Idols: Dunces of Pop

2010-09-27 08:04

A tribute to Michael Jackson might have been a great idea on paper, but in practice it just proved how far any of these singers are from being real pop stars.

I had a whole paragraph dedicated to Liezel's uncomfortable nature backstage and her clumsy lines. But now it just seems wrong. ProVerb announced that this coming Tuesday would be Liezel’s last Idols gig. Are you thrilled? Well, I'm not heartbroken, but definitely curious. If you’ve ever met Liezel you'd know she's positively adorable. I'm glad she's decided to remove this lobster from her forehead.

Who votes for more guest judges? Me! Loyiso was so refreshing. When he was excited, he was almost childlike. Yet his professional opinions were honest and constructive and he was the first guest judge to seem totally honoured to be on the show. We love the humble ones.

The contestants weren't as humble though. Elvis Blue made a valid point when he said that you should never try to do someone else's song just the way they did it, because they did it perfectly. This is particularly true about Michael Jackson. Most of the night's performances were nervously executed and rushed. It was hardly the tribute I was hoping for.

We rate the brave and the bad.

Adeline: 3/10
Randall said she looked great, but why did she tie Ouma's lace tablecloth around her waist? Lots of movement, action and noise, but not much singing happened in this version of Black or White.

Jess: 5/10
Jess scores an extra point for choosing Earth Song which she could sing, not just mimic. But it eventually went the way all of Jess's performances go: Down a trailing, flat path to a long-winded ending. The judges' criticism was rather harsh, with Mara saying she didn't understand the song and Loyiso comparing her performance to bad acting. Has he seen his own performance on Noot Vir Noot?

Lloyd: 6/10
Alright, a round of applause for really making Billy Jean his own. It was daring and competent. I just didn't enjoy it. Lloyd has sounded much better before and the pained expression is getting a little much. I love Lloyd, but it's time to change things up.

Pieter: 3/10
Believe it or not, this was not Pieter's worst performance. Every now and then I heard a few powerful notes bellowing from his bored face as he dragged his way through Give In To Me. This just tells me that it's not a lack of talent, but a lack of enthusiasm and hard work that puts him at the bottom of my list each week. It's time to just beat it.

Elvis Blue: 7/10
My favourite performance of the night. Randall says it lacked sensuality, but then again Randall's idea of sensual looks more like Adeline. Elvis performed a relaxed and engaging version of Remember The Time and it was completely sincere.

Boki: 5/10
The only reason Boki received high praise from the judges was because of his dance moves. I struggled to hear the vocals. They Don't Care About Us is not a vocal performance, it's an act. Boki performed it as such, but this is a singing competition. I'm sure it didn't work out as he'd hoped. His beautiful voice was wasted on this song.

Sindi: 2/10
This performance was anything but smooth! Sindi's haphazard handling of Smooth Criminal really damaged her reputation with the judges. Her low notes were inaudible and her high notes were screechy. Most of the evening's song choices were dodgy, but this was by far the worst fit. A better choice would have been "I'm bad, I'm bad, and you know it!"

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