NZGT review: Dose of justice in show

PETER LAMPP
Last updated 08:59 19/11/2012

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Told ya so! Invercargill tenor Jack Fraser was chopped because he was a land agent.

That can be the only reason, because he could sing like a pro.

Sadly, that's what happens on this lucky dip of a show.

But there was a dose of justice last night when the All Star Cheerleaders from last week were given the DCS - "Don't Come Sunday".

They were a troupe of about 30, including over-painted babies, so just imagine how many rellies they would have had wearing their thumbs out texting their support.

In other words, whanau, merit does not come into this talent quest.

So now I propose to put the kiss of death on my top two from last night.

At No 1 was the Limit Break Dance Crew of Pacifica and Maori hip-hop street dancers. Boy, did they Step Up or what, each with one blue arm?

It was such a clever, professional act, as good as the Prestige Dance Crew who were turfed off the previous week by this show's weakest link, the three judges.

So last night, suddenly, the cheerleader judge Jason Kerrison decided to be a tough hero and buzzed Limit Break. Sorry, Kero, too late to start doing a Piers Morgan now.

You've had weeks to do that and let some horrible acts go unscathed. The other plonker, Ali Campbell, accused Limit Break of having too much going on, when every dance group has done that.

Dudley Fairbrass, studying for a rocks degree in Canterbury, nailed Glenn Hansard's folk song, Falling Slowly. It was a tough indie to sing with a tricky falsetto, but he looked and sounded the part.

He had a female backing singer who we couldn't see. Is that allowed?

As for young prodigy Logan Walker of Manurewa, I am with the America's Got Talent judges - you come on and sing your own composition at your own risk. Logan took a punt, it was glorified rap and he didn't hit the low notes but did pull off the moon-walking.

Now circus nerds plastered down with Brylcreem are for circuses. The judges called it a novelty, balancing on bits of downpipe; it was a stunt.

I was waiting for Alfred to crash and he did, but he camouflaged it as a dismount and Rachel and Co gushed about the show needing such nonsense.

It has never been satisfactorily explained where Arihia and Tahu came from, presumably from the auditions. The two are 17-year-old cousins from South Auckland who sang an Amy Winehouse number in nice harmony.

But Arihia, you have the voice; dispense with Tahu. You carried him.

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