Well, the jury is still on out whether this group of singers will collectively garner positive interest from the viewing public. Personally, I find this Top 9 mixture very strange, almost surreal, like something from an Idol “bizarro” world.
I still don’t understand the judges’ thought process and ultimate decision in selecting some of these singers. Only a half a handful of the remaining singers possess the singing technical skills necessary for this “vocal” competition, while many of the other singers have to resort to acrobatic performances to get their showcase across to the audience in a memorable and meaningful way.
I do feel, however, that Theo Tams and Amberly Thiessen are outstanding, charismatic vocalists, both of whom offer something truly special and unique to this year’s competition. I thought that both have given consistently strong performances each week and have made intelligent selections in their song material.
Amberly, however, must release herself from her guitar and, as Theo did this week, showcase her vocal and performing ability.
One note for Theo – try to maintain a classically circular mouth formation when singing in the pop idiom. Stylistically, not only can you be faithful to your pop mode, but also the bel canto approach will afford you endless possibilities in your melodic ornamentation, phrasing elements and dynamic levels.
Both American Idol David Cook and Runner-Up David Archuleta are perfect examples of vocalists who sing rock, pop, soul etc., while remaining faithful to the correct technical process. Therefore, I hope that all the singers in the Top 9 can take a page from their book and adopt a few lines when working on their technical skills over the coming weeks.
Your comments are most welcome! Have a “masterclassing” good time!