lizziec: (carebare grumpy sleeping)
I went up to London yesterday to see pot luck theatre* with [livejournal.com profile] no1typo. We ended up seeing Hairspray, which I hope to write about at a later date. I've been all writers blocked recently, even when I've had things to write about, and so this journal has been very quiet.

Anyway, to return to this entirely uninteresting tale of Woe, for which Livejournal is famous and I just want to get off my chest...

I should have known what the travel situation would be from early(ish) in my journey, when I drove onto the slip for the M20 (off the A249) and stopped. And stayed stopped for over three quarters of an hour after an accident on the M20 between the junction I was coming on at and the next one, which closed the whole carriageway for most of the time I was stopped, and two lanes were still closed when I finally got past.

It wasn't really the best start, and very nearly made me late for picking up [livejournal.com profile] no1typo. After that things went mostly to plan (bar the overcrowding/traffic jams of a bus getting around London at 5pm :)) and we got our tickets, had dinner and wandered to the theatre. It was after the show that it all started to get interesting.

First, as to be expected really at Theatre kicking out time, the traffic was solid for a while and it took us ages to get a bus back to Victoria - a number 38, which advertised Victoria as its destination and then kicked us (and the rest of the passengers) out at Green Park. By this time it was nearly 11pm, we were getting tired and Victoria was a dark and scary walk away across the park (yes, I know it's not far, but it was dark and scary. So we decided that, given we couldn't really be bothered to wait for a bus that may or may not come (and may or may not pick us up when it does come) we got a cab the rest of the way to Victoria.

Where we found a train back to the place we had left the car was indefinitely delayed because of problems at Clapham Junction. After half an hour or so of waiting, we decided to get on a train to East Croydon, because at least then we'd be getting closer to the car and home and we could always get a train from there to Purley. When we got there we found that, again, the closest train for Purley, had it been On Time was still ages away and it was already showing as "delayed" (by this point, I was getting heartily fed up with signs at train stations merely saying "delayed"), which could mean anything for us and our wait.

At which point we completely lost our heads and splurged on a cab for us back to the car and I took mum home and then made a run for it before any more disasters could befall my travel arrangements. I did have clothes etc to stay over if I needed to, but by now I was craving my bed. Which is how I made my next mistake in deciding to go home.

Definitely a mistake. All was fine until I hit the M25 (for reference this is my normal route home from my mum's) at which point it became mostly single lane because of roadworks, and to my utter woe the sliproad to the M26 was closed, meaning that the M26 itself was closed, meaning that I ended up going to the Darenth Interchange and straight on to the M2. The M25 was single lane pretty much from the point I joined to the point I came off at Darenth. Despite the fact that the route I ended up taking is only ~10 miles further than the route I usually take, it took me significantly longer to get home, because for the entire stretch of the M25 (which, I remind you all, dear reader, was single lane) I was at 50mph or less.

Luckily the rest of my drive was ok, but I ended up nearly freezing myself with the aircon to stay awake, so it took me ages to thaw when I got home.

So it took me forever to get home. The show finished at 10pm and I didn't get back until around 2am.

It was a brilliant evening otherwise though :D

*What I call it if you go with the intention of seeing a show, but are not bothered as to which one thus purchase your tickets for far less than you otherwise would from a booth like tkts in Leicester Square. (A list of what they have on sale today.)
lizziec: (carebare grumpy sleeping)
I went up to London yesterday to see pot luck theatre* with [livejournal.com profile] no1typo. We ended up seeing Hairspray, which I hope to write about at a later date. I've been all writers blocked recently, even when I've had things to write about, and so this journal has been very quiet.

Anyway, to return to this entirely uninteresting tale of Woe, for which Livejournal is famous and I just want to get off my chest...

I should have known what the travel situation would be from early(ish) in my journey, when I drove onto the slip for the M20 (off the A249) and stopped. And stayed stopped for over three quarters of an hour after an accident on the M20 between the junction I was coming on at and the next one, which closed the whole carriageway for most of the time I was stopped, and two lanes were still closed when I finally got past.

It wasn't really the best start, and very nearly made me late for picking up [livejournal.com profile] no1typo. After that things went mostly to plan (bar the overcrowding/traffic jams of a bus getting around London at 5pm :)) and we got our tickets, had dinner and wandered to the theatre. It was after the show that it all started to get interesting.

First, as to be expected really at Theatre kicking out time, the traffic was solid for a while and it took us ages to get a bus back to Victoria - a number 38, which advertised Victoria as its destination and then kicked us (and the rest of the passengers) out at Green Park. By this time it was nearly 11pm, we were getting tired and Victoria was a dark and scary walk away across the park (yes, I know it's not far, but it was dark and scary. So we decided that, given we couldn't really be bothered to wait for a bus that may or may not come (and may or may not pick us up when it does come) we got a cab the rest of the way to Victoria.

Where we found a train back to the place we had left the car was indefinitely delayed because of problems at Clapham Junction. After half an hour or so of waiting, we decided to get on a train to East Croydon, because at least then we'd be getting closer to the car and home and we could always get a train from there to Purley. When we got there we found that, again, the closest train for Purley, had it been On Time was still ages away and it was already showing as "delayed" (by this point, I was getting heartily fed up with signs at train stations merely saying "delayed"), which could mean anything for us and our wait.

At which point we completely lost our heads and splurged on a cab for us back to the car and I took mum home and then made a run for it before any more disasters could befall my travel arrangements. I did have clothes etc to stay over if I needed to, but by now I was craving my bed. Which is how I made my next mistake in deciding to go home.

Definitely a mistake. All was fine until I hit the M25 (for reference this is my normal route home from my mum's) at which point it became mostly single lane because of roadworks, and to my utter woe the sliproad to the M26 was closed, meaning that the M26 itself was closed, meaning that I ended up going to the Darenth Interchange and straight on to the M2. The M25 was single lane pretty much from the point I joined to the point I came off at Darenth. Despite the fact that the route I ended up taking is only ~10 miles further than the route I usually take, it took me significantly longer to get home, because for the entire stretch of the M25 (which, I remind you all, dear reader, was single lane) I was at 50mph or less.

Luckily the rest of my drive was ok, but I ended up nearly freezing myself with the aircon to stay awake, so it took me ages to thaw when I got home.

So it took me forever to get home. The show finished at 10pm and I didn't get back until around 2am.

It was a brilliant evening otherwise though :D

*What I call it if you go with the intention of seeing a show, but are not bothered as to which one thus purchase your tickets for far less than you otherwise would from a booth like tkts in Leicester Square. (A list of what they have on sale today.)
lizziec: (carebare grumpy sleeping)
I went up to London yesterday to see pot luck theatre* with [livejournal.com profile] no1typo. We ended up seeing Hairspray, which I hope to write about at a later date. I've been all writers blocked recently, even when I've had things to write about, and so this journal has been very quiet.

Anyway, to return to this entirely uninteresting tale of Woe, for which Livejournal is famous and I just want to get off my chest...

I should have known what the travel situation would be from early(ish) in my journey, when I drove onto the slip for the M20 (off the A249) and stopped. And stayed stopped for over three quarters of an hour after an accident on the M20 between the junction I was coming on at and the next one, which closed the whole carriageway for most of the time I was stopped, and two lanes were still closed when I finally got past.

It wasn't really the best start, and very nearly made me late for picking up [livejournal.com profile] no1typo. After that things went mostly to plan (bar the overcrowding/traffic jams of a bus getting around London at 5pm :)) and we got our tickets, had dinner and wandered to the theatre. It was after the show that it all started to get interesting.

First, as to be expected really at Theatre kicking out time, the traffic was solid for a while and it took us ages to get a bus back to Victoria - a number 38, which advertised Victoria as its destination and then kicked us (and the rest of the passengers) out at Green Park. By this time it was nearly 11pm, we were getting tired and Victoria was a dark and scary walk away across the park (yes, I know it's not far, but it was dark and scary. So we decided that, given we couldn't really be bothered to wait for a bus that may or may not come (and may or may not pick us up when it does come) we got a cab the rest of the way to Victoria.

Where we found a train back to the place we had left the car was indefinitely delayed because of problems at Clapham Junction. After half an hour or so of waiting, we decided to get on a train to East Croydon, because at least then we'd be getting closer to the car and home and we could always get a train from there to Purley. When we got there we found that, again, the closest train for Purley, had it been On Time was still ages away and it was already showing as "delayed" (by this point, I was getting heartily fed up with signs at train stations merely saying "delayed"), which could mean anything for us and our wait.

At which point we completely lost our heads and splurged on a cab for us back to the car and I took mum home and then made a run for it before any more disasters could befall my travel arrangements. I did have clothes etc to stay over if I needed to, but by now I was craving my bed. Which is how I made my next mistake in deciding to go home.

Definitely a mistake. All was fine until I hit the M25 (for reference this is my normal route home from my mum's) at which point it became mostly single lane because of roadworks, and to my utter woe the sliproad to the M26 was closed, meaning that the M26 itself was closed, meaning that I ended up going to the Darenth Interchange and straight on to the M2. The M25 was single lane pretty much from the point I joined to the point I came off at Darenth. Despite the fact that the route I ended up taking is only ~10 miles further than the route I usually take, it took me significantly longer to get home, because for the entire stretch of the M25 (which, I remind you all, dear reader, was single lane) I was at 50mph or less.

Luckily the rest of my drive was ok, but I ended up nearly freezing myself with the aircon to stay awake, so it took me ages to thaw when I got home.

So it took me forever to get home. The show finished at 10pm and I didn't get back until around 2am.

It was a brilliant evening otherwise though :D

*What I call it if you go with the intention of seeing a show, but are not bothered as to which one thus purchase your tickets for far less than you otherwise would from a booth like tkts in Leicester Square. (A list of what they have on sale today.)
lizziec: (Musicals)
Some friends and I are going to see Les Mis in July, and I went up to London to book the tickets in person at the box office at the Palace Theatre. I could have done it over the phone or the internet, but I had a theatre voucher and the easiest way to redeem it was in person, so I made an afternoon of it, and went on the train which, while not the cheapest way to travel, is by far the most relaxing (when things go right!).

My trusty backpack and I started off from Canterbury West. Saw a cool new train being tested (saw loads more at Ashford, mostly unliveried, which means they must be pretty new :) They certainly looked pretty). At 10:40 the train was nice and quiet so I got a four-seat with table all to myself and spread out a little.

(Click to embiggen)

I went all arty on the journey, both in to London and back to Canterbury, experimenting with my camera, getting lots of pictures of trees and things whizzing past while moving...

(Click to embiggen)

...and structures when we were stopped, or going slowly.

(Click to embiggen)

I met [livejournal.com profile] red_pill at Charing Cross, and we wandered round "Theatreland" taking some pictures and looking for the Palace Theatre so I could buy the tickets. The Priscilla, Queen of the Desert title thing and giant high heel was especially cool. The picture doesn't really do it justice - it was all sparkly!


On our way back to Charing Cross, we accidentally ran in to the May Day protests in Trafalgar Square, but we escaped without being bludgeoned by the police or the protesters :)


Headed home at 2:50pm-ish. Long way to go, but a lovely day in London and nice to be out. More importantly I was going home with what I'd come to London to get :D



All pictures.

I'm getting quite excited about going now :D If only I didn't have to wait till nearly the end of July!
lizziec: (Musicals)
Some friends and I are going to see Les Mis in July, and I went up to London to book the tickets in person at the box office at the Palace Theatre. I could have done it over the phone or the internet, but I had a theatre voucher and the easiest way to redeem it was in person, so I made an afternoon of it, and went on the train which, while not the cheapest way to travel, is by far the most relaxing (when things go right!).

My trusty backpack and I started off from Canterbury West. Saw a cool new train being tested (saw loads more at Ashford, mostly unliveried, which means they must be pretty new :) They certainly looked pretty). At 10:40 the train was nice and quiet so I got a four-seat with table all to myself and spread out a little.

(Click to embiggen)

I went all arty on the journey, both in to London and back to Canterbury, experimenting with my camera, getting lots of pictures of trees and things whizzing past while moving...

(Click to embiggen)

...and structures when we were stopped, or going slowly.

(Click to embiggen)

I met [livejournal.com profile] red_pill at Charing Cross, and we wandered round "Theatreland" taking some pictures and looking for the Palace Theatre so I could buy the tickets. The Priscilla, Queen of the Desert title thing and giant high heel was especially cool. The picture doesn't really do it justice - it was all sparkly!


On our way back to Charing Cross, we accidentally ran in to the May Day protests in Trafalgar Square, but we escaped without being bludgeoned by the police or the protesters :)


Headed home at 2:50pm-ish. Long way to go, but a lovely day in London and nice to be out. More importantly I was going home with what I'd come to London to get :D



All pictures.

I'm getting quite excited about going now :D If only I didn't have to wait till nearly the end of July!
lizziec: (Musicals)
Some friends and I are going to see Les Mis in July, and I went up to London to book the tickets in person at the box office at the Palace Theatre. I could have done it over the phone or the internet, but I had a theatre voucher and the easiest way to redeem it was in person, so I made an afternoon of it, and went on the train which, while not the cheapest way to travel, is by far the most relaxing (when things go right!).

My trusty backpack and I started off from Canterbury West. Saw a cool new train being tested (saw loads more at Ashford, mostly unliveried, which means they must be pretty new :) They certainly looked pretty). At 10:40 the train was nice and quiet so I got a four-seat with table all to myself and spread out a little.

(Click to embiggen)

I went all arty on the journey, both in to London and back to Canterbury, experimenting with my camera, getting lots of pictures of trees and things whizzing past while moving...

(Click to embiggen)

...and structures when we were stopped, or going slowly.

(Click to embiggen)

I met [livejournal.com profile] red_pill at Charing Cross, and we wandered round "Theatreland" taking some pictures and looking for the Palace Theatre so I could buy the tickets. The Priscilla, Queen of the Desert title thing and giant high heel was especially cool. The picture doesn't really do it justice - it was all sparkly!


On our way back to Charing Cross, we accidentally ran in to the May Day protests in Trafalgar Square, but we escaped without being bludgeoned by the police or the protesters :)


Headed home at 2:50pm-ish. Long way to go, but a lovely day in London and nice to be out. More importantly I was going home with what I'd come to London to get :D



All pictures.

I'm getting quite excited about going now :D If only I didn't have to wait till nearly the end of July!
lizziec: (Musicals)
Ooh, the final Nancys all have new costumes - red variants on their original ones, with a petticoat of the original colour poking out the bottom - essentially a reverse of the previous costumes. They all look very nice.

All the Nancys and Olivers perform in the opening song - "I'd Do Anything". It's really lovely to see lost faces, and have the full sound of everyone singing - with just three of them it would have been a little weedy. Graham's line made me laugh. Graham reminds everyone after the opening number that it's not just a talent competition - it's a casting competition and the right decision must be made. Lee Mead will be making an appearance later (yay! :D), and reveals Liza Minelli will be shown in a segment later.

The Nancys are off to Paris, and there's a segment with them talking about their journey along with the numbers you can vote for them on (from now). Cameron tries to point out that it's not just about the best singer and that the audience should leave having had their hearts broken (the most moving performance) not just having heard a great song. He also mentions Rachel and her performance last week in conjunction with the moving performance which makes me think he disagreed with who ALW saved last week. ALW says Samantha is the heartstopper, Jodie is the heartwarmer and Jessie is the heartbreaker. As Cameron just talked about people having their hearts broken while watching the musical I wonder if this a nod to who they want to win (Jessie).

Jodie: Singing "Son of a Preacher Man". Starts well with her diction - I could hear every word. Her seemed pretty solid as well (a little hairy right at the bottom of her range I think, but mostly spot on). Pity that at some points her voice was sort of lost against the orchestra and backing singers - maybe the audio mix wasn't quite right? A good performance but not as good as last week I don't think. Cameron says that she convinced him she could be Nancy and deserves to be in the final. John says she is "believable, believable, believable" and that he looks forward to playing opposite her in a guest performance as a leading man. ALW says it was a very good performance (but isn't sure it would be a winning performance) - lots of boos accompany his comments.

Samantha: Singing "Anyone Who Had A Heart". Tuning spot on to start with (though some odd notes in the middle), for some reason I felt she was about to burst in to tears during it - I think that means she convinced me with her acting this time. Denise says Samantha has the voice of Nancy and says she developed the most, but sometimes "sits on the fence emotionally", perhaps due to her age and how she does depends on the director (echoing ALW saying Liza Minelli's comments before the performance). Barry says the West End needs her. ALW says his question marks are over her stamina for 8 shows a week and her taking direction properly (possibly referring to Denise's comment).

Jessie: Singing "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". Benefitted by being seated and singing a ballad, whoever chose her song really played to her stregnths tonight (as ALW says, she can sing a ballad as well as anyone her age). Her tuning was good and it sounded lovely, but she still sings from the side of her mouth so won't be getting my vote. Jessie says she is "so ready" for the part. John says he was captivated and says she has a superb voice, but he is worried about her consitancy and compares her to a baseball player (sometimes Home Runs, sometimes Strike Out) and that worries him as a leading man, Cameron says she was born to play Nancy and "it's about the material...not the delivery." ALW agrees with Cameron (and now I'm certain I know who Cameron and ALW want to win - you can tell from the comments they really want Jessie to win IMO).

The Olivers are to perform duets with their favourite Nancys (I'm skeptical - all three Nancys have to sing and all three Olivers, so there may have been an element of choice and favourite Nancy, but I'm not sure it worked out exactly that way.

Laurence and Jodie are singing "Getting to Know You" from the King and I. I really enjoyed this performance. The tuning and timing were spot on, they both seemed like they were enjoying it. I was convinced anyway ;)

Harry and Samantha sing "Singing in the Rain". There's no doubt that Samantha is the most confident mover left, but I was less convinced by her performance. Perhaps it's because the song is less of a duet than "Getting To Know You" - I dunno, I can't put my finger on it. It was a good performance but I preferred the previous one.

Gwion and Jessie tackle "Truly Scruptious". I may be imagining this, but I think there's less dancing/movement in this than the previous two (at least not as complicated as the Sam/Harry one I think). It was a very "nice" performance and she didn't look as awkward as usual in her movement at least, but I think bottom of the three as I'd rank them (with Jodie/Laurence first and Samantha/Harry second).

Cameron disagrees, saying Jessie/Gwion stood out. ALW agrees with Cameron, adding that Jodie "really came through".

VT of the Nancys tutoring sessions with Liza Minelli. She thinks they're all wonderful. The Nancys now perform "Maybe This Time". It was a brilliant performance, all spot on tuning wise (impressive as the audience were so loud in places their voices were nearly lost). This song really shows the problem of this year's competition I think - at the heart of it, vocally, the finalists are all much of a muchness, making choosing the right person more difficult than in previous years when the winner was head and shoulders above the competition at least by this stage of the competition. At the end the lines are frozen and Lee Mead is on performing "Any Dream Will Do" with all the Olivers while they tally the votes. It was a great performance, of a standard that I'm not sure any of the Nancys are at right now, but I hope they would be by this time next year. Hmm. Lee says his money would be on Jodie (the audience goes wild), and says all three are superb. Then he runs off to perform in tonight's show.

Week 10 (Final Part 1) result, cut for spoilers )

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver
lizziec: (Musicals)
Ooh, the final Nancys all have new costumes - red variants on their original ones, with a petticoat of the original colour poking out the bottom - essentially a reverse of the previous costumes. They all look very nice.

All the Nancys and Olivers perform in the opening song - "I'd Do Anything". It's really lovely to see lost faces, and have the full sound of everyone singing - with just three of them it would have been a little weedy. Graham's line made me laugh. Graham reminds everyone after the opening number that it's not just a talent competition - it's a casting competition and the right decision must be made. Lee Mead will be making an appearance later (yay! :D), and reveals Liza Minelli will be shown in a segment later.

The Nancys are off to Paris, and there's a segment with them talking about their journey along with the numbers you can vote for them on (from now). Cameron tries to point out that it's not just about the best singer and that the audience should leave having had their hearts broken (the most moving performance) not just having heard a great song. He also mentions Rachel and her performance last week in conjunction with the moving performance which makes me think he disagreed with who ALW saved last week. ALW says Samantha is the heartstopper, Jodie is the heartwarmer and Jessie is the heartbreaker. As Cameron just talked about people having their hearts broken while watching the musical I wonder if this a nod to who they want to win (Jessie).

