Monday, August 27, 2007

Australian Idol 5 Watch - Semi-Finals Group 1

The Australian Idol semi-finals finally arrived and tonight, six of the boys faced off to see just who would be voted through to the Top 12. Just two will make it. For the rest, there's still the chance of being picked by the judges for the wildcard show.

Tonight's show – the first from Idol's new home at Sydney's Fox Studios – sounded and looked better than ever, with broadcast in high definition and with 5.1 sound for the first time.

First cab off the rank was Matt Corby who, like Daniel Mifsud, Mark Da Costa and Jack Byrnes before him, joined the scarf wearers club (or "scarfies") as he performed Stevie Wonder's "I Wish". Kyle told him he was one of the only contestants he remembered - but thought the performance seemed a bit like a rehearsal.

Quietly spoken Junior To'o proved his place in the comp with Pink's "Dear Mr. President". There was much discussion between judges about his interpretation of the lyrics, but Marcia told him he "delivered it incredibly".

Carl Riseley continued his swing theme by performing Michael Buble's "Home", which the Navy officer dedicated to Aussie troops serving the country overseas. Kyle thought he delivered only 70% of what he was capable of and Dicko thought he picked the wrong song. Marcia, on the other hand, was moved.

Scarfie Daniel Mifsud was next, choosing Diesel's classic "Tip Of My Tongue". Mark thought the performance was "underwhelming" and "safe" and Dicko agreed. Marcia said he couldn't perform at "11" every night and should save something for the rest of the comp.

Husny Thalib – armed with his good luck charm; a necklace sporting what host Andrew G joked was a cassingle (that's cassette single) of Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch's 1991 hit "Good Vibrations" – owned the stage with Lenny Kravitz's "If You Can't Say No". Kyle called it "try-hard, useless rubbish", but the other judges were more positive, despite Dicko not liking his song choice.

Jacob Butler kept true to his Brit-pop loving ways with Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars". The judges all worried he was too hard on himself and hoped he would be able to have fun with his performances, should he make it through.

Next episode we will find out which two performers will make it to the Top 12 and meet the first six female contestants!

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