A Dose of Reality: Canadian Idol 4 - Episode 18: Top Ten - Week Five
by Andrea Maclam
Published: August 15, 2006
Well kids, the eliminations are getting more difficult to get through. Last week, it was Rob's time to say goodbye. This week, the top six get to continue in the style made popular by Nirvana in the early 90's. With the guidance of one of the Queens of Canadian pop, Chantal Kreviazuk, they go somewhere they haven't been yet -- unplugged. Would the lack of electronic energy affect their performances?
Craig Sharpe - "It's My Life"
Answer me this Canada: can this kid choose a BAD song? I don't think so. Once again, he managed to hit this out of the park. (I love the new look too). Jake said that it lacked intensity, but Sass totally disagreed, saying that it was great to hear his voice so crisp and clear again. Personally, I thought it was a fantastic performance, and the farther he goes into the competition, the more surprises lay in store for us. And I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
Ashely Coulter - "Crying"
She's the chameleon in this competition. Edging away from the rocker chick image this week with this Roy Orbison classic, she's proven once again that she's comfortable singing in any genre. With a new look, she used her smokey vocals to her advantage and almost had us crying in the audience with her sincerity. As the judges frequently say "Good on ya."
Chad Doucette - "Santa Monica"
This is the best performance we've seen out of Chad this whole competition. Quietly passionate, honest, and REAL. Not contrived like some of the other performances. This one came naturally to him, in comparison to some weeks where it seemed forced. "That was insanely great." said Sass. There was none of that affected tone, none of the showboating. And that's how to do it.
Steffi D - "Lovefool"
Theatrical performance at its best. That's the only way I can think of to describe Steffi this week. The dress was just so fabulous, and with her lounging on the piano, you would have thought you'd walked into a speakeasy in the roaring twenties. It was a quirky and unusual song choice, to go with her personality. She put her signature twist on the melody and the arrangement, and made it sound completely like it was her own. She's learned how to play to the camera with those big brown eyes of hers over the weeks, and it's paid off.
Eva Avila - "How Come You Donít Call me?Ē
Taking a step out of her comfort zone, Eva is showing that she REALLY wants to win this. Using her naturally husky tones, she jazzed it up this week, and really gave us some rocking blues. She's maturing with every week that passes, and every performance proves that she belongs there. Regardless of the outcome of this competition, we WILL be seeing more from this Quebec native. She's the whole package.
Tyler Lewis - "If You Could Only See"
It was well done, and there was that crisp, clear quality that Sass discussed earlier in the night, but I wasn't feeling this performance. Sure, he's great to look at, and he definitely can sing, but with Tyler (sorry dude) it's getting to the point where every week sounds the same. I think he really needs to shake things up, and fast. BUT, that's just my personal opinion. The audience loves him -- and in the end, that's what matters the most.
Personally, I was almost in tears when Rob left. Both him & Brandon were my chosen horses to win this thing. Since they're gone, I have to choose someone else. But rather than talk about it, I'm just going to keep it to myself. No sense in tempting the fates right?
My choice for elimination this week: Tyler Lewis
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