Australan Idol Recap (Aussie Hits Night)

Posted in australian idol, australian television, music by deflowerd on September 28, 2008

I’m back, baby, I’m back! I’m interrupting an essay on The Tempest to write this, so you better appreciate it.

We kick off Aussie Hits night with a little intro for Darren Hayes, former member of Savage Garden and current member of Darren Hayes: The One Man Solo Experience. He’s a diva with disco fever.  What more can I say? He mentored the singers during the week and he’ll be guest-judging tonight. Wee.

First cab off the rack of lamb is Thanh. He’s sucked majorly of late, so I hope, for his sake, he steps it up. 2 tha street. He gets some advice from Darren, and then Bam! he’s onstage. Singing ‘The Voice’ by Johnny Farnham. He sings good n stuff. Not amazing, but better. Good work, Bui. Ooh, Chrislyn’s next. She good.

Darren doubted whether Chrislyn could actually sing the song she chose – ‘Chains’ by Tina Arena – but when she sang it in front of him he was like :O. I kinda think she could sing anything. Let’s find out! She starts out a little… scrobbly. The low notes are a bit wobbles. She really cranks it up, though. Shiz. She’s such an amazing singer. Better than everyone else in this competition by a million miles, in terms of voice. Chaaaaaiiins. Wow. Marcia tells Chrislyn that she is an ‘really reall older than you are performer’. Great speak there Marcias. Oh it’s ok, Marcia makes up for that by calling Britney Spears a ho. Good save.

Tom Williams is next, and he’s all defeated and whatnot. He’s singing ‘Light Surrounding You’ by Evermore, which is a pretty good song and a good choice. What remains to be seen is whether or not Tom will sing well. I really hate it when the 14 year old girls in the audience scream, because he’s really not worth it. He has a blocked-nose sounding voice and he can’t perform. Go away, please. The judges are too nice to him. Darren went the easy route by telling him to keep focus without actually critiquing his voice. Let the bitch out the cage, D. I actually lost interest during judging and started listening to some music on iTunes (Dicko’s comment about ‘ABC’ motivated me to play some Jackson 5, if you must know). Please eliminate Tom Williams, audience. Ta.

I missed the start of Teale, because I was getting a coffee. And some biscuits. I’m human, ok! I don’t know what the hell he’s singing, but it sucks. Kyle says he’s 80% of the way there, but I think Teale belongs in the 80s. See what I did there? I took the 80 and… yeah. Ha! Darren thought he was World Class, and then says, “Your entry… oh god, I gotta get my mind out of the gutter” which, as an extremely immature guy, made me giggle. But yeah, I don’t think Teale is World Class. Boo.

Rosh-Hashanowwww! is next. Did that work? I think I’ll quit with the nicknames. She’s doing ‘Heading in the Right Direction’ by Renee Gayer. Darren is like, ‘Yeah, you’ve felt pain. People will connect to that.’ She has the kind of voice that could do a big disco song like um… that one. I dunno. She wouldn’t sound out of place on the soundtrack to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. That aside, she’s really good. I don’t know if she’s popular in terms of personality, but she’s a very good singer. And I like her, so there’s that. Dicko says she looks sensational, and she does (if Sri-Lankan fairies are sensational?). Marcia tells her not to think, just to, “fly… fly.” I think Marcia sees the fairy thing, too. Darren says it was a great vocal performance and compliments the dress. Kyle warns her not to do the golden oldie stand-and-deliver performance too much as it can be boring.

Wes Carr is doing an Aussie classic from 1966. I’m intrigued… Oh! ‘Friday On My Mind’ by The Easybeats. Harry Vanda was in the studio while Wes rehearsed, which must have been weird. I’m not convinced re Wes’ voice. Um, or his performing style. I think it’s the hair. I don’t like the long hair. If he got a haircut, maybe added a vest to the ensemble, removed the hat… But then he wouldn’t be being “true to himself”. Marcia recommends a removal of the hat. We’re in sync tonight. Darren Hayes may be wearing a toupee.  Dicko is right; Wes is like a walking iPod, choosing a great song every week.

Luke Dickens is doing a Barnesy song. Oh my. Darren worries that Luke might lose his voice due to the way he sings. As James says, it wouln’t be an Aussie night without a bit of Chisel. Luke is doing ‘Flametrees’. I remember when Sarah Blasko covered this a couple of years ago. She’s good.  Luke is… Luke. If you like him, you won’t be a-changin’ your mind anytime soon. Do I like him? Hard to say. Kyle’s rellos love Luke. Most of the judges are like, “Rest your voice, mate.”

Sophie Paterson is on next, and she’s doing that ‘Don’t Hold Back’ by The Potbelleez. Ugh. Well, it sounds like she might be doing it all slow and piano-ey.  Could be good, if she pulls it off. Oh man, she is still doing that stupid moan-singing. She kinda picks up as she gets further into the song, and it’s almost actually good. Good enough to keep her out of the bottom 3? Probably not. Apparently she’s being herself and is true to that and she wasn’t doing that and the public doesn’t know who she is yet but they might be getting to know her now and yeah. I don’t think I want to get to know her. Or maybe I do, I don’t really know her yet. I’m confused.

Mark Spanner Spano is doing Farnsy. Apparently, he struggles with the high notes. Anyway, he’s singing ‘Age of Reason’. Yep, he really does have a problem with those high notes. And his voice is a bit scratchy, which I noticed with Sophie as well as Luke. Big night for the Idols? Anyway, he’s singing pretty well, in general. I jut noticed he does this pumping motion with the microphone as he sings. It’s… disturbing. The judges tend to make these sweeping statements like, “You’re plateauting and we need you to step it up,” but the live performances have only been going for like… 3 weeks? 4 weeks? Dicko accuses him of not trying hard enough.

Madam Parker is last (I think?). Darren says that she’s been purring, but he’d like to hear her roar. She’s adorable like candy, and she should be adorable like filthy, dirty hot chocolate. Wow. She’s singing ‘Hook Me Up’ by The Veronicas. Strange choice. Oh dear. She’s all wrong. Like, purely vocally. Really off key or pitch or whatever it’s called. It’s not just me, is it? Marcia is kind, Darren likes her tone, and Kyle says it was dangerous for her to do a pop song and hard for her to be a bit ‘ho’. He tells her to stick with soul and she says she’ll do exactly that. I want her to do some Motown or something like that. I did not like her doing The Veronicas. I think she might actually be in trouble.

Anyway, that’s it! Seeya tomorrow for results.

My prediction for the bottom 3; Tom, Teale, and Sophie. Possibly Madam.

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  1. juped said, on September 28, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    agreed! bad choice, Madam. baaad choice.

    also you’re not the only immature one. i’ll admit to giggling when Hayes said something along the lines of “I’m getting behind you tonight” to one of the guys.

    I hope it’s home time for Teale.

  2. Kate said, on September 30, 2008 at 2:54 am

    Hehe, Darren was not wearing a toupee..I like the new relaxed hairstyle. You know Darren, he changes his hair like his socks.

    I’m glad Tom went, it was his time. He’s just not ready for this yet, but it could come later.

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