The Idols East Africa talent search show is in town – and what a show it is! It should have been dubbed the Stand Up Comedy Show. The phrase ‘all walks of life’ takes on a whole new meaning in IEA. They all gave it a shot, the good the bad and the downright wacky. And they all deserve Kudos for trying.
There were contestants and contestants. And then there was Samuel Njuguna. The guy walked in roofed in a long weird blond wig which badly needed some brushing. Says he sings in soprano and the wig would give him the much needed psychological boost to perform better. I wonder whether he carried it from home and wore it at the last minute, or he wore it at home and came to KICC looking like that.
Zadok was the undisputed king of Bravado. He breezed in and declared that he’s already a star. ‘yeah, me I’m already a star you know, I’m already a star’. He soon learned that too much attitude does not an idol make. He was kicked out by an all judge unanimous vote - just three words into his song. He was that bad.
Confidence oozing Maureen Otieno must have thought it was an ODM colour co-ordination show. She came in wearing orange shoes, orange belt, orange top and huge orange earrings. And some dark jeans. You’d be forgiven if you mistook her for an ODM youth-winger. For all her confidence she could not sing. But she had some sexy dance moves.
Top prize for the wackiest goes to one Kevin Munyi. He came in with an attitude straight from hell and got straight into the business of mocking the judges. Dude is in a singing audition yet he says he can’t sing! His mother is depressed and his father is broke. He was in the competition to change the world. Crazy chap. But behind all that attitude lies a very good guitar player. He strummed a fluent melody with the guitar placed behind his head. Kevin struck me as a disturbed young man who may need some psychological evaluation.
It’s sad that nearly all contestants in
The IEA vibrato and falsetto judges are all guilty of copying to the very last full stop American Idol’s Simon Cowel, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. In the AI set up Randy is the good old doug who gives the real picture, Paula is the sweet mama with compliments for everyone and anyone but mostly the cute boys, Simon is the brutally honest one who by the way happens to give some very concrete advise to those who care to listen. Angela Angwenyi and TK are not copying too badly but Scar is by far the worst copy cat. Ok he plays the Simon Cowel nasty judge role but that is no excuse for him to sit there and look so thoroughly bored - like someone forced him to be in the show. He forgets that Simon, as mean as he is, actually says something. Simon has a real eye for talent and predicts winners rather successfully. For example he predicted Fantasia Barrino’s win very early in the Season 3 competition.
He has predicted a win for 17 year old cutie pie David Archuleta. I couldn’t agree with him more. That boy is a sure winner.