||[Oct. 2nd, 2005|09:03 pm]
What is going on? It's the final four. Things should be hotting up. The contestants should be rarking up their Idol skillz and really kicking some arse. We should be getting those performances that cause people to fall out of their chairs, yes?|
"Tonight is a very special night," apparently, because it's all New Zealand music. Where is this "Ay-a-tee-a-row-a" that Dominic speaks of?
The group song is Zed's "Glorifilia" and they still don't sound like a cohesive group. If Backstreet Boys and Nsync, with five members, can sing in unison and not sound like a pub singalong, why can't these four manage it? If only there was a Kiwi boyband whose songs they could cover. (No, the dudes who did the Rainbow's End theme don't count.)
Hey, guess what? Oh, we're getting two songs per preformer this week. Chur.
Rosita is singing "Sweet Lovers". It's almost secret, but this isn't really a New Zealand song. It was written and originally released by the splendid Mr Bill Withers, then a few years the Holidaymakers released a soundalike cover that was a massive hit in Aotearoa New Zealand. It's a strange choice. Rosita's version transforms the cheesy Jamaican sunshine sound of the "original" into a more laidback R&B-tinged version. Her voice struggles in places, but it's all right, y'know.
Let's have a bad audition! It's a fellow squeezing out a rubbish rendition of "Under the Bridge". Frankie suggests he take his rasta hat off his ears. After the inevitable rejection, his mum tells him he's a star.
Next Nik is up with Ardijah's "Watching you". I was really into Ardijah when I was 10, so this excites me. It's another contemporary arragement and it's light and sunny and makes me want to frollick in a park on a summer's afternoon. However, it's not Nik's best, but it is better than most others.
Jesse seems to have mistaken the show for the half-time entertainment at a rugby game (mate) and sings the Exponents "Why Does Love Do This To Me". He brings absolutely nothing to it. In fact, I'd say that his version is actually less entertaining than hearing a stadium full of footy fans singing it. Add to that, it's also another gravelly Jesse rock song. Boring.
Steve(n) says he's come back to "the kid who just threw a hope and a dream into the wind." Please, let's not talk about wind. He's doing a Shihad song, "Walls" (from their "Please love us, America" Pacifier phase). There were rumours on the internets that this was kick-arse, but I'm not getting that. It's bland. It's as mousy and dull as Steve's regrowth. Steve has got rid of most of his nervousness, but he's now on par with where the others were about three weeks ago.
Rosita is back with "Language", originally sung by Annie Crummer. It's nice, but not splendid. I'm not feeling it tonight, man. I want something fantabulous.
Next Nik returns with his version of Evermore's "Ride On". It's true - it was a better vocal performance than the original. Yeah, I liked it, and I really like that Nik is getting some variety in there, unlike the Merkin. "I'm enjoying the ride," says Nik. Ride on, man.
The Merkin's second song is "No Ordinary Thing" by Opshop. Well, it's better than the Exponents tune, and it's nice to see Jesse slowing it down a bit (for the laydeez?), but it's just a bit boring.
Finally Steve(n) returns with a Feelers song, "Stand Up". It was as dull as unsalted peanut butter. That is all I have to say.
Where was the splendidness? Am I missing somethin'? Do we need to call for the return of Frank to spice things up? Should I have watched this ep under the influence of P? :(