I thought I’d do a running commentary on Asian Idol as I watch it right now, live, on 8TV (Malaysian channel).
Jac just performed. Although she sounded good (as she always does), I thought the performance was not up to expectation. It lacked that oomph. Paul Moss told this right to her face. And here, he kept it real with Hady Mirza as well – telling him that he’ll struggle vocal-wise against the others (ouch!). I think Paul aims to channel Simon Cowell tonight 😛
I thought Hady Mirza’s song was nice but boring for such a competition. Personally, Jac chose the wrong song again. She has a knack for doing that in international competitions.
Okay, the Vietnamese Idol, Phuong Vy, is singing now. She looks good and she has a big voice, plus very high self-esteem. Is she any good? Not with song, I am afraid. Maybe it’s the wrong song choice. The song is too big for her and she’s drowning in her own voice. But, as I expected even before Phuong Vy opened her mouth that, Paul Moss has good things to say about her. He always has a soft spot for young girls of Chinese-descent.
And now Philippines Idol is singing this very dramatic Tagalog song. I love her makeup but not so much her dress. The sleeve is weird. I don’t think this song is doing her voice any justice either. It’s too 1980s Bintang RTM for me – right down to her dress! I wonder what Paul Moss has to say about Mau. Anu Malik is telling her that this is the first confident entrance by the contestant. Simon… oops I mean Paul told her that she didn’t see the magic that Mau is famous for in her youtube videos. He said her performance was too controlled and she didn’t let her voice soar – which I agree 100% with. Looks like Paul is the only judge who, in the words of Randy American Idol, “keeping it real”.
Indian Idol, Abijheet Sawant is singing Everything I Do (I Do It For You). It’s such a cliche song choice but with his voice, it is working (strangely enough). I think he’s quite smart for choosing this sing-along song, which Indonesian judge Adi Putra pointed out. It was boring, I’ll give Ken Lim (Spore Idol judge) that but it worked. I think Abijheet had just garnered himself a couple of hundreds more fans. Fans were singing along without being asked, so what does that tell you?
Next is Indonesian Idol, Mike Mohede. I can’t wait!
The Philippines judge said it all: Mike has a voice which can make people fall in love. His performance was pitchy here and there but overall, it was a good song, good performance. Mike an entertainer? Not so sure. But who cares eh?
Maureen is back on stage singing Reach by Gloria Estefan. She had just related her sad story growing up and how Idol changed her life for the better. I suppose all the Idols have their fair share of “sufferings”. I expected more from this girl but this song isn’t doing it for her either. Oh wait, she had just made it better. But it’s a little it late in the song isn’t it? I don’t know. I think it wasn’t enough.
And Miss Popular aka Vietnamese Idol is back singing a love song in her mother tongue. She really knows how to work her charm. I think she can make a good beauty pageant contestant. Notice how I’m not commenting on her singing? That says it all about her vocal prowess (or lack of). You know you didn’t do too well when the judge says you look beautiful to soften the blow of her next comment 😛
Hardy Mirza sang U2’s song. He sounded alright. Of course Paul had to drum into his head, again, that he’s just an average singer 😛
Jac’s performance came and went. It was good (typically Jac) but I think the Singapore judge made a very good observation about Jac not fully enjoying the experience of singing her winning song.
Abhijeet’s performance was interesting and I loved his adlib-ing. Very the Bollywood. And now Mike’s back on stage belting out I Believe I Can Fly. He sounds great with that voice and adlib-ing of his. But he’s not exactly Elliott Yamin. No one comes close to Elliott! Speaking of Elliott, Soul Patrol aka Do I Make You Proud guy Taylor Hicks is singing tomorrow. I wish it was Elliott instead! But I suppose it’d be too much for him to travel 3 times to this part of the world.
And that was it for Asian Idol. Tomorrow is the results show. Til then!