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Big Brother More Nom Noms

Big Brother Boys Get Nominated for Eviction


The second round of Big Brother nominations aired last night on Channel 9. This time the tables were turned. Last week only girls could be nominated, this week it was only the boys.

Things turned out pretty much as I thought with Benjamin being nominated for his water throwing incident with Bradley and his general bitching. Ryan got nominated mainly for his lack of conversation and contribution.

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The surprise for me was Bradley getting so many votes. It seems a lot of people in the house are unhappy with his inappropriate jokes and inability to understand where to draw the line. We haven’t really seen much of this in the segments shown on TV. Just the one spat with Stacey and the one that resulted in Benjamin throwing the water at him. In both instances I thought that the objects of the banter were being thin skinned and over reacted. I certainly didn’t think that it would have put anyone else off of him. Just shows how much we do not see, so much gets left on the cutting room floor.

So who nominated who? Well let’s get tabular about this

Nominator Nominee 1 Points Nominee 2 Points
         
Estelle Benjamin 3 Michael 2
Stacey Bradley 3 Ray 2
Zoe Bradley 3 Ryan 2
Sarah Michael 4 Josh 1
Layla Ryan 3 Benjamin 2
Angie Bradley 3 Ray 2
Josh Ryan 3 George 2
Ray Benjamin 4 Bradley 1
George Benjamin 4 Ryan 1
Ryan Bradley 4 Benjamin 1
Michael Ryan 2 Ray 3
Bradley Benjamin 3 Ryan 2
Benjamin Ryan 3 Bradley 2


So all of the nominated boys actually nominated each other. Now there’s a twist. Is it just plain rivalry, tactics or divisions in the house? My money is on the last. We know that Benjamin and Bradley have an issue with each other over the water throwing and Bradley must be a little jealous of Ryan has he stole his crush. Ryan knows that people are extracting the urine from him and Benjamin is the Queen bitch.

Big Brother Sarah Nude Protester

Sarah Nude Protester and Voting Tactician

Michael picked up two nominations and I think both of them were tactical. Estelle because she believed he was safe and she wasn’t putting anyone in danger with those points, but Sarah I think was being really tactical in nominating two of the guys that are possibly most likely to be there at the end, Michael and Josh.

Josh was being pretty tactical himself, using the excuse that Ryan and George cost the boys in the Secrets game by losing a life. I think he may have done this to maintain his own popularity. Watch out for his next nomination and see what reasons he comes up with then.

It was also interesting to see in flashback that George nominated Layla last week, as she was the one he had least connected with. But this week they hooked up and are well and truly connected.

So what do you think? Do you agree that some people are being tactical? Are there divisions or dislikes in the house, apart from the obvious?

Who do you think will be evicted? My money is still on Ryan. I haven’t checked the vox pops on the net, he may have some girly fans that like his looks and will keep him there. But I think Benjamin and Bradley will have more fans for their entertainment value.

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Big Brother 2012 First Eviction

Charne Evicted and Girls Secrets Revealed


A big night last night on Big Brother, not only was it the first eviction of the 2012 series but we also found out the answers to all of the girls secrets.

So let’s deal with them in reverse order. Charne was the first housemate to be evicted. This came as no surprise to me. I was convinced that would be the case from the start. Charne never really got involved very much, except in obsessive cleaning. I did see that she had some support on the Fanpages and that Estelle was quite unpopular, so I did start to have some doubts for a while. But I think it was a good thing both for the entertainment value of the remaining housemates and for Charne herself. It must be really hard living with obsessive compulsive disorder and being so far out of your comfort zone.

Charne First Evicted

Charne First to be Evicted From the Big Brother House 2012

All of those obsessive compulsions must be so much worse when you are living with strangers and you have little or no control over how they do things. I am sure that Charne will be happier living back with her mother and returning to her normal life, where she can restore her own kind order.

OK so now the secrets. The boys had all week to allocate the secrets to the correct girls. But they stepped over the line twice. Both Ryan and George asked different girls directly about their secrets. I assumed that this would mean that the boys were instantly disqualified and would have failed the task. But Big Brother is cleverer than that. He removed one of their lives, one of their chances of a wrong guess. So instead of having 11 opportunities to get 7 right answers they only had 10.

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First one was the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which was probably the easiest of them all, especially if you had been living with Charne.

Next up was the hand model, which the boys also got in one. Stacey obviously has the most beautiful hands in the house.

