You would have noticed that this year, we haven’t done too much coverage in terms of Idols SA Season 7 other than a mention right at the start of the season. There has been a reason for this… it has quite simply been atrocious.
Last night I made the effort of watching the top 10 (pictured above) tackle a number of popular tunes and fail dismally. If I had to compare this season’s top 10 with the entrants of old and then *gasp* the top 100 of American Idol, they don’t even come close. I have never before heard pop radio favourites butchered that badly since I went to karaoke night at The Boardwalk Casino in PE during the World Cup when 3 drunk Swedes got up on stage to sing (and they weren’t even singing in English).
Now I don’t solely blame the prospective Idols themselves (I mean you can’t help it if you’re kak & get told to enter a competition by your mom)- instead, I blame the judges. At the end of the day it is the judges who were responsible for choosing these people to go through right in the beginning. They are the one’s that have provided a pool of ass to choose from. I happened to be watching the show, with a trained professional singer, who has put together a string of hits and the look on her face said it all. I think her exact words were “This is embarrassing, I wouldn’t give any of these people a record deal if they were the last people with voice on the planet due to a bizarre form of mutism that affected the ENTIRE human race” (I may have added that last bit in for dramatic effect, but still, you get the point). Back to the judges…
With the addition of Metro FM radio personality and recording artist Unathi Msengana to join the likes of Randall Abrahams and Gareth Cliff- the show has become utterly stupid. Gareth seems to be the only judge with any sense at all, while the likes of Unathi shows that she is clearly not qualified to be a judge at all with comments that are not even related to anything that’s just unfolded in front of her. I’d take the “sweetie, my babying” of Mara over her any day- at least Mara had an opinion and entertained us all with her bizarre drug abuse and on show boozing. Unathi just loves everybody and cries at the sliver of someone hitting a good note during their performance. Come now, have an opinion chick. Randall, well yeah, he’s pretty much still the same and we don’t really expect much more than pure nasty from the skinny judge- which is totally cool.
Now onto the newly formed partnership with Idols SA and KFC… At the risk of sounding totally cynical it is a great pity that they’ve just changed their branding to “So Good” and decided to give each of the Top 10, R10 000 each when none of them are… you guessed it… any good. Seriously KFC, you could have given the money to a bunch of bergies and got better brand exposure from the deal. (There are banners available on our site, should you want to improve your street cred)
Now onto the Top 10 themselves. I do understand that it is frigging difficult to get up there week in and week out infront of an audience and critics like me and perform at a consistently high standard, but I mean come on… this is what you want to do as a profession. There is a reason I will never go and do something like this, other than to poke fun at the process- I don’t want to subject anyone else to sub-standard work. I’m not going to go play a dj set in front of a crowd in a club if I am not 100% sure that my mixing is on par and that the tracks I play will get women to take their clothes off from sheer hornyness. As a saving a saving grace there was a performance that I thought was ok from a certain SA band lead singer but on principle I am not going to get into because that would be like saying- “oh yah, the stab wound to my face isnt so bad, when you consider that I’ve been shot in the ass 5 times and then dragged across hot coals.”
I would also just like to end this post by referring to the name of this particular reality show- Idols SA. The name infers that the people who win the competition are idolised by fans and the public. I really just don’t see how this is possible when people in the Top 10:
A) Have not heard of a calorie-counting (This is not SA’s got talent and we are NOT looking for the next Sarah Boyle, we want a pop Idol. That is marketable)
B) Can’t actually sing pop music and are tone deaf
C) Are only there because they are already well known or famous (I use famous loosely here)
Once again this is just my humble opinion, but I can tell you that I am most certainly not the only one who thinks along the same lines… Just ask the rest of the MyCityByNight late night alumni. Go ahead… pick a winner- one thing’s for sure- they’re not going to be anywhere close to Elvis Blue.