooty – I think they are afraid fragile Sabrina will snap if they are too critical of her. For example I thought Marcia was particularly condscending to her when she said “I am happy when you are happy.” so did not even bother offering up an opinion about the actual performance. Also I am coming to the conclusion that she is not as talented as I thought she was.

Also agree can see no appeal in Scott I hope he is out soon.

LOL about your Kim being the new Lee Harding. I wonder which building site he is working on.

Retrogirl – I think I heard that song just far too many times and hated it. Very interesting point re: Adam Lambert. I wish they would bring him over to be a guest judge.
Laura and Sooty

6 Sam { 09.21.09 at 10:52 am }

Very surprised by Hayley last night – totally out of her comfort zone but still the best of (or one of) the night!!!! Nailed it vocally and although she does look more comfortable singing rock she STILL worked the stage better than anyone else. Hayley for Idol 09! She will bring out the best cd of any of the contestents on there and if you dont believe me, purchase her bands (Bleached Academy) EP. I just did on the weekend and its awesome.

7 james { 09.21.09 at 3:31 pm }

give JD a break.. you try live tv… and replacing someone who had so many fans and see how you would cope..

8 Anonymous { 09.22.09 at 12:16 am }

I’m not an Idol watcher, but heard Sabrina’s performance in the recap thingy.
How did she even get into the top twelve?

9 salamanderk { 09.22.09 at 8:53 am }

how can scott put in two really bad performances in a row and not even get into the bottom three unfortunately some really good experienced singers will be going home while this medeocre kareoke singer remains and idol wonder why they are losing their audience , if they keep catering to the 12 to 14 year old audience like they have the only place left for them will be the disney channel as most adults have had just about enough, it defies reason.

10 Anonymous { 09.23.09 at 10:29 pm }

What happened to Sabrina? She was (I think) awesome in her audition and potentially during the Top 100 week (from the little we saw of her).. but now… its just terrible :(

11 Anonymous { 10.04.09 at 8:14 pm }

I hate Toby!! I’ts like i’m the only one with ears here. The Australian public love him as well as the judges. He sings pathetic little ballads and his songs seem to go shorter than everyone elses…but yet good singers go and he is still t h e r e.