Next they were asked “who was the high school drop out?” The boys went for Sarah because of her poor spelling on a white board. Wrong! But on the second guess they picked Estelle and they were right.

Big Brother Girls Secrets

An Emo, a drop out, a nudist, a weightlifter and a Princess.

By elimination they got Sarah as the nude protestor. I would have picked this, as despite her modesty Sarah is almost fanatical about animal rights and of course PETA did that famous campaign “I would rather be naked than wear fur”.

This left us with three questions and two lives left. So who was the Emo? The boys guessed Layla, but it wasn’t her. On their second guess they picked Zoe and it was her. I suppose the clue here was that she is not quite as bright and bubbly as some of the other girls, but I had picked her as the weightlifter.

Bradley was chosen to answer the last question. So who was a member of a royal family? He went for Angie, but no, it was Princess Layla. Unbelievably Angie was the champion weightlifter and not so long ago by the sound of things.

So the boys have failed and are all up for eviction this week. So who do you think will go?

I am guessing that Ryan will get some nominations. There has been lots of gossip about him and many think he has no conversation. Benjamin definitely deserves to be nominated for his water throwing and rant at Bradley. If you can’t take a joke you should not have signed up. And who is he to say what is funny and what’s not?

No one would have been offended by Bradley’s joke that he had more affinity with the first housemates in the house than those who came later, unless you are really thin skinned. I believe it was more about Bradley becoming one of the boys and Benjamin wanting him to remain an outsider. But Benjamin seems to have lots of fans on the outside, with his camp comedy and naughty boy routine. So it is hard to see him going just yet.

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It is also hard to see the other boys getting nominated, I mean they will have to be, but Michael, George, Josh, Ray and Bradley seem to be universally popular with the other housemates.

My guess would be Ryan, Benjamin and Ray nominated, with Ryan to be evicted and I think that would be best for the entertainment value in the house. Do you agree or what is your tip? Let us know in th comments below.

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Big Brother Nom Noms

Big Brother Australia 2012 first Nominations


The Big Brother nominations show aired on Channel 9 last night. Thanks to Stacey and her penchant for slang and shortening words, I guess, we have a new name for nominations, Nom Noms. I think it is going to stick throughout this series.

There has been a slight change in the nomination structure; good to see they were working on something new in the four year lay off period. Now each house mate has 5 points to distribute between two nominations, so that one nomination is stronger than the other, by a point or by three.

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The other change was that the nominations were done in front of an audience of those who were up for nomination; in this case all of the girls. The nominations took place in a clear but soundproof box, with the nominator having their back to the people they were nominating. But this still put plenty of pressure on the nominators. This leads me to believe that the policy of either all the boys being up for nomination, or all of the girls, may continue throughout the series, or maybe they will split the house into two groups for some tasks and the winners will avoid nomination.

Once again the show included very little footage of what had actually gone on over the last few days. Is it just me, or is this series shaping up to be mainly about the tasks and situations that Big Brother has set up?

We saw only seconds of Bradley’s party and never found out how the hook up between male model Ryan and skater girl Estelle came about. We saw the back massage and Ryan kissing her neck, then the two of them snuggling in bed. But we had already seen all of that in the coming attractions on Sunday.

Big Brother 2012 Estelle and Ryan

Skater Girl Estelle and Male Model Ryan Hook Up

The policy of not letting Bradley know about the hook up was very short lived, as he seemed to already know about it and was not as devastated as many thought he would be.

The following night Ryan’s entry into the bedroom and the spectator sport of what bed he would settle into, was commentated on by Angie, while she snuggled up with Josh and Bradley was once again a fifth wheel.

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To the Nom Noms themselves; well as I expected, Charne came out top of the pile with 22 nomination points. But not for the reason I suspected, that she was sitting back and not getting involved, but mainly because she has become the kitchen Nazi, not that we have seen any of that.

The other girls up for nomination are Estelle and Layla, but way behind Charne on 14 and 12 points respectively. All of the girls picked up some nomination points. Zoe and Sarah were bottom of the table with 4 and 3 points, Angie and Stacey picked up 7 and 8.

Big Brother First Nominations

Charne   22
Estelle   14
Layla   12
Stacey   8
Angie   7
Zoe   4
Sarah   3
     

There was not a great deal to be gleaned from the nominations, except maybe that Ryan gave Stacey half of the points that she scored and Estelle another two. I suspect we could be seeing something of a divide here, as Ryan, commerce and law degree or not, does not seem to be very quick witted. Whereas Michael and Stacey are the house jokers and I think Michael may come in for their nominations when he is eligible.

