Idols Sucktacular

2010-10-11 08:10

This has to be the most exciting Idols show yet. Sexy dancers, fireworks, choreography... What a pity the talent didn't quite keep up.

So let's say okay, fine, this is the first time our contestants have had to haul out more than a belting last note. The judges were pleased as punch at having more than a few pained facial expressions to focus on. It's no wonder they were dripping with saccharine salutations, but they should watch their blood sugar levels at their age.

Just because they had all the tools for a showstopper, that doesn't necessarily guarantee that the Idols will pull it off.

Out of all the showstopper performers, Lloyd and Boki were the only contestants who actually danced. Sindi had the opportunity to recreate one of the decade's most iconic dances with Beyoncé's Single Ladies. Instead she simply strutted up and down and wiggled her bum a bit. Because why do more than you absolutely have to?

Mara had quite a bit to make up for, though. The controversial judge asked the crowd to give M-Net credit for putting in the cash and trying something new with this week's showstopper theme. Mara also needed to say a big thank you to M-Net for letting her keep her job after last week's drinking scandal. Perhaps this was her way of making amends.

Before the big song and dance, the contestants each sang a song from their personal idol. While they were rather static, the vocal performances were much better when there was no gyrating involved.

Again, let's rate the Top 6's Take Two performances.

Lloyd: 6/10
The Owl City track was a terrible fit. Randall was correct – performing songs from your idols is never a good display of your own talent. Usher's OMG was a much better fit, but he still struggled with the vocals while dancing.

Sindi: 4/10
One Night Only was perhaps her best vocal performance yet. Sindi was very controlled and you could see she was trying really hard not to over-flutter the eyelashes. But Single Ladies was just plain lazy. Sindi couldn't even pronounce all the syllables in the line "All the Single Ladies". But yet she received a standing applause from Randall. This beauty pageant is making me sick.

Pieter: 5/10
I like Pieter better with glasses – he looks unnatural now. Pieter was much more relaxed this week while singing Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark, but the showstopper number, Joe Cocker's You Can Leave Your Hat On, made him very uncomfortable. Both tracks suited his voice and Pieter is probably this week's most improved contestant.

Elvis Blue: 6/10
Elvis performs beautifully. Bridge Over Troubled Water was sincere and genuine, even though he struggled with some of the higher notes. Golddigger started off fantastically, but then he just sang the same line over and over again. I was really hoping he would rap more.

Adeline: 5/10
Ai pop, my heart goes out to this one. No one tries harder than Adeline. Singing Dance with my Father to her pappa in the audience was heartwarming. But her singing is just so average. Adeline's tone is nasal and harsh, and she doesn't finish all of her words. The Shakira number, Give It Up To Me, was alright. From the rehearsal inserts I really expected more dancing from her, but she also just stuck to strutting. However, she definitely does not deserve backhanded compliments like "those dancers behind you were beautiful". Mara refuses to comment on her singing, and that's not very constructive at all. Guest judge Kurt Darren said Adeline could lead a local group similar to the Pussycat Dolls. Hmmm...  Nicole Scherzinger can sing; Adeline – not so much.

Boki: 7/10
I'm really tired of Randall banging the old "modern vs classic" songs drum. Boki was sublime singing Percy Sledge's When A Man Loves A Woman. Justin Timberlake's My Love worked perfectly for Boki, but the falsetto veered into just plain false after the first few lines. Boki's dance moves are as impressive as his voice, and he had the best showstopper performance of the evening. 

Vote for your favourite until 10pm on Monday night. Here's how. This week two contestants will be voted out as the judges used their save vote on Sindi last week.

The Top 6 attempt showstopper tunes. Unfortunately for us, the show has not stopped.
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