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The performances were good but the format is a little boring. I will watch it a little more though just for the good singing. I got the impressions that the performances were either very well produces or multiple takes and airing the best one. It was all a little too perfect to be a live "one and done" take.
Could be. The performances do seem to be a bit too polished. I've done multiple searches on the web in regard to canned vocals, instrumentals or both but almost nothing, not even broad speculation. has come up yet.
John picks a much hotter new partner, tonight.
Nettles is as they say "a beast" when it comes to singing. She's got every tool in the singer's kit. I've always like John Legend and last week the show highlighted two of his best songs. There's a lot of gossip and mystery surrounding the abrupt departure of Legend's first partner, Johnny Gray. He was excellent last week and was second in the rankings. ABC is putting out some circumspect rationale for his leaving and, because I'm sure that the contestants have non-disclosure clauses in their contracts, Gray hasn't said much other than the departure wasn't his decision. Some folks who know him have said that there may be some things in his past, not very bad, that worried the suits at ABC. And yet Lindsey Lohan and Charlie Sheen continue to gey paydays in Hollywood.
The girl who replaced Gray last night was good but she wasn't all that. The panel really over priced her for the wrong reasons IMHO. I actually thought that the guy who Legend didn't pick was a better pure singer but he was pretty schlupmy looking and Maleana was a pretty hot looking so... I felt the JRome's Grease duet with Nettles was the best number of the night and that he was the most polished singer.
Yep, best duet of the night even though it didn't really give him much to do. Jennifer did most of the heavy lifting with the singing, but he definitely performed it really well.
Well I didn't want to judge this show/format until it went live. Since the live show was virtually identical to the taped ones it certainly didn't alter my thinking. I think the fatal flaw is the contestants. They didn't/don't have one that I care about at all. Can they sing? Heck if I know as I'm beyond tone deaf. If I wanted to hear great singing I wouldn't tune into a reality show. :) I guess I'll blame the audition process as from what I can tell they walked the streets until they ran across someone. I think in one case they had to find one contestant within a day. The only other excuse might be they started with so few contestants the odds are much lower you'll find someone to become invested in.
The only saving grace is the judges' singing. I have never been a duet guy so even that is a stretch. However enough of a one that the season pass hasn't been canceled although I wouldn't be surprised if there is nothing left to record after this season. Unless it's completely revamped.
Edited by Charles R - 6/29/12 at 6:09am
The format of the show is so bad. The mentor/judges are great. 90 percent of the contestants are pretty darned weak vocally or performance-wise. J Rome is about the only guy that I think will amount to anything. His cover of Whitney is probably the best I've ever heard on a reality show. With the exception of Kelly, this first live show was pretty darned weak. Failed formula + low ratings = most likely never coming back.
Actually, I don't mind the format and you pretty much have to do something different nowadays with so many similar shows. The duets are a godsend and curse at the same time. I enjoy (most of) the pros but they have very little chemistry with their contestants and at times it's almost painful. It also limits what they can do to a large degree. On the reality side I tend to dismiss the older contestants figuring one way or another they have had plenty of chances and I don't feel I need to cheer them on.
Again, I think it comes down to the contestants. I'm guessing they felt the pros would drive the show and placed very little importance on the contestants. For me none of them have any it factor... even my wife refuses to watch saying... I don't care about any of them. If they found likable talent (it is TV not radio) and let them sing whatever they wanted (theme nights are silly - especially for duets) it would have a chance.
I just never understand why they skip over the entertainment or and artist portions of talent and go for the singing per se. One of my favorite singers is Diana Krall. Listening to her is often magical (especially while I cut the lawn for two hours :)). At the same time watching her perform is a big let down (recently saw her sing at the White House)... I'd much rather watch a ton of artists that can't come close to her singing ability.
For me if you start at 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 the mere fact you're singing a duet caps the score at 5 or so... throw in a forced song genre, no chemistry, and little performing ability and you ain't got much left. :) I was hoping being live would bring some life to the show which sadly it didn't. Robin Thicke isn't me favorite either but I'm guessing that's why they have four mentors (I'm willing to call them that since they sing with them). Regarding the favorite J Rome I like him the least... the others outside of the kid I have no thoughts about either way... that's not good. He doesn't seem to own any of his performances. When he sings I haven't a clue as to what he feels or believes. Zero ability to sell a song or make it his own.
Surprisingly last night's show was (much) better than the previous effort. Which of course was rather easy. :) Singing standards fit duets more so than the other themes. Back to my original (main) complaint... if they had contestants with any likability (not to even hope for some it factor) the show wouldn't be all that bad.
Yep, the format emphasizes how amateurish most of the people are. It's weird thing to build a show around. It's similar to Idol in that only women have left so far, which is kinda funny.
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If contestants are the driving force, this show has a problem. Because when John lost his partner I was upset. Not because she was gone, but because it was one less time a show I'd hear him perform. These people are all such wet sponges when they perform, except maybe J Rome, and with him I get the feeling he's desperately trying to be someone he isn't so that people will vote for him. The whole show just feels off. I have to say, it's made me ready for X Factor this Fall. Give me some spectacle and flash along with the singing. Gimme something. And on the subject of X Factor, have they picked a host yet?
I was looking looking around and Johny says he is unable to say why he was kicked off but insisted it was not because of something bad on in the past, I guess he can't say until the season is up?
I stopped watching this show weeks ago because Robin is so into himself and the judging is too much.
I found it interesting they had the contestants performs solos during the semi-finals. Not sure how much it helped if any... I still have zero interest in all of the remaining contestants and if I wasn't so stubborn (and didn't have a DVR) I'd stop watching and count my losses (a long time ago).