Australian Idol – Eighties Night
Ok so if you were a first time viewer of Australian Idol and saw the group song, a cover of Duran Duran’s Girls on Film tonight which was the equivalent of a performance I have seen on Young Talent Time you would be reaching for the remote. Maybe this is why the ratings on this show suck at the moment.
Bottom three were Kim Cooper, Sabrina Batshon, and Nathan Brake. I was not surprised that Sabrina was the one that was eliminated, her performance last week not great. I think the chatting back to the judges cost her a lot of fans. Take note future Idol wannabees.
Ross Wilson was guest judge tonight, who made this revelation saying “Some of these contestants are better singer than me.” I must say I did not realise he discovered and moulded Sky Hooks. Very cool.
Why did the majority of them pick such bad songs? I am sure there were some great songs in the eighties, from bands like the Divinyls, The Clouds, and Hunters and Collectors.
Also there were heaps of backing singers tonight was this to drown out the dodgy singers in this year’s show?
Nathan Brake – Living On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
I did laugh when Nathan said it was ironic that he has picked another macho song after Dicko gave him the “embrace the campness” speech last week. I thought he did quite a good performance, but singing first is not an advantage even with the ability for the viewer to vote from the start of the show.
Dicko said “Still think you are barking up the wrong tree song choice wise…don’t think you have earned your spurs for Bon Jovi.”
Ross Wilson liked it.
Scott Newnham – Let’s Groove – Earth, Wind and Fire
Who is voting for this guy, he is not even cute. Tonight was pure karaoke. I know it has been said before by commenter’s on this site, but HE IS THE LEE HARDING of this year’s competition. Thankfully the backing singers kindly drowned him out in the chorus. For those who have forgotten how bad Lee was here is a clip.
Ross Wilson said “I can’t believe what you are doing here,” same here. However he did add that if he squeezed in a few live gigs a week his career would take off like a rocket.
Jay Dee Springbett said “I think you pulled it off…. all the attributes to be an artist so don’t go backwards just keep growing.”
Hayley Warner – Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen
One of the highlights on a pretty thin night. Helped by her confidence on stage, and also the drum thing was fantastic and a first on Idol probably in the world.
Jay Dee Springbett said “You have so much to give both within the competition and outside it.
Dicko said “I think you are turning into a terrific brand for us……thoughts the drums were stupid.” Jay Dee then cut in and said don’t be a brand, be an artist. I am getting a bit sick of the Dicko/Jay Dee my dick is bigger than your dick recording company executive egofest.
Ross Wilson said the drums were “a nice diversion from the usual thing”.
Toby Moulton – I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
Toby indicated that this song was suggested to him, and he had been unsure about singing a power ballad. He said he was not comfortable about singing the song at the start of the week. This song like Aha from last week is like fingernails going down a chalkboard (teaching pun not intended) for me. I thought he had pitch problems throughout.
Jay Dee Springbett said “Got that raw sex appeal coming out.”
Ross Wilson said ” He was not sure he had a future in music industry….” However he did encourage him to write some songs that apparently is what he wants to do.
Kim Cooper – You Keep Me Hanging On – Kim Wilde
Kim slagged off the eighties to Ross Wilson, but she did apologise too him. Probably also killed the over 35 vote for her as well. I thought she seemed a bit psyched out tonight probably due to being in the bottom three two weeks in a row. I really started off liking this rendition but her weird pronunciation of the words started to irritate me towards the end.
Dicko said “I thought you did a great job, great energy.” Dicko is a big fan.
Ross Wilson said “I could see the wheels turning in your head, it did not seem natural to me.” She disagreed with him.
Marcia Hines said “Need to learn to cut through,”
Jay Dee said ” You are growing each week,” He basically implied that he would not be interested at signing her at the moment.
Tim Johnston – Heaven – Bryan Adams
“Not quite streetwise yet. You need that if you are going to survive in this business” said Ross Wilson. Also should have told him what a fuckwit he looked like coming in singing a Daddy Cool song. Just when I thought Foreigner was going to be my most unfavourite song tonight Tim sang Heaven.
Ross Wilson “Nerves got to you tonight.” And then basically said he needed to stop being so goddamn straight. I agree Ross, I agree.
Jay Dee Springbett concurred with Ross and said “You really need to find that next level.”
Dicko however said “Fishing in the right pond these songs,” and “When I close my eyes it still lacks a bit of electricity.”
Kate Cook – The Going Gets Tough – Billy Ocean
I think Kate looked a bit shocked when Ross told her she bought a feminine touch to the song. I have to agree with him I cannot stand this song either. However I am a fan of Kate’s but she was pitchy a lot through the song. In fact it was a train wreck, something she acknowledged.
Jay Dee said ” You fell off the horse this week.”
Dicko said “That’s an awful song that someone does at the end of their career”
Ross Wilson said “There is something special about you….despite that.”
Stan Walker – Purple Rain – Prince
A brilliant rendition of this song, even gave it a gospel vibe to it and smashed it. This kid is not putting a foot wrong in this competition. Fantastic. The judges gave him a standing ovation. He is definitely standing out from the pack.
Jay Dee said “That’s how you win a competition…. It was a moment, I did not hear it I felt it.”
Dicko said “I think you hard wire your heart to every song you sing. Thank God for Stan Walker.”
Ross Wilson said “You have a natural ability to improvise.”
James Johnston – The Power Of Love – Hughie Lewis and The News
Poor James had to follow Stan so was always going to struggle to look good after that powerhouse performance. Look he is a cutie and he will coast through this competition for awhile.
Ross Wilson said “Song performance good, and I got excited.”
Jay Dee said “The more you loosen up the more I believe it.”
I was pretty much underwhelmed by tonight’s episode, not helped by poor song choice.
Bottom three predictions – Kim Cooper, Tim Johnston, and Scott Newnham.