Idols works the home-field advantage

2011-08-15 22:35
But what it is that makes them so comfortable with homegrown music? It'd scare the bitchiness out of me. What if Freddie bumps into Laudo from aKing and gets tuned that he ruined their song? Eish – and let's not even talk about the possible Twitter-hating.

Luckily, SA musos and celebs are generally polite, especially on Twitter. Tamara Dey said she was thrilled to hear Dene sing Afrikaans from Dans Republic while Arno Carstens tweeted: "Springbok Nude Girls thanks Dave for singing Blue Eyes." Sweet, huh? All Garth Taylor needed was a pair of pom-poms and he would have been doing flick-flacks for Crushanda. And she deserved it.

However, there's a fine line between fostering talent and faking it. Unathi needs to man up and call a crappy performance just that. I can't recall one dissatisfied remark from her, unless it was the general consensus she felt she couldn't escape. Unathi told Erin that her performance was better than last week's. Sure it was, but are you going to ignore the fact that it was still poor compared to the rest of the competition? The last thing Erin needs is to be buttered up.

Cofield Mundi made the most sense out of all the judges. Each comment was unique to the performer and her feedback was honest, sincere and endearing. She should think about doing this full-time.

But it was Randall who really stirred the pot by calling crowd favourite Mark Haze "one big cliché". Sacrilege! But picking on the favourite is Randall's clichéd response. He did it with Jason Hartman and Elvis Blue. Going against the grain is what Randall does best.

Speaking of Randall, his favourite Dave needs to ease up on the Red Bull. While his performance was clearly intense, all that chest-banging results in too little singing. Blue Eyes  proved problematic for him in the lower register. All I want him to do is sit still and sing.

Just like Kelly did with Freshlyground's I'd Like. She treats her songs like fragile butterflies, making sure each note and inflection is the perfect weight at the right time. It’s very rare.

So who's going home? It's tough this week. Lefa killed it with Brenda Fassie's Too Late For Mama and Crushanda got her groove back, so those two are most probably safe from the bottom three. It breaks my heart to say that Erin is in danger. Not because she's without talent, but she doesn't have much in the way of big match temperament.

The Top 9 Idols will be cut down to the Top 8 on Tuesday August 16 on M-Net at 19:30.

In possibly the best week for many of the contestants, the Idols finalists have shown that local music makes them feel lekker, says Sam Brighton.
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