Wednesday, November 22, 2006
I Didn't Want Pow To Go
Being a judge on Philippine Idol was an interesting experience.
From the get go I was encouraged to be frank... be honest... to just tell the idols what I thought of their performances. I felt it would be a good thing to get down to brass tacks and get specific with whatever I thought was not quite up to snuff. But, I also told myself to be generous with praise, if I felt it was deserved.
However, I also realized that as a judge, I have little to no influence on the voting. And ultimately, the true judges of the contest were the viewing public.
And it was a bit unfair.
Truth be told, the sound quality inside the theater was spectacular! I could hear nuance and expression, in spite of the crowd's applause. The band's mix was wonderful, and the singers were never drowned out. Not too much bass... or treble... nothing. It sounded perfect and I was having myself a jolly good time. But I knew that this greatness of a show that I was seeing was not by any means the same show the TV audience was seeing. Not by a longshot. I've seen Philippine Idol at home, and the sound quality is absolutely terrible. As in, not even passable. As in, unfair to the viewing public that deserves to hear what I heard.
Tip: watch it on YouTube to get an idea of what we heard. And ABC-5, FIX THIS!!!
Anyway... back to my topic.
Perhaps it wasn't Pow's best night before the microphone, and perhaps the production people choosing "I'd Give My Life For You" signalled her downfall (to her credit she sang it well, better than a few Kims I've watched in the past). But still, I don't think she should have been booted off this week. She's clearly one of the better performers with a crystal clear powerful voice that's easy on the ear. There isn't a lot of that around now, and her unique persona in a sea of homogeneity is something refreshing. I wish her nothing but the best in this business... there's a place for a voice like hers.
So... place your bets. Who do you think will take the title home? Let's see over the next two weekends just who will step up to the plate, throw caution to the wind and just perform their best.
Break a leg, you guys.