Jodie: Singing "Son of a Preacher Man". Starts well with her diction - I could hear every word. Her seemed pretty solid as well (a little hairy right at the bottom of her range I think, but mostly spot on). Pity that at some points her voice was sort of lost against the orchestra and backing singers - maybe the audio mix wasn't quite right? A good performance but not as good as last week I don't think. Cameron says that she convinced him she could be Nancy and deserves to be in the final. John says she is "believable, believable, believable" and that he looks forward to playing opposite her in a guest performance as a leading man. ALW says it was a very good performance (but isn't sure it would be a winning performance) - lots of boos accompany his comments.

Samantha: Singing "Anyone Who Had A Heart". Tuning spot on to start with (though some odd notes in the middle), for some reason I felt she was about to burst in to tears during it - I think that means she convinced me with her acting this time. Denise says Samantha has the voice of Nancy and says she developed the most, but sometimes "sits on the fence emotionally", perhaps due to her age and how she does depends on the director (echoing ALW saying Liza Minelli's comments before the performance). Barry says the West End needs her. ALW says his question marks are over her stamina for 8 shows a week and her taking direction properly (possibly referring to Denise's comment).

Jessie: Singing "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". Benefitted by being seated and singing a ballad, whoever chose her song really played to her stregnths tonight (as ALW says, she can sing a ballad as well as anyone her age). Her tuning was good and it sounded lovely, but she still sings from the side of her mouth so won't be getting my vote. Jessie says she is "so ready" for the part. John says he was captivated and says she has a superb voice, but he is worried about her consitancy and compares her to a baseball player (sometimes Home Runs, sometimes Strike Out) and that worries him as a leading man, Cameron says she was born to play Nancy and "it's about the material...not the delivery." ALW agrees with Cameron (and now I'm certain I know who Cameron and ALW want to win - you can tell from the comments they really want Jessie to win IMO).

The Olivers are to perform duets with their favourite Nancys (I'm skeptical - all three Nancys have to sing and all three Olivers, so there may have been an element of choice and favourite Nancy, but I'm not sure it worked out exactly that way.

Laurence and Jodie are singing "Getting to Know You" from the King and I. I really enjoyed this performance. The tuning and timing were spot on, they both seemed like they were enjoying it. I was convinced anyway ;)

Harry and Samantha sing "Singing in the Rain". There's no doubt that Samantha is the most confident mover left, but I was less convinced by her performance. Perhaps it's because the song is less of a duet than "Getting To Know You" - I dunno, I can't put my finger on it. It was a good performance but I preferred the previous one.

Gwion and Jessie tackle "Truly Scruptious". I may be imagining this, but I think there's less dancing/movement in this than the previous two (at least not as complicated as the Sam/Harry one I think). It was a very "nice" performance and she didn't look as awkward as usual in her movement at least, but I think bottom of the three as I'd rank them (with Jodie/Laurence first and Samantha/Harry second).

Cameron disagrees, saying Jessie/Gwion stood out. ALW agrees with Cameron, adding that Jodie "really came through".

VT of the Nancys tutoring sessions with Liza Minelli. She thinks they're all wonderful. The Nancys now perform "Maybe This Time". It was a brilliant performance, all spot on tuning wise (impressive as the audience were so loud in places their voices were nearly lost). This song really shows the problem of this year's competition I think - at the heart of it, vocally, the finalists are all much of a muchness, making choosing the right person more difficult than in previous years when the winner was head and shoulders above the competition at least by this stage of the competition. At the end the lines are frozen and Lee Mead is on performing "Any Dream Will Do" with all the Olivers while they tally the votes. It was a great performance, of a standard that I'm not sure any of the Nancys are at right now, but I hope they would be by this time next year. Hmm. Lee says his money would be on Jodie (the audience goes wild), and says all three are superb. Then he runs off to perform in tonight's show.

Week 10 (Final Part 1) result, cut for spoilers )

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver
lizziec: (Musicals)
Ooh, the final Nancys all have new costumes - red variants on their original ones, with a petticoat of the original colour poking out the bottom - essentially a reverse of the previous costumes. They all look very nice.

All the Nancys and Olivers perform in the opening song - "I'd Do Anything". It's really lovely to see lost faces, and have the full sound of everyone singing - with just three of them it would have been a little weedy. Graham's line made me laugh. Graham reminds everyone after the opening number that it's not just a talent competition - it's a casting competition and the right decision must be made. Lee Mead will be making an appearance later (yay! :D), and reveals Liza Minelli will be shown in a segment later.

The Nancys are off to Paris, and there's a segment with them talking about their journey along with the numbers you can vote for them on (from now). Cameron tries to point out that it's not just about the best singer and that the audience should leave having had their hearts broken (the most moving performance) not just having heard a great song. He also mentions Rachel and her performance last week in conjunction with the moving performance which makes me think he disagreed with who ALW saved last week. ALW says Samantha is the heartstopper, Jodie is the heartwarmer and Jessie is the heartbreaker. As Cameron just talked about people having their hearts broken while watching the musical I wonder if this a nod to who they want to win (Jessie).

Jodie: Singing "Son of a Preacher Man". Starts well with her diction - I could hear every word. Her seemed pretty solid as well (a little hairy right at the bottom of her range I think, but mostly spot on). Pity that at some points her voice was sort of lost against the orchestra and backing singers - maybe the audio mix wasn't quite right? A good performance but not as good as last week I don't think. Cameron says that she convinced him she could be Nancy and deserves to be in the final. John says she is "believable, believable, believable" and that he looks forward to playing opposite her in a guest performance as a leading man. ALW says it was a very good performance (but isn't sure it would be a winning performance) - lots of boos accompany his comments.

Samantha: Singing "Anyone Who Had A Heart". Tuning spot on to start with (though some odd notes in the middle), for some reason I felt she was about to burst in to tears during it - I think that means she convinced me with her acting this time. Denise says Samantha has the voice of Nancy and says she developed the most, but sometimes "sits on the fence emotionally", perhaps due to her age and how she does depends on the director (echoing ALW saying Liza Minelli's comments before the performance). Barry says the West End needs her. ALW says his question marks are over her stamina for 8 shows a week and her taking direction properly (possibly referring to Denise's comment).

Jessie: Singing "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". Benefitted by being seated and singing a ballad, whoever chose her song really played to her stregnths tonight (as ALW says, she can sing a ballad as well as anyone her age). Her tuning was good and it sounded lovely, but she still sings from the side of her mouth so won't be getting my vote. Jessie says she is "so ready" for the part. John says he was captivated and says she has a superb voice, but he is worried about her consitancy and compares her to a baseball player (sometimes Home Runs, sometimes Strike Out) and that worries him as a leading man, Cameron says she was born to play Nancy and "it's about the material...not the delivery." ALW agrees with Cameron (and now I'm certain I know who Cameron and ALW want to win - you can tell from the comments they really want Jessie to win IMO).

The Olivers are to perform duets with their favourite Nancys (I'm skeptical - all three Nancys have to sing and all three Olivers, so there may have been an element of choice and favourite Nancy, but I'm not sure it worked out exactly that way.

Laurence and Jodie are singing "Getting to Know You" from the King and I. I really enjoyed this performance. The tuning and timing were spot on, they both seemed like they were enjoying it. I was convinced anyway ;)

Harry and Samantha sing "Singing in the Rain". There's no doubt that Samantha is the most confident mover left, but I was less convinced by her performance. Perhaps it's because the song is less of a duet than "Getting To Know You" - I dunno, I can't put my finger on it. It was a good performance but I preferred the previous one.

Gwion and Jessie tackle "Truly Scruptious". I may be imagining this, but I think there's less dancing/movement in this than the previous two (at least not as complicated as the Sam/Harry one I think). It was a very "nice" performance and she didn't look as awkward as usual in her movement at least, but I think bottom of the three as I'd rank them (with Jodie/Laurence first and Samantha/Harry second).

Cameron disagrees, saying Jessie/Gwion stood out. ALW agrees with Cameron, adding that Jodie "really came through".

VT of the Nancys tutoring sessions with Liza Minelli. She thinks they're all wonderful. The Nancys now perform "Maybe This Time". It was a brilliant performance, all spot on tuning wise (impressive as the audience were so loud in places their voices were nearly lost). This song really shows the problem of this year's competition I think - at the heart of it, vocally, the finalists are all much of a muchness, making choosing the right person more difficult than in previous years when the winner was head and shoulders above the competition at least by this stage of the competition. At the end the lines are frozen and Lee Mead is on performing "Any Dream Will Do" with all the Olivers while they tally the votes. It was a great performance, of a standard that I'm not sure any of the Nancys are at right now, but I hope they would be by this time next year. Hmm. Lee says his money would be on Jodie (the audience goes wild), and says all three are superb. Then he runs off to perform in tonight's show.

Week 10 (Final Part 1) result, cut for spoilers )

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lizziec: (Musicals)
Rachel: The panel discuss her before, most saying she hasn't blown the audience away (Denise disagrees, mentioning her performance of Beautiful), Barry saying he doesn't think she has any more to give. Yay! A show song - Cabaret from Cabaret. What she turns out is really rather good. She is in tune (bar one note very near the end), acting her socks off, coping well with the choreography. I loved the change of words (from "going like Elsie" to "going like Rachel"), I actually saw her in the role tonight - she is definately a complete package and would be an excellent Nancy. I really think this underlines the fact that the girls should have been singing show tunes all the way through - this was Rachel's best performance to date and I was very impressed and enjoyed it very much.

Jessie: John Barrowman and Denise are very much against Jessie, while Andrew and Cameron are for her. I'm with John and Denise - I find her unwatchable now (especially that mouth thing). She's singing "What I did for Love" from Chorus Line. She is seated for most of this, which works in her favour as she is not strong when choreographed. Her vocal was strong (though somewhat harsh in places - what's the opposite of a glottal stop [for when one starts?] - cos that's what she did at the start of her words), and her acting wasn't bad for once, but she wasn't a patch on Rachel's performance (imo), and I don't think she is ready for Nancy. The kindest thing to do would be for her not to win, but to go out and go to Drama school. ALW thinks she has star quality, I disagree really (at this point in time).

Samantha: The panel don't seem to think she's very good at any other emotions than anger/aggression and thinks she needs to be able to move people which she hasn't yet. She sings "When You Believe" from The Prince of Egypt. Her tuning is good (with a few spots out of tune, especially towards the end), her movement not bad (though there's no real choreography, unlike Rachel's). She seems to struggle with the understated song, and I didn't really "feel" her performance. John uses the opportunity of critiquing Samantha to attack Jessie again (calling her a fish out of water). The panel seemed to like the performance. Barry letches over her again - once more making me feel rather ill. Cameron thinks she'll stay till next week, but thinks he lost the vulnerability as she got to the money notes.

Jodie: Cameron says her best performance was "Send in the Clowns" - I agree, and it goes to show how much she (and everyone else TBH) benefitted from show songs. She's singing "Out Here on my Own" from Fame. It's a technically good performance and I thought she sung and acted it well, but I don't think it's her best performance ("Send in the Clowns" was better I think). It was beautifully understated though, and it would be a crime if she wasn't here next week. I think it was the best solo performance of the night. Denise and John loved it, Barry thinks she was too restrained, Cameron thought it was "Matronly", ALW says it was his fault she was so restrained and thought she was "on the button" and agonises about his decision tomorrow.

Opening number of Food Glorious Food. The Olivers (all 12 of them - I note the ones who aren't in the Semi Final are still performing with the group, which is quite nice) really stole this from the Nancys in terms of performances, possibly because they're more numerous than the Nancys, or maybe they're better (certainly more natrual).

ALW called a crunch meeting about the Nancys. I don't remember this with the Joseph's last year. I think he's rather worried. I am too. I like a few of the Nancy's that are left, but they all have stregnths and weaknesses, and I don't feel as partisan as I did last year about Lee. I think it should be between Jodie and Rachel though as to the final role, as Jessie and Samantha (IMO) are too young with voices that are not developed properly yet. It's nice to see Cameron Mackintosh on the panel now. Given it's his show I wish he could have been there before.

Samantha and Jodie are the first pair (singing "Superstar" from JCSS). Jodie starts badly, right at the bottom of her range, tuning suffered accordingly. Samantha was better, seeming more comfortable with the key the song was in. Samantha also looked more natrual with the choreography, but Jodie's voice was the one that dominated. As to which was better - I think it depends what you're looking for. Argh!

The Olivers sing "Tomorrow" from Annie, followed by the final mission (giving a performance on a West End Theatre stage). The three who are Oliver are: Gwion, Lawrence and Harry.

Jessie and Rachel are paired and sing their duo second. They are singing "Buenos Aires" from Evita. They start out singing together and someone there is out of tune (and someone (maybe both?) is shouting too - don't know if it's the same person). Rachel shows her diction is good on her solo lines, which Jessie struggles with the rapid fire delivery. Rachel is out of tune on a couple of points, quite badly in places.

The show closes with the Not Olivers singing "No Matter What". They do a good job, especially as a) it's a pop song and b) and some of them are visibly upset.

The best duo was Jodie and Samantha by a long way. IMO the best performance was Jodie (followed closely by Rachel). The worst was absolutely Jessie. I think the sing off should be between Jessie and Samantha, with Jessie to go.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Asked by Graham how much they want it, it's the two older Nancys (Jodie and Rachel) who manage to get their thoughts in. Their mission is then introduced - to spend the night in a genuine Victorian place, making dinner etc without microwaves (though I'm certain they didn't make the bread!) and then to speak "As Long as He Needs me" in character to Barry Humphries. Barry liked Jessie's performance, I thought she sounded rather like Sean Connery as Bond. In Rachel he saw something he'd never seen before - genuine leading lady potential. Jodie's performance was apparently very emotional. He felt Samantha parroted the words to start with, then she knelt down with tears in her eyes and he felt she was a proper actress. He seemed most impressed with Rachel's performance.

Group performance of "A Hard Day's Night". This is followed by the Olivers being told they can be Oliver, with ALW and Cameron justifying their decisions. Then we hear Gwion, Harry and Lawrence in their first public performance of "Where is Love?" The first thing I notice is that the vocal coaches seem to have been working to get rid of Gwion's very welsh accent when singing - compared to the start of series it's virtually not there. I also note one of the others (can't remember his name) singing out of the side of his mouth. It's catching! It was a lovely performance though, and one or two of the Nancys should take notes - the Olivers have been much more consistant than some of them (IMO).

John says Jessie isn't Nancy, Denise chooses Jessie, Barry thinks Jodie isn't Nancy and Cameron also chooses Jodie. The audience boo in disagreement with Jodie not being Nancy, and barely utter a word in defence of Jessie. Interesting.

Jodie and Jessie are straight through to the final, leaving Rachel and Samantha in the sing off. Rachel looks rather annoyed. Samantha would be going home if it were down to viewers votes. The sing off song is "Memory" from Cats. Andrew says this was the result he did not want. Bet he won't flounce off this time though.

Rachel starts flawlessly,Samantha has some tuning problems at the bottom of her register. Samantha has some problems with her diction here (but they improve as the song continue). Denise looks like she's about to cry. I believe in Rachel's acting more than Samantha's here, and her tuning was solid (unlike Samantha who had problems with her tuning throughout the song), and if it were based on the sing off I think that Rachel should be staying. He plays it off as youth vs experience, and says he's making his decision based on where the show is going to go. He saves Samantha, which I think is absolutely the wrong result (based on the sing off and on the performances tonight).
lizziec: (Musicals)
Rachel: The panel discuss her before, most saying she hasn't blown the audience away (Denise disagrees, mentioning her performance of Beautiful), Barry saying he doesn't think she has any more to give. Yay! A show song - Cabaret from Cabaret. What she turns out is really rather good. She is in tune (bar one note very near the end), acting her socks off, coping well with the choreography. I loved the change of words (from "going like Elsie" to "going like Rachel"), I actually saw her in the role tonight - she is definately a complete package and would be an excellent Nancy. I really think this underlines the fact that the girls should have been singing show tunes all the way through - this was Rachel's best performance to date and I was very impressed and enjoyed it very much.

Jessie: John Barrowman and Denise are very much against Jessie, while Andrew and Cameron are for her. I'm with John and Denise - I find her unwatchable now (especially that mouth thing). She's singing "What I did for Love" from Chorus Line. She is seated for most of this, which works in her favour as she is not strong when choreographed. Her vocal was strong (though somewhat harsh in places - what's the opposite of a glottal stop [for when one starts?] - cos that's what she did at the start of her words), and her acting wasn't bad for once, but she wasn't a patch on Rachel's performance (imo), and I don't think she is ready for Nancy. The kindest thing to do would be for her not to win, but to go out and go to Drama school. ALW thinks she has star quality, I disagree really (at this point in time).

Samantha: The panel don't seem to think she's very good at any other emotions than anger/aggression and thinks she needs to be able to move people which she hasn't yet. She sings "When You Believe" from The Prince of Egypt. Her tuning is good (with a few spots out of tune, especially towards the end), her movement not bad (though there's no real choreography, unlike Rachel's). She seems to struggle with the understated song, and I didn't really "feel" her performance. John uses the opportunity of critiquing Samantha to attack Jessie again (calling her a fish out of water). The panel seemed to like the performance. Barry letches over her again - once more making me feel rather ill. Cameron thinks she'll stay till next week, but thinks he lost the vulnerability as she got to the money notes.

Jodie: Cameron says her best performance was "Send in the Clowns" - I agree, and it goes to show how much she (and everyone else TBH) benefitted from show songs. She's singing "Out Here on my Own" from Fame. It's a technically good performance and I thought she sung and acted it well, but I don't think it's her best performance ("Send in the Clowns" was better I think). It was beautifully understated though, and it would be a crime if she wasn't here next week. I think it was the best solo performance of the night. Denise and John loved it, Barry thinks she was too restrained, Cameron thought it was "Matronly", ALW says it was his fault she was so restrained and thought she was "on the button" and agonises about his decision tomorrow.

Opening number of Food Glorious Food. The Olivers (all 12 of them - I note the ones who aren't in the Semi Final are still performing with the group, which is quite nice) really stole this from the Nancys in terms of performances, possibly because they're more numerous than the Nancys, or maybe they're better (certainly more natrual).

ALW called a crunch meeting about the Nancys. I don't remember this with the Joseph's last year. I think he's rather worried. I am too. I like a few of the Nancy's that are left, but they all have stregnths and weaknesses, and I don't feel as partisan as I did last year about Lee. I think it should be between Jodie and Rachel though as to the final role, as Jessie and Samantha (IMO) are too young with voices that are not developed properly yet. It's nice to see Cameron Mackintosh on the panel now. Given it's his show I wish he could have been there before.

Samantha and Jodie are the first pair (singing "Superstar" from JCSS). Jodie starts badly, right at the bottom of her range, tuning suffered accordingly. Samantha was better, seeming more comfortable with the key the song was in. Samantha also looked more natrual with the choreography, but Jodie's voice was the one that dominated. As to which was better - I think it depends what you're looking for. Argh!

The Olivers sing "Tomorrow" from Annie, followed by the final mission (giving a performance on a West End Theatre stage). The three who are Oliver are: Gwion, Lawrence and Harry.

Jessie and Rachel are paired and sing their duo second. They are singing "Buenos Aires" from Evita. They start out singing together and someone there is out of tune (and someone (maybe both?) is shouting too - don't know if it's the same person). Rachel shows her diction is good on her solo lines, which Jessie struggles with the rapid fire delivery. Rachel is out of tune on a couple of points, quite badly in places.

The show closes with the Not Olivers singing "No Matter What". They do a good job, especially as a) it's a pop song and b) and some of them are visibly upset.

The best duo was Jodie and Samantha by a long way. IMO the best performance was Jodie (followed closely by Rachel). The worst was absolutely Jessie. I think the sing off should be between Jessie and Samantha, with Jessie to go.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Asked by Graham how much they want it, it's the two older Nancys (Jodie and Rachel) who manage to get their thoughts in. Their mission is then introduced - to spend the night in a genuine Victorian place, making dinner etc without microwaves (though I'm certain they didn't make the bread!) and then to speak "As Long as He Needs me" in character to Barry Humphries. Barry liked Jessie's performance, I thought she sounded rather like Sean Connery as Bond. In Rachel he saw something he'd never seen before - genuine leading lady potential. Jodie's performance was apparently very emotional. He felt Samantha parroted the words to start with, then she knelt down with tears in her eyes and he felt she was a proper actress. He seemed most impressed with Rachel's performance.

