Last night on Australian Idol, we said a sad goodbye to country rocker Kate Cook, the abattoir worker who wrote heartfelt songs about her mum passing away. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when they showed the video of Kate’s journey and Stan Walker, who joined her in the bottom three along with James Johnston, was particularly overcome with emotion. The theme of the night was “Contestant's Choice” so the kids could sing anything they liked. Let’s see how they went:
James Johnston – our little nugget has more and more confidence each week. He sang Duffy’s "Mercy" and Kings of Leon’s "Use Somebody". Solid performances, but at this stage in the game, we don’t know if “solid” is good enough.
Toby Moulton – we heart Mr. Moulton and everyone agrees he needs to tap into his inner sex god and channel Robbie Williams stat. The checked shirt just isn’t doing it for us - he needs a stylist to help him bring the sexy. He sang "Don’t Look Back In Anger" by Oasis and "Politik" by Coldplay.
Nathan Brake – we keep thinking he should be a character on Glee. Nate sang Maroon 5’s "Make Me Wonder" and hit some clunkers but luckily came back and sang "Mad World" and killed it. He should definitely be safe.
Hayley Warner – the last girl standing. She rocked out to "Somebody Told Me" by The Killers and Stone Cold Sober. Meh. The judges seem to think she is the next Pink and couldn’t stop kissing her backside. She’s good but we’re just not THAT excited.
Stan Walker – Stan the Man sang a beautiful rendition of the old standards "Hallelujah" and "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough". Two of the strongest performances of the night.
The goss: The tension between the judges is obvious. We knew Dicko and Jay Dee weren’t BFF’s but now even Marcia seems annoyed with Jay Dee and criticised him for comparing the contestants to the original artists who sang each song. He started out actually pointing out what was wrong with each performance, but then seemed to give up towards the end and just said nice things. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and they really need to lighten up and try and have some fun.