Sunday, August 31, 2008

Australian Idol from 100 to 24

Just as well Casey Freeman did not get through to the top 24 as usually lots of TV time ensure a singer an advantage when they hit the semis, but I think it would have been the reverse for this space cadet.

There were a few new things about this season's top 100 week. They dumped the singing in groups which was challenging for the singers, but always gave great TV, with fights, dramas, and people really ballsing up. They followed this years American Idol's formula, where each person sang a song and you either made it straight through to the end of the week when you sing again, or you get a second chance the next day, or you were sent home.

However there was one difference at the end of the week they were singing in front of a live audience. I think one of the reasons Idol producers did this was to gauge audience reaction to some of the performers. This worked in Tom Williams favour. The 16 year old from South Australia with the mini Matt Corby haircut had definite pitch problems all week but managed to make the top 24 due to the amount of squeals coming from the audience.

I could not work out why they did not put that scottish mum from Perth out of her misery earlier. Her voice was screechy all week, and she was sitting there with Caralyn to find out who was going to get the final spot, they were trying to make it suspenseful, but you knew she was not going to get in and I really did not need to see another few minutes of her blubbing.

The James Sidebottom drama that was in today's papers where he blew his top 24 spot because he said he did not want to win was a bit unfair. Not that I think he would have won, but at least he was honest and did not come out with the usual cliches' like "Music is my life", "It is my ambition to win Idol" and "My life would be nothing without music." You shouldn't have to gush to get in.

Tomorrow night is the semi's start with Wes Carr, the bearded hat wearing singer/muso who really should just get a ticket straight to the top 12, his only danger is that everyone else will think he is a shoo in and will vote for someone else.

For the full list of the 24 is:
Brooke Addamo,Thanh Bui, Nicole Banks, Wesley Carr, Natalie Colavito, Olly Corpe, Luke Dickens, Jaden Dowd, Amanda Grafanakis, Chrislyn Hamilton, Teale Jakubenko, Matthew Parsons, Sigrid Moar, Irae Schwenke, Madam Parker, Mark Spano, Sophie Paterson, James Spargo, Roshani Priddis, Mitchell Steele, Kayla Vanzetta, Jonny Taylor, Brooke Wilkie, Tom Williams.

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