Group performance of "A Hard Day's Night". This is followed by the Olivers being told they can be Oliver, with ALW and Cameron justifying their decisions. Then we hear Gwion, Harry and Lawrence in their first public performance of "Where is Love?" The first thing I notice is that the vocal coaches seem to have been working to get rid of Gwion's very welsh accent when singing - compared to the start of series it's virtually not there. I also note one of the others (can't remember his name) singing out of the side of his mouth. It's catching! It was a lovely performance though, and one or two of the Nancys should take notes - the Olivers have been much more consistant than some of them (IMO).

John says Jessie isn't Nancy, Denise chooses Jessie, Barry thinks Jodie isn't Nancy and Cameron also chooses Jodie. The audience boo in disagreement with Jodie not being Nancy, and barely utter a word in defence of Jessie. Interesting.

Jodie and Jessie are straight through to the final, leaving Rachel and Samantha in the sing off. Rachel looks rather annoyed. Samantha would be going home if it were down to viewers votes. The sing off song is "Memory" from Cats. Andrew says this was the result he did not want. Bet he won't flounce off this time though.

Rachel starts flawlessly,Samantha has some tuning problems at the bottom of her register. Samantha has some problems with her diction here (but they improve as the song continue). Denise looks like she's about to cry. I believe in Rachel's acting more than Samantha's here, and her tuning was solid (unlike Samantha who had problems with her tuning throughout the song), and if it were based on the sing off I think that Rachel should be staying. He plays it off as youth vs experience, and says he's making his decision based on where the show is going to go. He saves Samantha, which I think is absolutely the wrong result (based on the sing off and on the performances tonight).
lizziec: (Musicals)
Rachel: The panel discuss her before, most saying she hasn't blown the audience away (Denise disagrees, mentioning her performance of Beautiful), Barry saying he doesn't think she has any more to give. Yay! A show song - Cabaret from Cabaret. What she turns out is really rather good. She is in tune (bar one note very near the end), acting her socks off, coping well with the choreography. I loved the change of words (from "going like Elsie" to "going like Rachel"), I actually saw her in the role tonight - she is definately a complete package and would be an excellent Nancy. I really think this underlines the fact that the girls should have been singing show tunes all the way through - this was Rachel's best performance to date and I was very impressed and enjoyed it very much.

Jessie: John Barrowman and Denise are very much against Jessie, while Andrew and Cameron are for her. I'm with John and Denise - I find her unwatchable now (especially that mouth thing). She's singing "What I did for Love" from Chorus Line. She is seated for most of this, which works in her favour as she is not strong when choreographed. Her vocal was strong (though somewhat harsh in places - what's the opposite of a glottal stop [for when one starts?] - cos that's what she did at the start of her words), and her acting wasn't bad for once, but she wasn't a patch on Rachel's performance (imo), and I don't think she is ready for Nancy. The kindest thing to do would be for her not to win, but to go out and go to Drama school. ALW thinks she has star quality, I disagree really (at this point in time).

Samantha: The panel don't seem to think she's very good at any other emotions than anger/aggression and thinks she needs to be able to move people which she hasn't yet. She sings "When You Believe" from The Prince of Egypt. Her tuning is good (with a few spots out of tune, especially towards the end), her movement not bad (though there's no real choreography, unlike Rachel's). She seems to struggle with the understated song, and I didn't really "feel" her performance. John uses the opportunity of critiquing Samantha to attack Jessie again (calling her a fish out of water). The panel seemed to like the performance. Barry letches over her again - once more making me feel rather ill. Cameron thinks she'll stay till next week, but thinks he lost the vulnerability as she got to the money notes.

Jodie: Cameron says her best performance was "Send in the Clowns" - I agree, and it goes to show how much she (and everyone else TBH) benefitted from show songs. She's singing "Out Here on my Own" from Fame. It's a technically good performance and I thought she sung and acted it well, but I don't think it's her best performance ("Send in the Clowns" was better I think). It was beautifully understated though, and it would be a crime if she wasn't here next week. I think it was the best solo performance of the night. Denise and John loved it, Barry thinks she was too restrained, Cameron thought it was "Matronly", ALW says it was his fault she was so restrained and thought she was "on the button" and agonises about his decision tomorrow.

Opening number of Food Glorious Food. The Olivers (all 12 of them - I note the ones who aren't in the Semi Final are still performing with the group, which is quite nice) really stole this from the Nancys in terms of performances, possibly because they're more numerous than the Nancys, or maybe they're better (certainly more natrual).

ALW called a crunch meeting about the Nancys. I don't remember this with the Joseph's last year. I think he's rather worried. I am too. I like a few of the Nancy's that are left, but they all have stregnths and weaknesses, and I don't feel as partisan as I did last year about Lee. I think it should be between Jodie and Rachel though as to the final role, as Jessie and Samantha (IMO) are too young with voices that are not developed properly yet. It's nice to see Cameron Mackintosh on the panel now. Given it's his show I wish he could have been there before.

Samantha and Jodie are the first pair (singing "Superstar" from JCSS). Jodie starts badly, right at the bottom of her range, tuning suffered accordingly. Samantha was better, seeming more comfortable with the key the song was in. Samantha also looked more natrual with the choreography, but Jodie's voice was the one that dominated. As to which was better - I think it depends what you're looking for. Argh!

The Olivers sing "Tomorrow" from Annie, followed by the final mission (giving a performance on a West End Theatre stage). The three who are Oliver are: Gwion, Lawrence and Harry.

Jessie and Rachel are paired and sing their duo second. They are singing "Buenos Aires" from Evita. They start out singing together and someone there is out of tune (and someone (maybe both?) is shouting too - don't know if it's the same person). Rachel shows her diction is good on her solo lines, which Jessie struggles with the rapid fire delivery. Rachel is out of tune on a couple of points, quite badly in places.

The show closes with the Not Olivers singing "No Matter What". They do a good job, especially as a) it's a pop song and b) and some of them are visibly upset.

The best duo was Jodie and Samantha by a long way. IMO the best performance was Jodie (followed closely by Rachel). The worst was absolutely Jessie. I think the sing off should be between Jessie and Samantha, with Jessie to go.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Asked by Graham how much they want it, it's the two older Nancys (Jodie and Rachel) who manage to get their thoughts in. Their mission is then introduced - to spend the night in a genuine Victorian place, making dinner etc without microwaves (though I'm certain they didn't make the bread!) and then to speak "As Long as He Needs me" in character to Barry Humphries. Barry liked Jessie's performance, I thought she sounded rather like Sean Connery as Bond. In Rachel he saw something he'd never seen before - genuine leading lady potential. Jodie's performance was apparently very emotional. He felt Samantha parroted the words to start with, then she knelt down with tears in her eyes and he felt she was a proper actress. He seemed most impressed with Rachel's performance.

Group performance of "A Hard Day's Night". This is followed by the Olivers being told they can be Oliver, with ALW and Cameron justifying their decisions. Then we hear Gwion, Harry and Lawrence in their first public performance of "Where is Love?" The first thing I notice is that the vocal coaches seem to have been working to get rid of Gwion's very welsh accent when singing - compared to the start of series it's virtually not there. I also note one of the others (can't remember his name) singing out of the side of his mouth. It's catching! It was a lovely performance though, and one or two of the Nancys should take notes - the Olivers have been much more consistant than some of them (IMO).

John says Jessie isn't Nancy, Denise chooses Jessie, Barry thinks Jodie isn't Nancy and Cameron also chooses Jodie. The audience boo in disagreement with Jodie not being Nancy, and barely utter a word in defence of Jessie. Interesting.

Jodie and Jessie are straight through to the final, leaving Rachel and Samantha in the sing off. Rachel looks rather annoyed. Samantha would be going home if it were down to viewers votes. The sing off song is "Memory" from Cats. Andrew says this was the result he did not want. Bet he won't flounce off this time though.

Rachel starts flawlessly,Samantha has some tuning problems at the bottom of her register. Samantha has some problems with her diction here (but they improve as the song continue). Denise looks like she's about to cry. I believe in Rachel's acting more than Samantha's here, and her tuning was solid (unlike Samantha who had problems with her tuning throughout the song), and if it were based on the sing off I think that Rachel should be staying. He plays it off as youth vs experience, and says he's making his decision based on where the show is going to go. He saves Samantha, which I think is absolutely the wrong result (based on the sing off and on the performances tonight).
lizziec: (Musicals)
Jodie: A real power ballad this week - "Holding out for a Hero". Not as flawless performance as she's been turning in of late, there were definately some tuning problems in there. She seemed to work hard to act the song, and go for her own take on a song which very much Bonnie Tylers (a better idea than trying to copy the original), but she didn't go for any of the money notes (which disappointed me rather). Sadly despite the hard work, the performance seemed rather flat (as in 2D) and not up to her usual standard, possibly because the range was so limited and she was dancing at the same time. I'm a Jodie fan, but it didn't really do it for me this week. The panel loved it. ALW compared her to Meatloaf in her movement (wtf? He never sang Holding out for a Hero - it was Bonnie Tyler!). As he got the artist singing the song wrong, I'm discounting what he said about Jodie.

Rachel: Seems to be doing the Whitney version rather than the Dolly Parton version of "I will always Love You". Very breathy performance. Tuning issues again (especially at the top just before the key change) where she yelled a note that was completely out - much like her "squeak" of a few weeks ago. I agree with Barry in that I was rather unmoved by her performance, I didn't believe it. John seems fed up with Barry. I'm left feeling rather "eh" by the performance. So far the performances this week haven't set me on fire yet.

Samantha: Sam gets a song from MT this week ("Defying Gravity" from Wicked), which given what Jodie and Rachel had has me calling favouritism (ETA: Ah, they're choosing their own songs...). Pity she seems to murder the start, there were some tuning issues there (in fact there are issues throughout the song with tuning). The best performance of the week so far though in terms of acting I think. Barry made me cringe saying he wanted some more. The panel as a whole seemed to lap up her performance, which I think in part is due to singing a show song. I really wish the others could have too (that way I'd feel it were a level playing field and find it easier to compare).

Jessie: "How do I live without you" (LeAnne Rymes). She's singing out of the side of her mouth again. I really wish someone would tell her in her feedback so she can work on it. It irritates me to the point I find it hard to be in any way fair minded about her performances (it helps if I close mind but then I can't see her attempts to act). Her tuning is pretty good, better than Jodie and Rachel were this week at least, but her acting is poor (imo) and her posture/stance on the stage are not good. There were several points where she looked a bit like a shop mannequin with her pose. I was pleased that John called her out on her acting (where it is only raising her arm and touching her hair).

Niamh: "Don't Speak" (No Doubt). Dire tuning again, diction was poor. Did not believe her "acting". Her voice disappeared (in that I couldn't hear her and only knew she had sung a note because her mouth moved) in several places. By far the worst performance of the evening, I don't think there was anything good about it. She has to go tonight. I liked Denise's comment "like a teenagre having a tantrum". The panel did not seem to really like her performance, and none of them see her as Nancy. I'm pleased to hear it.

Opening song "Consider yourself". Some of these Nancy's still have a lot of work to do on a cockney accent (I don't think anyone had a flawless accent).

It seems to me that the Nancy's have all run out of steam. I'm sure the performances are worse now than they were weeks ago near the start of the competition.

I'm dreading seeing the last Oliver through to the semi's, as I really feel bad for the four who can't go through. Johnny is the last Oliver through to the semi's which means Sam, Jordan, Joseph and Gareth are going home. They look pretty gutted as Graham starts the VT rolling of their "best bits". The Olivers as a whole struggled with "Reach" by S Club 7 - I think it's their worst performance to date (they clearly struggled with the pop song where they don't struggle with Musical Theatre/Show songs).

Pairs of Nancy/Joseph are: Jodie and Lewis, Rob and Jessie, Ben and Samantha, Niamh and Keith, Rachel and Daniel. Performed "Dancing in the Street". It was interesting to watch, all the Josephs have come on since last year (Ben sang in tune!! I nearly died of shock!). Jessie looked the most awkward moving. It was lovely to see the Josephs back again :D

None of the performances really grabbed me. Performance of the week probably Samantha. Bottom two for me were Jessie and Niamh and I really want Niamh to go (as she should have last week IMO).

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Jesie thinks they could all do 8 shows a week because of the training they've been getting in the competition. I think she's living in dreamland TBH.

Nice montage of the 8 Olivers who are through to the Semis. They then sing "I have a Dream", nicely led by Johnny. They all perform pretty well, though a couple of Olivers are singing out of the sides of their mouths - I wonder if the training encourages this (it's certainly not stopped Jessie).

Nancy mission is to show "comedy finesse", with Phil Jupitus. Niamh tanks at telling jokes and reduces to distracting people by pulling up her dress... Jodie did well at the acting (her timing was apparently good), Jessie didn't do too well, Rachel was the most realistic, Samantha was "too comfortable" - she didn't really act the character properly, Niamh played with the part and went beyond the words. The two people consulted seemed to like Jodie and Niamh.

Nancys perform "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair". I don't know who it was that was out of tune in the ensamble, but someone was (fairly consistantly too :S), there was also someone with a timing problem in the ensemble parts, but I don't know which one that was either. Jessie seemed to struggle to be heard in her solo line, as did Sam. Barry says Jessie stood out in the performance, Denise favoured Samantha, John liked Jodie. ALW chooses Jodie and letches slightly wishing they had really washed their hair. *shudder*

John says Jessie isn't Nancy, Denise chooses Niamh and Barry also chooses Niamh.

Niamh and Rachel are in the sing off. I'm surprised actually because I think Jessie had a much weaker performance than Rachel. If it were down to the viewers Niamh would be going home. The sing off song is "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" (from Evita). ALW says he wants to see vulnerability in their performances. Rachel starts and does a good job acting the lyrics (I saw vulnerability) - her voice also dominated Niamh's when they were singing together. I didn't see vulnerability from Niamh at all and she seemed to smile her way through parts of it (and then look agressive in others) which didn't feel appropriate. Neither had a flawless vocal with a few stray notes from both, but I think Niamh's was worse (both volume and tuning wise she struggled more than Rachel) - I think Rachel's professional training really came through.

ALW says he'd choose Niamh for Evita (?!). Says it's the most difficult decision. He chooses to save Rachel, so Niamh is going home (and not before time in my opinion). I'm completely biased here - I'm very happy to see her go, as I think she should have done weeks ago.

She also messed up the timing and tuning of her farewell song. One of the weakest farewells of the series I think.
lizziec: (Musicals)
Jodie: A real power ballad this week - "Holding out for a Hero". Not as flawless performance as she's been turning in of late, there were definately some tuning problems in there. She seemed to work hard to act the song, and go for her own take on a song which very much Bonnie Tylers (a better idea than trying to copy the original), but she didn't go for any of the money notes (which disappointed me rather). Sadly despite the hard work, the performance seemed rather flat (as in 2D) and not up to her usual standard, possibly because the range was so limited and she was dancing at the same time. I'm a Jodie fan, but it didn't really do it for me this week. The panel loved it. ALW compared her to Meatloaf in her movement (wtf? He never sang Holding out for a Hero - it was Bonnie Tyler!). As he got the artist singing the song wrong, I'm discounting what he said about Jodie.

Rachel: Seems to be doing the Whitney version rather than the Dolly Parton version of "I will always Love You". Very breathy performance. Tuning issues again (especially at the top just before the key change) where she yelled a note that was completely out - much like her "squeak" of a few weeks ago. I agree with Barry in that I was rather unmoved by her performance, I didn't believe it. John seems fed up with Barry. I'm left feeling rather "eh" by the performance. So far the performances this week haven't set me on fire yet.

Samantha: Sam gets a song from MT this week ("Defying Gravity" from Wicked), which given what Jodie and Rachel had has me calling favouritism (ETA: Ah, they're choosing their own songs...). Pity she seems to murder the start, there were some tuning issues there (in fact there are issues throughout the song with tuning). The best performance of the week so far though in terms of acting I think. Barry made me cringe saying he wanted some more. The panel as a whole seemed to lap up her performance, which I think in part is due to singing a show song. I really wish the others could have too (that way I'd feel it were a level playing field and find it easier to compare).

Jessie: "How do I live without you" (LeAnne Rymes). She's singing out of the side of her mouth again. I really wish someone would tell her in her feedback so she can work on it. It irritates me to the point I find it hard to be in any way fair minded about her performances (it helps if I close mind but then I can't see her attempts to act). Her tuning is pretty good, better than Jodie and Rachel were this week at least, but her acting is poor (imo) and her posture/stance on the stage are not good. There were several points where she looked a bit like a shop mannequin with her pose. I was pleased that John called her out on her acting (where it is only raising her arm and touching her hair).

Niamh: "Don't Speak" (No Doubt). Dire tuning again, diction was poor. Did not believe her "acting". Her voice disappeared (in that I couldn't hear her and only knew she had sung a note because her mouth moved) in several places. By far the worst performance of the evening, I don't think there was anything good about it. She has to go tonight. I liked Denise's comment "like a teenagre having a tantrum". The panel did not seem to really like her performance, and none of them see her as Nancy. I'm pleased to hear it.

Opening song "Consider yourself". Some of these Nancy's still have a lot of work to do on a cockney accent (I don't think anyone had a flawless accent).

It seems to me that the Nancy's have all run out of steam. I'm sure the performances are worse now than they were weeks ago near the start of the competition.

I'm dreading seeing the last Oliver through to the semi's, as I really feel bad for the four who can't go through. Johnny is the last Oliver through to the semi's which means Sam, Jordan, Joseph and Gareth are going home. They look pretty gutted as Graham starts the VT rolling of their "best bits". The Olivers as a whole struggled with "Reach" by S Club 7 - I think it's their worst performance to date (they clearly struggled with the pop song where they don't struggle with Musical Theatre/Show songs).

Pairs of Nancy/Joseph are: Jodie and Lewis, Rob and Jessie, Ben and Samantha, Niamh and Keith, Rachel and Daniel. Performed "Dancing in the Street". It was interesting to watch, all the Josephs have come on since last year (Ben sang in tune!! I nearly died of shock!). Jessie looked the most awkward moving. It was lovely to see the Josephs back again :D

None of the performances really grabbed me. Performance of the week probably Samantha. Bottom two for me were Jessie and Niamh and I really want Niamh to go (as she should have last week IMO).

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Jesie thinks they could all do 8 shows a week because of the training they've been getting in the competition. I think she's living in dreamland TBH.

Nice montage of the 8 Olivers who are through to the Semis. They then sing "I have a Dream", nicely led by Johnny. They all perform pretty well, though a couple of Olivers are singing out of the sides of their mouths - I wonder if the training encourages this (it's certainly not stopped Jessie).

Nancy mission is to show "comedy finesse", with Phil Jupitus. Niamh tanks at telling jokes and reduces to distracting people by pulling up her dress... Jodie did well at the acting (her timing was apparently good), Jessie didn't do too well, Rachel was the most realistic, Samantha was "too comfortable" - she didn't really act the character properly, Niamh played with the part and went beyond the words. The two people consulted seemed to like Jodie and Niamh.

Nancys perform "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair". I don't know who it was that was out of tune in the ensamble, but someone was (fairly consistantly too :S), there was also someone with a timing problem in the ensemble parts, but I don't know which one that was either. Jessie seemed to struggle to be heard in her solo line, as did Sam. Barry says Jessie stood out in the performance, Denise favoured Samantha, John liked Jodie. ALW chooses Jodie and letches slightly wishing they had really washed their hair. *shudder*

John says Jessie isn't Nancy, Denise chooses Niamh and Barry also chooses Niamh.

