Four Successful Defends on OMG!
"Its not the night to be polite and hold back to give more for next week - fight it out to stay in the competition - so bring it!" And bring it they did.
What did the judges say?
Tay Ping Hui : Jamila, you are technically really excellent, all your belly dancing techniques are really good, technically faultless, you didn't miss a single beat. It was very hot and very passionate, I was totally drawn into your performance. Desert Roses, I love the interaction that you had with the audience and that's where you had the advantage.
I enjoyed watching both performances. Jamila is certainly very beautiful, she has such an engaging smile, the best smile I've seen on the show so far, and like the judges have said, she is a very inviting/welcoming performer. But like in Charmed (anyone remember that show?), 'the power of three will set you free' and I guess having a group of three increases the visual impact of the performance. Plus, that Harry Potter-esque mood at the start was an inspired move by Desert Roses - it totally took me off guard. What I saw in studio that the camera didn't catch, was that moment, timed with the drum beats, at the start when the girls looked up in synchrony and the black hoods fell away to reveal the shock of red hair. That, for me, was a moment. Good job on drama and imaging girls.
What you also didn't see on the show, was FD telling the girls that they should have used the drums more. And by this he meant, they could have 'walked' the drum about the stage more to impress. I'm sure DR will listen and they'll bring that trick out in the weeks to come.
Perhaps Jamila, Fatema and Akiko (the number of accolades collected by these three together is mighty impressive) should come back as a trio to challenge Desert Roses - ahaaa...food for thought! Phwoar the more I think of it the more I want to see it!
Challenger #2 : Razlyna a.k.a. Raz
Contender : Singapore Char Siew Baos!
Raz chose to challenge the Baos! because they were in the same genre. Btw, did you guys hear Raz singing 'Pyramid' in the background of her video clip? She sounded awesome - maybe she shoulda sung that on the show? But 'Mercy' has attitude. 'Pyramid' is power vocals.
The Baos! once told me that 'Close To You' was one of their weakest songs, so *kok* why la you all choose that song for a Challenge?!
I would love to see Raz come back as a Challenger/Wildcard, whatever, maybe sing a slow song - Adele maybe? And then, if she went up against David, *jeng jeng jeng*, that would be a fairer fight.
summerr says :
I think this one was pretty obvious la. Although JPU was interesting and unique, when you take a step back and ask which one was more entertaining, I'd go with the Vertical Dancers. Plus you also have to take into account the level of difficulty involved in what they do. 'Nuff said.
Challenger #4 : Dan Thompson
What did the judges say?
First of all, I was just as surprised as you guys were to see Dan come back as a wildcard. I didn't even know the show had a wildcard element. So apparently it does. How that is determined - well, like all 'wildcard' elements, its Judges' choice. (hello, you've watched American Idol right? They don't explain it there either :P)
Secondly, I couldn't put my finger on what was 'wrong' with Dan's performance. He did the tapping right (and that was really good tapping by the way), and he had the big voice and the showmanship. But something was off. My husband said he was just cheesy. Maybe thats it. Too much of that Colgate smile? It probably works for private events, but maybe on TV it doesn't translate as well.
As for R&M, that slip up at the beginning, where Fen tried to climb up Liang Bin's shoulders unsuccessfully, only seemed to spur them on even more during the rest of the performance. Of course the thundering dramatic music helped - they were like angry raging men in black fighting some bad guys to save an imaginary emperor. I'd put them through based on the energy and like FD said "hunger" too.
Well, that's the end of the Survival Rounds, from next week on we move into Eliminations. I can't wait to see how the voting portion of the show is going to affect results. I'm expecting more drama - judges and viewers disagree, etc etc. Woot woot! OMG is pickin' up steam y'all!
Come on down for the recording of Episode 7, next Monday, 7.15pm - tickets at reception on the way in. Recording Monday - telecast is on Wednesday. Thereafter, from Episode 8 onwards, its LIVE RECORDINGS every Wednesday (starting 29 September!), so come on down to support your favourite Contenders!
Last words from the judges to the Contenders :
FD : You have now got to realise that you've spent the last 6 weeks trying to convince four people that you should stay, from next week, you have to convince a nation that you must stay. So Its no longer just the four of us, it is Singapre you have to convince. If you have stepped up your game by 100% in the last 6 weeks, you've gotta step it up by at least another 100% next week.
The next two big questions are :
1. Who is next week's guest judge?
2. Who is the very first 'Mystery Challenger'?
Plus of course, there will be a parade of local artistes from Eunice Olsen to Bosco the Magician (no points for guessing who he's collaborating with), in next week's episode themed 'Collaborations'! Woot woot!
pps. Apologies, for some reason, the last few pics in the post won't load up so am just gonna let this be published first, will keep trying to add the pics again later.