I’d just like to firstly apologise for the lengthy delay. This will not be a common occurance however I do stress that things out of my control do happen and delay’s like this will usually come with some notice, however that notice wasn’t given to me as it wasn’t given to you, so I do apologise this. I stil hope you enjoy the recap.
Well it’s the morning after, we probably all know who went through and there’s little point for this recap, but for those who like me, missed out or for those lovely customers out there who just want to have a bit of reading material, here’s the recap, FINALLY, of last night’s Australia’s Got Talent.
We start off with a recap of all the interesting acts from last week and a preview of tonight’s action.
Again, with an intro lacking a voice over, Grant comes out on stage to welcome everyone to the show.
He reveals the state of play so far, making mention of the $250,000 grand prize before introducing the judges including birthday boy Kyle Sandilands before joking that Hazel Phillips was going to jump out of a cake for him (a reference to last week’s Marilyn Monroe impersonation she did).
He then announces that the four most popular acts will now come on stage with the top two going through and another going through based on the judge’s vote. Those four acts are Uprising (oh dear), Benchmark (yay), Chooka Parker (yay) and Cosentino (double yay). There was lovely suspenseful music there.
Grant then announces that thanks to our votes, the first act through is Chooka Parker, and although I already knew the outcome, I’m sure Australia knew this from the get go. He is very thankful before Grant tells Cosentino that he is the second act going through based on our (well, not my) votes. He too is very thankful, especially to the voters.
Now it is time for the judges to vote for the final place getter out of Benchmark and Uprising. Kyle likes them both but ultimately votes for Uprising. Dannii goes with the act who she thinks has given 110% of the time, that group being Benchmark. Lastly, Brian casts his deciding vote. He too loves both acts and says that if they asked him straight after last weeks show he could’ve made a decision like that, but tonight it’s hard. He believes Benchmark would add a beautiful flavour to the final however Uprising are just starting out and is something different, wondering if it is time for uprising and whether or not Benchmark have had their day. Ultimately, he decides to go with Benchmark and luckily, they are through.
Uprising is done with as Benchmark is speechless. They thank the voters (again) as Grant says goodbye to Uprising. They aren’t disappointed one bit!
After the break, it is time for our first act for the third semi final, Freddie Mercury (that’s not his actual name, but he sings Freddie’s songs). We go through the traditional biography of the act with a few comments from the judges before he enters the stage.
He does indeed look like the real thing, but can he sing like him tonight? I don’t know if it is because I haven’t heard this song before, but I don’t really like his singing. He may well be singing like Freddie, but even still, I don’t like it. Faces in the audience show that he is actually doing a great job.
They even give him a lift complete with fireworks to stand on and it looks very rockstarish. He may just get through. Grant wants the lift to make himself look taller as he calls Freddie’s likeness to the real Freddie uncanny.
Brian thought it was a great opener to the show but says he has some big shoes to fill performing Freddie. Dannii tells him that as they are looking for the best on this show and says he is the best impersonator she knows, so very positive. She is however bewildered that he is scared of heights being a TV antenna man himself. Kyle thinks he is fantastic but calls his air guitar solo phallic. Kyle prays for his neighbours.
Grant shows us the phone number to call if you so wish to before having a go on the lift.
Up next is impersonator Ben Price. His audition was brilliant and Kyle has already given him a job on his radio show. We see a spectacular biography and see how much effort he has put into this act.
And the act is interesting, in the form of a news broadcast from the ‘Westminster abbey’ with Ben mimicking the accents of the guests after the wedding. He does Charles (and puts an ugly Camilla pun in there as well), David Beckham, Ian Thorpe, Bear Grylls, Jamie Oliver, Borat, John Cleese and Mr. Bean. This guy is amazing, his best impersonations definitely being David Beckham and John Cleese while I think he needs to tune up his Jamie Oliver and Borat impressions.
Dannii thought it was superb and says she would never get sick of listening to him. She asks for a bit of Homer Simpson which isn’t my favourite one but Kyle calls him talented and wanted more Arnold with his latest scandal. Brian calls his audition incredible and was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to raise the bar anymore and considered him a one trick pony, but was surprised and impressed at the immense amount of characters he came out with tonight.
Our next act is Meriden Rhythmix, a dancing acrobat group aiming to go to the Olympics! They were quite incredible in their audition not to be beaten by their immensely brilliant back story.
The act involves doing things with a silver ball and colourful, pink ribbons. These props by themselves are magical and when you see what these girls can do with them, it is breathtaking. With so many people in the group, it risked being a busy performance, but it isn’t that at all with the girls forming a ring around a main performer that switches throughout the performance. As the music intensifies, as does the content of the dance. It is definitely world class and it ends with a bang.
Dannii and Brian are giving them standing ovations as Kyle reminds them that he wasn’t around for their audition and was apprehensive about their performance before calling it spectacular and simply so excellent.
Brian too calls it incredible and wants to see a whole show of that. He tells them to forget about competing at the Olympics, they should perform that at the opening ceremony (even though it would be reserved for British acts). He says they should be playing soccer for Australia and I am actually taken aback to see a man of European descent call it Soccer and not football.
Dannii calls it a hat trick amongst the judges and recognized how much could go wrong in the performance. She hopes to see them at the Olympics in London.
Grant tells us that these girls go to school and train after hours to get where they are, so this just adds to the atmosphere of this amazing talent.
Up next is David De Vito who blew us away with his opera style voice. He is here to make his dad proud. He has a heartfelt story before Grant tells us he will be singing Elton John’s ‘Your song’ which I was only enjoying in the car on the way home a few days ago.
