Sunday, 31 March 2013

The Voice is back!

The Voice boomed back on stage last night, with all four coaches performing a goosebump-raising rock'n'roll medley to warm us up.

A slight variation on the Blind Auditions as we had the drawn out VT for each performer - note to Beeb: Noooooooooooo. Please, shorten them; show us more auditions. We liked that it wasn't X-Factor last year so don't turn it into it this year! I want to judge on their voices but already I was biased towards the community arts worker and the Dogs Trust guy.

But I still like that it's a two way thing - some performers are less nervous through being on a level playing field, while the coaches look a little apprehensive not knowing what to expect.

Those I (metaphorically) swivelled for: Ash Morgan, there was one particularly sweet note, after Jessie had turned, that made me say "Ooh, yes!" Quite raw but I like that. Tom played the Welsh card, but Jessie gets him. Matt Henry, the Gorgeous voice. Passionate, animated. Clever Jessie almost stole him, with her: "What was the main lyric (in your song)?" "I've been saved by a woman," replies Matt. "There you go," she says. But he chooses long lost twin, Will.

The Yes But No Buts: Danny County (Team Jessie) Different but I'm not sure about the strength of his vocal. Leanne Jarvis (Team Will) Great voice but have heard similar before. Jessie reminds her she turned around first - but Will says he turned cooler! Mike Ward (Team Tom) - wasn't expecting C&W, after a VT that implied he'd be rapping. Personally his voice didn't appeal and he didn't finish his words off either, which annoyed me. And the drawn out decision. It's recorded for crying out loud, there's just no need. We're not going anywhere. But we might if you keep doing that.

The ones I need to hear again: Andrea Begley (Team Danny), the Irish songstress, an emotional performance and as Danny said: "From the first line, the mood just changed in the room." Katie Benbow (Team Jessie) had a lovely tone to her voice but clearly no idea how to use it, she completely flummoxed me, as she did Jessie. I'm glad she got through - she could be amazing if they get it right.

The ones who didn't make it: Louis Coupe just didn't have the range but they made his night by asking him to perform Jerry Lee Lewis; you'd have thought from the family reaction that he'd made it through! Only 16, so plenty of time and already written a musical! Kirsty Crawford's voice dropped in and out - less nerves may have just tipped her through, even if she was channelling Bo Bruce's wardrobe. And Anthony Kavanagh found that the music industry demands have moved on since his days of covering Shalamar.

I loved that some of the performers took a gamble and didn't make the obvious coaching choice, and I was about to hate the extended  coaches VT, but Will's was actually very entertaining, so I'm letting them off. But careful, Auntie - there was a hell of a lot of padding, don't push us.

Other than that, the camaraderie is still there and I'm found myself smiling, so this following The Doctor is a good mix for a Saturday night. Unseen footage and the predictor game can be found on the website. Till next time x

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Dancing on Ice Final-ly!

Yes, I know, it was over a week ago and we all know who won. Blogging versus Life, whatcha gonna do?

Having to follow T&D's Bolero-to-a-drummer-boy beat with added Paso Doble, our three finalists tried their damnedest, with Bethan showcasing lots of topless pro skaters in their Car Wash routine. Luckily, I'd been provided with a Hot Dog Stuffed Crust pizza, courtesy of Dominos Pizza, so I had something to nibble on as Dan and Sylvain swept by in all their glory. Karen admitted to being distracted too.

The theme continued, as Luenna showcased a rather pert bottom, along with more topless skaters, to Crazy Little Thing Called Love and I wiped the dribbling cheese off my chin where I wasn't watching what I was doing - I really couldn't have picked a better night for a pizza delivery.

It was Mattianne who totally let the side down, with a terrific programme to Mr PinStripe Suit, in which the pro skaters all kept theirs on *gobsmacked face* - what's that all about?

Their favourite routines next, with Bethan's captivating Clowns versus Luenna's sweet Little Things up against the attacking energy of Mattianne's Turn Up The Music. But most voters would've made up their mind long before these and it was Bethan and Mattianne who duly made it through to Bolero.

It was the intense artistry of movement from Bethan that was victorious over Mattianne's dramatic, aggressive Bolero, which seem to come as a surprise to everyone but the voters, who'd put Beth top for most of the competition. I think the producers were seriously geared up to celebrating a Matt win. Go figure (skate) *groan*.

The judges, looking ecstatic at Bethan's win. Maybe they were a bit peckish - oi, judges, you wanna try getting in a pizza for next time.

Congratulations Bethan - making it a double for the Olympic medallists across our favourite reality dance shows.

This post was sponsored by Dominos Pizza. 

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Dancing on Ice Semi Final: Gar-binned

Gareth and Robin were the unfortunates who failed to make next week's final, but it wasn't their skating that stopped their progress.

Struggling against motion sickness, Gareth was forced to pull out after their first performance, as nausea overtook him again and the medics said "enough".

With the rousing Vida La Viva their final performance, Gareth did a sterling job and an emotional Robin was left to explain why they were unable to continue (Philip sent a swaying Gareth off with the medics). A real shame, as he had grasped both performance and skating elements of the show. Since it's a skating show and not a flying show, you'd have thought they'd have let him skate a different routine when it became apparent the flying wasn't going to work, then let the public decide, but there you go ...

Our finalists then, are: Mattianne - top of the leaderboard, scoring 78 points out of a possible 80. I loved the opening to his flying routine (Straighten Up and Fly Right) and the very daring lift but, he's not as comfortable with a swing number as he is with urban influenced dance, as the routine to Bad showed. Energetic and groovy, it was a perfect semi final skate for him.

Bethan finished up second, with 71.5 points, following an enjoyable and fast routine to Domino, which I thought was one of her best in terms of personality, with much more oomph in the performance. Her flying routine to Angel was beautifully artistic.

Luenna, fully expecting to leave the show, made it into the final scoring 62 points, with two quite sweet performances, What About Now and Higher Love.

With time to fill - Gareth was confirmed as being in the skate off and being unable to, was out - the other couples skated their 'Save Me Skate' and all three were very different. Mattiane lovely, fluid and lyrical (Iris), Bethan, short and dramatic (Live and Let Die) and Luenna, another sweetly skated routine to Hometown Glory.

Till Sunday, stock up on your pizza and popcorn :)