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This is one of my quick, down-and-dirty reviews so let’s just get to it. With Sir Tom Jones giving them some sage advice, it looked and sounded to me that most of them listened and tried to switch it up a little this week.

So, how did I rate the contestants this week? Here are my observations, brought to you again from my trusty laptop and my equally reliable Canadian video supplier:

Mark Day Bleeding Love (Leona Lewis)

Odd choice for an odd personality but he does sing rather well and actually did a decent job vocally. The performance was a little flat for me and I felt that while he did a good job vocally he really didn’t connect with the lyrics. Going first is usually the kiss of death so expect to see him among the bottom feeders this week and could be going home.

Mitch MacDonald Jealous Guy (John Lennon)

For weeks I’ve had this guy pegged to leave and he’s still here – wassup with that? His voice IS unique but it’s just not my cup of tea and while his performances have always been high charged they just fall flat with me. Nice enough guy but with a less than enthusiastic reception from the judges this week, he just might make it to the bottom three — finally!

Drew WrightCreep (Radiohead)

He sure is a versatile musician and singer but I just did NOT enjoy this particular song choice. I’m sure it appealed to the younger set but I felt it did nothing to show off either his personality or his true vocal abilities. Since the judges loved that he “brought it” to the stage this week, he should remain safe for yet another week.

Theo TamsYou Had Me (Joss Stone)

Three words: The. Complete. Package. And this boy was worried about working the stage? That was one killer performance with the requisite matching vocal to tie it up in a nice big bow. If this kid isn’t safe no one is! He is the one to beat for sure.

Mookie MorrisLola (The Kinks)

This child is so retro and while it does work for him, he is still very young and needs a lot more vocal training. His lower register was very rough but when he kicked it up an octave it kicked butt big time. He won’t win the competition but he just might have enough life in him to make it to the Top 5. However, he could still be bottom dwelling this week but he probably won’t go home yet.

Amberly ThiessenPut Your Records On (Corrine Bailey Rae)

I just love her voice — sweet, easy on the ears but quietly powerful all at the same time. This was a good song choice for her and getting out from behind the guitar was just what she needed to let her personality shine a little bit. She needed to change things up at this point and hopefully this will keep her out of the bottom three because she needs to be in the Top3 for sure.

Earl StevensonChange the World (Eric Clapton)

Dr. Strangelove gets the pimp spot this week and with a weak song choice and an equally strange performance he might just make the bottom three this week, if I could have anything to say about it. However, the judges are just so in love with him I have a feeling he’ll be safe yet again. Rats. Maybe I’m just too old to get where this guy is coming from and I definitely don’t want anything he might be smoking.

My choices for the cellar dwellers this week? They would have to be:

Mark, (for going first and being just a pitch off pitch)

Mitch (for a truly flat performance)

and Earl, (for really not living up to his usual hype this week – the performance was blah even for him)

with “das boot” probably going to Mark Day because I just believe his time is up in this competition. We heard the judges name four of the ones to beat and while there were no surprises there, Mark just doesn’t fit the profile they are looking for. Tomorrow night can’t come soon enough for me…

Carry on!

J

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First of all, let me congratulate the brave souls who are getting bootleg copies of the show on to the Internet so EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO can view them – not just Canadians! I think it’s not fair that CTV locks out Americans from watching the show, even on their site where they replay the episodes. However, I get a funny feeling that this might be Fremantle’s doing for not wanted ANY competition with AI and that’s just WRONG! What’s the matter? Afraid we might LIKE the Canadian version better?

Well then, be afraid…be VERY afraid…because after watching all the audition episodes and the Top 200 to Top 24 drama — I DO like both the presentation of the show AND the judges better than the American version.

Problem is, it’s hard to find these videos and watch them before someone makes the folks supplying them remove them from view. It took me three tries to find folks who had them up and running and I was just able to finish watching them yesterday afternoon.

Not good if one if trying to be timely with reviews.

So, now that I have some idea of how to find and watch the show, I think I can try and get reviews and comments out at least in the same week of the episode I’m talking about so folks won’t think I’m a total idiot rehashing old news.

Hey, I DO have a real life and job and family and…and…you get the picture…

Anyway, this entry will deal with my impressions of the auditions and what has eventually become the Top 24 for this season. I guess they used to pick only 22 but they rounded up to 24 this year due to a greater talent pool. First, let’s take a look at the auditions — the good, the bad and the truly strange…

AUDITIONS

Ok, first of all, I think Canada has a far more diverse pool of musical talent than America. Since each province is uniquely different due to the ethnic makeup of its population and it geographic location in the federation the singers are much more varied in their styles and, uh, stage presentations. There were definitely more unpolished contestants trying out and even the number of truly strange auditioners were kept to a respectable minimum. I do have a few questions for those who have been watching this show since the beginning:

  1. Has Ben Mulroney always looked that fine? Ouch! I don’t usually go in for the tall, dark and handsome type but for this dude I’d make an exception. Easier on the eyes and ears than Seacrest.
  2. Does everyone in Canada know how to play the guitar? I never saw so many guitarists and potential string strummers in all my days. Most were pretty good. Others, well…
  3. I didn’t realize that Calgary was so cowboy – or for that matter — that there is more of a cultural melting pot in the federation than in the states. For a while there, I was having a little problem with all the accents — and there wasn’t an “eh” in the bunch. Again, another lesson in diversity.
  4. Are the judges always that helpful and accommodating to the contestants? Yes, they were firm when they needed to be but they were always respectful and seemed to want the singers to do their best. I was also surprised at the number of returning wannabees and that two of them actually made the Top 24 after a few tries – and the judges were thrilled with that. Somehow I can’t imagine our Idol Troika being that “kinder and gentler” during our auditions. Or our auditions being more about finding talent than showcasing musical train wreaks. What a difference a country makes.

Let me stop here and when I return I’ll give my opinions on the Top 24 and their chances for making it to the Top 12 – Or is it Top 10? Someone fill me in on that. I don’t want to assume it’s the same as the States. In either case, this should be an exciting musical summer up north and for those of us IDOL fans who will even watch Pinoy Idol videos during the off-season… but that’s another rant for another time.

Carry on!

J

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