Australian Idol – Big Band Night – The Top Seven
Kim Cooper gets my Rexona performance of the night when she put Australian Idol judge Jay Dee Springbett well and truly back in his place after he was quite insulting towards her. But more on that later.
Firstly I just should point out that I know they get all gushy over Big Band night on Idol, but I absolutely hate it. Year after year I sit through bad performance, after bad performance. And it is not even amusing bad performances like Disco night (yes I am looking at you Damien Leith). This whole genre is irrelevant for every Idol contestant except for Carl Risley.
Anyway Harry Connick Jr was the special guest judge tonight, and I had gotten myself confused earlier and thought he was going to be the mentor as well, but this role was handed to jazz musician James Morrison, who did a fine job.
Harry really did not add very much to the judging panel. His comments were just generic nice guy ones. He did not add much on technique or performance. But then again he is probably a bit scared being on panels on Australian TV shows. I also thought Dicko’s Hey Hey comment was completely out of context, and felt like he had been waiting all night to make some sort of crack about it. Dickothe joke is not on Harry it is on us. However Harry Connick’s profile in the US is probably now at an all time high.
Oh a highlight in a dull evening Scott Newnham was eliminated. My crystal ball predicts the last time we see him sing in public will be the finale night. He will attempt to get a band together but it will never eventuate. Hey at least he will have some interesting stories to tell his kids.
Kate Cook – Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles
A song that she would have connected to the lyrics to as she dumped her girlfriend over the past few weeks. Again a country twang to the arrangement. Toby Moulton gets criticised a few weeks ago for picking the same type of songs, but Kate can add a few twangs to any song and it is fine.
Dicko thought it was great, I thought it was forgettable. She could go bottom three next week as the opening spot is proving lethal, which may mean people still are not used to voting during the show.
“If Dolly Parton and Frank Sinatra had a love child you would be it,” said Jaydee Springbett.
Stan Walker – Single Ladies – Beyonce
Stan dedicated his performance to his good mate Scott, but then he got straight into giving a really confident performance. It was a clever song choice and he delivered, he will be safe for another week.
Harry Connick Jr thought it was awesome and liked his version more than the original.
Dicko said ” I love your vision.”
Kim Cooper – The Man I love – George Gershwin
Sorry Kim I really like you but I found this really boring. Ok I have to confess I fast forwarded the second half of the song.
Though I must confess I think I might give her a vote for bitch slapping Jay Dee for asking whether she wanted to be a celebrity or an artist. She shot it right back at him when she said she wanted to be an artist and that was why she was working so hard each week. Also she pointed there were 200 other ways she could become a celebrity. He then got petulant and said “I heard you only turned up to the auditions to support a friend,” and she spat back “I have always wanted to be an artist but was wondering whether Idol was the avenue to do it.” Oh and yes that put Jay Dee well and truly in his place. Kim – 1, Jay Dee – 0.
Oh just the one time you want Marcia to be kind to an obviously shaken Kim she lays the boot in.
James Johnston – Fever
Great song choice, nice but a bit underwhelming performance, and the judges loved it.
Hayley Warner – Tainted Love – Soft Cell
I have heard this song one million times, so really did not hear it one more time. Hayley is currently flavour of the month on Idol. They are obviously angling for a Stan and Hayley top two.
I agree with Dicko when he said he did not like it that much. But thanks Dicko for interpreting the lyrics for me.
Harry thought she looked desperate and betrayed and Dicko said she was grinning all the way through. Oh and Dicko was right. Did anyone else get the feeling that Harry Connick Jr did not want to be there? I mean he could have shaved.
Nathan Brake – It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing – Duke Ellington
Thank you Nathan, someone who actually had the chops (to use Marcia Hines term) to sing a big band song. Why didn’t they just let him sing seven songs and put the audience out of our misery. Most entertaining performance of the night.
Toby Moulton – My Way – Frank Sinatra
Oh god it was like I was stuck in a elevator and the musak was being pumped through. Seriously James Morrison should never allowed him to do such a fucking dull and tedious rendition of this all time classic . Only interesting thing was watching his veins pop and face go red. Simon Cowell would not have even given it the insult of being “cruise ship” or “hotel lounge” singing. He was also over annunciating the words.
“Sometimes your performance is a bit gray…. but tonight you pulled it through,” said Jay Dee Springbett.
“You sung it like an introverted teacher…… I thought it was beautiful,” said Dicko.
“Such a humble sophisticated…that’s who you are,” said Marcia.
Clearly I am living in a parallel universe. Dicko thinks Toby has a singing career post Idol, I don’t.
Bottom three predictions: Kim Cooper, Kate Cook and James Johnston
“Vocally it was a bit dreary and a bit one dimensional,” said Dicko