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Idols: Freddie, the fail and the facade

2011-09-12 22:10
Idols season 7 has shifted into fifth gear. All the remaining contestants have hit their stride and know exactly what works for them and what doesn't.

All except Freddie. Ai, it seems that taai klap he got a few weeks back has damaged his confidence, among other things.

While performing Red Hot Chili Peppers' Scar Tissue, he looked like a lame ostrich wandering around the stage. It's as if he was just going through the motions; coasting. His cover of Satisfaction was better, but he's still definitely at the bottom of the pile in this Top 5.

Randall's right:  Freddie's become too comfortable behind this rock star facade. The eccentric kid who stole my heart with Forget You and Rehab is gone. Sigh.

In Freddie's 'absence' I've rediscovered Dave. While the chest-beating emo kid can dial up the drama like a 7de Laan actor, his control and dynamic has improved immensely. He was the only Top 5 contestant who nailed both performances. I can't even decide between Goo Goo Dolls' Iris and The Beatles' Come Together.

Do we really need to dissect how good Mark is? He's had a few less than perfect weeks, but his mash-up of Pour Some Sugar On Me and I Love Rock 'n Roll was probably the best single performance on Idols this season. He's the kind of performer that makes critique difficult – how many different ways can I say "you rock"? I could do with just a touch less guyliner, though.

Lefa is a fantastic talent. He rocked Queen's Don't Stop Me Now, which was also a clever choice because it's a tune all M-Net viewers will remember. But he hurt his chances with that totally unremarkable The Script song.

Crushanda owned Tina Turner's Simply the Best but dropped the ball with Kelly Clarkson's Because of You. Can someone please get her some elocution lessons? She often sounds like she's singing with a fat tongue.

This is how I imagine the eliminations going down: Freddie, Crushanda, Lefa, leaving Mark and Dave in the final. Agree?

Just don't ask Locnville for their opinion. They think EVERYONE is fantastic and flawless, dude. At this stage in the competition the finalists need constructive criticism to push them ahead of the pack, not flattery. They get enough of that from Unathi. It was a waste of a celebrity judge. I have high hopes for Craig David.

The end is in sight; only three weeks to go. Is your favourite still in the running? Let us know. 

While most of the Top 5 Idols upped the ante in Rock Week, Freddie's scar tissue weighed him down.
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