Tuesday night’s show has no nominations or task completions. So maybe we will see more of how the house mates are interacting with each other, it’s about time we did.

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Big Brother Secrets Revealed

Big Brother Girls Find Out Who’s

The Millionaire


Sundays Big Brother was all about the secrets, the boy’s secrets were revealed and the girl’s secrets were released. There was no daily update as such; we just got some snippets of a party that took place for Bradley’s birthday where it seems his love interest, Estelle, made out with, in fact ended up in bed with Ryan. The other girls told Estelle not to mention it to Bradley, quite how he didn’t see it we are yet to find out. The fact that it was Ryan she paired up with became even more newsworthy when the secrets were revealed.

So let’s jump straight in with the answers to the secrets, I think we should, as the show spread out the answers over an hour. So here they are:-


One has the IQ of a genius.

Michael

One is scared of birds after an Emu attack.

Bradley

One has been fired from every job he’s ever had.

Benjamin

One hasn’t had a girlfriend since he was 11.

Ryan

One was a juvenile offender.

Ray

One has dated more than 100 women.

Josh

One is a multimillionaire

George


So how many did you get right?

Michael and SoniaKruger

Michael the Genius

I think most people had worked out that Michael had the genius IQ. He pretty much gave it away with his knowledge on the subject in a garden conversation.

Bradley having the fear of birds was no surprise really, but he had lied to the girls, telling them he had no fears and this is the one that cost them most. They had several guesses before eventually getting it right.

I would have guessed that Benjamin had been fired from every job he has had, he seems to have that ‘don’t care’ attitude. Which I am pretty sure will see him depart from the house fairly early.

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A big surprise was that Ryan had not had a girlfriend since he was 11. The male model with all the looks has not had a girlfriend since pre-puberty! Then he goes and hooks up with Estelle at the first house party, when both Bradley and Josh were keen on her. When the secret was explained to Big Brother there was something of a twist, apparently he has dated lots of women, but none of them has been classified as a girlfriend.

Ray was the juvenile offender. This was also a bit of a surprise. Ray was a thief in his younger days, after falling in with a bad crowd. But he feels that being caught saved him from pursuing a life of crime. He got his head down, studied and became a vet. I suppose a lot can change in a decade or so.

The fact that Josh has dated more than 100 women was no surprise to me. He’s the lead singer in a rock band and I have seen women around musicians and it would be hard not to rack up some high numbers in that position.

George the Millionaire

George the Millionaire. But is he happy? YES!

George turned out to be the multi-millionaire. He’s not only a mining electrician but property developer too. This one was fairly easy for the viewers, as Sonia Kruger had narrowed it down to George or Ryan for us, unfortunately George was my second guess. But when it was down to a choice between George and Benjamin as the millionaire or serial job dumper, the girls picked Benjamin as the millionaire. He had told them that he lived in the most expensive part of Melbourne and had other wealthy accoutrements, but if that is true, he must have a rich sugar daddy.

So the girls were lost. They had blown the task and now one of them will be evicted next weekend.

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Zoe looked the most shocked and devastated by the result. Maybe she thinks she will be the one evicted. But my money is on Charne. I don’t really think that we have seen enough of any of the house mates to make a decision about them yet, but Charne seems to have made the least impression on any one, hardly Va-Va-Voom do you think? Sitting back and putting in her 10 cents every now and then is not the way to shine in a house full of big personalities. But of course this all depends on the nominations. People inside the house may see things completely different to what has been revealed to us. Who do you think will go first?

The final part of Sundays show was the turnover. The girl’s secrets were revealed to the boys and “the parlour” was turned into “the man cave”. The boys loved the décor and now have to guess which secret belongs to which girl. The girls secrets are:-

I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
I was a champion weightlifter
I am a high school dropout
I was a nude protester
I used to be an emo
I was a hand model
I am a member of a Royal Family

My initial guesses are that Charne has OCD, only because the boys mentioned that in the man cave.

Zoe may be the champion weightlifter, because she is a big girl, but weight lifting is done in various weight classes, so it could be any of them really.

To be a member of a Royal Family you would have to have a heritage outside of Australia, as we only have a borrowed Royal Family. So I am going to guess Layla, because she is English and we do not know the family background of any of the others.

