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Idols 6: The novelty wears off

2010-08-23 08:04

This week the first group of seven in the Top 14 performed. But the contestants weren't the only ones who messed up on opening night.

For the first 30 minutes, performances and sentences were chopped off for ad breaks and we got to watch S'Posh's home video twice. And it's not even a live show! Sure, technical glitches happen. That's what they said when the votes were messed up last year, too. Tsk tsk. It's just embarrassing.

After a year of criticism around her dodgy pronunciation, Liezel is still 'yuh' (not 'here'). Maybe that's why she's been kept back stage and ProVerb got the Big Boy Mic.

Most impressive was guest judge Ross Learmonth from Prime Circle. He was the only judge to give accurate, constructive criticism. Guest judges FTW.

Seven performed, and two will go home on Tuesday night.  We’ve rated them and it's clear that survival in this game has little to do with being the best and more to do with not being the worst.

Peter G: 4/10
The baby of the group was ballsy to take on a David Guetta track (Love Is Gone), but it was a gamble that didn’t pay off. He looked and sounded like a Backstreet Boy in a technicolour dream coat.

S’Posh: 5/10
Alicia Keys is no good for covers! Firstly, when she sings, it sounds kind of flat, but it works for her, and only her. S’Posh had the opportunity to display the size and volume of her voice, but it was a hardly enjoyable performance, despite the judges’ praise.

Sindi: 5/10
Her rendition of Christina Aguilera’s Hurt started well, but then she lingered too long on one note, the accompaniment went on without her and never again would the two meet. Guest judge Ross was the only judge honest enough to admit that there was something really off about this performance. Sindi has a powerful stage presence but this was definitely not a Top 5 effort as Randall put it.

Jess:  6/10
Poor Jess. They took her rock-chick vibes and turned U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For into a over-stylised, synthesized pop tune. The accompaniment was all wrong. And then Randall blames her for having no emotional connection with the song. She’s got a great voice but her individuality is swimming upstream in a competition like this.

Pieter West: 3/10
Gruff voice? Check. Nickelback catalogue? Check. 'Now I’m a rock star.' Oh please. Pieter is my least favourite. His lazy, lacklustre spewing of the obvious song choice is the stuff karaoke bars are made of. 

Boki: 6/10
A voice for radio. His song choice of Uncle Cracker’s Drift Away may have cost him some votes, but his voice is nothing but pleasing and easy on the ear. He should stick to the sing-along tunes; it works for him.

Bongi: 7/10
So, there’s more than hype when it comes to this OTT character. Hoobastank’s The Reason is a really difficult song to pull off and he did it with flair, personal ity and a whole lot of confidence.

Who should go home:
Peter G and Pieter West

Vote for your favourite until 10pm on Monday night. Here's how. 

One or two good performances can't save this slap-dash, real-life version of SingStar.
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