Well, we’ve gotten rid of Katie & David and about time too. I’d have been quite pleased to see them go before Judy & Glenn, as it had become quite clear that, whatever other charms she possesses, Ms Fischer is simply not a singer, with her effective range probably not topping three notes.
Erika & David continue to sweep all before them in a bombastic display of alleged ballad wizardry, but I’m sick of seeing them do this kind of AOR shlock. Unfortunately, next week’s supergroup format doesn’t promise any respite. (It didn’t help that ‘Without You’, their chosen song, is now inescapably associated in my head with Mariah Carey. Ugh.) My favourite performance of the night was Mark & Rachel’s ‘Burn For You’, where Mark interestingly took the higher part, and made an excellent fist of it.
In broad terms, you can judge how brave the celebrity singers are by whether they’re willing to open a song singing solo. This week’s notable holdovers were Katie and Sarah, who let their better-qualified counterparts kick off. The strategy doesn’t always work — as Richard and Simon could attest — but it’s more interesting than letting someone who we know can sing get first bite at the cherry.
The leading contenders for getting kicked out next week are Michael & Jade and Richard & Wendy. With an average score of 6.3, Michael & Jade are ever so slightly ahead (Richard & Wendy have 6.1), but it would be hard to pick at this stage, given that Simon & Paulini got the lowest score (22) of any surviving act this week.