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16 July, 2013 6:56 PM
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Mel said goodbye to her beloved girl group Gap5 last week after showing an oustanding incompetence to properly mentor them. 5 remain now and this week, the finalists will perform songs from the year they were born. The songs were chosen by the fans, so obviously, they've done a better job than the judges. Who'll go home before the semis? ... It's time to face the music!
Recap and videos after the jump ...
"Black Velvet" - 9/10 - She thinks it's cool NZ gets to pick the songs for them. She was born on 1990. She's happy they picked this song for her, it's a song she already knew and liked. She's doing some aereo-training this week. While she's ok with heights, she's not sure how she feels about singing in heights. This is actually a great song for her. I was unsure about it at first but her voice was a delight here. She's the one act that keeps improving and you've got to give her props for that. I loved the fact that the song was arranged to fit her soft voice instead of Jackie's voice trying to adapt to this rock tune, which would have probably ended in disaster. "I see winning potential in you, I really do. Every performance you do it just blows me away, vocally you're always spot on" (Mel) "I thought that was so impressive, you absolutely commanded the stage with so much authority. I thought that was a great treatment of the song. perfectly suited your style. Going forward, I would just say think about what you can do to make yourself more memorable as an artist, and I mean in terms of putting more character in your voice or coming up with Jackie ad libs. But overall, I think that was one of my favourite performances from you" (Ruby) - VIDEO
- Jackie Thomas
- Benny Tipene
- Cassie Henderson
- Whenua Patuwai
Who should go home?
Whenua Patuwai - "I Believe I Can Fly" - This is no surprise. His performance was atrocious last night, not even a miracle was gonna save him. This is an equally bad song choice. Despite the cheesiness, he actually does a good job with the vocals. I don't know if it was enough for the judges to save him. Me thinks it's not. - VIDEO
Cassie Henderson - "Skyscraper" - Some acts actually sing for their lives when in the B2. That's not the case with Cassie. She actually sings as if she was already dead. Her voice is all over the place and it's quite painful to listen to. She's so young, at least she didn't start crying when that ended. - VIDEO
"Cassie, you have the magic. You know how to do what you know how to do. You connected tonight in a way I haven't seen you do. Whenua, it sounded like you were convincing yourself you could fly and it wasn't working and I don't think we were convinced either. So I'm sending you home Whenua" (Daniel)
"I remember your first audition thinking, wow, she's one to watch. But obviously, Whenua, working with you has been incredible. I think your voice is absolutely undeniable. You are such a talent and I just believe in you a 100%. I'm sorry Cassie" (Ruby)
"Whenua, every time you sing, you are one of the only persons that has been on the stage that has captured everything in me. The one thing that I've noticed in the last few weeks is that your personality is starting to deteriorate. Cassie, you are gorgeous and I knew for the very first moment that I saw you that you were gonna be a star. The thing with me is timing, is this your time? Do I go with someone who has the best voice in this competition or someone who is a potential star? The act that I'm sending home is Cassie" (Stan)
"Cassie, I thought you really got it spot on last night and I saw the pop star you could become. You are young though, and that can go against you. Whenua, you were one of my favourite auditions and I think it's such a shame, everything about you seems to have taken a beating. I think this business is gonna be too hurtful for you and I really think it will do you no favours in the long run. Based on that, the act that I'm sending home is Whenua" (Mel)
Eliminated (via deadlock):
I don't think anyone was expecting this. Not even me. Cassie has been a favourite from the start and even after several mediocre performances I pictured her in the finale. It's probably the best for her. She's way too young for this and her voice isn't mature enough. She needs to take some singing lessons and then she can be NZ's next teen star.