Category — Hillsong
Has the Hillsong Church claimed another victim? It has been reported in the Daily Tele that Dean Geyer and Lisa Orgliasso from The Veronicas appeared to have had a cooling in relations.
Could it be they do not see eye to eye over the pentecostal influence over this years Australian Idol? As we know Dean is an out and proud member of that club. Or if Lisa just decided to dump him because he would not break his vow of saving his virginity until he married.
As I posted previously Matt Corby future girlfriend better snaffle him up quick as it is official a Veronica is on the loose.
October 14, 2007 2 Comments
Does Hillsong influence the results of Australian Idol shows, or does the voting public think Beatles songs are naff? Please discuss.
On tonight’s show either of those theories could be correct. The bottom two Jacob Butler, and Carl Risley are not members of an evangelical christian organisation, but before we whip ourselves up into a christian conspiracy frenzy again (lets leave that to Today Tonight) they both managed to butcher overdone Beatles classics.
Personally I love a good conspiracy theory, however I am inclined to believe it is the latter. Does anyone under 40 really get excited by The Beatles these days, unless it involves a nasty divorce settlement and a prosthetic limb?
Also I know music purists are going to disagree, but was singing a Beatles tune really in the spirit of Brit Pop night as Dicko conceived it? It appears the voting public has punished them for it.
Even though Reality Raver confidently predicted Marty to go – the mystery of who is voting for him continues – must be either the Central Coast residents or the stoner dudes (if that is the case then Australia has a massive drug problem), it was no shock to see Jacob go.
It was meant to be his night, his genre, and he blew it. It was the equivalent of Mark Da Costa singing a Status Quo song on rock night. Lame.
He also blew the sympathy shag his Channel 10 girlfriend they were flashing on screen every 2 seconds was going to give him by thanking everyone but her. Particulary galling considering she probably spent about $1000 voting to keep Jacob in the competition.
The judges were encouraging and told him to keep on trying, but you could tell they thought it would be very doubtful he would be offered a record contract, You knew you were seeing a dream collapse and that teaching degree (music) was just one step closer.
The good news is that next Sunday there will be no Beatles songs as Idols will be singing songs from the year they were born. Disturbingly this will mean a couple of songs from the ’90′s.
October 8, 2007 8 Comments
In a week of much discussion on whether the Hillsong church has an undue influence on the voting patterns on Australian Idol, the issue has been raised on do some contestants in reality TV land have an unfair advantage before the competition begins?
An article in Crikey by Jane Nethercote again explored this issue about Hillsong and influence, but also highlighted that people like Fifi Box had Radio Station Triple M behind her, as did Grant Denyer with Sunrise and Channel 7 support to help him win Dancing With The Stars.
After much pondering these important matters, I came up with my own tips on how to win Australian Idol.
1. Don’t just get a town behind you, you will need at least a State or Territory, or go one better as did Damien Leith and get a country barracking for you.
2. Try to have some struggle street story to tell, be a single mum, have a chronic disease (this works better on Big Brother), a recent tragedy; or a disability. Please note this one backfired on Brianna this year when she announced after an abysmal performance on Rock night that she was deaf in one ear. The viewers at home after sitting through 2 minutes of torture had worked out already she was tone deaf so did not get any sympathy votes.
This strategy works best when the “yarn” is fed through a skillful PR person to the weekly gossip mags with nice photos.
3. Have something memorable about yourself think Guy Sebastian- the Fro, Damien Leith – the falsetto, and Matt Corby this year is covering this area well with the hair and the scarfs.
4. Have some friendship or mentor with a “famous” person. Kate Derrugo mentor was Vinetta Fields, and this year Daniel Mifsud is seeking advice from Jade McCrae. Who is getting the most out of this friendship is debatable. As Jade appears to be using Daniel’s 15 minutes of fame to plug her just released new album. Considering she has bagged out this years Idol competition it is the height of hypocrisy that the publicists continue to dripfeed photos of the pair of them to the daily newspapers. By the way Daniel your hair looks so much better short.
If the mainstream media is so concerned about the effect of Hillsong on Idol, maybe they should examine why this church is attracting so many young people to its flock, when other main religions are in decline.
October 6, 2007 2 Comments
Today Tonight this evening did a gasp shock horror story on Hillsong hijacking Australian Idol, and how there were also other christians had been through Idol.
They portrayed the congregation in the same way as a satanic cult, and I was disappointed they did not manage to get footage of someone walking across hot coals just to make their irrelevant point about the zealotry of this bunch.
I know it is not relevant to Hillsong but when has that ever matter to the quality journalism on Today Tonight.
Ben was outed in a different way for once, as was Tarasai, Daniel Mifsud, and Matt Corby as being part of this sect.
This story did assist with understanding why Ben says he’s straight (and he could well be), but Hillsong are not known for there open and welcoming attitude to gay people. I think they may even dabble in a bit of re-education.
Jacob Butler must have been rubbing his hands in glee as being the about the only man left not tainted by this story. He needs to pick up I won’t vote for a Hillsonger no matter how talented niche vote to have any chance of staying in the competition.
Stay tuned for other Today Tonight stories on how Arabic Idol is full of Muslims, and Israeli Idol – full of Jews.
October 3, 2007 1 Comment