Monday, June 16, 2008

Idols East Africa 2008 - The Story So Far

With just 8 contestants left in the Music Talent Show Idols East Africa, it’s is finally taking shape and Africa is proving to have such amazing talent. The contestants are getting better and better by the day. Gone are the circus days of the likes of Kevin Munyi who was there to change the world and Samuel Njuguna of the blond wig. I remember calling this same show a comedy in a past article. It was indeed a comedy then but now we have some real musical stars in the making.

Eric Moyo is a great singer by all standards. Other than having a great voice and a wide vocal range, he’s also a darling performer on the stage. But he’s getting too confident and he has been warned by Scar not to cross the thin like between confidence and cockiness. And Scar could be right. Eric tends to butcher his songs a lot by inserting one too many ‘come on’ calls to the audience in the middle of the song. Maybe he should just belt out and the audience will love him anyway.

Samantha Tirivacho has greatly improved and even though she does not win the competition, she’s a very powerful entertainer all the same and has the ability to build a musical career for herself. Her performance was quite impressive as compared to Adiona Maboreke whose lower register and overall performance as a whole was not up to scratch. Adiona’s performance was just blank with no emotion at all, something all the judges described as disappointing.

Cynthia Kuto’s performance was simply dismal. There are no sugar coated words to mask it with. Even Angela Angwenyi who is always trying to be sweet had a tough time on this one. She advised her to give herself 1 year before trying to sing again. But Angie if she does not have the talent, where will she get it from even in 10 years? She’s just not a singer and as Scar advised, she should just quit singing. There’s a lot more she can do. Someone mentioned modeling for example. How did she even get to the top 10? Cynthia is surely on her way out and unfortunately with her goes Kenya’s representation in the show.

Mkhululi Bhebhe sang really well as usual but was noticeably lacking in his usual charisma at the beginning of the performance. The judges were not impressed with him either but Scar handed it to him for effortless delivery. He’s a natural. Mkhukuli has a good lovable personality and with the likes of Cynthia still in the competition, he’s safe and has time to improve on his performance.

Nicollete Kiiga’s somber performance which she delivered kneeling on the floor can only be described as smashing. She’s a very emotional singer who makes the listener really feel the song. The girl is already a star and her confidence and voice control shone through for her. Her voice wavered a little bit towards the end but that was easily masked by the beauty of the song. All the judges, the audience and I’m sure the viewers were really impressed. Scar thought she set the roof on fire. Way to go girl!

Amarra Brown – If I was asked to describe Amarra in one word, musically or not, I’d call her sizzling. This sister knows where she’s at and she’s very confident about it. And she’s quite eloquent too. She loves what she’s doing and it shows. She blew Scar’s and I’m sure other viewers’ socks off with a riveting performance of Celine Dion’s ‘I Surrender’. Yesterday was the first time this all rounder attempted a ballad if I’m not wrong. Angela said something like only Mariah Carey has ever hit a higher A note in musical history. Was she implying that Amarra did something that has only ever been done by Maria Carey? If so then the girl will go more places than even she can imagine.

Trina Chisanga – They say dynamite comes in small packages and Trina is living proof. In a performance that Angela Angwenyi described as out of this world, the singer delivered an emotional performance straight from the heart. Scar advised her to avoid the habit of screaming her performances to conserve energy in case she’s in concert and has many songs to do. But if her vocal cords are powerful enough to belt out like that and still have energy left for more performances then why not?

Idols East Africa is obviously heating up and I’m sure fans can hardly wait for next week. Overall it seems that although Scar may be mean and all, his advise is spot on. Just like Simon Cowel.

17 Comments:

31337 said...

i love the summary. names are not my strong point so i go with the visuals, kept referring to the idols site to grasp what you were saying, excellent! the truth hurts most, no? [in reference to cowell and scar]

neema divine said...

i love idols but unfortunately never got the chance to watch this one, am sad about it but i believe its getting on just fine.
and simon cowell has alwaysimpressed me,the only reason why i watch american idol...lol

Maua said...

Too bad wecan't watch and support them, but really impressed that we are getting there finally.

Is Simon Cowell juding it, (LOL). He's one of a kind.

Maua said...

Too bad we can't watch and support them, but really impressed that we are getting there finally.

Is Simon Cowell judging it, (LOL). He's one of a kind.

Sorry I had to do the typo thing.

Nairobian Perspective said...

i couldnt have said it better...Eric has talent but the over confidence may just work against him!The singing is great, once again a classic post Wanjiku!

Nairobian Perspective said...

i couldnt have said it better...Eric has talent but the over confidence may just work against him!The singing is great, once again a classic post Wanjiku!

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

True 31337 truth hurts. Pole about the pictures. Next time you'll get the whole thing right here. Names, pictures and all.

Neema don't you just love Simon? He keeps it as it is. Maua we have our own little Simon Called Scar. He has an attitude but he's doing a good job. The real Simon I don't know whether he watches our Idols. But you never know. Maybe he's looking for the next Leona Lewis - but from Africa this time.

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

Nairobian Perspective thanks. Eric - I hope he listens to what Scar told him. Tone down on the overconfidence.

I saw you on Maua's side. Soon Kenyan blogosphere will be very very small. We're on the right track.

Kirima said...

I also watch Idols sometimes skipping to TPF on ad breaks cos they run at the same time. Great talent there I think one of the girls should take it. Amarra is great but cos she was a recording artist before signing into Idols I really don't think she deserves to win its like Alicia Keys breaking her contract in order to enter idols its not fair.
I cringe every time Cynthia comes on stage guys need to put her out of her misery she is quite frankly not cut out to be an Idol.

KK said...

Interrresting....

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

Yeah Kirima Amarra has an unfair advantage.

Cynthia I'm almost sure will not be in the competition next week. But you never know what the votes may do. Lets wait and see.

Tandra said...

watched the beginning..laughed myself silly and moved on.

Nuff said :-)

Thanks for update. Now i can pass for informed!

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

Hi Tandra. Karibu. The beginning was quite hilarious. It was so not like a music show. But at this stage there's a bit of music to watch. Keep it here for more updates.

Taabu said...

Ciku,
Did you just say next time we will get the REAL THING here? Just curious you know SHIDA.

Anyhow that was an APT summary that no editor of even a mainstream press would dare kiss the bin (get the idea?).

And you said something about Amara ati
....She blew Scar’s and I’m sure other viewers’ socks off with a riveting performance of Celine Dion’s ‘I Surrender’......

Now now that is FIGURATIVE to say the least ebu soma tena na wewe. And just like the compe Mariah went PLURAL juzi any chance for a EUNUCH?

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

Taabu Maria Carey's going plural is suspect. It's whispered that it's PR to help her sell her latest album.

Lol Taabu I think I know where you coming from with 'she blew Scar’s and I’m sure other viewers’ socks off with a riveting performance of Celine Dion’s ‘I Surrender’. Lol whichever blowing off of socks it is, Amarra is capable.

Half n Half said...

I admit I caught the thing in the middle but even my cat meows better than that cynthia girl!

But having said that, atleast the Idols "stars" are cleaner and cuter than TPF2

Foy Collins said...

i thing Africa is blessed with the birth of new stars in the music world.When i listen to Trina,Adiona,Ammara and Eric sing, i see my self in that floating baloon with my soul yearning for more.In my own opinion the winner will come as a result of more votes not as a distinction in their skills cuz they are great.
From Foy Collins
Cameroon