Niamh and Rachel are in the sing off. I'm surprised actually because I think Jessie had a much weaker performance than Rachel. If it were down to the viewers Niamh would be going home. The sing off song is "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" (from Evita). ALW says he wants to see vulnerability in their performances. Rachel starts and does a good job acting the lyrics (I saw vulnerability) - her voice also dominated Niamh's when they were singing together. I didn't see vulnerability from Niamh at all and she seemed to smile her way through parts of it (and then look agressive in others) which didn't feel appropriate. Neither had a flawless vocal with a few stray notes from both, but I think Niamh's was worse (both volume and tuning wise she struggled more than Rachel) - I think Rachel's professional training really came through.

ALW says he'd choose Niamh for Evita (?!). Says it's the most difficult decision. He chooses to save Rachel, so Niamh is going home (and not before time in my opinion). I'm completely biased here - I'm very happy to see her go, as I think she should have done weeks ago.

She also messed up the timing and tuning of her farewell song. One of the weakest farewells of the series I think.
lizziec: (Musicals)
Jodie: A real power ballad this week - "Holding out for a Hero". Not as flawless performance as she's been turning in of late, there were definately some tuning problems in there. She seemed to work hard to act the song, and go for her own take on a song which very much Bonnie Tylers (a better idea than trying to copy the original), but she didn't go for any of the money notes (which disappointed me rather). Sadly despite the hard work, the performance seemed rather flat (as in 2D) and not up to her usual standard, possibly because the range was so limited and she was dancing at the same time. I'm a Jodie fan, but it didn't really do it for me this week. The panel loved it. ALW compared her to Meatloaf in her movement (wtf? He never sang Holding out for a Hero - it was Bonnie Tyler!). As he got the artist singing the song wrong, I'm discounting what he said about Jodie.

Rachel: Seems to be doing the Whitney version rather than the Dolly Parton version of "I will always Love You". Very breathy performance. Tuning issues again (especially at the top just before the key change) where she yelled a note that was completely out - much like her "squeak" of a few weeks ago. I agree with Barry in that I was rather unmoved by her performance, I didn't believe it. John seems fed up with Barry. I'm left feeling rather "eh" by the performance. So far the performances this week haven't set me on fire yet.

Samantha: Sam gets a song from MT this week ("Defying Gravity" from Wicked), which given what Jodie and Rachel had has me calling favouritism (ETA: Ah, they're choosing their own songs...). Pity she seems to murder the start, there were some tuning issues there (in fact there are issues throughout the song with tuning). The best performance of the week so far though in terms of acting I think. Barry made me cringe saying he wanted some more. The panel as a whole seemed to lap up her performance, which I think in part is due to singing a show song. I really wish the others could have too (that way I'd feel it were a level playing field and find it easier to compare).

Jessie: "How do I live without you" (LeAnne Rymes). She's singing out of the side of her mouth again. I really wish someone would tell her in her feedback so she can work on it. It irritates me to the point I find it hard to be in any way fair minded about her performances (it helps if I close mind but then I can't see her attempts to act). Her tuning is pretty good, better than Jodie and Rachel were this week at least, but her acting is poor (imo) and her posture/stance on the stage are not good. There were several points where she looked a bit like a shop mannequin with her pose. I was pleased that John called her out on her acting (where it is only raising her arm and touching her hair).

Niamh: "Don't Speak" (No Doubt). Dire tuning again, diction was poor. Did not believe her "acting". Her voice disappeared (in that I couldn't hear her and only knew she had sung a note because her mouth moved) in several places. By far the worst performance of the evening, I don't think there was anything good about it. She has to go tonight. I liked Denise's comment "like a teenagre having a tantrum". The panel did not seem to really like her performance, and none of them see her as Nancy. I'm pleased to hear it.

Opening song "Consider yourself". Some of these Nancy's still have a lot of work to do on a cockney accent (I don't think anyone had a flawless accent).

It seems to me that the Nancy's have all run out of steam. I'm sure the performances are worse now than they were weeks ago near the start of the competition.

I'm dreading seeing the last Oliver through to the semi's, as I really feel bad for the four who can't go through. Johnny is the last Oliver through to the semi's which means Sam, Jordan, Joseph and Gareth are going home. They look pretty gutted as Graham starts the VT rolling of their "best bits". The Olivers as a whole struggled with "Reach" by S Club 7 - I think it's their worst performance to date (they clearly struggled with the pop song where they don't struggle with Musical Theatre/Show songs).

Pairs of Nancy/Joseph are: Jodie and Lewis, Rob and Jessie, Ben and Samantha, Niamh and Keith, Rachel and Daniel. Performed "Dancing in the Street". It was interesting to watch, all the Josephs have come on since last year (Ben sang in tune!! I nearly died of shock!). Jessie looked the most awkward moving. It was lovely to see the Josephs back again :D

None of the performances really grabbed me. Performance of the week probably Samantha. Bottom two for me were Jessie and Niamh and I really want Niamh to go (as she should have last week IMO).

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Jesie thinks they could all do 8 shows a week because of the training they've been getting in the competition. I think she's living in dreamland TBH.

Nice montage of the 8 Olivers who are through to the Semis. They then sing "I have a Dream", nicely led by Johnny. They all perform pretty well, though a couple of Olivers are singing out of the sides of their mouths - I wonder if the training encourages this (it's certainly not stopped Jessie).

Nancy mission is to show "comedy finesse", with Phil Jupitus. Niamh tanks at telling jokes and reduces to distracting people by pulling up her dress... Jodie did well at the acting (her timing was apparently good), Jessie didn't do too well, Rachel was the most realistic, Samantha was "too comfortable" - she didn't really act the character properly, Niamh played with the part and went beyond the words. The two people consulted seemed to like Jodie and Niamh.

Nancys perform "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair". I don't know who it was that was out of tune in the ensamble, but someone was (fairly consistantly too :S), there was also someone with a timing problem in the ensemble parts, but I don't know which one that was either. Jessie seemed to struggle to be heard in her solo line, as did Sam. Barry says Jessie stood out in the performance, Denise favoured Samantha, John liked Jodie. ALW chooses Jodie and letches slightly wishing they had really washed their hair. *shudder*

John says Jessie isn't Nancy, Denise chooses Niamh and Barry also chooses Niamh.

Niamh and Rachel are in the sing off. I'm surprised actually because I think Jessie had a much weaker performance than Rachel. If it were down to the viewers Niamh would be going home. The sing off song is "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" (from Evita). ALW says he wants to see vulnerability in their performances. Rachel starts and does a good job acting the lyrics (I saw vulnerability) - her voice also dominated Niamh's when they were singing together. I didn't see vulnerability from Niamh at all and she seemed to smile her way through parts of it (and then look agressive in others) which didn't feel appropriate. Neither had a flawless vocal with a few stray notes from both, but I think Niamh's was worse (both volume and tuning wise she struggled more than Rachel) - I think Rachel's professional training really came through.

ALW says he'd choose Niamh for Evita (?!). Says it's the most difficult decision. He chooses to save Rachel, so Niamh is going home (and not before time in my opinion). I'm completely biased here - I'm very happy to see her go, as I think she should have done weeks ago.

She also messed up the timing and tuning of her farewell song. One of the weakest farewells of the series I think.
lizziec: (Musicals)
They're bringing out the different sides of Nancy this week. Hmm. Sounds like a cop out for "I really couldn't think of a proper theme this week".

Jessie: I disagreed with the judges last week, though she benefitted from the quieter song as it made her tone down her singing in the side of her mouth jazz hands type performance. I'm interested to see what she does this week, and somewhat disappoined that she's gone back to the side of her mouth singing that so irritates me. She is at least mostly in tune (though she struggles with the timing and diction in places). John (and Denise) didn't rate her too much, and I have to agree with JB, especially his note of caution in "this is a casting competition, not a talent competition" comment. The comments by the panel leave me wondering if they want her to be in the bottom two this week? She certainly doesn't gain my vote this week.

Niamh: Again doing a ballad, which I think means she'll be safe again this week. She struggles with up tempo and I think the producers are trying to ensure she survives at this point by giving her a song she can deal with (note her collapse a couple of weeks ago when given what I think was her only up tempo song of the competition). She turns in a good pop performance, with a really odd vocal tic or something near the end at the top of her range. She is definately not my Nancy, and has put in a performance that I don't think is good enough at this stage of the competition. She talks back to the judges, I don't like that. Judges generally talking her up, but I thought it was much poorer than they obviously did and they're glossing over any cracks. I think, unless someone else turns in a dreadful performance, she deserves to go.

Ashley: A lovestruck devoted heroine with "Say A Little Prayer for you"? They must really want her gone this week. She has major tuning issues that makes Niamh's upper register crack look tiny, and her scottish accent is coming through much clearer than Jessie's irish accent. The game may be up for Ashley this week. It was another performance that was just not good enough for this stage of the competition. Ouch. Denise compared her to Abigail's Party. I think the judges are having a bad night, they've been quite vicious (compared to previous weeks) for all the performers so far, and they've been worse to Ashley. I didn't rate her performance but those notes seemed downright mean.

Samantha: Volume and tuning problems. I'm impressed with her diction though, especially given how quickly the many words have to come out. It really shows there's no excuse for Jessie's problems at the start of the show. I'm not convinced by her performance as a "survivor", just singing about it does not make you act it. The judges loved it, but other than saying it's better than some of the other performances so far this evening, I wasn't blown away. Maybe it's me feeling mean tonight, not the judges!

Jodie: Struggled for volume and tuning at what I think is the bottom of her range. A nicely tuned down performance. Given she has a more cabaret background she comes across as much less cabaret than a couple of other Nancys (Ashley and Jessie IMO). The song improves as she goes higher in her range, and ends up being one of the better performances of the night. If there's any justice she'll be safe (I'll be annoyed if she becomes another Sarah). The judges were very nice about the performance, but ALW disagrees with me and thinks she overacts (compared to some of the others she practically doesn't!).

Rachel: Minor tuning problems. My problem was that if there was acting to the song I didn't believe in it. My notes on this are very short because I just don't really have an opinion on Rachel, except to say she isn't my Nancy. I don't dislike her in the same way as Niamh or Ashley, she doesn't irritate me like Jessie, she doesn't blow me away by Jodie. Instead she and Samantha just inspire rather tepid feelings in me. The judges also seemed to think it was an ok performance, but like me didn't feel her connect.

I think they're struggling to find songs from Oliver to start with now, I think they've started to repeat (can anyone confirm this? Or confirm that I'm going nuts maybe?)

Girls singing in Trios now. I remember this from last year when the Josephs did it. Will be interesting to see who comes through well from those.

Interesting to see them sow some discord there with the "Who isn't Nancy". Seems like the majority don't rate Niamh as Nancy, which I think is similar to the majority of the public. I could be wrong and reading too much in to how the public see her because I don't rate her.

The Olivers "step back in time" at a Ragged School. Laurence goes through to the Semis. Singing a song from Bugsy Malone :) This is much better than last week's HSM song and suits them much better. I enjoyed that very much :)

Jessie, Niamh and Samantha: Samantha coped best with the dancing and singing element of the trio. They all seemed to have some diction issues. As with last time Niamh sang up tempo her performance really suffered from the dancing and singing, and she struggled most with tuning. It wasn't a fantastic performance if I'm quite honest.

Ashley, Jodie and Rachel: This trio coped much better with the singing and dancing than the three younger ones and their diction didn't seem to suffer from trying to do both. I also believed they were having a good time (I didn't with the other three). Much more impressed with that performance than the one previously.

I think now it's over, I wouldn't be disappointed if Niamh and someone else (between Jessie and Ashley) were in the bottom two.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] This week's mission is with a stunt expert and John Barrowman, where they'll be learning how to stage fight (the mission the Olivers had a couple of weeks ago). Jessie doesn't carry it off to well, Ashley and Rachel do ok, Niamh messed up but continued, Jodie broke character to check that the stunt guy was ok, Samantha tanked. Rachel was Barrowman's choice for the best performance.

Group performance of "Nobody Does it Better" (theme from The Spy Who Loved Me). It wasn't a bad performance, but the individual voices are sticking out more now and it's becoming less of a group performance and more six individual performances. When asked who stuck out in a good way in the group number, Barry names Jessie (liked Irish lilt), Denise chose Niamh and ALW chose Samantha.

The Olivers chose Niamh to sing with them, singing "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". She goes on to prove what I've said all along - she can sing or she can dance but she can't do both at the same time. Her tuning suffers from trying to dance at the same time, and the Olivers really put her to shame on how much more effortless they make it look. I spent most of the number thinking "please get Niamh out now". I also didn't see a motherly quality. Perhaps ALW was watching a different performance.

John says Jessie isn't his Nancy, Denise names Ashley and Barry names Rachel.

Ashley and Niamh are in the sing off. I suspect that this time ALW won't mess around, and will get rid of Ashley now she's in the sing off again, especially as she was the most unpopular in the public vote. They are singing "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" from Evita.

Niamh goes first and starts badly, tuning all over the place, but Ashley isn't much better. Neither have a particularly nice quality to their voices in this sing off and I'm not really convinced by the acting of either. I could happily see either go at this moment.

Andrew messes around talking about the song, regretting Niamh's age and his harsh comments to Ashley. He saves Niamh. I am not surprised at all. So Ashley goes home. No idea why he comments that she was out of tune as if to justify himself - Niamh was as bad or worse IMO. Ashley does absolutley nail the farewell song though, so she goes out on a high :)
lizziec: (Musicals)
They're bringing out the different sides of Nancy this week. Hmm. Sounds like a cop out for "I really couldn't think of a proper theme this week".

Jessie: I disagreed with the judges last week, though she benefitted from the quieter song as it made her tone down her singing in the side of her mouth jazz hands type performance. I'm interested to see what she does this week, and somewhat disappoined that she's gone back to the side of her mouth singing that so irritates me. She is at least mostly in tune (though she struggles with the timing and diction in places). John (and Denise) didn't rate her too much, and I have to agree with JB, especially his note of caution in "this is a casting competition, not a talent competition" comment. The comments by the panel leave me wondering if they want her to be in the bottom two this week? She certainly doesn't gain my vote this week.

Niamh: Again doing a ballad, which I think means she'll be safe again this week. She struggles with up tempo and I think the producers are trying to ensure she survives at this point by giving her a song she can deal with (note her collapse a couple of weeks ago when given what I think was her only up tempo song of the competition). She turns in a good pop performance, with a really odd vocal tic or something near the end at the top of her range. She is definately not my Nancy, and has put in a performance that I don't think is good enough at this stage of the competition. She talks back to the judges, I don't like that. Judges generally talking her up, but I thought it was much poorer than they obviously did and they're glossing over any cracks. I think, unless someone else turns in a dreadful performance, she deserves to go.

Ashley: A lovestruck devoted heroine with "Say A Little Prayer for you"? They must really want her gone this week. She has major tuning issues that makes Niamh's upper register crack look tiny, and her scottish accent is coming through much clearer than Jessie's irish accent. The game may be up for Ashley this week. It was another performance that was just not good enough for this stage of the competition. Ouch. Denise compared her to Abigail's Party. I think the judges are having a bad night, they've been quite vicious (compared to previous weeks) for all the performers so far, and they've been worse to Ashley. I didn't rate her performance but those notes seemed downright mean.

Samantha: Volume and tuning problems. I'm impressed with her diction though, especially given how quickly the many words have to come out. It really shows there's no excuse for Jessie's problems at the start of the show. I'm not convinced by her performance as a "survivor", just singing about it does not make you act it. The judges loved it, but other than saying it's better than some of the other performances so far this evening, I wasn't blown away. Maybe it's me feeling mean tonight, not the judges!

Jodie: Struggled for volume and tuning at what I think is the bottom of her range. A nicely tuned down performance. Given she has a more cabaret background she comes across as much less cabaret than a couple of other Nancys (Ashley and Jessie IMO). The song improves as she goes higher in her range, and ends up being one of the better performances of the night. If there's any justice she'll be safe (I'll be annoyed if she becomes another Sarah). The judges were very nice about the performance, but ALW disagrees with me and thinks she overacts (compared to some of the others she practically doesn't!).

Rachel: Minor tuning problems. My problem was that if there was acting to the song I didn't believe in it. My notes on this are very short because I just don't really have an opinion on Rachel, except to say she isn't my Nancy. I don't dislike her in the same way as Niamh or Ashley, she doesn't irritate me like Jessie, she doesn't blow me away by Jodie. Instead she and Samantha just inspire rather tepid feelings in me. The judges also seemed to think it was an ok performance, but like me didn't feel her connect.

I think they're struggling to find songs from Oliver to start with now, I think they've started to repeat (can anyone confirm this? Or confirm that I'm going nuts maybe?)

Girls singing in Trios now. I remember this from last year when the Josephs did it. Will be interesting to see who comes through well from those.

Interesting to see them sow some discord there with the "Who isn't Nancy". Seems like the majority don't rate Niamh as Nancy, which I think is similar to the majority of the public. I could be wrong and reading too much in to how the public see her because I don't rate her.

The Olivers "step back in time" at a Ragged School. Laurence goes through to the Semis. Singing a song from Bugsy Malone :) This is much better than last week's HSM song and suits them much better. I enjoyed that very much :)

Jessie, Niamh and Samantha: Samantha coped best with the dancing and singing element of the trio. They all seemed to have some diction issues. As with last time Niamh sang up tempo her performance really suffered from the dancing and singing, and she struggled most with tuning. It wasn't a fantastic performance if I'm quite honest.

Ashley, Jodie and Rachel: This trio coped much better with the singing and dancing than the three younger ones and their diction didn't seem to suffer from trying to do both. I also believed they were having a good time (I didn't with the other three). Much more impressed with that performance than the one previously.

I think now it's over, I wouldn't be disappointed if Niamh and someone else (between Jessie and Ashley) were in the bottom two.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] This week's mission is with a stunt expert and John Barrowman, where they'll be learning how to stage fight (the mission the Olivers had a couple of weeks ago). Jessie doesn't carry it off to well, Ashley and Rachel do ok, Niamh messed up but continued, Jodie broke character to check that the stunt guy was ok, Samantha tanked. Rachel was Barrowman's choice for the best performance.

Group performance of "Nobody Does it Better" (theme from The Spy Who Loved Me). It wasn't a bad performance, but the individual voices are sticking out more now and it's becoming less of a group performance and more six individual performances. When asked who stuck out in a good way in the group number, Barry names Jessie (liked Irish lilt), Denise chose Niamh and ALW chose Samantha.

The Olivers chose Niamh to sing with them, singing "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". She goes on to prove what I've said all along - she can sing or she can dance but she can't do both at the same time. Her tuning suffers from trying to dance at the same time, and the Olivers really put her to shame on how much more effortless they make it look. I spent most of the number thinking "please get Niamh out now". I also didn't see a motherly quality. Perhaps ALW was watching a different performance.

John says Jessie isn't his Nancy, Denise names Ashley and Barry names Rachel.

Ashley and Niamh are in the sing off. I suspect that this time ALW won't mess around, and will get rid of Ashley now she's in the sing off again, especially as she was the most unpopular in the public vote. They are singing "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" from Evita.

Niamh goes first and starts badly, tuning all over the place, but Ashley isn't much better. Neither have a particularly nice quality to their voices in this sing off and I'm not really convinced by the acting of either. I could happily see either go at this moment.

Andrew messes around talking about the song, regretting Niamh's age and his harsh comments to Ashley. He saves Niamh. I am not surprised at all. So Ashley goes home. No idea why he comments that she was out of tune as if to justify himself - Niamh was as bad or worse IMO. Ashley does absolutley nail the farewell song though, so she goes out on a high :)
lizziec: (Musicals)
They're bringing out the different sides of Nancy this week. Hmm. Sounds like a cop out for "I really couldn't think of a proper theme this week".

Jessie: I disagreed with the judges last week, though she benefitted from the quieter song as it made her tone down her singing in the side of her mouth jazz hands type performance. I'm interested to see what she does this week, and somewhat disappoined that she's gone back to the side of her mouth singing that so irritates me. She is at least mostly in tune (though she struggles with the timing and diction in places). John (and Denise) didn't rate her too much, and I have to agree with JB, especially his note of caution in "this is a casting competition, not a talent competition" comment. The comments by the panel leave me wondering if they want her to be in the bottom two this week? She certainly doesn't gain my vote this week.

