After last week’s cheap and lacklustre performance show and Sunday’s Dancing with the Stars; can this be Seven’s saving grace for a revamp in their live production quality? We’ll find out soon!
No surprises, Grant pumps up last week that showcased acts that did worse than the auditions, causing a little disappointment.
We get a nice preview of this week before Grant walks on stage. The audience is definitely louder, but the sound is still really quiet and there’s no voiceover?! It’s still looking a bit cheap and the judges are already in their chairs. After last week’s explosive entrance, they would have been better just doing it again, it might make the show look more expensive and worth the 2 million viewers it gets.
Grant does a nice job however at compeering the show; at least a better job than Dan McPherson. Grant goes on to explain that due to the competition this year, they’ve changed the game a little and tonight; three acts will be moving on. The four most popular contestants will be revealed with the top two going through. The other two will fight it out for the judges vote to go through to the biggest grand final ever.
He then welcomes the nice looking trio of judges before revealing the top four acts from last week. They are Bree De Rome, Team Rocket, Fiona Mariah and of course, Jack Vidgen. Thank god Dash n D’Bree isn’t in; actually they are a good bunch in my opinion.
In a scene that is more reminiscent of a show of good quality (finally), the lights are dimmed and he reveals in no particular order, the two highest rated acts. They are after a long wait, Jack Vidgen and Bree De Rome. Nice pick, shame about Fiona but I reckon she’ll get through.
Both acts are thankful with Bree a little too shy for words.
Now it’s time for the judge’s vote and Brian goes with someone who he thinks will bring something special to the final and he votes for Team Rocket. Dannii votes next and congratulates all acts last week before saying Team Rocket will be going through.
Well what do you know; Fiona is out. She says she’s had a wonderful time, but she looks obviously upset.
Kyle would have gone Team Rocket as well, making it three out of three votes.
Well, that makes me happy; didn’t see that coming, a Seven reality show actually getting to the verdict without ONE ad break. Well done guys!
After the first ad break is KLD X-treme Air Force, a group of young cheerleading girls who have come close to becoming world champions.
In their bio, we find that one of the competitors broke he nose during the week before the act begins. I must say, it’s a lovely way to start of the show. Immediately we see these girls get into it with perfect timing and brilliant moves. It isn’t slow, it isn’t all over the place (considering the amount of people in this group, it’s a huge feat) and it’s entertaining. Definitely top quality entertainment right here.
When it ends, Grant is over ecstatic, before Dannii tells them it was just breathtaking. She says that the reason cheerleading isn’t as big in Australia as it is in the US because people aren’t as good as them.
Brian called it scary but a spectacular performance. Kyle is disappointed because there is nothing he can say is bad about the performance. He wanted them to come unstuck and come off the stage in carnage, a comment that makes me chuckle, but he wishes them well done.
After the break is TV highlight Hazel Phillips who as some commentators have said, shouldn’t be on a show like this. People begin television on reality television, not end it. Either way, she’s up now and she takes to the stage in all her glamour.
I’m not a fan for her singing voice, but I love her spirit and that stage set up. She has some nice moves but I don’t think this is going to get her through to the next stage.
Dannii tells her that she ‘hasn’t lost it at all’ calling her a mynx. She wants her back on television to which Hazel wishes she was. Kyle understands her rolls of fat hatred before Brian tells her he loves her, calling her kinky and the act as a whole, fabulous.
Next up is Dangerboy and Ivy, a group of sideshow nail sleepers. I actually didn’t see these guy’s in the auditions so it will be new to me. In a cutaway, they reveal how their nerves may cause an accident, however this is probably just for show.
It’s an interesting performance, complete with a set and a few noise effects. Ivy drops a nail into dangerboy’s glass before pouring wine into it. He drinks up before she takes out a plate of razors or dog tags and feeds them to him. Brian buzzes them out, squeamish at the act. This is quite disturbing. Ivy eats some string and the two kiss, before they reveal the dog tag/razors attached to the string.
Kyle tells them that the act is some sort talent before saying it made him sick. There’s an awkward silence before Brian expresses his nauseous. He tells them he didn’t like it and has nothing else to say about it. There’s awkwardness in the room before Dannii tells them that this is what the show is; causing a rapture of applause, finally. She tells them that the costumes are to die for.
Next up is Steve Romig, the guitarist/singer. I remember him from the auditions and I didn’t really mind this guy; I can’t wait to see what he performs tonight.
He sings ‘Silent Wonder’, an original; I like it! The stage looks very medieval and that voice is magical. At the end of the day, he’s just another guitarist/singer bloke, but you kind of feel like you’ve heard the song before and it has a sort of familiarity to it and it makes it special and easy to listen to.
