The Critic's picks from Group 1

Submitted by The Critic on Tue, 2005-08-16 09:21
Australian Idol Group One Now that Kyle, Mark and Marcia have finished eliminating contestants from the Australian Idol competition, we can have our turn. This week our first group from the top 30 perform for our votes in the hope that we'll all be gracious enough to grant them a place in the top top 12. Here's how I see it shaping up.
  • Anne Robertson
    One of the biggest problems that these semi final contestants have is that some of them go in with little or no screen time, up against others who have had their image and personality already warmed to by the public. She has a nice voice and personality but I don't think it's going to be enough to push her ahead of some of the others in this group without a big performance.
  • Chloe Zuel
    Chloe is possibly a little out of her league amongst this group. We'll probably all enjoy her performance, but not enough to want to see her again.
  • Dan Spillane
    I am reasonably confident that Dan will be one of the better performers on the night. His voice sounds fantastic with his song choice and as long as he holds it together, I'd be surprised not to see him in the top 12.

Kiddie Idol

Submitted by djwright on Fri, 2005-08-12 11:49

As with Big Brother this year who found many new and beautiful ways for them to make money, (mobile phone auctions, mobile phone quiz and more) the Idol team have been racking their brains for new hair brained schemes to increase their empire.

Here's the first new idea... Idol for kiddies aged between 5 and 13.

    Are you a kid with a burning musical talent who just can't wait to show your stuff on the Australian Idol stage?

    Well wait no more because here's the perfect competition for you! To turn you into the hottest new child performer in Australia.

    In true Idol tradition, our producers and judges will scour the nation with only one thing in mind - making you a star! And the ultimate prize - the chance to perform on the biggest show of the year - the 2005 Australian Idol Grand Final.


Song Choices For The First Ten Show

Submitted by djwright on Thu, 2005-08-11 20:28

Here's the complete list of the songs (and lyrics) that the contestants will be singing on the 17th of August in the first ten's live performance show.

Personally, the idea of Lindsay singing a Cyndi Lauper song sends a shiver down my spine, this could be a show of high highs and devastating lows.

What do you think of the song choices?


Inside Idol Show 1 - First Ten

Submitted by djwright on Thu, 2005-08-11 19:55

First Ten Group Adventures:
The first ten contestants were treated to a week of fun, food and excitement. The first adventure we were able to see them on was a boat trip across the Sydney Harbor where they were getting to know one another and have some relaxation. Some of the crew were getting along better than the others, with Daniel Spillane flirting quite a bit with Jade-Lori. Jade and others were seen phoning friends to tell them what cool stuff they were getting up to while others were busy taking photos and having a rest. The trips full of laughs and fun, they’re making the most of the experience of being in the top 30 of Australian Idol.


Australian Idol Odds

Submitted by The Critic on Thu, 2005-08-11 14:26

Centrebet has installed a teenager with a British accent as its favourite to win Australian Idol.

Adelaide-based Joshua Williams heads Centrebet's exclusive betting market at odds of 6.00.

Innisfail sweetie Natalie Zahra (7.00) is Centrebet's pick as the top female in the competition.

Wiggles dancer/Sydney singer Chris Luder (9.00) rounds out the top three in Centrebet's book.

"The Poms may not win back the Ashes but one of their exports has a favourite's chance of becoming the next Australian Idol," says Centrebet's Gerard Daffy. "They're good at music!"

Australian Idol winner
6.00 Joshua Williams
7.00 Natalie Zahra
9.00 Chris Luder
11.00 Milly Edwards
13.00 Dan England


Idol bias

Submitted by djwright on Thu, 2005-08-11 01:19
    Casey Donovan says she wouldn't have made it through the first round of Australian Idol auditions this year with new judge Kyle Sandilands on the show.

    "The new Idol is good but I just don't know what is going on with picking all of the hot chicky babes," Donovan said.

    Sandilands replaced Ian "Dicko" Dickson on this year's judging panel, joined by regulars Marcia Hines and Mark Holden.

    After just four episodes of the third series of Australian Idol, Sandilands - a breakfast radio presenter - has been criticised for choosing people simply because of their looks.

    Donovan began her Idol journey listing the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain as her musical idol and auditioned wearing baggy skater clothes with her head bowed.


Australian Idol -­ Top 150 Show 2 - Solo Performances

Submitted by djwright on Thu, 2005-08-11 00:07

Next up is the Solo Performances and the decision that could change someone’s life… The nomination of the top 30.

One might think that since the judges have managed to cull 149 to 59 that the next step might be quite easy, cut the next group in half and that’s the top 30, but this is no easy task. Earlier on the judges said that this could be the best top 12 in Australian Idol’s history, so if they decide on the wrong people they could have seriously screwed up their ratings and credibility (that is if any of them have any credibility in the first place).

This is going to be a full of performances, outside it’s raining and the 59 remaining contestants fill the studio and start to get themselves in the zone, psyching themselves up for what could be the most important gig in their lives… The stakes are high, the contestants are many.


Australian Idol -­ Top 150 Show 2 - Group Auditions

Submitted by djwright on Wed, 2005-08-10 19:39

We join the Idol hopefuls after a long night of practicing and stress, and a very short night of sleep. Today they will have to audition in groups of 3 and then, if they are lucky perform a solo in front of the judges.

6am all the Idol contestants are slowely waking up, some slower than others and some seem to be stressing a lot more than they would like to. Today it’s make or break and with the boys singing first we’re going to see a large number of people crashing and burning as their group auditions seriously fail to impress the judges.

First up is Michael Barry, Jarid Williams and an unnamed contestant who fail dismally in their performance, it’s out of tune, its badly timed and it’s very easy to spot that the nerves had got the best of them this time. Michael stops mid song and looks like his hopes had been shattered before rejoining the muddled mess of an audition.


Australian Idol ­ Top 150 Show

Submitted by djwright on Tue, 2005-08-09 19:46

Well, cut my eyes out with a fork and poke out my eardrums with baby carrots because it's time for yet another fun and audition filled hour of the Kyle and Mark show...

Yes, after 25,000 people auditioned, of which we've been subjected to a decent percentage of the best and the worst we now find ourselves in Sydney with what the Judges have decided is the top 150 voices of Australia.

Tonight we turn the corner and get to sit through the second round, watch people succeed and fail completely. This is where we separate the rotten to the rocking, the good from the bad the idol wannabe’s to the Idols.


Jacob Butler - Failed X-Factor One Day, Failed Idol the Next

Submitted by djwright on Fri, 2005-08-05 12:57

During the promotional footage for next week's "Top 150" show there was a close up of a contestant that might look slightly familiar to those of you who watched the ill-fated X-Factor in 2005.

The image was of Jacob Butler, the rock-dude who was "mentored" by Kate Cebrano and who decided to leave after it came down to either him or his team mate. Jacob might also be remembered for sticking his finger up at the camera when his name came up with one of the lowest votes.

It seems that while the Idol contract states that if one gets beyond the top 50 they are not able to audition in the next year's show there is no such clause for failed contestants on other talent shows, even the X-Factor.