Niamh: Again doing a ballad, which I think means she'll be safe again this week. She struggles with up tempo and I think the producers are trying to ensure she survives at this point by giving her a song she can deal with (note her collapse a couple of weeks ago when given what I think was her only up tempo song of the competition). She turns in a good pop performance, with a really odd vocal tic or something near the end at the top of her range. She is definately not my Nancy, and has put in a performance that I don't think is good enough at this stage of the competition. She talks back to the judges, I don't like that. Judges generally talking her up, but I thought it was much poorer than they obviously did and they're glossing over any cracks. I think, unless someone else turns in a dreadful performance, she deserves to go.

Ashley: A lovestruck devoted heroine with "Say A Little Prayer for you"? They must really want her gone this week. She has major tuning issues that makes Niamh's upper register crack look tiny, and her scottish accent is coming through much clearer than Jessie's irish accent. The game may be up for Ashley this week. It was another performance that was just not good enough for this stage of the competition. Ouch. Denise compared her to Abigail's Party. I think the judges are having a bad night, they've been quite vicious (compared to previous weeks) for all the performers so far, and they've been worse to Ashley. I didn't rate her performance but those notes seemed downright mean.

Samantha: Volume and tuning problems. I'm impressed with her diction though, especially given how quickly the many words have to come out. It really shows there's no excuse for Jessie's problems at the start of the show. I'm not convinced by her performance as a "survivor", just singing about it does not make you act it. The judges loved it, but other than saying it's better than some of the other performances so far this evening, I wasn't blown away. Maybe it's me feeling mean tonight, not the judges!

Jodie: Struggled for volume and tuning at what I think is the bottom of her range. A nicely tuned down performance. Given she has a more cabaret background she comes across as much less cabaret than a couple of other Nancys (Ashley and Jessie IMO). The song improves as she goes higher in her range, and ends up being one of the better performances of the night. If there's any justice she'll be safe (I'll be annoyed if she becomes another Sarah). The judges were very nice about the performance, but ALW disagrees with me and thinks she overacts (compared to some of the others she practically doesn't!).

Rachel: Minor tuning problems. My problem was that if there was acting to the song I didn't believe in it. My notes on this are very short because I just don't really have an opinion on Rachel, except to say she isn't my Nancy. I don't dislike her in the same way as Niamh or Ashley, she doesn't irritate me like Jessie, she doesn't blow me away by Jodie. Instead she and Samantha just inspire rather tepid feelings in me. The judges also seemed to think it was an ok performance, but like me didn't feel her connect.

I think they're struggling to find songs from Oliver to start with now, I think they've started to repeat (can anyone confirm this? Or confirm that I'm going nuts maybe?)

Girls singing in Trios now. I remember this from last year when the Josephs did it. Will be interesting to see who comes through well from those.

Interesting to see them sow some discord there with the "Who isn't Nancy". Seems like the majority don't rate Niamh as Nancy, which I think is similar to the majority of the public. I could be wrong and reading too much in to how the public see her because I don't rate her.

The Olivers "step back in time" at a Ragged School. Laurence goes through to the Semis. Singing a song from Bugsy Malone :) This is much better than last week's HSM song and suits them much better. I enjoyed that very much :)

Jessie, Niamh and Samantha: Samantha coped best with the dancing and singing element of the trio. They all seemed to have some diction issues. As with last time Niamh sang up tempo her performance really suffered from the dancing and singing, and she struggled most with tuning. It wasn't a fantastic performance if I'm quite honest.

Ashley, Jodie and Rachel: This trio coped much better with the singing and dancing than the three younger ones and their diction didn't seem to suffer from trying to do both. I also believed they were having a good time (I didn't with the other three). Much more impressed with that performance than the one previously.

I think now it's over, I wouldn't be disappointed if Niamh and someone else (between Jessie and Ashley) were in the bottom two.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] This week's mission is with a stunt expert and John Barrowman, where they'll be learning how to stage fight (the mission the Olivers had a couple of weeks ago). Jessie doesn't carry it off to well, Ashley and Rachel do ok, Niamh messed up but continued, Jodie broke character to check that the stunt guy was ok, Samantha tanked. Rachel was Barrowman's choice for the best performance.

Group performance of "Nobody Does it Better" (theme from The Spy Who Loved Me). It wasn't a bad performance, but the individual voices are sticking out more now and it's becoming less of a group performance and more six individual performances. When asked who stuck out in a good way in the group number, Barry names Jessie (liked Irish lilt), Denise chose Niamh and ALW chose Samantha.

The Olivers chose Niamh to sing with them, singing "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". She goes on to prove what I've said all along - she can sing or she can dance but she can't do both at the same time. Her tuning suffers from trying to dance at the same time, and the Olivers really put her to shame on how much more effortless they make it look. I spent most of the number thinking "please get Niamh out now". I also didn't see a motherly quality. Perhaps ALW was watching a different performance.

John says Jessie isn't his Nancy, Denise names Ashley and Barry names Rachel.

Ashley and Niamh are in the sing off. I suspect that this time ALW won't mess around, and will get rid of Ashley now she's in the sing off again, especially as she was the most unpopular in the public vote. They are singing "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" from Evita.

Niamh goes first and starts badly, tuning all over the place, but Ashley isn't much better. Neither have a particularly nice quality to their voices in this sing off and I'm not really convinced by the acting of either. I could happily see either go at this moment.

Andrew messes around talking about the song, regretting Niamh's age and his harsh comments to Ashley. He saves Niamh. I am not surprised at all. So Ashley goes home. No idea why he comments that she was out of tune as if to justify himself - Niamh was as bad or worse IMO. Ashley does absolutley nail the farewell song though, so she goes out on a high :)
lizziec: (Musicals)
Jodie: Seemed lucky with the song choice - I seem to think of it as a musical theatre song more than a big band song. Nicely performed in my opinion, but not her best performance by a long, but it was well pitched, timed and acted, not seeming to run away from her as an up tempo song like this could. Impressive, should get her into next week.

Sarah: Another safe performance from Sarah, by which I mean nicely tuned and timed. She is one of the most consistant performers on this show and I always enjoy her performances. I didn't really like the number, but she was clearly in control of it and performed it nicely. Like Jodie's performance, not my favourite of hers, but should be enough to see her through to next week.

Rachel: I didn't enjoy this performance, but I have to be honest in that I'm not really a Rachel fan. It was a techincally good performance and she will be back next week. The tuning and timing were good, with one very noticable disasterous squeak of a note part way through the song, but I suspect it will not be enough to see her in the sing off. Seemed to try and act the song.

Samantha: ALW's face betrays that he really likes Samantha. Not sure she really acted the song, but she certainly enjoyed her performance, and managed with the singing and the dancing admirably and much more successfully than say Niamh last week in that she was in tune and in time. Another one I think who will be safe.

Ugh. Barry Humphries letched all over the previous two contestants while giving them his "notes", such as they were. Feel slightly ill now.

I'm also a little concerned. The first four performances have been pretty good and none of them seem to deserve to be in the bottom two. Suspect that this week will be tight, and I probably wouldn't blame ALW for throwing a hissy fit this week.

Cameron Macintosh seems to have taken over the Olivers, which seems right, given it will be his production. Harry goes through to the Semi's, and looks relieved. Given how few spots are left I'm not surprised. Not so impressed with their HSM performance, it's not so good as some of their other performances (maybe because it's less Musical Theatre and more tweenie pop).

Niamh: ALW singing Niamh's praises, clearly trying to convince the public not to put her in the bottom two again. Her voice disappears on the bottom notes, and singing of singing off key, she slides off key herself. Interesting after last week's disaster with up tempo she's been given another slow song, which is clearly less of a disaster than her up tempo numbers. I'm not convinced by her "acting" either. Her performance has left me unconvinced and I'd be quite happy to see her in the bottom two again to be honest. Last week exposed some serious cracks in her performance and this week has not even started to paper over them again. The judges disagree with me however. We'll see I suppose.

Jessie: Still singing out of the side of her mouth, but less so I think this week. The slower number has benefitted her and has let her acting come through (finally). It has also showed off the work she's clearly done on her posture. A nice, understated performance that has maybe started me warming to her again.

Ashley: Costume department still not happy with her. After last week's binliner she appears to be wearing a curtain from a strip joint or ladies bathroom. I'm not a fan of her extremely clipped phrases or fake american accent, which just comes out sounding rather odd, with some definite scots coming through. I didn't rate this performance really. It just did nothing for me, and left me more irritated with her phrasing than impressed at her performance.

Who Will Buy was good fun, but I didn't enjoy it as much as last week's Pick a Pocket. Noticed Ashley's voice didn't come across well, seemed one of the weaker ones of the ladies singing.

Has ALW dyed his hair?!

If I were to name performers to go into the sing off this week I'd choose Niamh and Ashley. I don't really care which goes and which stays. Finding it hard to pick a favourite performance. Ashley and Niamh were the worst and everyone else was just much of a muchness for me really. I haven't really enjoyed Big Band Week if I'm honest. I don't think the songs were as interesting or varied as previous weeks.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] I find myself wishing we could have seen more of the acting task, rather than tiny snippets and the talking heads. It would help us, the viewing public, to vote on the singing and the acting as we keep being told we should.

Sarah is the Oliver's favourite Nancy.

John says Jodie isn't Nancy, Denise plumps for Sarah and Barry says Ashley.

Sarah and Rachel are in the sing off. If the Lord were to throw a fit right now and say it was the wrong result I'd agree with him (unlike last week). Rachel is my least favourite of the two in the sing off (I'm quite a Sarah fan) and I'd rather see her go home.

Sing off song is "As If I'd Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard. I preferred Sarah's performance of it (both vocally and acting wise), and her voice dominated Rachel's.

ALW saves Rachel. I think it's the wrong result, because I could have seen Sarah playing Nancy. She was also one of the most consistent of the girls left. I disagree that Rachel is more solid than Sarah and wonder if he's playing games like he was with Ben in ADWD last year. Hmm.

I was impressed with just how professionally Sarah handled ALW's decision. What a great attitude.
lizziec: (Musicals)
Jodie: Seemed lucky with the song choice - I seem to think of it as a musical theatre song more than a big band song. Nicely performed in my opinion, but not her best performance by a long, but it was well pitched, timed and acted, not seeming to run away from her as an up tempo song like this could. Impressive, should get her into next week.

Sarah: Another safe performance from Sarah, by which I mean nicely tuned and timed. She is one of the most consistant performers on this show and I always enjoy her performances. I didn't really like the number, but she was clearly in control of it and performed it nicely. Like Jodie's performance, not my favourite of hers, but should be enough to see her through to next week.

Rachel: I didn't enjoy this performance, but I have to be honest in that I'm not really a Rachel fan. It was a techincally good performance and she will be back next week. The tuning and timing were good, with one very noticable disasterous squeak of a note part way through the song, but I suspect it will not be enough to see her in the sing off. Seemed to try and act the song.

Samantha: ALW's face betrays that he really likes Samantha. Not sure she really acted the song, but she certainly enjoyed her performance, and managed with the singing and the dancing admirably and much more successfully than say Niamh last week in that she was in tune and in time. Another one I think who will be safe.

Ugh. Barry Humphries letched all over the previous two contestants while giving them his "notes", such as they were. Feel slightly ill now.

I'm also a little concerned. The first four performances have been pretty good and none of them seem to deserve to be in the bottom two. Suspect that this week will be tight, and I probably wouldn't blame ALW for throwing a hissy fit this week.

Cameron Macintosh seems to have taken over the Olivers, which seems right, given it will be his production. Harry goes through to the Semi's, and looks relieved. Given how few spots are left I'm not surprised. Not so impressed with their HSM performance, it's not so good as some of their other performances (maybe because it's less Musical Theatre and more tweenie pop).

Niamh: ALW singing Niamh's praises, clearly trying to convince the public not to put her in the bottom two again. Her voice disappears on the bottom notes, and singing of singing off key, she slides off key herself. Interesting after last week's disaster with up tempo she's been given another slow song, which is clearly less of a disaster than her up tempo numbers. I'm not convinced by her "acting" either. Her performance has left me unconvinced and I'd be quite happy to see her in the bottom two again to be honest. Last week exposed some serious cracks in her performance and this week has not even started to paper over them again. The judges disagree with me however. We'll see I suppose.

Jessie: Still singing out of the side of her mouth, but less so I think this week. The slower number has benefitted her and has let her acting come through (finally). It has also showed off the work she's clearly done on her posture. A nice, understated performance that has maybe started me warming to her again.

Ashley: Costume department still not happy with her. After last week's binliner she appears to be wearing a curtain from a strip joint or ladies bathroom. I'm not a fan of her extremely clipped phrases or fake american accent, which just comes out sounding rather odd, with some definite scots coming through. I didn't rate this performance really. It just did nothing for me, and left me more irritated with her phrasing than impressed at her performance.

Who Will Buy was good fun, but I didn't enjoy it as much as last week's Pick a Pocket. Noticed Ashley's voice didn't come across well, seemed one of the weaker ones of the ladies singing.

Has ALW dyed his hair?!

If I were to name performers to go into the sing off this week I'd choose Niamh and Ashley. I don't really care which goes and which stays. Finding it hard to pick a favourite performance. Ashley and Niamh were the worst and everyone else was just much of a muchness for me really. I haven't really enjoyed Big Band Week if I'm honest. I don't think the songs were as interesting or varied as previous weeks.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] I find myself wishing we could have seen more of the acting task, rather than tiny snippets and the talking heads. It would help us, the viewing public, to vote on the singing and the acting as we keep being told we should.

Sarah is the Oliver's favourite Nancy.

John says Jodie isn't Nancy, Denise plumps for Sarah and Barry says Ashley.

Sarah and Rachel are in the sing off. If the Lord were to throw a fit right now and say it was the wrong result I'd agree with him (unlike last week). Rachel is my least favourite of the two in the sing off (I'm quite a Sarah fan) and I'd rather see her go home.

Sing off song is "As If I'd Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard. I preferred Sarah's performance of it (both vocally and acting wise), and her voice dominated Rachel's.

ALW saves Rachel. I think it's the wrong result, because I could have seen Sarah playing Nancy. She was also one of the most consistent of the girls left. I disagree that Rachel is more solid than Sarah and wonder if he's playing games like he was with Ben in ADWD last year. Hmm.

I was impressed with just how professionally Sarah handled ALW's decision. What a great attitude.
lizziec: (Musicals)
Jodie: Seemed lucky with the song choice - I seem to think of it as a musical theatre song more than a big band song. Nicely performed in my opinion, but not her best performance by a long, but it was well pitched, timed and acted, not seeming to run away from her as an up tempo song like this could. Impressive, should get her into next week.

Sarah: Another safe performance from Sarah, by which I mean nicely tuned and timed. She is one of the most consistant performers on this show and I always enjoy her performances. I didn't really like the number, but she was clearly in control of it and performed it nicely. Like Jodie's performance, not my favourite of hers, but should be enough to see her through to next week.

Rachel: I didn't enjoy this performance, but I have to be honest in that I'm not really a Rachel fan. It was a techincally good performance and she will be back next week. The tuning and timing were good, with one very noticable disasterous squeak of a note part way through the song, but I suspect it will not be enough to see her in the sing off. Seemed to try and act the song.

Samantha: ALW's face betrays that he really likes Samantha. Not sure she really acted the song, but she certainly enjoyed her performance, and managed with the singing and the dancing admirably and much more successfully than say Niamh last week in that she was in tune and in time. Another one I think who will be safe.

Ugh. Barry Humphries letched all over the previous two contestants while giving them his "notes", such as they were. Feel slightly ill now.

I'm also a little concerned. The first four performances have been pretty good and none of them seem to deserve to be in the bottom two. Suspect that this week will be tight, and I probably wouldn't blame ALW for throwing a hissy fit this week.

Cameron Macintosh seems to have taken over the Olivers, which seems right, given it will be his production. Harry goes through to the Semi's, and looks relieved. Given how few spots are left I'm not surprised. Not so impressed with their HSM performance, it's not so good as some of their other performances (maybe because it's less Musical Theatre and more tweenie pop).

Niamh: ALW singing Niamh's praises, clearly trying to convince the public not to put her in the bottom two again. Her voice disappears on the bottom notes, and singing of singing off key, she slides off key herself. Interesting after last week's disaster with up tempo she's been given another slow song, which is clearly less of a disaster than her up tempo numbers. I'm not convinced by her "acting" either. Her performance has left me unconvinced and I'd be quite happy to see her in the bottom two again to be honest. Last week exposed some serious cracks in her performance and this week has not even started to paper over them again. The judges disagree with me however. We'll see I suppose.

Jessie: Still singing out of the side of her mouth, but less so I think this week. The slower number has benefitted her and has let her acting come through (finally). It has also showed off the work she's clearly done on her posture. A nice, understated performance that has maybe started me warming to her again.

Ashley: Costume department still not happy with her. After last week's binliner she appears to be wearing a curtain from a strip joint or ladies bathroom. I'm not a fan of her extremely clipped phrases or fake american accent, which just comes out sounding rather odd, with some definite scots coming through. I didn't rate this performance really. It just did nothing for me, and left me more irritated with her phrasing than impressed at her performance.

Who Will Buy was good fun, but I didn't enjoy it as much as last week's Pick a Pocket. Noticed Ashley's voice didn't come across well, seemed one of the weaker ones of the ladies singing.

Has ALW dyed his hair?!

If I were to name performers to go into the sing off this week I'd choose Niamh and Ashley. I don't really care which goes and which stays. Finding it hard to pick a favourite performance. Ashley and Niamh were the worst and everyone else was just much of a muchness for me really. I haven't really enjoyed Big Band Week if I'm honest. I don't think the songs were as interesting or varied as previous weeks.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] I find myself wishing we could have seen more of the acting task, rather than tiny snippets and the talking heads. It would help us, the viewing public, to vote on the singing and the acting as we keep being told we should.

Sarah is the Oliver's favourite Nancy.

John says Jodie isn't Nancy, Denise plumps for Sarah and Barry says Ashley.

Sarah and Rachel are in the sing off. If the Lord were to throw a fit right now and say it was the wrong result I'd agree with him (unlike last week). Rachel is my least favourite of the two in the sing off (I'm quite a Sarah fan) and I'd rather see her go home.

Sing off song is "As If I'd Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard. I preferred Sarah's performance of it (both vocally and acting wise), and her voice dominated Rachel's.

ALW saves Rachel. I think it's the wrong result, because I could have seen Sarah playing Nancy. She was also one of the most consistent of the girls left. I disagree that Rachel is more solid than Sarah and wonder if he's playing games like he was with Ben in ADWD last year. Hmm.

I was impressed with just how professionally Sarah handled ALW's decision. What a great attitude.
lizziec: (Musicals)
Niamh: Performing an up tempo number this week, which makes a change for the last couple of weeks, but unfortunately it doesn't really work for her. Her timing is all over the place, there are places where she struggles with pitch and she seems to be shouting more than singing. Disappointing.

Rachel: Seemed to be in tune for most of it, clearly tried to act the song, but I'm not sure she pulled it off.

Jessie: I'm fast going off Jessie due to the singing out of the corner of her mouth, and she's still doing it this week. It would really do her a favour if someone would mention it in her notes after the performance. She is clearly working at bringing acting into the song though, and benefits I think from a slower tempo song than she usually gets, as it gives her a chance to bring the acting element through. This week was one of her better performances IMO (but she's just spoiled it for me by arguing with the judges and making excuses, especially Denise about "taking direction")

Sarah: Rapidly becoming one of my favourites. I was rather lukewarm on her until last week when she blew me out of the water with her song. She seems to have the acting down pat (as far as one can act a pop song). My favourite performance of the week so far. Yay - Denise agrees with me on the acting thing :D

Keisha: Distracted by her dress - she looks like she's about to fall out of it (especially when sitting on the stairs). Keeps fading behind the backing singers vocally. No wonder she's having voice issues, the song is not so much sung as shouted, and she's having issues with "acting" this song. Unless something goes dreadfully wrong with everyone else, she may be for the chop this week. A very very weak performance.

Ashley: I'm afraid I'm with ALW here and don't rate her voice, and never really have (though I feel ALW has been rather too cruel in his "notes" - no constructive criticism, just criticism). BBC wardrobe department have problems again, the dress she's in looks like a modified bin liner unfortunately. She's clearly doing her best to act the song though, and hasn't really had pitch or timing problems like the first couple of performers. Based on this performance I think she could be safe this week (and I hope so - there are others who deserve to go much more). Both John and Denise didn't rate her performance though, calling it "cheesy". Hmm. Maybe I just failed to notice her problems? Or is this another case of Samantha last week when I though she was dire and they disagreed?

