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Top-03 Performance "Tribute to the Barenaked
And now for something completely
different. At least, compared to last week's Elvis show. Tonight's show
celebrates the music of Canadian music icons, Barenaked Ladies (BNL).
Yes they're actually males and they're also fully dressed. Tonight is
the penultimate performance show, only 1 week and 1 day to the crowning
of the next Canadian Idol! Time to meet the Idols: "Concrete Angel"
Melissa O'Neil, "Your Teddy Bear" Aaron Walpole and "Born To Be Wild"
Rex Goudie. Oh, did I mention Ben was wearing his pink shirt again? The
show starts out with a little BNL promo and we head into commercials. I
hope not that "Bistro 640" commercial again! (Yes, it was...)
01. Rex Goudie
Rex is doing a great
job on this song, which isn't much of a surprise as he has been coached
by BNL themselves. He's wearing a flannel 'lumberjack' shirt and ragged
jeans. Perhaps fitting with the song. He does a good job on the audience
and gets them clapping along. A minute into the song you have to admit:
great song choice, great singing and he's not as stiff as he used to be.
The audience loved it and so did the judges. 9 out of 10.
02. Aaron Walpole (1)
Aaron has, according
to BNL testimony, great pipes - and he sure picked an excellent song to
showcase said pipes. Aaron did a great job on this song. Farley thinks
Aaron is the best singer left in this competition, hands down. Aaron, 9 out of 10
03. Melissa O'Neil
What's up with the
clothing Melissa picks? She's being advertised as 17 years old, but the
way she dresses it could be 37. Perhaps she thinks it works for her, so
why change it? The song she picked isn't one of my favourites because of
the very present and distracting snare drum. Melissa is doing a great
job though regardless. 8 out of 10. Sass picks Melissa as the best
singer left in the competition. Was that the gender card Sass was
04. Rex Goudie (2)
Rex isn't wearing the
hat again, great! The hat is old hat. Again an excellent song choice,
but with a flaw: it exposes Rex' flaky lower registers. While Rex is
having lots of fun on stage and the audience loves it, the lower
register problem becomes very apparent. It causes Zach to make a nasty
comment and all the judges mention the lower register. Only 8 out of 10
05. Aaron Walpole
Great song choice by
Aaron! According to BNL, the song was meant to have fun with and that's
exactly what Aaron is doing. The audience is loving it and Aaron runs up
and down the aisles. Aaron's jumping around and they way he is dressed
caused Sass to say he reminded her of leading an aerobics class. Judging
by the audience' reaction, they knew what she was talking about. The
entertainment was excellent though, 9 out of 10.
06. Melissa O'Neil (2)
Melissa picked a
ballad, not a very good choice (as in "too safe") after an evening of
great upbeat songs. Again she dressed twice her age, but that has become
one of her trademarks. The song itself is sung almost flawlessly, but in
contrast with the upbeat songs we've become used to it's a little
boring. The judges comment it wasn't boring, but it was a mature,
professional performance. Outside of tonight's context, it was. 8 out of
In my opinion, the
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