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September 26, 2006

Klancie? You're kidding!

Once again I am reminded that Australian Idol is not a singing contest. To have the bottom three we had last night after the performances of Sunday night was ridiculous. Dean Geyer's fans have only themselves to blame - we saw fan complacency claim several great performers in previous series.

I'm starting to get a feel for the fans bases of these performers. It seems that some of these are ethnically based (Lavina), some are genre-based (Ricky), and some are lifestyle-based (Lisa). It seems the ratio of the sizes of each of these, coupled with the performers' ability to capture the small proportion of swinging voters will determine the winners. Uncomfortably, I suspect that Lisa has captured the same 16-year-old girly underdog thing that Casey Donovan captured, and it took her all the way to the top of the contest over far better performers. It will be interesting to see whether that base will outnumber the similar faction that will support Jessica Mauboy. At least Casey could sing the big notes with gusto ...

I also wanted to say that I agree totally with Mark about Mutto. I was a huge fan (I even voted for him - the only time I've ever voted) but he's turning out totally wet and one-dimensional. I wanna see Mutto let rip with a full-on ball-tearing ROCK thing. No more slow, intense, touchy-feely arrangements of great tunes. Hit the heights!

I'm wondering whether Bobby Flynn was stoned on Sunday night. He's always been that kind of performer but there was something else going on there ... even in the post-show intereview. Or perhaps he's just realised that the conflict between who he is a performer and what he's trying to do to win Idol is too great to reconcile. I don't have a problem with that - kudos to him for who he is and what he can do. He doesn't have to be an Idol, he can be a genuinely interesting performer and songwriter.

Posted by Hughie at September 26, 2006 10:21 AM

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