Samantha: Didn't someone else sing "Since You Been Gone" earlier in the competition? Pitch problems again this week, looked like she was trying to act the song, but it didn't come across as well as the acting of some of the others (especially Sarah) this week. I really did not rate this performance (and felt with her dress that if she opened her legs a little more we'd see her pants - it made me rather uncomfortable [and Barry Humphries Letching over her just made me wince, big time]).

Jodie: Despite being worried about the notes in this song she seemed to nail them, and her tuning was much more consistant than many of her fellow Nancys. She worked hard at the acting and I believed in the character she created around the song. I very much enjoyed her performance. She's one of my favourites, and if there's any justice she'll be here again next week.

I enjoyed this week's group song more than other weeks - odd really given that Pick a Pocket isn't a song for Nancy!

Andrew counselled against seeing the popsongs as just pop songs and trying to see the acting going on. If he's that bothered he should make them use Musical songs - he's in charge so he has a say in the song choices, so I have little sympathy with him.

The stage fighting was pretty cool - some of those punches looked like they actually landed! Alexander goes through to the Semis. These boys have seen too much Annie - the "american" accents are rather prominent!

Favourite performances this week from Sarah and Jodie. Least favourites (and ones that should land the singers in the bottom two) Niamh and Keisha.

Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Samantha, Jessie, Jodie, Rachel, Ashley and Sarah are through, leaving Keisha and Niamh in the sing off (exactly the two I thought should be in the sing off, so I'm feeling rather pleased).

The sing off song is "The Rose" (from the musical "The Rose"). Niamh's voice dominates the sing off, but I rated Keisha over Niamh in terms of her acting of the song. Given how many times Keisha has been in the sing off now though, I think she'll be lucky if ALW saves her again.

ALW says it's the wrong result and is Angry. I think he's wrong and it's the right result but that's neither here nor there. He saved Niamh and let Keisha go. Not a surprise. Promises to help Keisha's future career. I'm not terribly sorry she's gone, and I'd have felt much the same if Niamh had gone.

It was very funny how ALW flounced off at the end (IMO).
lizziec: (Musicals)
Niamh: Performing an up tempo number this week, which makes a change for the last couple of weeks, but unfortunately it doesn't really work for her. Her timing is all over the place, there are places where she struggles with pitch and she seems to be shouting more than singing. Disappointing.

Rachel: Seemed to be in tune for most of it, clearly tried to act the song, but I'm not sure she pulled it off.

Jessie: I'm fast going off Jessie due to the singing out of the corner of her mouth, and she's still doing it this week. It would really do her a favour if someone would mention it in her notes after the performance. She is clearly working at bringing acting into the song though, and benefits I think from a slower tempo song than she usually gets, as it gives her a chance to bring the acting element through. This week was one of her better performances IMO (but she's just spoiled it for me by arguing with the judges and making excuses, especially Denise about "taking direction")

Sarah: Rapidly becoming one of my favourites. I was rather lukewarm on her until last week when she blew me out of the water with her song. She seems to have the acting down pat (as far as one can act a pop song). My favourite performance of the week so far. Yay - Denise agrees with me on the acting thing :D

Keisha: Distracted by her dress - she looks like she's about to fall out of it (especially when sitting on the stairs). Keeps fading behind the backing singers vocally. No wonder she's having voice issues, the song is not so much sung as shouted, and she's having issues with "acting" this song. Unless something goes dreadfully wrong with everyone else, she may be for the chop this week. A very very weak performance.

Ashley: I'm afraid I'm with ALW here and don't rate her voice, and never really have (though I feel ALW has been rather too cruel in his "notes" - no constructive criticism, just criticism). BBC wardrobe department have problems again, the dress she's in looks like a modified bin liner unfortunately. She's clearly doing her best to act the song though, and hasn't really had pitch or timing problems like the first couple of performers. Based on this performance I think she could be safe this week (and I hope so - there are others who deserve to go much more). Both John and Denise didn't rate her performance though, calling it "cheesy". Hmm. Maybe I just failed to notice her problems? Or is this another case of Samantha last week when I though she was dire and they disagreed?

Samantha: Didn't someone else sing "Since You Been Gone" earlier in the competition? Pitch problems again this week, looked like she was trying to act the song, but it didn't come across as well as the acting of some of the others (especially Sarah) this week. I really did not rate this performance (and felt with her dress that if she opened her legs a little more we'd see her pants - it made me rather uncomfortable [and Barry Humphries Letching over her just made me wince, big time]).

Jodie: Despite being worried about the notes in this song she seemed to nail them, and her tuning was much more consistant than many of her fellow Nancys. She worked hard at the acting and I believed in the character she created around the song. I very much enjoyed her performance. She's one of my favourites, and if there's any justice she'll be here again next week.

I enjoyed this week's group song more than other weeks - odd really given that Pick a Pocket isn't a song for Nancy!

Andrew counselled against seeing the popsongs as just pop songs and trying to see the acting going on. If he's that bothered he should make them use Musical songs - he's in charge so he has a say in the song choices, so I have little sympathy with him.

The stage fighting was pretty cool - some of those punches looked like they actually landed! Alexander goes through to the Semis. These boys have seen too much Annie - the "american" accents are rather prominent!

Favourite performances this week from Sarah and Jodie. Least favourites (and ones that should land the singers in the bottom two) Niamh and Keisha.

Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Samantha, Jessie, Jodie, Rachel, Ashley and Sarah are through, leaving Keisha and Niamh in the sing off (exactly the two I thought should be in the sing off, so I'm feeling rather pleased).

The sing off song is "The Rose" (from the musical "The Rose"). Niamh's voice dominates the sing off, but I rated Keisha over Niamh in terms of her acting of the song. Given how many times Keisha has been in the sing off now though, I think she'll be lucky if ALW saves her again.

ALW says it's the wrong result and is Angry. I think he's wrong and it's the right result but that's neither here nor there. He saved Niamh and let Keisha go. Not a surprise. Promises to help Keisha's future career. I'm not terribly sorry she's gone, and I'd have felt much the same if Niamh had gone.

It was very funny how ALW flounced off at the end (IMO).
lizziec: (Musicals)
Niamh: Performing an up tempo number this week, which makes a change for the last couple of weeks, but unfortunately it doesn't really work for her. Her timing is all over the place, there are places where she struggles with pitch and she seems to be shouting more than singing. Disappointing.

Rachel: Seemed to be in tune for most of it, clearly tried to act the song, but I'm not sure she pulled it off.

Jessie: I'm fast going off Jessie due to the singing out of the corner of her mouth, and she's still doing it this week. It would really do her a favour if someone would mention it in her notes after the performance. She is clearly working at bringing acting into the song though, and benefits I think from a slower tempo song than she usually gets, as it gives her a chance to bring the acting element through. This week was one of her better performances IMO (but she's just spoiled it for me by arguing with the judges and making excuses, especially Denise about "taking direction")

Sarah: Rapidly becoming one of my favourites. I was rather lukewarm on her until last week when she blew me out of the water with her song. She seems to have the acting down pat (as far as one can act a pop song). My favourite performance of the week so far. Yay - Denise agrees with me on the acting thing :D

Keisha: Distracted by her dress - she looks like she's about to fall out of it (especially when sitting on the stairs). Keeps fading behind the backing singers vocally. No wonder she's having voice issues, the song is not so much sung as shouted, and she's having issues with "acting" this song. Unless something goes dreadfully wrong with everyone else, she may be for the chop this week. A very very weak performance.

Ashley: I'm afraid I'm with ALW here and don't rate her voice, and never really have (though I feel ALW has been rather too cruel in his "notes" - no constructive criticism, just criticism). BBC wardrobe department have problems again, the dress she's in looks like a modified bin liner unfortunately. She's clearly doing her best to act the song though, and hasn't really had pitch or timing problems like the first couple of performers. Based on this performance I think she could be safe this week (and I hope so - there are others who deserve to go much more). Both John and Denise didn't rate her performance though, calling it "cheesy". Hmm. Maybe I just failed to notice her problems? Or is this another case of Samantha last week when I though she was dire and they disagreed?

Samantha: Didn't someone else sing "Since You Been Gone" earlier in the competition? Pitch problems again this week, looked like she was trying to act the song, but it didn't come across as well as the acting of some of the others (especially Sarah) this week. I really did not rate this performance (and felt with her dress that if she opened her legs a little more we'd see her pants - it made me rather uncomfortable [and Barry Humphries Letching over her just made me wince, big time]).

Jodie: Despite being worried about the notes in this song she seemed to nail them, and her tuning was much more consistant than many of her fellow Nancys. She worked hard at the acting and I believed in the character she created around the song. I very much enjoyed her performance. She's one of my favourites, and if there's any justice she'll be here again next week.

I enjoyed this week's group song more than other weeks - odd really given that Pick a Pocket isn't a song for Nancy!

Andrew counselled against seeing the popsongs as just pop songs and trying to see the acting going on. If he's that bothered he should make them use Musical songs - he's in charge so he has a say in the song choices, so I have little sympathy with him.

The stage fighting was pretty cool - some of those punches looked like they actually landed! Alexander goes through to the Semis. These boys have seen too much Annie - the "american" accents are rather prominent!

Favourite performances this week from Sarah and Jodie. Least favourites (and ones that should land the singers in the bottom two) Niamh and Keisha.

Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Samantha, Jessie, Jodie, Rachel, Ashley and Sarah are through, leaving Keisha and Niamh in the sing off (exactly the two I thought should be in the sing off, so I'm feeling rather pleased).

The sing off song is "The Rose" (from the musical "The Rose"). Niamh's voice dominates the sing off, but I rated Keisha over Niamh in terms of her acting of the song. Given how many times Keisha has been in the sing off now though, I think she'll be lucky if ALW saves her again.

ALW says it's the wrong result and is Angry. I think he's wrong and it's the right result but that's neither here nor there. He saved Niamh and let Keisha go. Not a surprise. Promises to help Keisha's future career. I'm not terribly sorry she's gone, and I'd have felt much the same if Niamh had gone.

It was very funny how ALW flounced off at the end (IMO).
lizziec: (Musicals)
Jodie: Ooh, she just got engaged. Cool :D Pity about the song choice. After last week's sublime "Send in the Clowns", this weeks 9 to 5 was disappointing. She pulled it off well (in tune and in time, and she tried to act it), but oh, to have those show tunes back.

Samantha: Not in tune for at least part of it. I can see she was trying for emotion, but parts of it just felt over the top, but it seemed to work on those in the studio, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Ashley: Seemed to struggle with dancing and singing at the same time, definite tuning problems there. Definitely not her best performance, though possibly struggling from an odd song choice.

Niamh: Another ballad this week. Trying to decide if this is preferential treatment for Niamh, as she carries them off fairly well, but most of Nancy's part involves up tempo songs with singing and dancing, so although it was a good technical performance I really have my doubts about Niamh as Nancy.

Keisha: Tuning all over the place. I didn't feel any connection/emotion with the song. Seemed to get shouty after the key change. I suspect she'll be in the bottom two again this week (unless the public love this song enough to save her this week). Not a good performance at all in my opinion - though the panel disagree with me. (My original notes for this performance read nothing more than Oh no. No no no. Please no. I hate this song.. As a consequence I had to watch it again. Talk about Karma.)

Jessie: A good technical performace and she can at least sing up tempo and dance at the same time, but the singing out of the corner of her mouth thing is starting to annoy me, and her crumbling in acting tasks is rather concerning given the amount of acting she will need to do as Nancy.

Sarah: This was a lovely performance, in tune and in time, so I don't think she'll be going home this week. Not sure about the dyed hair though.

Francesca: Hair scrunch, nose scrunch and nod (or shake of the head) still making up her "song acting" and it's really irritating me, but not as much as her pitch problems, which surfaced again (which is especially concerning when she said she'd been practising all week), and if anything rules her out of being Nancy it will be that in my book (though she also seemed to have vocal power problems too this week, which I haven't noticed other weeks).

Rachel: I liked this performance, and it seemed like a good way to end the show. John Barrowman was wrong when he said everyone thinks of Barbara Streisand when they hear the song by the way - I think of Doris' audition in the Fame film. I preferred the Fame performance to Rachel's, but it was still a good performance, though I struggle to get any stronger comment than "nice" (which possibly isn't good).

Hurrah! Kwayedza is through to the Semis. He's my favourite Oliver, and I'm genuinely happy he's through :D

Interesting that ALW criticised song choices again this week - I'd assumed he had a hand in it, in which case why choose those songs if they will not help the girls show Nancy, and if he doesn't have a hand in it, then he needs to have a word with the people who do, as this is the second week in a row (at least) that he has mentioned it as a problem.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Good grief, the costumes for Viva Las Vegas were awful! The Olivers redeemed the results show with "I'll Be There" though, in my opinion :)

Anyway, on to the results:

The panel had its knives out for Keisha and Francesca in "who can't be Nancy", making me think that if Keisha was in the bottom two again, ALW would have let her go. Graham Norton seemed overly mean for stringing Keisha out as he did.

So the sing off is between Francesca and Ashley. Given ALWs comments about Ashley's voice, I suspect she will be going home (and as she had the fewest votes I suspect he'll use it as an excuse to let her go). Neither of them performed the song particularly well, both with tuning problems (and Francesca's nod and smile acting getting more on my nerves as the competition goes on). The look on Ashley's face is rather a condemned person look, and I feel bad for her being in the sing off after ALWs comments.

Goodness. He saved Ashley, and Francesca is going home. I honestly didn't see that coming. Right result? I think so (based on who was in the sing off), but I'm also really surprised. I honestly expected ALW to vote with his prejudice against Ashley and send her home.
lizziec: (Musicals)
Jodie: Ooh, she just got engaged. Cool :D Pity about the song choice. After last week's sublime "Send in the Clowns", this weeks 9 to 5 was disappointing. She pulled it off well (in tune and in time, and she tried to act it), but oh, to have those show tunes back.

Samantha: Not in tune for at least part of it. I can see she was trying for emotion, but parts of it just felt over the top, but it seemed to work on those in the studio, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Ashley: Seemed to struggle with dancing and singing at the same time, definite tuning problems there. Definitely not her best performance, though possibly struggling from an odd song choice.

Niamh: Another ballad this week. Trying to decide if this is preferential treatment for Niamh, as she carries them off fairly well, but most of Nancy's part involves up tempo songs with singing and dancing, so although it was a good technical performance I really have my doubts about Niamh as Nancy.

Keisha: Tuning all over the place. I didn't feel any connection/emotion with the song. Seemed to get shouty after the key change. I suspect she'll be in the bottom two again this week (unless the public love this song enough to save her this week). Not a good performance at all in my opinion - though the panel disagree with me. (My original notes for this performance read nothing more than Oh no. No no no. Please no. I hate this song.. As a consequence I had to watch it again. Talk about Karma.)

Jessie: A good technical performace and she can at least sing up tempo and dance at the same time, but the singing out of the corner of her mouth thing is starting to annoy me, and her crumbling in acting tasks is rather concerning given the amount of acting she will need to do as Nancy.

Sarah: This was a lovely performance, in tune and in time, so I don't think she'll be going home this week. Not sure about the dyed hair though.

Francesca: Hair scrunch, nose scrunch and nod (or shake of the head) still making up her "song acting" and it's really irritating me, but not as much as her pitch problems, which surfaced again (which is especially concerning when she said she'd been practising all week), and if anything rules her out of being Nancy it will be that in my book (though she also seemed to have vocal power problems too this week, which I haven't noticed other weeks).

Rachel: I liked this performance, and it seemed like a good way to end the show. John Barrowman was wrong when he said everyone thinks of Barbara Streisand when they hear the song by the way - I think of Doris' audition in the Fame film. I preferred the Fame performance to Rachel's, but it was still a good performance, though I struggle to get any stronger comment than "nice" (which possibly isn't good).

Hurrah! Kwayedza is through to the Semis. He's my favourite Oliver, and I'm genuinely happy he's through :D

Interesting that ALW criticised song choices again this week - I'd assumed he had a hand in it, in which case why choose those songs if they will not help the girls show Nancy, and if he doesn't have a hand in it, then he needs to have a word with the people who do, as this is the second week in a row (at least) that he has mentioned it as a problem.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Good grief, the costumes for Viva Las Vegas were awful! The Olivers redeemed the results show with "I'll Be There" though, in my opinion :)

Anyway, on to the results:

The panel had its knives out for Keisha and Francesca in "who can't be Nancy", making me think that if Keisha was in the bottom two again, ALW would have let her go. Graham Norton seemed overly mean for stringing Keisha out as he did.

So the sing off is between Francesca and Ashley. Given ALWs comments about Ashley's voice, I suspect she will be going home (and as she had the fewest votes I suspect he'll use it as an excuse to let her go). Neither of them performed the song particularly well, both with tuning problems (and Francesca's nod and smile acting getting more on my nerves as the competition goes on). The look on Ashley's face is rather a condemned person look, and I feel bad for her being in the sing off after ALWs comments.

Goodness. He saved Ashley, and Francesca is going home. I honestly didn't see that coming. Right result? I think so (based on who was in the sing off), but I'm also really surprised. I honestly expected ALW to vote with his prejudice against Ashley and send her home.
lizziec: (Musicals)
Jodie: Ooh, she just got engaged. Cool :D Pity about the song choice. After last week's sublime "Send in the Clowns", this weeks 9 to 5 was disappointing. She pulled it off well (in tune and in time, and she tried to act it), but oh, to have those show tunes back.

Samantha: Not in tune for at least part of it. I can see she was trying for emotion, but parts of it just felt over the top, but it seemed to work on those in the studio, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Ashley: Seemed to struggle with dancing and singing at the same time, definite tuning problems there. Definitely not her best performance, though possibly struggling from an odd song choice.

Niamh: Another ballad this week. Trying to decide if this is preferential treatment for Niamh, as she carries them off fairly well, but most of Nancy's part involves up tempo songs with singing and dancing, so although it was a good technical performance I really have my doubts about Niamh as Nancy.

Keisha: Tuning all over the place. I didn't feel any connection/emotion with the song. Seemed to get shouty after the key change. I suspect she'll be in the bottom two again this week (unless the public love this song enough to save her this week). Not a good performance at all in my opinion - though the panel disagree with me. (My original notes for this performance read nothing more than Oh no. No no no. Please no. I hate this song.. As a consequence I had to watch it again. Talk about Karma.)

Jessie: A good technical performace and she can at least sing up tempo and dance at the same time, but the singing out of the corner of her mouth thing is starting to annoy me, and her crumbling in acting tasks is rather concerning given the amount of acting she will need to do as Nancy.

Sarah: This was a lovely performance, in tune and in time, so I don't think she'll be going home this week. Not sure about the dyed hair though.

Francesca: Hair scrunch, nose scrunch and nod (or shake of the head) still making up her "song acting" and it's really irritating me, but not as much as her pitch problems, which surfaced again (which is especially concerning when she said she'd been practising all week), and if anything rules her out of being Nancy it will be that in my book (though she also seemed to have vocal power problems too this week, which I haven't noticed other weeks).

Rachel: I liked this performance, and it seemed like a good way to end the show. John Barrowman was wrong when he said everyone thinks of Barbara Streisand when they hear the song by the way - I think of Doris' audition in the Fame film. I preferred the Fame performance to Rachel's, but it was still a good performance, though I struggle to get any stronger comment than "nice" (which possibly isn't good).

Hurrah! Kwayedza is through to the Semis. He's my favourite Oliver, and I'm genuinely happy he's through :D

Interesting that ALW criticised song choices again this week - I'd assumed he had a hand in it, in which case why choose those songs if they will not help the girls show Nancy, and if he doesn't have a hand in it, then he needs to have a word with the people who do, as this is the second week in a row (at least) that he has mentioned it as a problem.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Good grief, the costumes for Viva Las Vegas were awful! The Olivers redeemed the results show with "I'll Be There" though, in my opinion :)

Anyway, on to the results:

The panel had its knives out for Keisha and Francesca in "who can't be Nancy", making me think that if Keisha was in the bottom two again, ALW would have let her go. Graham Norton seemed overly mean for stringing Keisha out as he did.

