Tonight, Johnny, Three Wishez, Andrew Wishart, Reece Mastin and Declan Sykes will battle it out to join the final four. The finale is close and they can all smell it! Who will triumph, who will fall? Well, we don’t have to worry about that until tomorrow- tonight we just have to sit back and listen to them sing!
Luke comes on stage and the sound is very toned down- as if it is exclusively for the audience only! Apparently, tonight is legends night which seems very similar to past week’s themes. With that, Luke introduces the judges- Mel B, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian. Why do they always introduce Mel B last? Bit tacky.
Luke talks about how good the final five are and begins to talk about the judges. They say hi quite nicely- it almost sounds like they are a bit tired. Mel talks about how well Christina is doing outside of X Factor and says she is in the most powerful position right now. Apparently she has been snacking on Guy’s mum’s curry.
He talks to the other judges but I think the funniest part was how he continued to point out Mel and Guy’s predicament, with one having no acts and one having all his acts. Guy just says he has been lucky; and I think that is an understatement.
Luke tells us that we have to vote if we want out favourite to win before stumbling a bit on Johnny Ruffo’s introduction. After imitating Luke’s blunder, Guy introduces Johnny who will tonight be singing Sir Duke, a Stevie Wonder classic.
It is very jazzy which looks very nice considering it is quite wet outside. He dances well and his singing is quite well on track tonight. Still, with Johnny, there always seems to be some room for improvement.
I quite liked the ending too, very fitting and very final. To the judges and Mel is smiling as she wows him. She asks how it went for him and he says he had fun doing what he did. She calls it his favourite performance from him with good, confident and spot on singing from start to finish. She says there is something about him that Australia is falling in love with.
Ronan says he has given him a hard time and wonders why it has taken him this long to join the contest- saying he was brilliant. I have to agree. There is a but; saying he looks like a waiter. Haha, that’s funny as he wears his white, jazz tux.
Natalie thought this would be his death, but says his vocals were the best tonight than in the whole competition. She wonders what it is about Johnny that makes people love him and she thinks it is his fight.
Guy didn’t like it he says, before laughing and tells him he is about to get all four good comments- saying he did it, hitting all the notes!
So, some very good comments to start the show; but did you agree with the judges?
To save Johnny;
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To ze break!
After that break, it is time for Andrew to perform and after last week’s performance, can he impress with his rendition of U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For? Well, he is a fan of the band but the judges seem very concerned.
He’s on an elevated stage which looks very rock like and he is also sporting a goatee! His performance was full of emotion and sounded very close to his heart. He also has a few solo jam sessions with the band which adds personality. I think he pulled this off quite well! He really pumps it out at the end!
He gets a standing ovation from Natalie. To the judges and Guy says that the bad news is that the song has been done heaps of times before but the good news is that it hasn’t been done that well before! He loves everything he does, calling him a delight to listen to.
Mel says that for her, she didn’t like it, saying there was too much guitar and would have preferred for him to be more centred on stage. She gets a round of boos; two of them, and harsh. She thinks he should have lost the guitar.
Ronan hears what Mel is saying but didn’t feel a connection of delivery this week but says he did deliver vocally. Natalie doesn’t know what they are talking about, saying she can feel everything he was doing.
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After the break, it is time for Declan Sykes- Guy’s second guy. He will be singing Help! A Beatles song!
The stage looks really cool with all the stage donned with a black and white diamond coating! His vocals were probably a little more weaker than the other two performances but it still wasn’t too bad. At the current rate, I think he deserves to leave over the other two.
To the judges and Mel says ‘that is how you do a performance!’ and Declan loves how he has gotten good feedback from Mel. She does say his vocals suffered a little half way through. It wasn’t too bad a performance, I must admit.
To Ronan and he thinks it seemed as if he was in his bedroom and I would kind of agree with him. Vocally, he thinks it was great but a bit awkward at times.
To Natalie and while she didn’t know about his performance last week, she does love his performance this week- wanting what he’s having.
Guy likens him to an Energizer bunny and Declan doesn’t know how Johnny does it every week! Haha.
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After the break, it is Three Wishez- Ronan’s final act. Can this team stay in the competition with their rendition of In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins (and a certain Cadbury gorilla)?
It has a very industrial feel to it but it looks fantastic. Again, like Declan, the movements are there- the vocals are only somewhat there. There is a lot of room for improvement however Freddie’s rap is again the hero of the song.
Natalie realises that their goal was to top last week and as the audience go nuts (like seriously, nuts) she says she was torn, not hating it, but not loving it.
Guy agrees with her, saying they may have messed it up too much. He gets a round of boos.
Mel says she loved the way they looked, loved the set and enjoyed the song, feeling their passion. She thinks however, they were quite separated and would have liked more connection.
Ronan calls Guy and Natalie fence sitters, saying they were just waffling on.
Do you like Three Wishez?
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After the break, it is time for Guy’s final performer and the final performer for the night- Reece Mastin. Tonight, he will be singing a Celine Dion classic- All By Myself! Can he pull this one off?
It is a graveyard type setting crossed with a mansion feeling. Hmm, it is a little weak to be honest with you. You can somewhat see it on his face. I don’t really know if he was even able to connect with this song well but he did manage to hold a note for a ridiculously long amount of time in the middle. I won’t be surprised if this sent him home.
Mel thought he looked a bit awkward and pissed off tonight and felt as if he was angry, noting that this is a love song. Reece just shakes his head. He looks pissed off when she says this and the crowd goes crazy. Guy starts defending him straight off the bat.
Ronan tells him he was vocally bad, saying he struggled and also saw in his face, doubt. The crowd continues to boo the judges. He is harsh when he says he looks like he is in a graveyard, haha.
Natalie criticises the stage set up and says the song was too mature. She doesn’t know what has happened- stating he has dropped quite a bit in terms of quality. Guy says he was providing something different and Natalie and Ronan crucify this comment.
And this crowd continues to go nuts.
Guy notes it wasn’t a perfect performance but feels like he exposed Reece, saying he was vulnerable but Mel says it wasn’t enjoyable, it was painful. So, Reece is now standing up there looking very disappointed and at this point of the competition, this is not on.
Guy continues to criticise the ‘attack’ the judges have launched but Ronan and Mel says it was all justified considering the usually good comments. Luke brings up the elimination of his mate Christine and he says it did such.
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Even when Luke was announcing this, he couldn’t bare to crack a smile. Man that went for ages, and look, we are now running over time.
After the break, Luke tells us how we can meet our favourite contestants; plugging McHappy Day in the process.
With that, we are treated by a preview of tomorrow night and it looks like we will have another Idol in the form of Ricki-Lee. Susan Boyle will also be there.
With that, we look at the numbers and performances again before the show ends.
Again, this was an episode brought down by sound issues and a massive overrun (tonight by 10 minutes according to my television) however it seems as if Seven has learned a bit and has programmed it so anyone taping the episode gets the whole thing.
Other than that, it was a beautifully produced bit of television however the acts themselves could have been a bit better in some respects. In others, they were brilliant.
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.0/10