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mary123
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posted 15 September 2005 12:03 AM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah I watched tonight and am I ever happy I did. I just love Melissa O'Neil and Rex Goudie who are from Calgary and Burlington Newfoundland.
I have been following CTV's Canadian Idol pretty regularly. And overall the musical talent was very good. But tonight's 2 hour show was really throught the roof. I was so impressed by the major, major talent of these final 2. Although Susie Rawn rocked also.

But honest to God I was ASTOUNDED tonight by Melissa O'Neil and Rex Goudie. They've always showed alot of heart, soul and talent. Rex has such an original onstage personality that current major singers would KILL for. Charisma drips off this kid and he is only 19. And sexy as hell too. And so charming once he talks in his Newfoundland brogue.
The winner Melissa O'Neil is also very special. She's only 17!!! yet showed so much poise and finesse once she took to the stage and sang. I loved the way she seduced the crowds with her tender and expressive eyes. ONLY 17!!! Amazing.
But both took a song and made it their own to suit their personalities. It is this alchemy (at 17 and 19!) that is truly awesome.
I normally turn the channel when a singer sings a song that is not connecting with me like when Sass Jordan (a judge) sang tonight. Irony of irony. Her song was not getting through to me and her voice annoyed me. Yet I wanted more, more, more, more of Melissa O'Neil and Rex Goudie. They are truly something amazing. I do not say this lightly. Tonight's program (on CTV, dang) brought me such a huge thrill and they did everything right: showing their families, an emotional ensemble with the music coach and much great singing. It was cheese at times but damn it was fine Canadian cheese yeah! All was fine except for an ensemble song where a few of the mikes were not working - grrrr).

Tonight's variety show programming was the best anywhere in the world as Farley Flex ( a judge) said and I agree with him. Not only is the winner Melissa O'Neil far better than the American counterpart so is the runner up Rex Goudie tons better. On my God what great programming tonight. It's so rare I get this excited about anything on tv (except for Robson Arms, Corner Gas, Law and Order SVU and for Vincent D'Onofrio in Law & Order: Criminal Intent. But hey give massive recognition where recognition is due and CI did that tonight.
p.ps. Am so glad nobody from Montreal or Toronto was in the Top 10. I am really interested in seeing what great entertainers the rest of this country has to offer. I for one would LOVE to see more cultural money go to Newfoundland as they have the best people in Canada: kind, full of heart, soulful and with a rich cultural heritage. MORE CULTURAL MONEY TO NEWFOUNLAND and less to that massively spoiled brat province.


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mayakovsky
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posted 15 September 2005 02:23 AM      Profile for mayakovsky     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
mary123, this is striking. I would not have put you down as a TV watcher and Canadian Idol of all things. How much Ben can you take? Actually, I caught a few moments a while back and like yourself was impressed by the talent. You do know though that Sass Jordan before being a judge had a career in Canadian rock,eh?

Your choices in TV watching are commendable except for the noted absence of 'Da Vinci's Inquest'. Though my flatmate inists I watch it just so I can show off by naming places in the Lower Mainland. You are right about Newfoundlanders, though I have met so many in other parts of the country it seems like there is a diaspora.


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mary123
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posted 15 September 2005 02:39 PM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
mayakovsky I started out watching Star Academie a few years ago. It's very good. Watching these types of shows is a quick way to plug you into the mindest of youth pop culture in a particular moment.
I committed to Canadian Idol only this season because it's not just a cheap imitation of the American show. There's a gathering together of the country's youth through music going on here. Canadian icons now willingly appear on Canadian Idol like Barenaked Ladies where once they scoffed at it. The same is true for Quebec's Star Academie. During Season One no established singer would appear on it. Now they all would do it. Maybe after hockey, a national singing talent contest helps brings Canadians together. Just kidding. But there definitively is something happening here.

I pretty much tune Ben out. Although I do often fanatsize that if the kids knew the extent of Brian Mulroney's treachery to Canada they would whack Ben hard during a live telecast. (Oh to dream.)And yeah I liked Sass Jordan's hit songs way back in the day. My only beef with Canadian Idol is they need more Canadian songs, interesting sets and waaay better choreography like on Star Academie.
'Davinci's Inquest' and 'This is Wonderland' are 2 others that I've caught on and off and totally should commit to. I agree 'Davinci's Inquest' really is something special.

[ 15 September 2005: Message edited by: mary123 ]


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Bacchus
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posted 15 September 2005 03:06 PM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
if the kids knew the extent of Brian Mulroney's treachery to Canada they would whack Ben hard during a live telecast.

So the child is responsible for the sins of the father and should be physically hurt?


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Mr. Magoo
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posted 15 September 2005 03:11 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey Mary, if I ever see Caroline Mulroney, want me to punch her really hard in the face? Teach her a lesson?
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Scout
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posted 15 September 2005 03:14 PM      Profile for Scout     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Melissa is just a knock off of Kelly Clarkson. She wasn't nearly as good as Clarkson is and was beyond annoying when singing or talking in the last few weeks. Rex on the other hand was unique and had something goin' on. So of course he lost.
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posted 15 September 2005 03:15 PM      Profile for scooter     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I laughed out loud when they highlighted a special guest in the audience, a nameless bureaucrat from the CRTC. I quickly switched to my tape of "The House" season premiere.

Mary, if I see your parents, I'll give them a good punch in the face for raising such a shallow kid who wastes brain cells on such a sad show.


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mary123
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posted 15 September 2005 08:05 PM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Everyone needs a guilty pleasure c'mon.
That's my excuse.
Maybe I shouldn't have shared my 'fantasy' about Ben.

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posted 15 September 2005 08:53 PM      Profile for steffie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Pardon my wet-blanket-ness, but IMO this season's Canadian Idol had far less talent than any of the others. I was truly disappointed when I saw the calibre of the final 2. I thought: Is this the best that we have? Maybe they ran out of time and had to stop looking... Of course that's silly. They sifted through hundreds of entrants to get to the final two.

Hm.


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Scout
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posted 15 September 2005 10:52 PM      Profile for Scout     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have been enjoying Rock Star: INXS much more.
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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 25 September 2005 03:32 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Don't hate Ben because of his father. Hate him for his swarmy, ingratiating egotism.
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posted 25 September 2005 04:03 AM      Profile for dgrollins   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Scout:
I have been enjoying Rock Star: INXS much more.

Rock Star:INXS was amazing. And maritime boy won--pretty cool

It's just too bad talent like that has to front INXS.


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posted 25 September 2005 04:18 AM      Profile for siren     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Scott Piatkowski:
Don't hate Ben because of his father. Hate him for his swarmy, ingratiating egotism.

Hmm. Well, I'm conflicted. Those are some of the very same reasons I despised the elder Mulroney.


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