Australian Idol 08 – Top 24, Third 6

So no real surprises with who got through from last night – cutesiepie Luke Dickens and boybandwonder Thahn Bui. Who will be the wildcard from that group? Probably the rockerchic Amanda

Matt Parsons – yeah, he was OK – he seemed pretty calm compared to some of the others. It was a bit M’eh.

Sophie Paterson was another one of the ones shipped back from the UK. She did some countrycomesoulfunk version of The Rolling Stones Satisfaction and it was actually pretty darn good.

Teale Jakubenko is one that I really liked. The fact he is one of EIGHT boys is probably doing something to endear him to me. Tonight he seemed pretty nervous but settled into his Evermore song pretty decently.

Next up was Brooke Schubert – who? Did we have any footage of her? She is freakin’ awesome. Happy, confident, talented. I’ll even forgive her for wearing leggins. She tore it up but Kyle nailed it when he said that she’s doing everything right but something doesn’t make him care.

Mark Spano – the dude who was in a band then had to become a builder and then came back. This year’s Mark de Costa? All the judges are raving.

Kyle is hilarious – ‘you had this cougar (Marcia) purring’

Roshani Pridus was the last singer of the night and did a weird version of Knock on Wood. It was patchy but she wins points for not giving it away that it was patchy.

So who’s through from tonight? Matt and Teale? Mark and Sophie? Teale and Brooke?

Idol rumminations night five

So yey yey yey for this:

Brianna Carpenter and all her crazy cookiness.
Holly Weinert and her unexpected performances

I’m still smarting about Cosette Lana getting in. That place belonged the Cheray all.the.way.

But a massive ‘what the!?!’ to the wildcard selections.
Daniel Misfud I expected (and thank goodness his hair was normal tonight).
Carl Riseley I’m thrilled about.
Dave Andrews I will never ever understand.
Husny was a surprise.
Johnny Jack Diesel Da Costa was Mark’s pick and that figures. 1980s rock. Snore.
Jack was also a surprise and I am of little opinion about his inclusion or exclusion.
I can NOT believe and am so disappointed Marcia chose Tina Arena Kate Cebrano Natalie Gauci over Cheray. But she did. Get ready for the predictable ballads. Snore.
Sarah actually put in a good performance last night but she’s everything about Idol I detest. The blonde ‘do’, the fake nails, the trashy clothes.

From that four I pick Daniel, Carl, and then I don’t know. Correction. I just don’t care. It could be Mark, it could be Tinatalie, it might be Sarah or I might be shocked by Australia again and see Husny in the Top 12.

Idol rumminations night four

Ok so this:

(Ben McKenzie)

and this:


(Marty Simpson)

Go someway to redeem this:


(Cosette Lana Kroft)

Tonight was a bit like last night for me. Meh. Except for this:


Brianna Carpenter. I know, I’m so predictable. But I love it all. The kookiness, the shiny shiny hair, the short fringe, the crazy outfits, the voice. The whole package pushes all my buttons. I thought she was too camp at the very end but I’m putting that down to nerves and probably sheer relief it was over. She’s unique and she can sing. The end.



Sarah Lloyde is so old school Idol but I think she actually did really well. I was kinda surprised how much I enjoyed her song and how wrong I thought Mark Holden was. (Is that man not a complete and utter wanker?) (apologies re the pic – I realised today I had the wrong blond chick here.)



Rosie Ribbons apparently came sixth on UK Idol. Sixth. A long way from first. Boring. Too old. Too predictable. She’ll carve out a living doing the RSL circuit. Next.




Holly Weinert was a pretty of a surprise. In that she was good. She is good mates with Jesse Curran and Jesse always seemed the stronger, until the other night when she did this shrill attempt at a U2 song which was almost excruciating to watch. So Holly coming onstage and rockin’ it out was a very pleasant surprise. She won’t get through though.




Morgan Hosking is the token goth on the show. Tonight was almost unbearable. Worst performance of all so far. Which you know, isn ‘t the best trophy to be taking home. For starters she seemed to need to be put on bloat alert. Her publicity shot looks hot and tonight she looked frumpy and lame. Bad song choice and poorly executed. She should have come out grungier singing Nirvana, or the Cranberries, or anything but Alanis.



Madison Pritchett. Who knows. Was standard Idol fodder. Not quite sure why she was here. Almost forgot she’d even performed. Next!

Idol rumminations night three

OK, so despite the depressive news that one of the chicks who didn’t deserve to get through did on the state and sympathy vote, all by the light of a blood moon, tonight was the second group of six guys.

Mark Da Costa did some rocker thing. It was good, but you know just not my thing. Next.





I kinda love Ben McKenzie because he’s not particularly cool, he has pimples and he has a good voice and confidence in himself. He sang Mad World from Donnie Darko and I’m just not going to really like any other version. I really hope he gets through




Again, unfortunate to have braces while getting your break on national tele. Didn’t really do anything for me with his U2 cover.





I went to school with a guy called Christopher M. He had crazy eyes and a brutal temper. I genuinely believe he had ADD at a time it was just said he was a ‘kid who couldn’t sit still’. Anyway, this guy immediately reminded me of him. Seems like the nicest guy and can sing, but does nothing for me in any way. HE then chose a John Farnham song, which really. I know the population is aging but dude, the grannies don’t vote.



Lyall Adonis got scared and it fell flat. The end.

Hopeless confession time… I had to record most of these because we were out looking at the red moon. And I was sure I heard them say Lyall was last… so I haven’t heard Marty yet.



Marty Simpson is channelling Jack Johnson, Donovan Frankenreiter and the John Butler Trio and is a cutie. I so hope his performance rocked. To be updated.

Idol rumminations

So the I Blow Big Time Australian Idol website now has the final 24 up. OK, it might have been there all along.
I got nine of the top 12 blokes.
Not that I’m skiting, this is hardly rocket science.
I would have had ten but I forgot to include Matt (who I knew would be a goer) on my list.
The chicks I had less but that’s simply because I forget to listen. I am sitting at about 90 per cent that a guy will take out Idol this year.
My faves are Cheray, Brianna, Jesse and Holly.
Both Brianna and Cheray will probably get record deals out of this, regardless of where and when they fall and that is a good thing.

For my top 12















































Wildcards (I’m guessing they come from the Top24 who get knocked out in the first round)





























and one other chick but who knows because I never saw their performances.

*all photos come from the Australian Idol website.