1.7 million Australians can’t be wrong, guys. That’s right; actually, it was more like 1.8 million but either way, this show has bucked the trend for reality television series’ in their later seasons. In its fifth season, The Biggest Loser was close to being written off by not only the network; but the fans. In its fifth season, Big Brother suffered its first mass turn off, with plenty more to come. Not to mention all the shows that didn’t even make their fifth season.
So with all this grunt behind it; let’s see how the next batch shines in Audition number six. First up, Tasmanian Dylan Yeandle. After a small lesson in where the human heart is located; this singer slash stripper starts to sing Sex Bomb before stripping down to his underwear! Nice way to start the show. His ‘package’ seems to surprise Dannii and also caught the attention of Brian who kinda liked it (although I think he was talking about the act; which even still, a little insightful). Despite his lack of singing ability; the judges realises the real reason he auditioned and sent him through on three yeses.
Next is Chris the master of Belly Dances who caught some X’s in the process of his act. Some other guy follows and neither I, nor the judges kinda knew what was going on. But here’s one that looks promising; a bubble-ologist who claims to be unbelievea-bubble. He basically blows bubbles and I’m guessing he blows them into different shapes or patterns. Let’s find out… well, what he actually does is choreograph his bubbles to some hippie music. He literally makes them dance and has some cool tricks along the way. This is really impressive; I think the producers should have pumped this act up a bit in the promos.
Now for the main event; Dannii becoming encaptured in a bubble; man I wish I could do that!! Unsurprisingly this guy gets through with three yeses. Kyle correctly points out that this guy could create an amazing television experience with a bit of complimentary lighting and visual effects.
Next up, another group from Tasmania; and it’s a group that combines Japanese Martial Arts and dancing. I don’t know what they said it was called; but here they are, on stage and ready to go. Taiko Drum their name is, so I guess what they are performing is Taiko. It certainly has the judges keen. It sounds powerful; the drums beating; facial expressions; you can feel the energy reverberating off the performers. They get a great crowd reaction and ask them if they want to see the judges try. The judges are great sports, which is something this show has going for it; and it turns into a bit of mindless fun. I puffed out Kyle gives a yes straight up and Dannii appreciates the fitness needed for the performance. She gives it a yes, as does Brian.
Next up; another Tasmanian group; The African Warriors, who specialise in acrobatics. They have some pretty good moves and it is definitely fun to watch. You can tell a lot of work has gone into this act; they seem like seasoned professionals. I don’t doubt they are. This, along with bubble man from before, is definitely an act I’d recommend latecomers try to view online; spectacular. The standing ovation says it all; the atmosphere in my very living room feels electric after that performance. They get three yeses and are through.
After an ad break; we are reminded of all the brilliant voices we have heard this year so far. After the montage, we move onto tonsillitis sufferer Brett Morris. It’s obvious that the tonsillitis is getting to him. Unfortunately; the judges give him 3 X’s. It was a bit of a shock; but not totally unexpected. Brian points out that as a talent show; his singing needs to be exceptional. Dannii gives him a yes despite her X. Kyle begrudgingly says no; so Brett will be going home. And wow, not long until the next ad break, hey! Bloody hell, Seven. Pump’em out!
I don’t know how the taping of this show works; but we’re in Sydney WITHOUT Kyle again! So first up is SKB, a hip hop dance crew. They’re no justice crew; Brian seems a little bored; but maybe he’s just so mesmerised; but they are good. The moves get more spectacular as the performance goes along. Dannii loved it, Brian thought it was slow to begin with (the stop-start music would have contributed to that) but thought the rest was good. That’s two out of two yeses and they are through.
Grant Denyer tells us he doesn’t think anyone has done Justice Crew justice just yet; but our next act may be a shoe in. They are a team consisting of a Commonwealth games three time gold medallist and are named Meriden Rythmetics. Trust me, this act is Olympic standard; filled with a lot of fluid movement and a lot of neat tricks. They have the crowd stunned and stand by for a standing ovation led by Brian who loved it. Dannii loved all the factors and gets the trainer to come out. She jokes by saying they could do better (hardy ha) before the two judges give them a thumbs up each. They are through.
Oh my god, what is with Seven and their ad breaks. This is what brings my enjoyment down. Surely they have the ability to charge more for ad spots and therefore wouldn’t need to sell as many… this is a pretty successful show after all.
So when we return; an interesting act is probably a good way to describe this next person. This guy looks bonkers. After mimicking Brian’s accent (very poorly), he X’s Teana Teapot (this guy is actually…a guy) and all it was, was this guy lip syncing Lady Gaga and taking off some of his extravagant clothes. It’s three X’s (even from the absent Kyle, courtesy of Brian) and he goes off stage. He’s not the only reject though as we are subject to a montage of really bad acts; something that has lacked in this episode thus far.
While it is not looking good in Sydney, Grant wonders if the next act will do any better. They are flamboyant twins and specialise in acrobatics. I think there is a story that goes along with their act; or it was just one of the twins talking to herself. It was embarrassing to say the least; the judge’s faces say it all. After two X’s, they don’t actually want to leave and here come the audience’s boos. Dannii tells them their intro was way too long and they get two no’s. Bye, Bye. Wait, not just yet. They still try to barter for some more time; but after an audience chant of ‘off, off, off’; they finally leave. Oh and now another ad break; although I think I could go with one after that!
So after the break; there’s one more act to see. And it’s a familiar face; you may know him from So You Think You Can Dance 2009; Timomatic! After an injury in 2010; this is being treated as his return to professional dancing. He starts off singing Justin Bieber’s Baby before getting into a bit of a pop medley while at the same time, putting on a brilliant dance routine. Brynne Edelsten could learn some things from this guy! He is brilliant. Brian tells him he can dance, he can sing and now he’s a contender to win this show. Dannii tells him that he sings people’s songs better than them! It’s a synchronised YES from the judges and Mr. Timomatic is through thanks to the help of some other dancers.
And with that, this audition episode is over. I have to say, it wasn’t as exciting as yesterday’s episode. Other than bubble guy and some acrobatics, this show didn’t deviate away too much from the norm. I’m very surprised there’s still an episode of auditions to go; but apparently the next bunch are the best of the lot. I’m more excited for next Wednesday where it will be time to cull the auditionees into losers or semi-finalists. Cannot wait!
That’s it from me tonight; an enjoyable but not outstanding show; just your average audition episode; I so hope they step it up for the last one next week but until then, goodnight!
Courtney’s Verdict: 8.5/10