I am guessing that Estelle used to be an Emo, as she is now a skater girrrrl and maybe she has a habit of following trends.

That leaves the high school drop out, the hand model and nude protestor to be shared between Angie, Stacey and Sarah. Anyone’s guess really.

I wouldn’t lay money on any of my tips, do you think you have nailed any of them? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

I think that this is going to be harder for the boys because the girls know what is going on and are going to be more guarded about their secrets.

We’ll be back with more when something interesting happens.

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Big Brother is Back

The Return of Big Brother and a new

Batch of Housemates


Big Brother returned to Australian TV screens this week after a four year lay off. He came back on a new station with a new host, but little else seems to have changed.

Big Brother has moved from Channel 10 to Channel 9 and Gretel Colleen and Vyle Sandilands have been replaced by the much more acceptable Sonia Kruger. Sonia is warmer and friendlier than Gretel Colleen and does not seem to be putting on a face anywhere near as much. Sonia is of course much easier on the eyes and looked great dancing in the promo ads. Let’s hope that we see more of that in the coming weeks.

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That apart, the show still is housed at Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast in Queensland and all of the voice overs seem to be the same as they were on Channel 10.

This year’s housemates have not made any major impressions yet, but here is a quick run down of what we know about them so far.

Michael – Is a ranga and copywriter from Queensland. He was the first in the house and was left there alone for quite some time, while the girls were ushered into “the parlour”. He was eventually joined by the second guy Bradley. Michael seems like a non-confrontational guy with a good, quick sense of humour and quite likeable, although very untidy looking.

Bradley – Is the youngest of the housemates at just 18, with a birthday due soon. If you looked up the word geek in the dictionary it will have a picture of Bradley. He has a stutter and has never had a girlfriend. But he is not as socially awkward as you would imagine. He seems to have developed a crush on Estelle, who is 4 or 5 years older than him and way out of his league.

Estelle – Is a very attractive law student. She dresses like a skater dude; in fact she is a skater dude and sometime rapper, quite an interesting mix. My guess is she is trying to find her true self, but she will not find her in the house. Estelle and Josh have already been seen cosying up together. I believe this goes further than Estelle just trying to shake Bradley off of her tail, there seems to be some mutual attraction/affection there.

Josh – Is the lead singer in a rock band. He seems to be quietly analysing everything in the house and finding his own place there, which could be alongside Estelle. He’s popular, but nothing has really stuck out about him so far.

Angie – Is a blue eyed, blonde stunner from Queensland. She is just 21 but appears quite mature for her age. She is dispensing advice to other house mates including Bradley and Estelle. Surprisingly none of the guys have hit on her so far. Maybe she is not giving off the right vibes.

Stacey – Is 24 and from New South Wales. She is quite a jokester, but she may be able to dish it but not take it back, based on her one clash with Bradley. There may be a little something, something going on between her and Michael. If her natural hair colour is red they could raise a tribe of ranga kids.

Layla – Is a 24 year old beautician who lives in Queensland but hails from Manchester in England. She looks great until she opens her mouth, then has that awful Manchester accent. She has not been in Australia for very long, so she is getting lessons in ‘stralian from the house mates.

Zoe - Is a country girl from NSW. She is a student and has never had a boyfriend, but has already professed her interest in George. I’m pretty sure that George will set his sites on one of the more glamorous lasses.

Charne – Is 31 and another professional singer and musician. But she is keeping a very low profile in the house. She may be one of those personalities who only comes to life on the stage. But she will need to do that quickly, because at the moment she is my favourite to be the first evicted.

Sarah – Is 30 and a car sales woman from NSW. She has lots of quiet self confidence and has taken on the mother role with Bradley. She is a glamour, but I imagine she will keep the guys at arms length, as she has a long term boyfriend outside of the house.

The rest of the boys / guys / men were not admitted on the first night and were gradually introduced over the next two days.

George – Is 25 and a mining electrician from WA. He says he always gets a kiss whenever he goes out. He is already popular with some of the ladies and seems like an affable guy. No one has a problem with him yet and I do not really expect them to.

Ryan – Like Estelle, is quite a bunch of things, a retail assistant, a male model and has a commerce and law degree. Everyone mentions that he is very good looking; we are yet to find out if he has a personality to back up the looks.

