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SA's Got Talent Ep 4 - Don't Go Breaking My Heart

2009-10-23 08:30

The show is all about talent, but there's no disputing that a sad story, a disability or dig at the judges will definitely get you more screen time, if not three yes votes.  And just like beatboxer George Avakian who made his name on Idols (even though he never made the top 24), three minutes in front of an audience is all you really need to make sure people remember your name.

However, some people just can't handle 'no'. As hard as Ian tries to soften the blow with "maybe in a few years' time" or "I love you, but you're not SA's best", the rejection is just too much. I'd definitely cry like little Tia from Johannesburg. Dressed in a cute pink dress, she had everyone hanging on her every word as she sang "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". As mesmerising as she was, some of the notes just weren't there and she got two no votes. Backstage she burst into tears. Damn that Connie Talbot from Britain's Got Talent. If she hadn't done the same thing a few years ago, Tia would have nailed it, hey?

Another hopeful who could hardly believe his own performance was Gerard Crosson, whose falsetto turned out to be just well, false. As he wanted to gracefully bow out, Randall 'convinced' him that he could do better and he deserves a second chance. If you were missing the vindictive, cruel side of our mean judge, it's back. He taunted poor Gerard until he was close to tears. Gerard told Anele he knows he can sing much better than that, the nerves just got to him. Okay, but no one's going to come watch you sing in your shower, dude. Suck it up! Unless you're just faking...

There's nothing wrong with a little faking though, as Adino, the best act of the evening proved. Who knew a 13-year-old could be so witty? Adino Trapani, a very clever little ventriloquist, and his dummy Astro the Dinosaur had the judges and audience in stitches with smart dialogue and an adorable voice. Terry Fator, a ventriloquist, won America's Got Talent a few years ago, so there's definitely scope for Adino's rather original talent in a competition like this.

Good voices were seemingly in short supply. However, when Charne Hugo came out in her wheelchair and belted out "All By Myself" all on her own tune, it was a difficult one to call. Ian once again appointed himself musical director and asked her to sing another song. As she sashayed her voice through a beautiful jazz number, she impressed, forcing Ian to admit that she's probably the strongest vocalist they'd seen so far. Look, her voice is amazing, but do you really think the judges would have had the heart to turn her away had she not changed her tune? It's a hard business...

Rob and Anele are there to soften the blow a little. When one unsuccessful singer came backstage exclaiming that she thought she did really well, Anele convinced her that she did. But no, she didn't. Why lie to the poor child? She's been through enough trauma. Now you tell her it was good and she's going to show up at the next Idols audition and have four super-mean judges take the mickey out of her. It's just next to child abuse.

While normally it's not a good sign when the audience bursts out laughing, in Jem Atkins' case, it saved his audition. The comedian used his set to pick on Randall for a reversal of roles, and imagined how it must have been when Randall's mom sang him lullabies. Naturally Randall was not impressed, giving him a no, but he was successful nonetheless. Wonder who he's going to rag in the next round?

The night was full of cute kids once again, like 8-year-old Latin dancers Cameron and Natasha and little Brittany McDonald, a rhythmic gymnast who can contort her body into some really weird and wonderful positions. Good entertainers are always flexible...

As good as the successful 'artists' are this week, I have to admit that no one besides Adino REALLY offered something mind-blowingly original. If you've watched episodes of Britain's Got Talent on YouTube, you'll realise that there's just no comparison. I keep hoping that the live studio episodes will offer these hopefuls an opportunity to do better than they ever have before. 

* SA's Got Talent airs every Thursday at 19.30 on SABC2. Check out videos of the performances, judges' blogs, pics, polls and more at the official site.

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