Posted Jul 16, 2012 @ 5:20 PM
Booo, ITV. Where's my singout?!
Not a particularly surprising bottom two - Dirk was too bland to stand out, and Afnan too Asian for the British public. I thought Afnan had a much nicer tone to his voice than Dirk though, pitch issues aside. I'd much prefer to listen to him sing.
Ben - seems solid right now. Not lighting the world on fire but hasn't really misstepped yet. Definite mid-to-front-level contender, competent and likeable enough, and sort of looks like he could be Jewish if you squint. There's plenty of weaker candidates.
Tim - ouch, that was horrible. That falsetto needs to not happen please. He's going to last as long as the producers want him to and will keep giving him favourable VTs to make it happen.
Rory - they seem to really like him, but I'm not sold. Something about this performance didn't really seem dynamic enough to me. Bit X-Factor. Obviously he's going to float around forever no matter how much I grow to hate him though, much like Craig from ADWD.
Nathan - I felt a bit sorry for him this time. Seemed unfair to accuse him of overconfidence a second day in a row, without even having VT material to back it up. Either they're trying to get rid of him or he's being set up for some sort of redemption arc. My Nathan Tolerance Levels are quite high anyway, partly because I don't think you can blame a young man for things he says on television at the age of 23 when he's trying to get himself noticed, and partly because he's one of my favourites to listen to by far. I don't love his screaming, but when he's doing basic rock voice it's one of the most pleasant to hear in that he never sounds like he's trying too hard or having to force it. If they weren't trying so hard to screw him he'd be a contender.
Roger - ouch, horrible song for him. Painfully bad. I get the feeling he's going to be the Rachel - the safe pair of hands they're going to keep around just in case.
Niall - make it stop. First recipient of the cruel 'I don't think you're right for the part'. He's toast. Maybe not tonight, but in a show or three. A shame, because I liked him.
Dirk - is way out of his league. There's no way he was ever going to be able to do justice to Titanium. I just find his voice too nasally as well. It's not very pleasant. If he's not in the bottom two tomorrow it'll only be because the public took pity on him.
Jeff - judging by the screams coming from the crowd, it doesn't matter much how well he sings. He's the most Jesus-y looking, the youngest, and the one my mum thinks is the best looking. Expect them to start desperately shoving him under the bus when they realise he's going to keep pulling in the teen girl/mum vote.
Jon - has a very nice tone to his voice, but no rock to it whatsoever. Still, lets all keep patting ourselves on the back for giving him a chance and rescuing him from Butlins hell. About the same time that self-satisfaction starts fading will be the time when he exits. Unless we're going to have some hideous Voice Groundhog Day. SAVE ALL THE BUTLINSES.
David - is an odd one. He's been universally praised so far, received some very favourable performance slots, seems like a very nice *humblehumble* sort of guy, but I'm having trouble seeing him in the part. Is he the Daniel? Or the surprise everyman winner once Tim crashes out?