Loads of excitement in talent battle
OPINION: It was a toss-up between the Solomon Islands, Titahi Bay and India in episode 4 last night.
Two years ago Grace Andrew won 5000 Solomon Island dollars in the Solo Icon contest for her singing.
Last night she gave us a lovely rendition of Mariah Carey's Hero, but in about one minute destroyed the Solomons tourist industry, if there is one, by describing how dangerous the place is.
But unlike so many contestants, she hadn't suffered some rare disease or had to lose 28 kilograms in quick time.
Well Dominique Duffy had shed the kilos and suffered depression but once compere Tamati Coffey gave her a prolonged hug, she was away.
The 28-year-old from Titahi Bay was an absolute songbird, so much so that Rachel said she turned her on.
Rachel Awesome has to go next year because she spends so much time dancing or singing she neglects to concentrate and judge.
Flaming heck, she sang along merrily to Yorkshireman Richard Aslett's Baby Light My Fire and then buzzed the tripe out of him. These judges are obviously taking too many love pills before the curtain goes up.
For sheer Bolly colour, the APD Bhangra Group of Punjabi folk dancers were so good, good, I could have watched them for the entire show (minus adverts). But they didn't need the kid out front being all cutesy for silly Rachel.
Anyone aged under 14 in this thing should be tucked up in bed.
Sarah and Bryan, two rumba dancers, were obviously of the consenting age, necking on camera back-stage and even naughtily sharing hotel rooms at the age of 18. All in black, they were so smooth, especially when he lofted her airborne.
We badly need a nasty judge to pack some of these acts back to the privacy of their bathrooms.
A stage full of gerries from Waiheke Island survived. Dressed in black hoodies and jellybean socks, their hip hop should have been chop chop from the judges.
They would have been rissoled had they been young, but sympathy for 90-year-olds mean they will be inflicted on us again.
So will an 84-year-old from Waikane who looked sad and rustily sang Bring Him Home from Les Miserables. This show should be to unearth new talent, not yesteryear's.
New Plymouth schoolgirl Estella Winnie McGee, 16, was one of those with her own folk-pop compo but the standing ovation, at the behest of the stage manager, was over the top.
She was better than the jugglers, unicyclists and one obligatory idiot who may or may not have been a woman; it was hard to tell. She had obviously got her wardrobe from the local tip.
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