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Pinoy Idol Rants

Pinoy Idol didn’t turn out as phenomenal as everyone had hoped. Reasons may be as follows:

1) I don’t think Raymond Gutierrez is the right person to host the show. He simply has no rapport with the contestants; he seems too stiff and “controlled”.  The fact that he towers over all the contestants doesn’t help either. I think the hosting stint should have gone to Drew Arellano–I know he would have done a better job.

2) I’ve never been a fan of Louie Ignacio. In my opinion, he should stick to directing music videos and just leave variety shows alone. Lighting and stage direction are way, way off. Masakit sa mata.

3) I know Danny Tan’s probably one of the best musical directors in the industry but I noticed that whenever the band plays a rock song, it sounds “jazzy” or “pop-py”. Rock songs performed on the show turn into show tunes which affects the performance of the contestants who chose those types of songs.

4) There’s talent there but I was surprised by some of the people who got into the top 24. Granted Carol Leus is finally gone (she was just plain awful!), Daryl and Toffer actually made it to the top 12. I mean, they were among the best in the Philippines? Come on…!

5) I really have no major complaints against Ogie Alcasid and Wyngard Tracy as judges. One is an established singer-songwriter while the other is a certified starmaker; it can be argued that those are enough to make them judges. Jolina Magdangal’s the most displaced judge. Good thing though that she is finally able to speak out her criticisms with a little more eloquence. I cringed at how she overused the phrases “Ok sya,” and “Gusto ko sya,” in the first weeks of Pinoy Idol. Basically, the judges’ comments are inconsistent and they themselves look bored at what they’re seeing onstage.

Last week, two of the best singers in the contest were sent home. Until now, I still can’t get over the fact that Walton, Meryl and Regene were booted out this early in the competition. I really thought Regene brought something so different into the table (if you don’t believe me, check out her myspace page and listen to her uploaded songs). With a sense of doom, I realized that it’s downhill from there–kicking out its best contestants can’t be good for the already dismal show.

Last night, Carol Leus (finally!) and JJ Jr. said their goodbyes. I’m still a little pissed that Daryl made it into the top 12–it’s either his family has a lot money to spend on text votes or his fans are willing to overlook his lack of talent. My vote’s on Robby and Penelope. I also think Mae’s quite good but if she doesn’t make it as a singer, I think she can be “developed” into an actress. She’s pretty and she has quite an expressive face.

Next week will be the start of the gala performances–bigger stage and hopefully better performances (but with the likes of Daryl, Toffer and Jeni still in the running, should I dare hope?). The production team and the contestants have to step up to get the audience to take notice. The change of venue should be the perfect opportunity to regroup and find ways to make the show better. Hopefully, fans of the Idol franchise won’t be disappointed yet again.

For more on Pinoy Idol episodes, check out Idol Philippines.

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  1. clare
    June 16, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    i think the downfall of the show can also be because it was shown way too close to the end of American Idol — it just can’t hold a candle to the American version.

    i never watched the audition process but i did watch a couple of performance episodes. i agree with you that the singers left can’t possibly the best singers in the country!

    ditto with louie ignacio too.

  2. Puypuy
    June 29, 2008 at 7:55 am
  1. June 16, 2008 at 2:42 am
  2. July 1, 2008 at 11:44 pm

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