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Top-06 Performance "Classic Rock"
Hi, my call-sign is The Substitute
and I'll be your reviewer for this episode, "Classic Rock". Only 6
competitors left and I guess all of them weren't even conceived when the
classic rock stars rocked the stages and airwaves of the Americas and
Western Europe and the attics and basements of Eastern Europe. Since the
Idols will probably have been exposed to this kind of music, it
shouldn't be as much of a challenge as The Standards was.
01. Melissa O'Neil
Just as I was
thinking what a great song choice Melissa made for her kind of voice,
Daddy-o distracted me by pointing out he dyed his hair. It wasn't a
whole lot of rock at the start, but as soon as she got to the chorus,
one thing was clear: Melissa rocked tonight! Her rendition is almost as
good as the original and her 'duet' with the background vocalist is very
well done. She's wearing an outfit that matches the song, but are those
extensions in her hair?! She isn't moving around a lot on the stage,
which would be a rock star-like thing to do, so some points from her for
that. Jake thinks she was believable, and I have to concur. Sass is
warning (amongst others) Jessica Simpson... not to smart Sass, I happen
to know one of the CanadianIdol.info editors likes her (Ashlee is a
different story). And Ben alluding she 'smoked' Carrie Underwood? Not
quite, Ben. Exaggeration is his job, I guess.
02. Rex Goudie
If Canadian Idol was
an old western, Rex would be one of the Good Guys, as is obvious from
his shiny white hat. Regular Ravin' Reviewer likes Rex (clue: the Sexy
Rexy Rowdie Goudie stuff you may have become accustomed to reading here), so she might not
have been entirely objective, a situation that will of course have to be
rectified here. So let's see what's happening. The band is doing a great
job with the song, but Rex' voice isn't powerful at all, in fact it's
rather subdued. He appears to be doing his best, isn't the mic fully
open? His voice should be powerful enough to counter the guitars.
Halfway through they appeared to have fixed the problem, but the song
isn't all that great. "Stiff as a rock" comments Farley, and he's spot
on about that. Rex should concentrate on some stage-moves. Jake says
it's all about passion, and a couple of bad notes don't really matter.
Well, it's why Rex only gets 7 out of 10 this week.
03. Casey LeBlanc
Wow, Casey looks
lovely tonight. I'm not sure why she chose this wardrobe, as rockstars
aren't supposed to look lovely. They're supposed to look rough. In line
with her outfit, she starts the song which sounds more like a ballad
than a rock song, she doesn't have the raw voice that is associated with
rock. It isn't one of Casey's best or even memorable performances, but
the judges don't seem to agree with me. They all think it's her best
performance so far. Either they are deaf, or they're running some kind
of experiment: we've been terrible to her, and she's still standing.
What would happen if we rave about her? Rock seems alien to Casey, so
only 6 out of 10. Better luck next week, Casey!
04. Aaron Walpole
Whoa! That's a great
rock song and a great start of his performance by Aaron! It's absolutely
clear that Aaron rocks from the moment he set foot on the stage tonight.
His energetic appearance and stage moves are consistent with the song.
It looks like Aaron has been performing with this band doing this kind
of song for years. Just imagine him with a black hat, a longer beard
and black shades. Too bad there isn't any chance of encores! The
audience absolutely loved it and so did I; 9 out of 10 for Aaron.
05. Suzi Rawn
I've always thought
Suzi was a daughter of
, the Half-elven
, but I'm sure I am mistaken. Enough of that, Suzi
starts out very Rocky (in the good sense of the word). She has that
great, powerful song needed for this song (or any Joplin song for that
matter) and does a good job of interacting with the band while
performing. That being said, she isn't really living up to her own
standards and is a little boring at times. Maybe that's because it's
such a typical Idol song, the song isn't really as exciting
anymore as it once was. 7 out of 10.
06. Josh Palmer
Josh did something
great and something awful even before he opened his mouth. The great
thing is choosing Layla, in the "extended version" (normal version if
you consider the 1971 version a "radio edit") one of the best rock songs
ever produced. The awful thing is that he went back to his trademark
hair style. Well, on to the performance. While the song is great, I'm
not impressed with Josh' rendition. He's "stiff as a Rex" (to paraphrase
Farley) and vocally he isn't making any kind of impact whatsoever. But
get this: he sneaked up behind the guitar player and starts playing the
instrument! Smart move on a song that's best known for its guitar riff. That might just have saved his performance. It's hard to
make out what the judges are saying, because Josh does most of the
talking. Only 7
out of 10 for Josh, he could have rocked tonight but he didn't.
In my opinion, the
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