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Idols: Talent vs Traction

2010-11-01 07:54
At this stage it doesn't really matter who wins. In all likelihood the runner-up will also receive a recording contract. All that will separate them is the prize package.

In that case, I hope Elvis wins because a big guy like Lloyd is going to look really funny driving a little Ford Figo.

The final showdown was a good match, but ended in a tie. Both Elvis and Lloyd scored perfect 10s with the producers' choices. Elvis won the personal choice round with Hallelujah while Lloyd's single, Thanks To You, was definitely more impressive than Elvis's. One all.

Elvis's draw card is his sweet nature and calculated, perfect performances. His voice is extremely emotive and accurate. Lloyd on the other hand is more exciting and passionate. He's got a firmer grip on the audience. In the make-believe instance that these two would blend into one super Idol, Elvis would take care of the studio recordings while Lloyd wows the crowd at public performances.

This year I really wouldn't mind if the vote lines got tangled and we had two winners, because this competition is extremely hard to call.

The judges seem to be buckling under the pressure as well. Randall's inane boxing ramblings during the show make me think he's had enough reality TV for one lifetime; perhaps its time to hang up your gloves, Randall? Mara could be drinking again - she told Lloyd it's "a long way to the finish". Where has she been for the last 15 weeks? And Gareth is in his most comfortable position - on the fence. Gareth refused to comment on the flaws in Lloyd's second performance because according to him, his opinion doesn't matter anymore. Actually, the judges lost their power back in the top 14 so he's just too concerned with his own image to withstand a couple of boos from the crowd.

Our former Idols seem to be handling the pressures of pop star life really well, though. Sasha-Lee is pulling all the right PR moves with reveals about big secretive plans in the pipeline and wearing what looked like an engagement ring.

Jody Williams is probably one of the most improved Idols I've seen. Her performance of Don't Stop The Music was entertaining and she knows how to work the camera.

Jason Hartman also sounds a lot better, but I was disappointed that he chose that terrible song. You can't turn them all, I guess.

I, unlike Gareth, am going to have to choose a favourite. So let's rate this week's performances.


Push Me To The Floor - 10/10
It really is an amazing performance. Gareth was correct - this time was better than in the top seven round. It's the perfect song to show off those long, powerful notes.

Just The Way You Are - 5/10
I didn't like it the first time, and last night was no better. He rushes through the song. Even though it was perhaps a clever move to choose a song from his fans, let's hope he doesn't always listen to them when he makes his album.

Thanks To You - 9/10
This is an absolutely perfect fit. It's a great big song suited to his great big personality. The melody is beautiful. Lloyd couldn't have asked for a better track.


Make You Feel My Love - 10/10
When Elvis sings, I get goosebumps. This song is gorgeous and he delivers it perfectly. It was also a clever choice because Adele has recently released her own version of this Dylan number, which makes it fresh in the minds of young voters hopefully.

Hallelujah - 9/10
This track is a good-luck charm for reality singing competitions. Alexandra Burke took a chance performing this on X Factor, but it won her the title and she released her version as her first single. Elvis's performance was powerful and deep. I hope it brings him good luck.

Things My Father Said - 6/10
Elvis was short-changed with this track. It sounds amateurish compared to Lloyd's big hit. The performance was good and the mouth organ was a lovely personal touch, but as a radio single it doesn't really have much oomph.

Lloyd - 24/30
Elvis - 25/30

And Elvis takes it by a nose-hair!

The winner of Idols 6 will be announced in a 90-minute finale on Tuesday November 2 at 19:00 on M-Net.

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Together Elvis and Lloyd would make the perfect pop Idol.

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