I've missed most of the Idool 2004 hype so far this year, and in fact didn't pay any attention to any of the preselections, but as I was watching TV tonight, I came across an episode featuring 10 of the 30 final contenders.
The people that were in tonight's episode were :
Ingrid : had to kick the show off and was pretty nerveous. She underperformed as in it was too static for the song she did.
Jessie : a very mature and solid performance. Has a very warm and soothing voice.
Sabine : Quite stunning although she lacked a bit of "clarity" in her voice to bring a (difficult) song like "The Rose" from Bette Midler. Impressive for her 16 years of age though. Might be too "light" to stand up to the others at this point in life.
Leslie : Looks like a 1930's player to me, but his singing was ok.
Toon : Started nicely but went totally overboard in every line past that first one. Not a contender according to me.
Robby : Does anyone remember that contender in one of the previous shows that had to flap her hands behind her ears to be able to sing? If Robby does that, he flies away. Sure, I admit that it's a low blow but I had to have something to notice while he attempted to sound like Barry White. And failed.
Siham : I don't doubt the fact that she can technically sing quite well, but she's got a terribly stuck up attitude. Unless that changes considerably, she's out for me.
Joeri : this bloke can sing and should return in one of the next episodes, possibly all the way up to the finals.
Born : Looks like a total nerd, but tries to use that different look to his advantage. His performance could use a bit more "swing", though his singing was good.
Sarah : Sang "My Immortal" from Evanescence, which is a hard song to do, especially when cut back to just over a minute. She did totally wonderful though and she has this look/attitude that just makes you long for more.
The three that should pass into the next round if you ask me :
Sarah, Jessie and Joeri.
Let the voting and flaming begin!
Update : I got 2 out of 3 correct, not too bad if you ask me. Jessie came in at 4th place so only barely missed the finals this time, and Joeri and Sarah are in as I predicted. Born was the winner.