The kid is good!Aidan’s cascade of “nudging” moves is really cool! I will agree with the judges that he’s better than last year’s winner, another dancer named George Sampson.
However, that hardly puts him in as a favourite for me. First, there was no competition of the calibre like Hollie Steel or Susan Boyle last year. The bar is not the same as last year for overall talent, even if the bar has been raised for dancing talent. Second, while singers can easily reinvent themselves to sing songs of different feel and genres to wow an audience again, dancers showcasing the same moves to a different song get labeled as the same old stuff. Whether that’s fair or not is not of interest to me, nor should it be to Aidan. It’s a fact of life he’ll have to live with. Third, and far less important than the other two points as it’s just my personal opinion, I don’t think the dancing is as rare a talent as the type of voices found either in Hollie Steel or Susan Boyle, with my preference still on Hollie.
So while Aidan is going to give some variety to Britain’s Got Talent, I think he’s going to need some serious array of new moves, a couple of weeks over, to show to even give either Susan or Hollie a run for their money. I won’t put it beyond him, but I won’t put money on him to win, either. Still, he’s great to watch. I love the kid and I’ll give him that, but only that.
Other strong showings like Jamie Pugh, Natalie Okri and Shaheen Jafargholi are farther back, in my opinion. Jamie was discovered lying about never having performed in public before as he had performed in London’s West End theatres before. Seems he’s a washed up singer/actor who could still act to move audiences, but has other issues.
Finally, Natalie Okri had a very good showing in Audition 6 on Saturday, I thought. However, that’s a song she’s been singing a lot to drive her Mother crazy sometimes. Is she singing anything else that often to give her the practice she needs to do a polished number? Getting in now, she’s got a lot less time to prepare than either Susan or Hollie… not that I thought her voice was anything to compare with Susan’s or Hollie’s to start with. Difference between very good and phenomenal, you know what I mean?
OH… MY… GOODNESS!!! Whatever’s in the water over there in Britain, the Americans could only wish they had the same thing going. Where the British keep finding some of these talents is beyond me but have a listen to what little 10 year old Hollie Steel does in her Britain’s Got Talent 2009 audition… especially the last notes in the song that she hits… and I mean HITS! Can you say, ree-DONK-u-lous???
Well, wait a minute. I take that all back. I actually have no words worthy of what I saw Hollie do in that video.
However, I had to come up with a story to blog and share this video because my superlatives weren’t good enough. So how’s about me making the call Hollie’s going to beat out Susan Boyle to win Britain’s Got Talent 2009 unless some even more amazing comes along? That might be hard to imagine but, hey, that was hard to imagine when Susan Boyle did her audition. You can leave your opininon in the poll below to agree or disagree with me if Hollie will win, but here’s my reasoning, psycho and social analysis, Siminh Cowell style! 😉
Let’s start with talent. After all, BGT is a talent show, right?
No contest. Hollie Steel could sing Susan Boyle out of the auditorium. Don’t get me wrong, I like Susan Boyle’s voice a lot, but she simply doesn’t have the power, dexterity, range, timbre or much of any other qualities by one gauges a voice that little Hollie does. This girl could sing the birds out of Britain, never mind Susan Boyle out of the auditorium! If there were no birds in Britain left next year, it won’t be because of climate change. They’ll have gone to where the singing competition weren’t nearly as tough!
Second, not in importance but what popped into my mind, appearance. Are you kidding me? Sure, the old spinster look is charming and refreshing among all those teenage pop stars and older ones who overdo their looks, but that can’t complete with an adorable 10 year old girl cuter than any button I’ve ever seen!
Third, expectations. Susan got the audience so riled up because initial expectations for her were below Hollie’s. People were so cynical towards Susan, which was what made her audition video so moving the way she turned them on a dime to be her supporters. Of course, Hollie dealt with cynicism towards her in the form of Simon Cowell flashing his hand just 15 seconds into her audition, ready to buzz out her out at 3:19 left in the video. But true to her name, she was solid steel to stand her ground. She did not so much as even flinch at the sight of his look and opened hand. She just waited for a few seconds till the music queued her in, opened her mouth, almost as if on queue to respond, and released a tsunami of a singing voice that startled Simon back in his place, with a shocked reaction on his face that was just priceless! But, in general, Hollie was a cute girl people were hoping to succeed from the start. Nobody likes to see a little girl get crushed publicly, and so the expectation change from start to end for Hollie wasn’t nearly as large as Susan’s. Just look at judge Kelly Brook‘s face light up at 3:54 remaining in the video when Hollie came out. Kelly was just enamoured with this girl throughout! However, next time out, the surprise will be gone for both. The audience will listen and they’ll look, to which I defer to my first and second arguments above in favour of Hollie.
Fourth, determination versus innocence. Susan Boyle knew she could “rock” that audience as she said in her audition video. It was a matter of people giving her the chance. She was going on determination, not innocence. She knew she was good, had recorded before and that it was her looks that stood in her way. Hollie Steel, meanwhile, “only entered in the competition so she did not feel left out when her 15 year old brother Josh also went for an audition”, according to the UK Telegraph. It may be easier to admire determination than innocence, but I argue it’s easier to fall in love with innocence. If BGT isn’t a talent contest, it certainly is a popularity contest. Hollie’s got talent, and she’s got love, doubly trumping Susan again. Besides, Simon’s already issued public warnings to Susan to focus on the contest and not get carried away with fame. Susan’s already lost her innocence. As for Hollie and determination, she’s got plenty, overcoming near death from pneumonia at the age of four!
Finally, voter demographics. Britain and the Western world are getting older. Susan Boyle’s got a lot more people in her age bracket (40-60 year olds) than 0-20 year olds in Hollie Steel’s age bracket, half of whom won’t likely be calling in much. However, last I checked, children, especially adorable little girls singing the birds to shame, rather loved by the general public. I think a lot of people Susan’s age will vote for Hollie the kid, hoping or having grandchildren of their own at their age. It’s all about the children at that age, not your fellow age groupers who are talking about failing body parts and new medication! And no, those few cowardly cyber bullies doing stupid things online dissing little Hollie, hiding behind their Internet covers, aren’t nearly enough to alter the votes. (see Sun story link below)
Right now, Susan Boyle is still the 1-2 favourite (The Sun, UK), but I’m going to step out and call it for Hollie barring a better candidate later.
Right or wrong, though, BGT 2009 has got me hooked! I will be following this year the rest of the way!