Ray – Is 25 another Queenslander and a vet. He seemed quite up himself when he first came into the house and introduced himself to some people as Ray-Ray. He has my gaydar twitching and I suspect he could be a closet queen.

Benjamin – There is nothing in the closet about Benjamin. He is an out there, in your face, camp queen. He can be outspoken and bitchy. He has already told Michael that he thinks he is a Bogan. He could rub several people up the wrong way, so he has an early exit chance. But he may be kept around to stir the pot, to use a big brother expression.

The girls were given a task on the first night. Each of the guys has a secret; their job is to match the secret to the right man. If they get it right none of them will be up for eviction the first week. If they do not get it right, one of them will be the first to go.

The secrets are:-

One has the IQ of a genius.
One is scared of birds after an Emu attack.
One has been fired from every job he’s ever had.
One hasn’t had a girlfriend since he was 11.
One was a juvenile offender.
One has dated more than 100 women.
One is a multimillionaire

Now Sonia Kruger gave the viewers a heavy clue when she said that the multimillionaire was one of the two guys who went into the house on the second day, which was George and Ryan. My guess is that it is Ryan, as George is a mining electrician and although they are very well paid, it would be hard to make multi millions out of it by the time you are 25. Ryan may well have established some sort of Internet business, using his law and commerce skills, while in college.

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I am guessing the one with the genius IQ is Michael, as he seemed to know a lot about IQ’s and geniuses can often be untidy and eccentric.

I have no idea yet who has the fear of birds, who has been fired from every job or who is a juvenile offender.

But I suspect the guy who has dated over 100 women is either George or Josh. George because he stated he never goes out without getting a kiss and Josh because he is the singer in a rock band and if he is any good, women will cue up for him.

I believe Benjamin will be the one who has not had a girlfriend since he was 11.

So that’s my 10 cents worth, who do you think that each of the secrets belong to?

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2 Broke Girls



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Channel Nine appear to have brought the curtain down on the current series of 2 Broke Girls. Tonight’s episode has given way to the EJ Whitten Legends Game, fat old AFL players trying to prove they can still do it, while playing for some laughs too. But I can not see another new episode of 2 Broke Girls in the schedules, although there are three more episodes in the 2012 American season that have not yet aired here. Repeats are playing on the Go! Channel

If you have not caught up with 2 Broke Girls, the background story is that former heiress Caroline Channing played by Beth Behrs is broke and down on her luck after her father is sent to jail for embezzling his investors money. She finds a job as a waitress in a downmarket greasy spoon diner, where she is befriended and taken in by another waitress Max Black, played by Kat Dennings, who has always been broke.

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Max and Caroline 2 Broke Girls

Max teaches Caroline how to live on a very low income, while Caroline helps Max start a business selling cup cakes, that up until now she has baked for the diner.

The show was recently moved to a later time spot, as some of the humour is very adult in its nature. The two girls are both appealing characters, although they do have a tendency to laugh at their own jokes. The diner has an interesting crew of staff. The cashier, Earl, a sassy and wise old African American, the owner, Han Lee, a tiny, horney, Korean guy and the chef, Oleg, an even hornier and inappropriate Russian.

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Recently added to the cast was none other than Stifflers Mom from the American Pie film series, Jennifer Coolidge, who plays the girls Polish upstairs neighbour, Sophie. The broke girls initially thought that she was a brothel Madame, but it turned out she runs a cleaning company with lots of female staff.

Beth Behrs is new to me, although she has appeared in a few series including Castle, NCIS Los Angeles and interestingly a film called American Pie Presents: The Book of Love which includes only Eugene Levy from the original film and seems to have gone straight to video. She is very attractive and convincing as a former heiress / Paris Hilton type. In fact Max asked her if she knew Paris in one of the early episodes and she said ‘God No, she’s ancient’

Kat Dennings has had more TV and film roles, including Sex and the City, Without a Trace, CSI and CSI New York, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Big Mommas House 2 and a recurring role on ER. She plays the sassy, street smart Max very well, but is the one most guilty of laughing at her own jokes.

So when the missing episodes show up again on Channel 9, look out for them. I wouldn’t describe 2 Broke Girls as a great comedy series, but it is an easy way to spend half an hour in pleasant company.


