Australian Idol – Songs from Musicals and Movies
I was not surprised Kim Cooper was eliminated this week, so in the end Jay Dee Springbett won the tiff they had last week. She did not look surprised either. Hayley on the other hand did looked shocked she was in the bottom two.
Liza Minelli was the special guest tonight, and she proved to be far savvier than Harry Connick Jr by ensuring she got to perform at the start of the show rather than the end. Liza, in my opinion, is no longer a great performer, but she is definitely an icon and her eyes and husky voice are still quite mesmerising.
She seemed very vulnerable at times, something that at times tonight made her quite endearing. She also was confused as to why Toby Moulton was single, and seemed to hint that she thought he was cougarlicious.
Dicko tonight was a great advertisement for Jenny Craig as he was looking fabulous in fact I am going to have to join the Dicko Appreciation Facebook group.
Tonight the Idol contestants had to sing two songs, one from a movie and one from a musical, and it would appear Queen is the new Whitney of the competition. There were three songs tonight, but this is on top of quite a few that have been done previously.
Toby Moulton – Somebody To Love – Queen
I was very impressed with Toby’s high notes and singing in this song. I still don’t see him having a long term career outside of RSL clubs if that.
“You’ve really got to sell your desires in that song, …got to sell it with your body,” said Dicko “That song has a physicality that you did not put in.”
Jay Dee said “Looks like the teachers gone to rock school.”
Stan Walker – Elton John
After giving Stan a lot of love over the past few weeks, this song underwhelmed me and I found it very dull. It is interesting to think if things had turned out differently he would be a father right now, and it would be interesting to know if the voting audience would be voting differently if he was. My understanding was he is not in touch with the girl, I am unsure why. But as we all know Stan has had a very difficult time throughout is childhood let’s hope his life continues to get better.
“Is there anything you can’t do?” asked Jay Dee.
“The first half of it it was like wading through custard, but I thought you got their in the end,” said Dicko.
Kate Cook – Son Of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
I thought this was a very brave choice by Kate to pick a iconic Dusty song, as the range of her songs are a killer. How do I know this? I have butchered many a one at Karaoke. I thought her rendition was OK, not great but not dreadful.
“You rock me,” said Liza “And theatre shouldn’t rock you out.”
“I wish you have listened to Liza little bit more,” Jay Dee said. He thought she had not got emotion or believability from her.
“It turns into caberet when you do the up tempo tunes,” said Dicko. But Dicko it is musical theatre night?
“I am going to be very honest with you,” said Marcia. Does this mean she is not honest with the other contestants? By the way does anyone else have problems with trying to work out what Marcia is saying or is it just me as I had no idea what she was saying to Kate.
Hayley Warner – These Days – PowderFinger
Very surprised she hit the bottom two this week, however maybe there are a lot of people who hate Tainted Love, or really love it and were pissed the chorus was not included. I wonder if it rocked her a bit being in the bottom two, as she lacked energy.
“For me it did not get out of first gear, I expected better of you,” said Jay Dee. “It just flat lined.”
“It is quite benign, and it needs some energy and spikes and intensity to carry it. And that was lacking,” said Dicko.
James Johnston – You’ll Never Walk Alone
This is such an old man’s song – why did he pick this one? Snoozefest. His voice was OK, but not powerful enough for it.
“Sung pretty well, you don’t have have the physical presence or experience to carry the song off.” said Dicko. Snap.
“It is such an emotional anthem…it is really hard to sell in 1 min 30, the tempo did not allow you to bring that emotional connection.” said Jay Dee but he did say he blew his socks off because at one stage he thought he should not be there.
Nathan Brake – Thriller – Michael Jackson
This has got to be Nathan’s night if he does not shine tonight, he has no shot at the Australian Idol crown. I was surprised at his choice in this song as I was expecting a real show stopper. But he really knows how to perform, and it was one of the best performances of the night. I am not sure he is a pop star, but he should make a career in musical theatre.
“Your interpretations was gangbusters,” said Liza.
“It’s not filler it is Thriller – well done,” said Jay Dee.
“Your really travelling well, well done,” said Dicko.
Toby Moulton – Exit Music [For A Film] – Radiohead
Liza thought it was really sexy. So I think we now know his voting demographic.
“You just keep on bringing Radiohead back is this where you want to be?” said Jay Dee. “It does make me nervous.”
Then Toby gibbered on about this is where he was meant to be because this is where God wants him to be. Huh? Good to know God is watching Australian Idol, hopefully that will help improve ratings.
“You do pain and loss really well,” said Dicko. ” You did that so well, and you deserve to do the record that you want to make.”
Sorry still not getting Toby, when you consider someone like Chanel Cole has struggled and failed to make a singing career post Idol, how can the likes of Toby or Scott Newnham find an audience?
Stan Walker – We Will Rock You – Queen
This was a much better outing by Stan, but a bit of a let down considering in previous weeks he has wiped the floor with his songs. Plateaued you thing?
“You brought R&B to rock,” said Jay Dee.
“It was a powerhouse coming at us and you were leading it,” said Liza.
Kate Cook – Make You Feel My Love – Garth Brooks
I think Kate might struggle to stay in the competition after this week. It was a sweet rendition but not memorable. I wish she would ditch the cowboy hat – not all the time but sometimes.
“Had an honesty and vulnerability, that’s how I like to see you. That’s you,” said Dicko.
“I saw a beautiful energy,” said Jay Dee.
Hayley Warner – I Want A Night – Frankie Valli
This really surprised me I thought she did such a beautiful rendition, and her voice was fabulous in it.
“I think you pulled off the arrangement,” said Jay Dee. “I am not sure this is the time of the competition for experiments.” I disagree, I think it is exactly what they should be doing at this stage of the competition, to show the audience the extent of their talent. Also a risk that works out can push you to the head of the pack.
“That was an absolute joy,” said Dicko.
James Johnston – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
If this kid was in America he would be signed up by Disney he is a cutie, well if you are twelve. Unfortunately for him there is no Disney channel here. My advice go in the Green Card Lottery and then get Zac Efron photographed in a compromising position with Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan.
“Overall competent job,” said Jay Dee.
“We can see something emerging with you,” said Dicko.
Nathan Brake – Phantom Of The Opera
Finally an Idol moment, but as I wrote previously, if he did not do it tonight it would have been very disappointing.
“Well done, that was great,” said Jay Dee.
“You gave us the curtain closer we deserved,” said Dicko.
Bottom three will be Toby Moulton, Kate Cook and James Johnston.