So the sing off is between Francesca and Ashley. Given ALWs comments about Ashley's voice, I suspect she will be going home (and as she had the fewest votes I suspect he'll use it as an excuse to let her go). Neither of them performed the song particularly well, both with tuning problems (and Francesca's nod and smile acting getting more on my nerves as the competition goes on). The look on Ashley's face is rather a condemned person look, and I feel bad for her being in the sing off after ALWs comments.

Goodness. He saved Ashley, and Francesca is going home. I honestly didn't see that coming. Right result? I think so (based on who was in the sing off), but I'm also really surprised. I honestly expected ALW to vote with his prejudice against Ashley and send her home.
lizziec: (Musicals)
Rachel: A good technical performance, mostly in tune. She'll be safe this week I suspect, but her performance didn't wow me like it did last week.

Sarah: Acting of the song struck me as much better than in previous weeks. She is clearly flourishing from singing a proper show song. I really enjoyed her performance.

Francesca: Oh dear. She's still doing the nose scrunch, smile and nod that seems to be her "acting". She also plays with her hair a lot while she singing, which annoys me a lot (and also seems to be part of her "acting"). She went off tune seriously at the start of the chorus (and ALW picked up on it as a point of concern, hurrah!). Not a great performance, and wouldn't be surprised if she's in the bottom two again. Part of the problem with her is I can't see past the things that annoy me about her.

Keisha: A technically good performance, much more reminicent of her week1 performance than her week2 performance. She seemed to focus better this week, and her performance was better for it.

Ashley: Some pitch problems, but a better performance than last week. I still can't warm to her for some reason.

Jodie: Wow. She blew me out of the water. A sensitive performance, beautifully acted, I totally believed in her. If she isn't here next week, then I'll be very annoyed. Like Barrowman, I've been left a little speechless by that performance.

Niamh: Oops. A frankly awful start to the song, all over the place tuning-wise. I still can't see her as Nancy, and none of her performances in the past three weeks have convinced me that she could be.

Jessie: Not really sure what to put here about that performance if I'm honest. It was "ok", but I found it hard to connect with her this week as I have in past weeks.

Tara: Struggling to stay in time and in tune, and these are problems she is having week after week - I don't know if they are song choice issues or what, but she needs to sort it out or she will be going home soon. I can not warm to her as Nancy, perhaps because I can't see past the problems I mentioned before. Would not be surprised to see her in the bottom two. Her excuses also annoyed me a great deal.

Samantha: Seemed to struggle at the top of her register (rather thready), and in places not quite on the notes pitch wise. Possibly the weakest performance from her. Not bad but not up to her usual standard. Rather disappointing really.


Again, the group song that started the show showed some cracks in the cockney accents. I think the Nancy's could really do with some coaching in this area. Some of them really make me cringe :|

I'm resigned to the Olivers feeling shoehorned in, so now I'm trying to enjoy them as a nice break, without criticising stuff (though it was another week in which Kwayedza didn't go through to the semis, which disappointed me, he has a lovely voice and acting style (IMO).

Pitch problems in some form or another from most Nancy's - are they bad or are the acoustics in there just really bad? I'm siding with the acoustics at the moment, I seem to recall the Josephs having similar issues last year.

Good lord. Clearly Kevin Spacey's criticism hit home (and the beeb feel the need to live up to their rebuttal comment)! The number of songs from shows has risen significantly this week and some of them are even songs that started off in musicals and weren't pop songs first! Yay, long may it continue :D

John Barrowman seems to be flourishing as a Judge since Zoe left. He's toned down the hyperbole, and become much more constructive in his criticism I think.

To sum up, Yay for more show songs, Jodie was my favourite performance of the week.

Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Keisha and Tara in the sing-off. Tara certainly deserved to be there, but Tara performed better in the sing-off. No surprise that Keisha was saved though and Tara was sent home. She's been skating on thin ice all competition (imo), and I think it's better she went sooner rather than later.
lizziec: (Musicals)
Rachel: A good technical performance, mostly in tune. She'll be safe this week I suspect, but her performance didn't wow me like it did last week.

Sarah: Acting of the song struck me as much better than in previous weeks. She is clearly flourishing from singing a proper show song. I really enjoyed her performance.

Francesca: Oh dear. She's still doing the nose scrunch, smile and nod that seems to be her "acting". She also plays with her hair a lot while she singing, which annoys me a lot (and also seems to be part of her "acting"). She went off tune seriously at the start of the chorus (and ALW picked up on it as a point of concern, hurrah!). Not a great performance, and wouldn't be surprised if she's in the bottom two again. Part of the problem with her is I can't see past the things that annoy me about her.

Keisha: A technically good performance, much more reminicent of her week1 performance than her week2 performance. She seemed to focus better this week, and her performance was better for it.

Ashley: Some pitch problems, but a better performance than last week. I still can't warm to her for some reason.

Jodie: Wow. She blew me out of the water. A sensitive performance, beautifully acted, I totally believed in her. If she isn't here next week, then I'll be very annoyed. Like Barrowman, I've been left a little speechless by that performance.

Niamh: Oops. A frankly awful start to the song, all over the place tuning-wise. I still can't see her as Nancy, and none of her performances in the past three weeks have convinced me that she could be.

Jessie: Not really sure what to put here about that performance if I'm honest. It was "ok", but I found it hard to connect with her this week as I have in past weeks.

Tara: Struggling to stay in time and in tune, and these are problems she is having week after week - I don't know if they are song choice issues or what, but she needs to sort it out or she will be going home soon. I can not warm to her as Nancy, perhaps because I can't see past the problems I mentioned before. Would not be surprised to see her in the bottom two. Her excuses also annoyed me a great deal.

Samantha: Seemed to struggle at the top of her register (rather thready), and in places not quite on the notes pitch wise. Possibly the weakest performance from her. Not bad but not up to her usual standard. Rather disappointing really.


Again, the group song that started the show showed some cracks in the cockney accents. I think the Nancy's could really do with some coaching in this area. Some of them really make me cringe :|

I'm resigned to the Olivers feeling shoehorned in, so now I'm trying to enjoy them as a nice break, without criticising stuff (though it was another week in which Kwayedza didn't go through to the semis, which disappointed me, he has a lovely voice and acting style (IMO).

Pitch problems in some form or another from most Nancy's - are they bad or are the acoustics in there just really bad? I'm siding with the acoustics at the moment, I seem to recall the Josephs having similar issues last year.

Good lord. Clearly Kevin Spacey's criticism hit home (and the beeb feel the need to live up to their rebuttal comment)! The number of songs from shows has risen significantly this week and some of them are even songs that started off in musicals and weren't pop songs first! Yay, long may it continue :D

John Barrowman seems to be flourishing as a Judge since Zoe left. He's toned down the hyperbole, and become much more constructive in his criticism I think.

To sum up, Yay for more show songs, Jodie was my favourite performance of the week.

Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Keisha and Tara in the sing-off. Tara certainly deserved to be there, but Tara performed better in the sing-off. No surprise that Keisha was saved though and Tara was sent home. She's been skating on thin ice all competition (imo), and I think it's better she went sooner rather than later.
lizziec: (Musicals)
Rachel: A good technical performance, mostly in tune. She'll be safe this week I suspect, but her performance didn't wow me like it did last week.

Sarah: Acting of the song struck me as much better than in previous weeks. She is clearly flourishing from singing a proper show song. I really enjoyed her performance.

Francesca: Oh dear. She's still doing the nose scrunch, smile and nod that seems to be her "acting". She also plays with her hair a lot while she singing, which annoys me a lot (and also seems to be part of her "acting"). She went off tune seriously at the start of the chorus (and ALW picked up on it as a point of concern, hurrah!). Not a great performance, and wouldn't be surprised if she's in the bottom two again. Part of the problem with her is I can't see past the things that annoy me about her.

Keisha: A technically good performance, much more reminicent of her week1 performance than her week2 performance. She seemed to focus better this week, and her performance was better for it.

Ashley: Some pitch problems, but a better performance than last week. I still can't warm to her for some reason.

Jodie: Wow. She blew me out of the water. A sensitive performance, beautifully acted, I totally believed in her. If she isn't here next week, then I'll be very annoyed. Like Barrowman, I've been left a little speechless by that performance.

Niamh: Oops. A frankly awful start to the song, all over the place tuning-wise. I still can't see her as Nancy, and none of her performances in the past three weeks have convinced me that she could be.

Jessie: Not really sure what to put here about that performance if I'm honest. It was "ok", but I found it hard to connect with her this week as I have in past weeks.

Tara: Struggling to stay in time and in tune, and these are problems she is having week after week - I don't know if they are song choice issues or what, but she needs to sort it out or she will be going home soon. I can not warm to her as Nancy, perhaps because I can't see past the problems I mentioned before. Would not be surprised to see her in the bottom two. Her excuses also annoyed me a great deal.

Samantha: Seemed to struggle at the top of her register (rather thready), and in places not quite on the notes pitch wise. Possibly the weakest performance from her. Not bad but not up to her usual standard. Rather disappointing really.


Again, the group song that started the show showed some cracks in the cockney accents. I think the Nancy's could really do with some coaching in this area. Some of them really make me cringe :|

I'm resigned to the Olivers feeling shoehorned in, so now I'm trying to enjoy them as a nice break, without criticising stuff (though it was another week in which Kwayedza didn't go through to the semis, which disappointed me, he has a lovely voice and acting style (IMO).

Pitch problems in some form or another from most Nancy's - are they bad or are the acoustics in there just really bad? I'm siding with the acoustics at the moment, I seem to recall the Josephs having similar issues last year.

Good lord. Clearly Kevin Spacey's criticism hit home (and the beeb feel the need to live up to their rebuttal comment)! The number of songs from shows has risen significantly this week and some of them are even songs that started off in musicals and weren't pop songs first! Yay, long may it continue :D

John Barrowman seems to be flourishing as a Judge since Zoe left. He's toned down the hyperbole, and become much more constructive in his criticism I think.

To sum up, Yay for more show songs, Jodie was my favourite performance of the week.

Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] Keisha and Tara in the sing-off. Tara certainly deserved to be there, but Tara performed better in the sing-off. No surprise that Keisha was saved though and Tara was sent home. She's been skating on thin ice all competition (imo), and I think it's better she went sooner rather than later.
lizziec: (Musicals)
Niamh: Better than last week, pity that she seemed constantly struggling against the band for volume. There are parts when the band completely overwhelms her voice. No real pitch problems that I noticed. A solid performance

Cleo: Song seemed in the wrong key for her, she kept bottoming out which led to pitch problems. Another one who struggled against the volume of the band.

Keisha: One of my favourite performances last week. She seemed to have some tuning and timing issues this week. Most of it looked like it was down to the fact that this week she was dancing and singing at the same time, and if she can't manage that, then she'll never be right for Nancy. This is casting for a musical after all.

Samantha: Started out of tune and seemed to continue with pitch problems. She at least took the song and tried to use it to portray a character, which is what she'll be doing in the west end, so that at least is encouraging.

Francesca: Can't seem to stop herself smiling, even when the song doesn't call for it. There's also something in her mannerisms I don't like, and her vocal tone. Especially as she kept yelling this week. I just don't see her as Nancy, even if she can sing technically well (and there were a few tuning issues this week). I wouldn't be surprised to see her in the bottom two again this week.

Rachel: I really did not like her last week, but this week was pretty good. She really conveyed the character in the song, rather than just singing the words. She had obviously thought about what the song meant and put that into her performance.

Sarah: Spat some of her words out which wasn't very nice to see or hear. Physical performance rather "Jazz Hands" as Denise put it last week. A bit like Francesca - doesn't seem to be able to stop herself smiling even when it's rather at odds with the song. I agree with Barry Humphries. I could see her more as Glenda in The Wizard of Oz, rather than Nancy in Oliver!.

Tara: Interpreted the song well, but had major tuning issues. The problem with the song she sang is that I always think of Bridget Jones when I hear it. Oops ;) Andrew said the song didn't suit her, which I absolutely agree with. I feel that was a little unfair given that they did not get to choose them!

Jodie: A technically good performance, but I really don't think it's a good song choice for poor Jodie, it seems almost impossible to get through anything of Nancy through it. Personality wise she is my favourite Nancy, but if she keeps being given songs like that, I have to wonder how long she'll be in the competition. Andrew said the song didn't suit her, which I absolutely agree with. I feel that was a little unfair given that they did not get to choose them!

Ashley: Started with tuning issues and again I found it hard to "connect" with her. I suspect the scottish vote (as witnessed in ADWD and XFactor for multiple years) will mobilise for her and she'll be in the competition for a long time. At the moment I think that fact is a pity, as I don't really enjoy her performances or see her as Nancy.

Jessie: A good technical performance. Seemed to try and find a character in the song and tell the story of that character which helped make this one of my favourite performances of the night.

Something I've noticed this week - It's a real pity about the "London (Cockney)" accents of a number of the prospective Nancy's. They're so overdone it's silly. It makes me wish the musical wasn't set in London at all!

The costume department are still struggling I noticed, with those stupid hems making a reappearance this week. I feel the need whenever I see them to take a pair of scissors to them.

A recurring theme this week for me is that the girls are struggling to be heard against the band, meaning they seem to yell a lot. Don't know how this could be solved, but I think it really needs to be looked into.

I also have the gripe about show songs again. But I sense I'll be griping about that for the whole series. I did notice that the performances that I much prefered were ones who seemed to try and interpret the songs (sometimes very poor choices) as show songs.

Again, the Olivers felt shoehorned in. I feel that this programme would probably be better off without the search for the Olivers. I feel mean saying it though because they're very sweet and everything, but they add nothing, and in some ways take away from the search for the Nancy's.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] I'm not surprised at who ended up in the sing off, as Keisha especially hadn't performed so well in my opinion, seeming distracted by singing/dancing/acting all at the same time. I don't think either of them performed the sing off song (I Know Him So Well, Chess) particuarly well, both had problems with tuning and seemed rather disconnected from the lyrics. I certainly didn't envy ALW his decision tonight, I'm not sure I could have chosen between them.

So Cleo has gone and Keisha is safe. Hopefully, Keisha will take her notes from this week and work on her problems (especially as I know she has it in her - I loved her performance last week), and Cleo will go on to great things in other ways.
lizziec: (Musicals)
Niamh: Better than last week, pity that she seemed constantly struggling against the band for volume. There are parts when the band completely overwhelms her voice. No real pitch problems that I noticed. A solid performance

Cleo: Song seemed in the wrong key for her, she kept bottoming out which led to pitch problems. Another one who struggled against the volume of the band.

Keisha: One of my favourite performances last week. She seemed to have some tuning and timing issues this week. Most of it looked like it was down to the fact that this week she was dancing and singing at the same time, and if she can't manage that, then she'll never be right for Nancy. This is casting for a musical after all.

Samantha: Started out of tune and seemed to continue with pitch problems. She at least took the song and tried to use it to portray a character, which is what she'll be doing in the west end, so that at least is encouraging.

Francesca: Can't seem to stop herself smiling, even when the song doesn't call for it. There's also something in her mannerisms I don't like, and her vocal tone. Especially as she kept yelling this week. I just don't see her as Nancy, even if she can sing technically well (and there were a few tuning issues this week). I wouldn't be surprised to see her in the bottom two again this week.

Rachel: I really did not like her last week, but this week was pretty good. She really conveyed the character in the song, rather than just singing the words. She had obviously thought about what the song meant and put that into her performance.

Sarah: Spat some of her words out which wasn't very nice to see or hear. Physical performance rather "Jazz Hands" as Denise put it last week. A bit like Francesca - doesn't seem to be able to stop herself smiling even when it's rather at odds with the song. I agree with Barry Humphries. I could see her more as Glenda in The Wizard of Oz, rather than Nancy in Oliver!.

Tara: Interpreted the song well, but had major tuning issues. The problem with the song she sang is that I always think of Bridget Jones when I hear it. Oops ;) Andrew said the song didn't suit her, which I absolutely agree with. I feel that was a little unfair given that they did not get to choose them!

Jodie: A technically good performance, but I really don't think it's a good song choice for poor Jodie, it seems almost impossible to get through anything of Nancy through it. Personality wise she is my favourite Nancy, but if she keeps being given songs like that, I have to wonder how long she'll be in the competition. Andrew said the song didn't suit her, which I absolutely agree with. I feel that was a little unfair given that they did not get to choose them!

Ashley: Started with tuning issues and again I found it hard to "connect" with her. I suspect the scottish vote (as witnessed in ADWD and XFactor for multiple years) will mobilise for her and she'll be in the competition for a long time. At the moment I think that fact is a pity, as I don't really enjoy her performances or see her as Nancy.

Jessie: A good technical performance. Seemed to try and find a character in the song and tell the story of that character which helped make this one of my favourite performances of the night.

Something I've noticed this week - It's a real pity about the "London (Cockney)" accents of a number of the prospective Nancy's. They're so overdone it's silly. It makes me wish the musical wasn't set in London at all!

The costume department are still struggling I noticed, with those stupid hems making a reappearance this week. I feel the need whenever I see them to take a pair of scissors to them.

A recurring theme this week for me is that the girls are struggling to be heard against the band, meaning they seem to yell a lot. Don't know how this could be solved, but I think it really needs to be looked into.

I also have the gripe about show songs again. But I sense I'll be griping about that for the whole series. I did notice that the performances that I much prefered were ones who seemed to try and interpret the songs (sometimes very poor choices) as show songs.

Again, the Olivers felt shoehorned in. I feel that this programme would probably be better off without the search for the Olivers. I feel mean saying it though because they're very sweet and everything, but they add nothing, and in some ways take away from the search for the Nancy's.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] I'm not surprised at who ended up in the sing off, as Keisha especially hadn't performed so well in my opinion, seeming distracted by singing/dancing/acting all at the same time. I don't think either of them performed the sing off song (I Know Him So Well, Chess) particuarly well, both had problems with tuning and seemed rather disconnected from the lyrics. I certainly didn't envy ALW his decision tonight, I'm not sure I could have chosen between them.

So Cleo has gone and Keisha is safe. Hopefully, Keisha will take her notes from this week and work on her problems (especially as I know she has it in her - I loved her performance last week), and Cleo will go on to great things in other ways.
lizziec: (Musicals)
Niamh: Better than last week, pity that she seemed constantly struggling against the band for volume. There are parts when the band completely overwhelms her voice. No real pitch problems that I noticed. A solid performance

Cleo: Song seemed in the wrong key for her, she kept bottoming out which led to pitch problems. Another one who struggled against the volume of the band.

Keisha: One of my favourite performances last week. She seemed to have some tuning and timing issues this week. Most of it looked like it was down to the fact that this week she was dancing and singing at the same time, and if she can't manage that, then she'll never be right for Nancy. This is casting for a musical after all.

Samantha: Started out of tune and seemed to continue with pitch problems. She at least took the song and tried to use it to portray a character, which is what she'll be doing in the west end, so that at least is encouraging.

Francesca: Can't seem to stop herself smiling, even when the song doesn't call for it. There's also something in her mannerisms I don't like, and her vocal tone. Especially as she kept yelling this week. I just don't see her as Nancy, even if she can sing technically well (and there were a few tuning issues this week). I wouldn't be surprised to see her in the bottom two again this week.

Rachel: I really did not like her last week, but this week was pretty good. She really conveyed the character in the song, rather than just singing the words. She had obviously thought about what the song meant and put that into her performance.

Sarah: Spat some of her words out which wasn't very nice to see or hear. Physical performance rather "Jazz Hands" as Denise put it last week. A bit like Francesca - doesn't seem to be able to stop herself smiling even when it's rather at odds with the song. I agree with Barry Humphries. I could see her more as Glenda in The Wizard of Oz, rather than Nancy in Oliver!.

Tara: Interpreted the song well, but had major tuning issues. The problem with the song she sang is that I always think of Bridget Jones when I hear it. Oops ;) Andrew said the song didn't suit her, which I absolutely agree with. I feel that was a little unfair given that they did not get to choose them!

