Idols: Mind the Gap

2010-10-04 08:00

Up until this week's performances, the Idols contestants have been a collective. Everyone had their role to play. From the unlikely favourite, doting dad Lloyd to the Nicole Scherzinger inspired model/singer Adeline and then there's Pieter, the accountant who left it all to become a rock star.

From now on though, your story and charm are of little value anymore. Can you make pop magic?  Lloyd, Elvis and Boki can, and the rest are just eating dust and buying time.

The Idols each sang two songs this week; one selected for them from one of the radio station partners and their favourite driving song. And once again the judges got their panties in a bunch about song choice - when clearly they had no control over their first songs. I don't know how they keep getting it wrong year after year, blaming the poor kids for doing what they're told!

Guest judge Bongani from Malaika was extremely likeable. He said all the right things. All the guest judges seem to be saying the same things though, as if their comments are scripted. Hmmm…

Let's rate the skills.

Sindi: 2/10
Sindi's doing more wrong than she's doing right. She could hardly articulate the low notes in her first song, Whitney Houston’s I Learned From The Best. She picked it up in the chorus though. There was little improvement when she belted out Celine Dion’s I Drove All Night and careened on flat notes throughout the entire song.

Elvis Blue: 7/10
Hallelujah for Elvis! The radio partners chose the Leonard Cohen classic and Elvis was clearly in his element. It was a tad on the dramatic side, but it was beautifully executed. For his driving song Elvis chose Train's Soul Sister. It was cute, but sometimes Elvis looks like he's singing Kumbaya around a camp fire. It's a little creepy.

Lloyd: 9/10
Aaaand… he's back! Lloyd killed the competition this week. First up Lloyd was asked to sing Michael Bublé's Haven't Met You Yet, which he struggled to get into, but it fit like a glove once he hit the chorus. But it was his driving song that literally made me tear up a little. Joe Cocker's You Are So Beautiful is perfect in its simplicity, and Lloyd did it justice. He dedicated the song to his wife and his sincerity is tangible. Mara ruined his near perfect performance saying that he should never dedicate a song to his wife. Jealousy makes you nasty, Mara…

Adeline: 4/10
Adeline cannot do up-tempo songs. She sounds like she's screaming with a hoarse voice. Her first performance of Edward Maya's Stereo Love sounded terrible, although she looked very good in those Daisy Dukes.  She chose Lady Antebellum's Need You Now as her driving song. It is a great driving song, but not when she does it. I’m starting to think her lovely performance of Nianell’s hit a few weeks back was just a fluke.

Pieter: 5/10
Of course they chose Nickelback for Pieter! He's like a one-man Nickelback cover band. Although I couldn't think of a better fit, the judges were correct in noting that the song just plodded along. His second song, ACDC's You Shook Me All Night Long, was probably his best performance to date, and it wasn't even that great. Pieter has no concept of light and shade because he's not a singer; he's just a guy who can imitate a rock song.

Boki: 6/10
This was not Boki's best week, but he never falls far behind. This chosen track from the radio station partners was R Kelly's World's Greatest. It wasn't his greatest unfortunately. Although Gareth raved about his driving song, Toto's Rosanna, it sounded a little outdated, he struggled with the high notes and he looked ridiculous in that coat! It was a bad fit all round, but his voice is still strong and likeable.

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