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The Voice Grand Final

The Voice Australia Results Show


The Voice Grand Final started with the Fleetwood Mac song The Chain which featured all of the finalists, initially just the final four, but at the end they were joined by the 19 other competitors. It was a good starter for the show with great harmonies and it was good to hear Rachael Leahcar rocking out for a change

Sadly Carmen Smith wasn’t to be seen. Not allowed back, even though the actual competition part is over. So obviously her dismissal goes further than “unfair advantage”

At the first break they were already using Karise’s Hallelujah for a promo for the next series of Underbelly, the cross promotion is in full swing.

Sarah de Bono and Joel Madden

Sarah de Bono and Joel Madden sang Bruno Mars’ It Will Rain. Sarah was nearly wearing a very revealing black outfit; I think she is overdoing the eye makeup. She doesn’t need it; she is a very pretty girl and looks better with a lot less.

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I’ve only realised in this series what a good singer Joel is. I’ve always enjoyed Good Charlotte but never thought “wow that’s a great singer”. But he has proven he can sing pretty much anything.

Seal and Karise Eden

Seal and Karise Eden gave us Many Rivers to Cross from Jimmy Cliff, an excellent, almost gospel song that has been used in lots of film soundtracks.

Seal’s voice was croaky and obviously suffering from a cold or flu. Karise still looks nervous on stage. She shouldn’t because she owns it when she’s up there, but Seal singing at her cannot have made her any more comfortable. A nice performance, but not great, because of Seal‘s voice issues.

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Rachael Leahcar and Delta Goodrem

Rachael Leahcar and Delta Goodrem sang The Prayer, a song Delta has sung with Andrea Bocelli amongst others. It was funny that Rachael should take the male role from Delta‘s previous versions, when she looks like a tiny angel. It was a very nice performance, if you like that semi-operatic sort of thing and plenty of people do.

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Darren Percival and Keith Urban

Darren Percival and Keith Urban did one of Keith’s songs titled Without You. It was an excellent duet, their voices worked really well together and Darren lacks nothing in stage presence compared to the established stars. He just has the confidence of knowing he belongs there.

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Next up, before the result was delivered, we had Prinnie Stevens and Mahalia Barnes singing River Deep Mountain High. Mahalia ditched the tent like dresses that she has worn in this series and replaced them with some scaffolding in the corset area.

While the girls were belting out the song I was thinking Mahalia must have sung this with her father, when who should walk down the stairs but the man himself Jimmy Barnes. Obviously this is why they put this combo together again.

At the next break Emma Louise Birdsall was featured in a 1940’s big band set up singing Monday , Tuesday, Wednesday I Love You and looking sensational. This was a full song and only at the end was a graphic displayed to let us know it was an ad for Woolworths.

Karise Eden and Darren Percival

The Final Two

Finally the result
4th Sarah de Bono
3rd Rachael Leahcar
2nd Darren Percival
1st Karise Eden

Well exactly as I expected, but I had my doubts during the last couple of days after noticing how popular Sarah was on the web and that the bookies had her as co-favourite with Karise. But obviously those are not the people who are voting, or downloading the iTunes tracks. With Karise holding three of the top four positions on the chart that must have clinched it for her.

Karise’s album is to be rushed out on June 26th so I assume most of the recording is already done.

Karise Eden The Voice Winner

Karise Eden The Voice Winner

She made a fast recovery from the shock and celebrations of winning to sing her next single You Won’t Let Me. A powerful ballad that will be number one by the time you read this.

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The Voice has been a wonderful series, with some great vocal performances and I really believe that it has unearthed some talent that will be around for a long time. I hope that they all find that it turns out to be what they hoped it would be, as there is much more to working in the music business than singing well. That’s the easy part.

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If the series is back next year and I would be surprised if it isn’t, we will be here with more reviews. In the meantime there are plenty of new shows coming up that look like they have potential. For example Big Brother, the Kerry Packer story Howzat, the new Underbelly, the new Charlie Sheen series Anger Management and Episodes featuring Matt LeBlanc playing himself alongside a couple of established English comedy actors. We will be reporting on all of them along with another little gem that I uncovered this week called The Hard Times of RJ Berger. So please come back and check us out often. There is no need to disappear now that The Voice is over.

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The Voice Final – Sunday

The Voice The Final Four


This was the first of The Voice final shows, the second and really final final airs on Monday night.

Tonight each artist got to sing one of their own original songs, as well as a cover.