The stage is covered in fog with that black, shiny piano propped right in the middle of it. It looks dreamy and I have to say, David made that song his own. A brilliant rendition. He looks like he does it with such little effort. With that lovely sounding choir in the background, I could easily listen to this song for a good few hours.
Brian calls his voice amazing and his personality amazing. He can’t fault the performance but calls it a little cabaret. He would like him to tone back on the cabaret and I can see where Brian is coming from. He says he has the one of the best voices in the competition.
Dannii also loved his performance but wants him to modernise the song a bit. Kyle congratulates the kids in the choir but tells David that despite the other judge’s comments, he got Goosebumps three times during the performance and called him sensational.
David says happy birthday to his son which highlights his soft personality. Lovely; I hope he goes through.
Our next act is busker Tom Ward who is a mind blowing guitarist. We hear his back story before Tom takes to the stage.
Again, the stage is covered in dry ice as Tom sits atop a small table; very dreamy looking. Tom, the showman that he is, starts out quite slowly and builds intensity very fast. Coupled with great camerawork, this performance is very magical and has me hooked to the last second.
Grant comes out and shakes hands with the performer who is still atop that table. Grant wonders why everyone is so tall (isn’t everyone tall compared to him everyday?) before we cross to the judges.
Dannii says that the incredible thing is, guitarists would be melting at that performance and tells him he never lets them down. 100% all the time.
Kyle tells him that watching him do it is amazing but closing his eyes and thinking this song could be in a Quintein Tarantino movie is brilliant. He’s never seen anything quite as impressive with a guitar.
Brian calls the brilliant performance his least favourite but believes if this is his standard, that’s brilliant. He would love to see him feature in an orchestra in the final. Hmm, a bit of a tough decision on Australia’s hands tonight. Other than Freddie Mercury, I’m quite happy with the talent tonight.
Capree is next and they are an all singing, all dancing pop group who got rave reviews from the judges who later, after hearing them back, didn’t like the vocals as much. They promise us that they have come further since their last performance, and hope they can smash it.
They will be singing and dancing to a peculiar song, Bruno Mars’ Just the Way You Are! They begin with a bit of an a Capella session before breaking into dance. And while their singing may have improved a little, their dancing is just fantastic. They are really finding their feet. The guy on the right end of the group (and those who just read this would have no idea what I am talking about), his singing still needs a bit of work as does some of the other group member’s voices. Overall, definitely a better performance.
Kyle is first and although he liked the performance, he still thinks the singing needs work and yes, I would agree with that comment wholeheartedly.
Brian thinks they have good voices but they must consider what they are working with, comparing them to other boy bands who had full use of different tuning technologies. In that regard, he thinks that polished up, the boys have the potential to be massive.
Dannii thought the guys were singing it just for her, which is what this boy band and every other boy band should make as their aim, to make girls believe they are singing to them. She says that Spice Girls and Take That have nothing on these guys and they still conquered the world. She too recognizes their difficult work.
Next up is a really interesting act, it is SA’s proudly owned Misfit’s Stunt Group; a jackass style pair of guys doing ridiculous things. In the audition, their act was mostly censored and I wonder if they still will be. They state that they want to be better than Jackass which is really stupid but anyway, let’s see what they have.
I’m pretty sure the line they used, ‘we do this so you don’t have to’ is a line from Jackass, right? Anyway you’ll be pleased to know that this group’s act isn’t censored. As it is their 10th birthday (the group, not the performers), they create a story based on it while playing stunts based on birthdays like jumping from the stairs into a stack of presents and bobbing for apples in the bottom of wheelie bins. At one point, they even play ‘rat trap twister’. Lovely.
I must say, they do look a little tryhard, but the audience seems to like them and they aren’t too bad as an alternative to all the singing and dancing. The best part was definitely the guy standing on the ladder being hurled into a burning table. Mindless fun.
Brian looks very flustered by it all, calling them idiots over again. He doesn’t call it a talent, telling them well done for not being dead.
Dannii reminds them that Jackass made millions out of this sort of stuff and she takes her hat off to them.
What Kyle likes about Jackass is that when they are around he doesn’t fell comfortable and feels that he will be hurt himself and knows how lonely they must be and call them trippers. Kyle tells them that he gets a thrill out of seeing them fall into a burning table, telling them that he would prefer to see them burn to death (hahaha) but overall, he thinks it’s a talent.
Last for the night is Dan Conway, a singer who created his own song in the auditions and was X’ed out due to the fact that he was so good, the judges didn’t need to see anymore. Can he bring that same magic again?
Now, the man next door is mowing his lawns so I can’t hear this song to its full potential but it still sounds incredible. I wouldn’t be surprised if you lot sent him through.
Dannii tells him that he basically has everything, the looks, the range and the personality. She calls it fantastic and calls his originals hits.
Kyle, who wasn’t their for the audition, wants to hear the song again calling hit a hit song as well. He tells him he is ready to go.
Brian tells him that in the middle of the song he dosed away and thought he wasn’t in the competition, saying he thought he was last years winner. That either means he is a judge who doesn’t really pay attention or that’s how good this guy was.
So a quick recap of the phone numbers, that is the end of Semi Final 3 and as Grant readies us up for semi final 4, I must say, this show improves and improves. The quality of the performances tonight is the best of the season, blowing away last week’s seemingly unbeatable line up. The production was yet again impeccable and the sound issues are definitely fixed.
Just get the voice over guy from the first semi final and we have ourselves perfection.
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.9/10