Wait a second, I hear the cynics again, “Not another talent show, the winner will never be heard of again and he/she/they will probably mess up anyway.” Unlikely, all the acts are a cut above the norm for this type of show. Damien would have lasted weeks in X-Factor. The winner is likely to be a worthy one. Note the use of the word ‘likely’, the British public are involved and readers of my previous blogs will know my views on that subject.
So what of the remaining acts? The Twins have been criticised by the cynics (bless ‘em. The cynics, not The Twins) for swearing at a football match. Shock, horror!! Football crowds can be moronic so if they dished out what they were taking then good, it shows they’ve got spirit. I would ask though, girls, that you stop crying. It won’t work and it’s very, very irritating. Emperors of Soul are competent singers, but they need to perform by themselves to see how they really look and sound. Backing dancers are all very well but won’t be allowed in Moscow. Mark is an experienced live performer and it shows. Saturday showed what a great voice he has. While the likes of Simon Cowell seem to look down on such performers, the fact is that doing it live night after night requires a lot more ability than someone whose inadequacies can be hidden by technology in a recording studio. Finally Jade, who some say is a plant and she’s certainly growing on me! She has already shown her versatility and it look like a two horse race between herself and Mark at this stage.
So, the composer has a first class pedigree and it looks virtually certain his song will be given a first class performance. All we need now is a lyricist. Enter Diane Warren, multi award winning songwriter. Of course, not everyone is happy with this. “But she’s not British” voiced the chorus of disapproval. True, she’s not, but speaking as a patriot (and a bit of a lyricist myself), it would have been nice to have a Brit, but ultimately I’m not that bothered. She’s written worldwide hits and will be a valuable asset if ALW decides to go for something more contemporary.
Whenever the song is revealed, and it seems that could be on the last show in two seeks time, I for one am looking forward to it. Composer – Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics – Diane Warren, Performer – Mark or Jade. Sounds good, doesn’t it? How about Performer – Mark and Jade? Now there’s an idea.