Sarah de Bono The Voice Final

Sarah de Bono kicked off proceedings with If I didn’t Love You from Tina Arena, It was well sung but an awful song, which is kind of the way I feel about most of Tina’s songs. Delta Goodrem said it was the wrong song, but she wanted another one from Tina Arena, so that wouldn’t have helped in my opinion. We can’t blame Joel Madden for the song selection, as I very much doubt that he has heard of Tina Arena. As far as I know she is big in continental Europe, but not the States. Keith Urban is very careful with his comments; he never says anything negative but is clever in his praise.

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Karise Eden sang her original song titled I Was Your Girl, written about or to her mother. I liked the lyrics and the feel of it, but I think the arrangement could have had more power, or been done with just an acoustic. This arrangement was neither one thing nor another. It was very well sung, as usual. Seal made some statements about being an artist which sounded very pretentious to me. But Karise’s summing up was more down to earth and real.

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Rachael Leahcar The Voice Final

Rachael Leahcar sang Smile, which was written by the silent movie star Charlie Chaplin. It was also Michael Jackson’s favourite song. Rachael still sounded congested, but sang really well once again. She started seated and then stood up and stepped down a step. I was worried about her falling.

I would like to hear Rachael sing a more up tempo song, as she seems to have almost exclusively sung dramatic ballads and she would need to be more diverse to record an album or play a concert of her own. It strikes me that she could develop quite a large gay following, as she seems to fall in with singers that are popular with the gay crowd like Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli.

In the judges summing up Keith Urban said that Rachael’s cold added something to her sound.

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Darren Percival gave us Damage Down, one of his original songs. He also still sounded ill. He started seated at the piano; there was a lampstand next to him which made me laugh. I liked the song, especially the lyrics, but I would have preferred to see Darren standing and being more dynamic. I liked his foot stamping and once again the voice was great.

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Lionel Richie Joel Madden The Voice Final

Lionel Richie Joel Madden sing Easy

Joel Madden and Lionel Richie partnered up for Lionel’s hit Easy. As we were reminded, Joel is Lionel’s son in law. It was excellent. A great song, a great performance. I was mildly irritated by Lionel jabbering over it and preferred Joel’s parts, as he was truer to the original, but that’s just being picky. I loved it.

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Sarah de Bono was back with her original song, Beautiful. It was kind of unsophisticated and sounded like it was written by a 16 year old, which is how old Sarah was when she wrote it. But I think it was the best performance and song she has done in weeks. It could easily be a hit.

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Karise Eden Stay with me baby

Karise Eden’s second song was Stay With Me Baby from Lorraine Ellison, although she said Ruby Turner. Ruby does a fine version and there are many, many more covers of this song, but I believe Lorraine Ellison had the first hit with it in 1966. It was simply fantastic. There were great vocal moves from the gravelly to the sweet. An awesome powerful performance of a soul classic. As long as she sings songs like this she will always have an audience. The judges and the studio audience were suitably impressed and Karise got a long standing ovation.

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Rachael Leahcar’s original song was called Shooting Star and she wrote it about her coach Delta Goodrem. Like Sarah‘s song it sounded like it was written by a very young person, but once again it was well sung and will also be a hit.

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Darren-Percival-The-Voice-Final

Darren Percival closed the show with the Stevie Wonder classic, For Once In My Life. I think his cold took the edge off the top end of his vocal range, but it was still an excellent performance and I really enjoyed it. The band and backing vocals were great too. The judges and audience loved it and he was once again drowned in praise.

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Well some great performances and an all-around excellent show tonight.

Nothing has changed for me in terms of who should win. I think it should be either Darren or Karise and cannot really pick between them, as they are both excellent. But both Sarah and Rachael have strong followings. I believe what the judges have been saying, that all four of the finalists will have careers in the music business, which is more than can be said for many Australian Idol finalists.

I would like to see Sarah doing more songs like the ones she did at the beginning of the series, rather than those at the end. I believe that Rachael will need to get over her shyness and develop an onstage personality, but her eyesight should be no barrier. There have been plenty of successful blind musicians, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles instantly spring to mind. Stevie started his career when he was 16 and is still going strong at 61.

As I said earlier, the final final, when we find out the winner, is on Monday night and there will also be special guests and duets featuring the finalists and their mentors.

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The Voice Semi Final

The Voice Australia – The last Eight


When the judges were introduced tonight Seal appeared to be wearing a velour leisure suit. We later heard that he was suffering with a cold. So maybe he was practicing relaxing at home in his armchair.