Jodie: A technically good performance, but I really don't think it's a good song choice for poor Jodie, it seems almost impossible to get through anything of Nancy through it. Personality wise she is my favourite Nancy, but if she keeps being given songs like that, I have to wonder how long she'll be in the competition. Andrew said the song didn't suit her, which I absolutely agree with. I feel that was a little unfair given that they did not get to choose them!

Ashley: Started with tuning issues and again I found it hard to "connect" with her. I suspect the scottish vote (as witnessed in ADWD and XFactor for multiple years) will mobilise for her and she'll be in the competition for a long time. At the moment I think that fact is a pity, as I don't really enjoy her performances or see her as Nancy.

Jessie: A good technical performance. Seemed to try and find a character in the song and tell the story of that character which helped make this one of my favourite performances of the night.

Something I've noticed this week - It's a real pity about the "London (Cockney)" accents of a number of the prospective Nancy's. They're so overdone it's silly. It makes me wish the musical wasn't set in London at all!

The costume department are still struggling I noticed, with those stupid hems making a reappearance this week. I feel the need whenever I see them to take a pair of scissors to them.

A recurring theme this week for me is that the girls are struggling to be heard against the band, meaning they seem to yell a lot. Don't know how this could be solved, but I think it really needs to be looked into.

I also have the gripe about show songs again. But I sense I'll be griping about that for the whole series. I did notice that the performances that I much prefered were ones who seemed to try and interpret the songs (sometimes very poor choices) as show songs.

Again, the Olivers felt shoehorned in. I feel that this programme would probably be better off without the search for the Olivers. I feel mean saying it though because they're very sweet and everything, but they add nothing, and in some ways take away from the search for the Nancy's.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] nancy_or_oliver

[Edit - Sunday] I'm not surprised at who ended up in the sing off, as Keisha especially hadn't performed so well in my opinion, seeming distracted by singing/dancing/acting all at the same time. I don't think either of them performed the sing off song (I Know Him So Well, Chess) particuarly well, both had problems with tuning and seemed rather disconnected from the lyrics. I certainly didn't envy ALW his decision tonight, I'm not sure I could have chosen between them.

So Cleo has gone and Keisha is safe. Hopefully, Keisha will take her notes from this week and work on her problems (especially as I know she has it in her - I loved her performance last week), and Cleo will go on to great things in other ways.
lizziec: (Musicals)
I recorded this on Sky+ and took notes as I watched, so here are my opinions of the first week of live shows. Unedited, as I wrote them at the time.

Jessie: Liked her so far (one of my favourites), and she carried off the song without any terribly bum notes. Don't think the song really showcased her well though.

Jodie: Also didn't like her song choice, but as with Jessie carried it off well. Overall, a good start to the live shows.

Tara: Had no opinion till tonight. Absolutely did not like her performance tonight - her voice (mostly vocal style) and "actions" when singing put me off.

Ashley: Seemed to smile all the way through the song. Somehow get the feeling that she would, no matter what the subject material. I dunno - just didn't connect with her.

Amy: Words run together - enunciation not great (imo). Didn't like the performance at all. Would maybe like to see her go home, but her performance was probably too good for that.

Keisha: Brilliant. I really enjoyed her performance. Disagree with Barrowman - didn't think it would be too sophisticated for Nancy.

Francesca: The meanie in me is sure she should be in - getting in even though she missed a large chunk of Nancy School because she was ill. It was a very "nice" performance (and technically good), but I can't imagine her as Nancy.

Rachel: This performance seemed a real mess to me. She never seemed quite on the note, and for the first half of the song her timing was off. At this point in the singing I feel that if there's any justice, she should be going home (though the panel don't seem to agree with me).

Samantha: She'll be coming back next week - her performance was techincally good IMO, though I'm not sure what I think of her as regards Nancy. Her outfit made me think that the reason Lord Lloyd-Webber liked her because of her outfit. It's times like this that I think that he's really just an old Letch.

Sarah: Seems very stiff in her mannerisms. Singing was good. Another one who I am not sure of as Nancy.

Cleo: Not a great start. The song seemed to be below the bottom of her range and she kept bottoming out. Top notes seemed rather screamed. Her notes never seemed quite right, all slightly off. Possibly a rival for Rachel for going home.

Niamh: Looks like she's wearing a wig and about 12. Also had pitch problems. Now believe it should be a three way tussle for going home between her, Cleo and Rachel.

The Olivers felt shoehorned in and I'm really not sure what I think of the people in charge of the wardrobe - some of the clothes on those Nancys were quite odd and rather unflattering (what was with all of those funny skirt hems that were sort of "gathered")

I sense this will be another series (like ADWD) where it feels like they should be making more use of show tunes and aren't, which I think will be a pity :|

[Edit - Sunday] So Amy went. Probably the right decision form the two that were left, and I don't hink she was going to win. Her performance on the night was pretty poor, but personality-wise, I think I prefer her over Francesca.
lizziec: (Musicals)
I recorded this on Sky+ and took notes as I watched, so here are my opinions of the first week of live shows. Unedited, as I wrote them at the time.

Jessie: Liked her so far (one of my favourites), and she carried off the song without any terribly bum notes. Don't think the song really showcased her well though.

Jodie: Also didn't like her song choice, but as with Jessie carried it off well. Overall, a good start to the live shows.

Tara: Had no opinion till tonight. Absolutely did not like her performance tonight - her voice (mostly vocal style) and "actions" when singing put me off.

Ashley: Seemed to smile all the way through the song. Somehow get the feeling that she would, no matter what the subject material. I dunno - just didn't connect with her.

Amy: Words run together - enunciation not great (imo). Didn't like the performance at all. Would maybe like to see her go home, but her performance was probably too good for that.

Keisha: Brilliant. I really enjoyed her performance. Disagree with Barrowman - didn't think it would be too sophisticated for Nancy.

Francesca: The meanie in me is sure she should be in - getting in even though she missed a large chunk of Nancy School because she was ill. It was a very "nice" performance (and technically good), but I can't imagine her as Nancy.

Rachel: This performance seemed a real mess to me. She never seemed quite on the note, and for the first half of the song her timing was off. At this point in the singing I feel that if there's any justice, she should be going home (though the panel don't seem to agree with me).

Samantha: She'll be coming back next week - her performance was techincally good IMO, though I'm not sure what I think of her as regards Nancy. Her outfit made me think that the reason Lord Lloyd-Webber liked her because of her outfit. It's times like this that I think that he's really just an old Letch.

Sarah: Seems very stiff in her mannerisms. Singing was good. Another one who I am not sure of as Nancy.

Cleo: Not a great start. The song seemed to be below the bottom of her range and she kept bottoming out. Top notes seemed rather screamed. Her notes never seemed quite right, all slightly off. Possibly a rival for Rachel for going home.

Niamh: Looks like she's wearing a wig and about 12. Also had pitch problems. Now believe it should be a three way tussle for going home between her, Cleo and Rachel.

The Olivers felt shoehorned in and I'm really not sure what I think of the people in charge of the wardrobe - some of the clothes on those Nancys were quite odd and rather unflattering (what was with all of those funny skirt hems that were sort of "gathered")

I sense this will be another series (like ADWD) where it feels like they should be making more use of show tunes and aren't, which I think will be a pity :|

[Edit - Sunday] So Amy went. Probably the right decision form the two that were left, and I don't hink she was going to win. Her performance on the night was pretty poor, but personality-wise, I think I prefer her over Francesca.
lizziec: (Musicals)
I recorded this on Sky+ and took notes as I watched, so here are my opinions of the first week of live shows. Unedited, as I wrote them at the time.

Jessie: Liked her so far (one of my favourites), and she carried off the song without any terribly bum notes. Don't think the song really showcased her well though.

Jodie: Also didn't like her song choice, but as with Jessie carried it off well. Overall, a good start to the live shows.

Tara: Had no opinion till tonight. Absolutely did not like her performance tonight - her voice (mostly vocal style) and "actions" when singing put me off.

Ashley: Seemed to smile all the way through the song. Somehow get the feeling that she would, no matter what the subject material. I dunno - just didn't connect with her.

Amy: Words run together - enunciation not great (imo). Didn't like the performance at all. Would maybe like to see her go home, but her performance was probably too good for that.

Keisha: Brilliant. I really enjoyed her performance. Disagree with Barrowman - didn't think it would be too sophisticated for Nancy.

Francesca: The meanie in me is sure she should be in - getting in even though she missed a large chunk of Nancy School because she was ill. It was a very "nice" performance (and technically good), but I can't imagine her as Nancy.

Rachel: This performance seemed a real mess to me. She never seemed quite on the note, and for the first half of the song her timing was off. At this point in the singing I feel that if there's any justice, she should be going home (though the panel don't seem to agree with me).

Samantha: She'll be coming back next week - her performance was techincally good IMO, though I'm not sure what I think of her as regards Nancy. Her outfit made me think that the reason Lord Lloyd-Webber liked her because of her outfit. It's times like this that I think that he's really just an old Letch.

Sarah: Seems very stiff in her mannerisms. Singing was good. Another one who I am not sure of as Nancy.

Cleo: Not a great start. The song seemed to be below the bottom of her range and she kept bottoming out. Top notes seemed rather screamed. Her notes never seemed quite right, all slightly off. Possibly a rival for Rachel for going home.

Niamh: Looks like she's wearing a wig and about 12. Also had pitch problems. Now believe it should be a three way tussle for going home between her, Cleo and Rachel.

The Olivers felt shoehorned in and I'm really not sure what I think of the people in charge of the wardrobe - some of the clothes on those Nancys were quite odd and rather unflattering (what was with all of those funny skirt hems that were sort of "gathered")

I sense this will be another series (like ADWD) where it feels like they should be making more use of show tunes and aren't, which I think will be a pity :|

[Edit - Sunday] So Amy went. Probably the right decision form the two that were left, and I don't hink she was going to win. Her performance on the night was pretty poor, but personality-wise, I think I prefer her over Francesca.
lizziec: (me - Me at the post)
A random though occurred to me while in the bath tonight. I should point out before I write this thought down that it was conjured up by random musings while humming Jesus Christ, Superstar songs to myself. I have no idea what the bible says about this or anything.

Anyway, it occurred to me that Judas really got a raw deal. Assuming that the whole thing is real (and I really don't know where I stand on that at the moment, so please don't ask or try to convince me either way), Jesus had to die so the whole resurrection thing could happen. The whole thing was pre ordained. Therefore someone would always have had to have turned Jesus in. Judas is very badly thought of for doing it and the word today generally means a betrayer. Really, sucks to have been him. Talk about a no win situation. If he hadn't dobbed Jesus in then he wouldn't have died on the cross and been resurrected and then ascended in to heaven and so Jesus could not have taken on everyone's sins and allowed for repentence and whatever. But if he had then he would have been branded forever and presumably sent to hell. I almost feel sorry for the guy. If he existed.

Hmm. That was all rather heavy and brain dumpy. Have some quizzes to take your minds off it.

My brain sex and which Austen Heroine I am )

Finally, I want to draw your attention to the Photomeme which only one person (hi mum!) seems to want to do. Please participate? :)

lizziec: (me - Me at the post)
A random though occurred to me while in the bath tonight. I should point out before I write this thought down that it was conjured up by random musings while humming Jesus Christ, Superstar songs to myself. I have no idea what the bible says about this or anything.

Anyway, it occurred to me that Judas really got a raw deal. Assuming that the whole thing is real (and I really don't know where I stand on that at the moment, so please don't ask or try to convince me either way), Jesus had to die so the whole resurrection thing could happen. The whole thing was pre ordained. Therefore someone would always have had to have turned Jesus in. Judas is very badly thought of for doing it and the word today generally means a betrayer. Really, sucks to have been him. Talk about a no win situation. If he hadn't dobbed Jesus in then he wouldn't have died on the cross and been resurrected and then ascended in to heaven and so Jesus could not have taken on everyone's sins and allowed for repentence and whatever. But if he had then he would have been branded forever and presumably sent to hell. I almost feel sorry for the guy. If he existed.

Hmm. That was all rather heavy and brain dumpy. Have some quizzes to take your minds off it.

My brain sex and which Austen Heroine I am )

Finally, I want to draw your attention to the Photomeme which only one person (hi mum!) seems to want to do. Please participate? :)

lizziec: (me - Me at the post)
A random though occurred to me while in the bath tonight. I should point out before I write this thought down that it was conjured up by random musings while humming Jesus Christ, Superstar songs to myself. I have no idea what the bible says about this or anything.

Anyway, it occurred to me that Judas really got a raw deal. Assuming that the whole thing is real (and I really don't know where I stand on that at the moment, so please don't ask or try to convince me either way), Jesus had to die so the whole resurrection thing could happen. The whole thing was pre ordained. Therefore someone would always have had to have turned Jesus in. Judas is very badly thought of for doing it and the word today generally means a betrayer. Really, sucks to have been him. Talk about a no win situation. If he hadn't dobbed Jesus in then he wouldn't have died on the cross and been resurrected and then ascended in to heaven and so Jesus could not have taken on everyone's sins and allowed for repentence and whatever. But if he had then he would have been branded forever and presumably sent to hell. I almost feel sorry for the guy. If he existed.

Hmm. That was all rather heavy and brain dumpy. Have some quizzes to take your minds off it.

My brain sex and which Austen Heroine I am )

Finally, I want to draw your attention to the Photomeme which only one person (hi mum!) seems to want to do. Please participate? :)
lizziec: (Musicals)
I went to London after getting up at godawful o clock. I was rewarded with a stroll down Regent Street, Theatreland to Trafalgar Square (covering parts of Chinatown when we got lost) and onto Strand where the theatre was located. On the way we spent legnthly amounts of time in Hamleys and Paperchase.

My review of the show - hope it is in some way informative )

Now I'm knackered and am going to bed. So so tired. Overtired. Sleep now (hopefully).

lizziec: (Musicals)
I went to London after getting up at godawful o clock. I was rewarded with a stroll down Regent Street, Theatreland to Trafalgar Square (covering parts of Chinatown when we got lost) and onto Strand where the theatre was located. On the way we spent legnthly amounts of time in Hamleys and Paperchase.

My review of the show - hope it is in some way informative )

Now I'm knackered and am going to bed. So so tired. Overtired. Sleep now (hopefully).

lizziec: (Musicals)
I went to London after getting up at godawful o clock. I was rewarded with a stroll down Regent Street, Theatreland to Trafalgar Square (covering parts of Chinatown when we got lost) and onto Strand where the theatre was located. On the way we spent legnthly amounts of time in Hamleys and Paperchase.

My review of the show - hope it is in some way informative )

Now I'm knackered and am going to bed. So so tired. Overtired. Sleep now (hopefully).
lizziec: (acid)
Tomorrow I'm off at the crack of dawn to London to see Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in an organised trip. My mother in Law and sister in Law are coming too. We'll be seeing the Matinee and spending some time in London before coming back. I'm looking forward to seeing it and hope that Lee Mead will be singing and not an understudy. Remembered how much I like him when I saw him on Children in Need tonight, and, like a true professional he kept going even when his mike cut out twice! Even if he isn't singing it should be a pretty good show. I just hope it measures up to the previous 4 times I've seen it in the West End all when I was young - think Jason Donovan and Phillip Schofield)!

If I have the energy I will post a write up or something here later in the weekend.
lizziec: (acid)
Tomorrow I'm off at the crack of dawn to London to see Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in an organised trip. My mother in Law and sister in Law are coming too. We'll be seeing the Matinee and spending some time in London before coming back. I'm looking forward to seeing it and hope that Lee Mead will be singing and not an understudy. Remembered how much I like him when I saw him on Children in Need tonight, and, like a true professional he kept going even when his mike cut out twice! Even if he isn't singing it should be a pretty good show. I just hope it measures up to the previous 4 times I've seen it in the West End all when I was young - think Jason Donovan and Phillip Schofield)!

If I have the energy I will post a write up or something here later in the weekend.
lizziec: (acid)
Tomorrow I'm off at the crack of dawn to London to see Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in an organised trip. My mother in Law and sister in Law are coming too. We'll be seeing the Matinee and spending some time in London before coming back. I'm looking forward to seeing it and hope that Lee Mead will be singing and not an understudy. Remembered how much I like him when I saw him on Children in Need tonight, and, like a true professional he kept going even when his mike cut out twice! Even if he isn't singing it should be a pretty good show. I just hope it measures up to the previous 4 times I've seen it in the West End all when I was young - think Jason Donovan and Phillip Schofield)!

If I have the energy I will post a write up or something here later in the weekend.
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After my exam today ben met me at the small hall as a surprise. He brought with him a card ), enclosed in which was a pair of tickets to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Marlowe tonight. ) He also proposed a meal at Ask in Canterbury before to which I happily agreed. I got dolled up and out we went. We had a lovely dinner and really took our time over eating. Got to the theatre about 20 mins before the performance and ben wandered over to the huge image of a face which acts as an "interesting" sculpture outside said theatre. I wittered on about things not very important and wandered about a bit with my back to him. Then I heard Ben say my name and I turned round, and there he was, on one knee with a jewellery box. He opened it and displayed my proper engagement ring in all its full glory. The ring was made by Ben's dad and only just finished this week.

It was well worth the wait :D

As for Joseph? It was good, but the ring was better ;)


My Engagement Ring


please note, keyboard only used to steady ring while good pictures were taken using both hands, keyboard is *not* reflective of my geekiness :P


All pics of today and the ring here and here.
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Well I'm in the Library starting off a new Uni year (for me) in traditional style with procrastination from my reccommended reading.

So..um..what is going on with me I hear you ask.

Not a lot is the answer (now you see why I've not updated for a while ;))

I finished work at Andrew Reeves (the posh Belgravia estate agents) tho my last day was slightly marred by the people at Victoria trying to give me a penalty fare. I got on the train without a valid ticket cos otherwise I would have missed my train, fully intending to pay when I got to Victoria. When I got there and went to pay for my return ticket I got pulled to one side and treated like a criminal cos it's (apparently, tho I didn't know this) an offense to get on a train without a ticket if the ticket office is open. SO they said I needed to pay a penalty fare even though I tried to explain I would have missed my train and been late for work. They just carried on saying I'd need to pay the penalty fare and it got too much and I started to cry. The guy looked at me like I was putting it on...and then to cap the indignity I started to hyperventalate big time. My head started to tingle and I couldn't stand up so I sat down and all teh time he's watching me like I'm faking it. Eventually the two ticket barrier guys come over and ask me what's up and I try to tell them while not being able to breathe and one of them brings me some water (which I nearly choked on cos my breathing was so irregular by this point) and they argued with the Penalty Fare guy about it and eventually let me ppay just for my return ticket. Evetually, when I was sufficiently calm to stand again I started to go and the Penalty Fare guy looks at me, glares and says "that won't work again you know". Like I was doing it on purpose >.< I can think of better places to make myself look undignified, stupid and immature...

Beffan met me from work that day tho, so things started to improve :) We scandalised the carrage of our train with our talk ;)

Anyway, I saw Phantom of the Opera on Monday evening and it was absolutely magnificent. At the end I felt so sorry for the Phantom. I didn't have a great view from the balcony so I want to go again and sit in the stalls. Still, it took my breath away. It was brilliant.

Les Miserables was Tuesday's show and that was even better than Phantom, and very different. I saw this one from the stalls and had a wonderful view, and at the end the show had a standing Ovation. I didn't like the Older Cosette, but JVJ and Javert were great and Marius...*happy sigh* It made me cry more than once. It was overwhelming.

Came back to canterbury on Saturday and left behind a whole shedload of stuff :o(

Beffan is staying ATM and that is great :D

Rah cooked a lovely roast beef dinner yesterday which was *YUMYUM* :D and today is her 1st wedding anniversary - the weather a year ago today was much much nicer ;)

Speaking of weddings, ben and I have talked to the Vicar who will marry us on Friday and booked the wedding for the 3rd September 2005 at 3pm. The most complicated question of the whole thing for me was "Are you baptised" which ellicited the response "yes, no, possibly, not sure, maybe?" (see my history as a mormon for further explanation ;))

Mum found something to stop herself getting bored over the weekend - taking piccies of piccies and putting them up on her site. These include baby pics of me and pill, which is the reason the link will *NOT* be included here ;)

Ben and I watched Battle of Britain yesterday - top film :D

Umm...I'm sure there's other stuff I ment to include and forgot, in which case I may add it later :)

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