So we’re down to the Top 7 and, as usual, the big guns were called in to highlight the talent or, as in the case this year, singular lack of talent. Now, I love the Drakensberg Boys Choir, have seen them live on more than a few occasions and can appreciate the beauty of their voices but I’m really not sure that the Idols stage is an appropriate platform to showcase their voices.
Proverb was once again resplendent in a shiny, shiny suit. This time all black with matching tie. Did somebody die Proverb or is the stylist just devoid of imagination?
Tshidi decided to sing the Aretha Franklin/George Michael hit “As”, which is admittedly a great song choice. She looked spectacular in a gold dress with rose embellishments down one shoulder which really suited her complexion and figure. The stylist actually got it right for once. The singing wasn’t that great though, Tshidi was boring and uninspired and went off key in several places but the judges were either deaf or chose to ignore it.
Monde was up next doing his version of Prince’s “Purple Rain”. Now, I’ve mentioned before how I hate the dumbing-down of Rock on the Idols Stage and have to add ‘choiring’ of Rock to that list. It didn’t do anything for me. As much as I love Monde, he didn’t add much of himself to the number, doing it strictly the way Prince did, including the falsetto. He did look good though in a black jacket over a tee and trousers.
Dominic sang one of my favourite Coldplay songs, “Paradise” which should have been a great match for him. His choice of outfit was quite jarring on the eyes with the grey jacket and yellow denims. He didn’t do such a great job with the song either and the judges were particularly scathing to him. It’s quite strange that they cannot seem to hear when the OTHER contestants sing out of key but are quick to point out when Dominic doesn’t keep to the tune. Contrary to popular opinion, Dominic can actually sing. For proof of his great audition, check it out here: http://idolssa.dstv.com/Video/Play.aspx?AdCategoryId=0&vid=200911
PS: Dominic, Elton John called, he needs his shades back.
Durban girl Shekhinah was once again badly styled in too tight animal print leggings, a clashing too short blue top with a brown leather jacket. Her version of Macy Gray’s “I try” wasn’t that great being flat and boring and quite frankly the boys choir were distracting as they did a better job than Shekhinah. I’m really not feeling the talent this year.
Khaya, the world’s greatest (according to those in the know) wore his usual boring jacket and jeans combo. The choice of song, “The World’s Greatest” by R Kelly wasn’t very inspired. I kept hearing R Kelly and not enough of Khaya. The problem with this year’s “Idols” is that there are no originals, everyone seems to be a carbon copy of another singer. Last night the choir seemed to be doing most of the work.
Melissa looked fantastic. Her hair was styled in loose curls and her ensemble of Silver leggings and black top was gorgeous and how awesome were those heels? They distracted me from her rather screechy and OTT interpretation of “Sisters are doing it for themselves” by legends (LEGENDS, Unathi, not ‘tannies’) Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin. There was nothing wrong with the song choice but plenty wrong with Melissa’s interpretation of it. Look, I know people are impressed by vocal gymnastics but quite frankly, they leave me cold.
Another week of sub-standard vocals but the judges are only paying attention to Dominic’s failings and seem to ignore the rest of the contestants flaws.
My Bottom Three: Tshidi, Monde and Melissa
Possibly leaving on Tuesday: Tshidi