This song definitely belongs in a romantic flick or a Disney film, it sounds like a song all can enjoy. I absolutely loved this performance. And it’s a shame this performance just felt like it flew by. Please vote this guy through Australia, please.
Brian tells him it’s simple as this- amazing song and the only reason why he isn’t making it is because record company idiots didn’t take a risk. He and Dannii believe the performance is amazing. She calls the performance magical. Kyle loved him tonight; being a fan of his. It was fit for a Grammy’s performance.
Next up is Uprising, a heavy metal band whose actual band sings songs I like, but I don’t really like their vocals. Still, if they do well tonight, I’m sure I can swing my opinion a bit. Grant gives a bit of a shoutout/ ad to the local FoodWork’s in Mansfield before they begin to sing Check Yes Juliet.
For a live performance, it isn’t bad; I wouldn’t expect too much more from an actual seasoned band, but it certainly won’t win them the competition. I still wouldn’t want these guy’s to go through.
After the performance, Dannii calls them fantastic saying they have all the ingredients for a successful act. Kyle says they are full of energy and tells them that they are on the map now and will get bigger and better. Brian calls it a great performance telling the lead vocalist that he’s lifted his game. He says that with a nice original song, they could be the biggest band in the country.
Next up is a favourite of mine, Benchmark; a quartet of singing old men. They surprised in the auditions, so can they impress tonight? I hope so, they have great personality and humour as well as a good voice.
With a nice retro background; I definitely get into the mood. There are no nerves in this old bunch and they even get a few claps here and there. They prove that music needs no instruments. Perfect. I don’t know if these guys will win, but I hope they make it to the final.
Grant sure enjoyed it and we cross to Kyle. He calls it perfect and fun and the reason they are still alive. They mention they are getting attention from the ladies and Kyle makes a funny quip about Brian’s Westlife.
Brian says that after all the bands, fireworks, acts, they just come on stage with one microphone and it is electric. He calls them ‘simply, Australia’s Got Talent’
Dannii is next and three words- Bring Back Barbershop. No band, no track, absolutely mesmerising. Well put Dannii, exactly right!
I hope they go through! One of them is recovering from cancer; how powerful.
Next up is illusionist who wants to be the worlds best; we even get a backstage look that shows his act is legit. He is Cosentino and he looks to have an interesting act.
He’s all shackled up and faces a contraption involving a glass box holding water suspended with chains. He enters the box of water and has his final breaths before a cage that he’s shackled in locks him underwater. He now has to pick the locks and it is so hard to watch. He is lifted off the ground and he’s actually shaking. The music really helps with the suspense. He quickly unlocks everything on his body by the one minute mark and by 1.20, he works on the cage. I couldn’t hold my breath for that long but 15 minutes shy of 2 minutes, he is out to a rapturous applause and some fireworks to match. That was effing amazing. Even Brain goes to give him a high five. Man, I would be star struck if I ever saw that man.
You didn’t watch it- CATCH UP ON YOUTUBE. This guy actually blacked out in rehearsals and his mother hasn’t seen it in fear he won’t make it. Brian can’t comprehend what he’s just seen. After his amazing audition, this definitely beat it. ‘The world has just seen something amazing, and I’m just flabbergasted’.
Dannii- ‘Australia has never, ever had a performer like you, that was amazing, and the world stage is ready for you’.
Kyle’s comments are funny, even he freaked out in the end, saying he’s got a bit of a ‘gay vibe’ over how good his body is.
Now for the last act of the night; it’s 17 year old Chooka! I personally, can’t believe this guy is 17. Are you freaking kidding me! He looks 25 and plays like a seasoned player.
He flips out on stage and for someone from the bush, he plays well. He belts out the keyboard and despite the amazing performance; it isn’t anything new to what we saw in the auditions. He’s good, but compared to the other acts, I wouldn’t be sad to see him go. Still, if he became a star, I would be happy!
He gets a standing ovation and Dannii tells him he leaves her speechless. In England (where she DOESN’T come from, but as she’s a Minogue, she does?!?), they’d day ‘Flippin’ ‘eck’.
Kyle puts his talent down to the fact he isn’t sidetracked by facebook and television and all. He is impressed.
Brian however feels he could do this with a television and computer to sidetrack him and the fact he didn’t is amazing. He calls him a prodigy and a freak.
And with that, another night of brilliant acts is over. After a slow start with the production quality, I’m glad to say tonight’s acts were MUCH more entertaining than last week’s. Even better than Jack Vidgen; yes, I went there.
Coupled with production quality, lighting and effects that just got better as the show went along, I can safely say this episode bucks the trend that is Seven’s poor production standard. Overall, cannot wait for next week when we see who goes through and I can finally say, I know why people are hooked on this. Brilliant stuff and again, cannot get over the fact that the verdict was given without a single ad break!
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.5/10