Rapidly moving on…

Results of Last Week’s Show

Team Joel

Sarah De Bono went through on the public vote and her popularity was becoming apparent from the number of searches that were bringing her fans to this site.

Joel Madden picked Ben Hazlewood to go through with her, which was a surprise. I fully expected that Lakyn Heperi would go through, because of his huge number of fans on the web. But his last couple of performances have been pretty ordinary.

Prinnie Stevens is a great performer, but in my opinion she never had a decent song since the battle with Mahalia Barnes.

SarahDeBono BenHazlewood

Joel’s Final Two

Team Keith

Darren Percival went through on the public vote, which was quite expected, as he was number one on the iTunes chart.

Keith Urban picked Diana Rouvas to go through with him and he really had to after last week’s performance. Brittany Cairns and Adam Martin have performed well, but the other two just had it, especially on last week’s performances.

Mr Percival Diana Rouvas

Keith’s Final Two

Fatai V Semi Final The Voice

First up to perform this week was Fatai V. She sang On the Radio which is a good song and a nice tribute to Donna Summer who passed away just a few weeks ago.

Fatai looked a little older with a different hairdo. It was another note perfect performance, I could not fault it.

Glenn Cunningham was given Heaven, one of Brian Adams’ sappy ballads. Glenn sang it really well, but there was a little too much Delta influence for my taste. I will pick up Glenn’s album this week and I am sure he won’t be doing this type of song on it.

Sarah De Bono and her Cast Of 1000s

Sarah De Bono and her Cast Of 1000s

Sarah De Bono was next singing Here’s Where I Stand from Tiffany Taylor, another power ballad. It was well sung with big notes and a cast of thousands, well not that many, but they definitely broke the record for backing singers on this show. Except maybe the initial auditions. Sarah got a standing ovation and huge plaudits from Seal and Joel. But again it’s not the type of song I would like to see her singing. She seems to have stepped into that diva role since Danni left.

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Keith Urban gave Diana Rouvas the jazz standard Stormy Monday to sing. I was looking forward to this as soon as they mentioned it, having seen Diana perform the classic Georgia at the Basement in Sydney.

It was an excellent jazzy, bluesy performance. It was great to see the judges getting into it but Delta was funny, pulling strange faces.

Rachael Leahcar

Rachael Leahcar sick and on a pedestal

Rachael Leahcar sang Nights in White Satin (notte di lucce) I know the Moody Blues version of this song very well, but I’ve never heard it done in Italian before. I could hear the flu in Rachael’s voice all the way through.

They literally put Rachael on a pedestal for this performance. She did incredibly well for how ill she was and she should probably go through ahead of Glenn for everything she has done so far.

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Ben Hazlewood sang My Kind of Love, another dramatic ballad. I didn’t like the song at all, so it was hard to judge Ben. But it is good to hear he doesn’t do those kiwi vowels when he’s singing.

Darren Percival gave us A Song for You. Another excellent performance from Mr Percival and as good as Diana was, I think this is the man that has to go through and probably win it. I never realised that Darren was ill too until Keith Urban mentioned it in his summary.

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Karise Eden

Karise Eden winning performance?

Karise Eden sang Hallalujah from Leonard Cohen. I was not looking forward to this song when it was announced earlier in the show, as everyone does it in singing competitions. I think someone even did it in this one in the auditions. It was interesting that Joel Madden said pretty much the same thing after the song.

Karise unleashed the beast early on. No accoutrements, just Karise, her guitar and her voice. A superb performance, Darren‘s biggest competition, it must be one of those two to win. Joel stated how lucky she was to be on Seals team and I agreed that she was lucky not to be on Joel’s team, as I believe that his song selections have been pretty poor in recent weeks. Seal squeezed out a few tears when he spoke about her.

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For me the finalists speak for themselves, despite how well the others performed. In reverse order of performance tonight I picked:-

Karise Eden

Darren Percival

Rachael Leahcar

Sarah De Bono

and that could be the order they finish in.

The judges agreed with me. So those are the finalists. Karise and Darren are pretty much equal in my estimation with Rachael, only marginally behind. I think Sarah is great, but has suffered from the song choices in recent weeks.

So there is an interesting sequence of events to follow. Voting starts now, then the finalists do two songs each next Sunday. Then voting continues until Monday night, when they each do a duet with their coach and winner is announced at the end of that show.

We will be back with another review on Monday.

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