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#11 sanderling

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Posted 15 April 2007 - 08:05 PM

Awful, awful show. Nothing to do with the West End at all, only makes sense as a TV phone-in programme. I'd never watched the Maria contest, but now I understand why there are doubts over Connie's long-term future.

If you want to see what the punters think, look here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/joseph/news/2007/04/14/42775.shtml These are people who shell out their 25p to vote so they know what they're talking about. Oh yes!

Wouldn't be at all surprised to see Faye Turney and the winner of the Apprentice as the next stars of Grease.

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 08:24 AM

i find it interesting that very little has been made of daniel's west end experience when he's probably done as much as lee has. they seem to be playing it down a lot.

anthony's don't want to miss a thing was car crash tv.. but he does have a bit of sparkle about him, and i found my eye constantly going to him during the group numbers.

why oh why oh WHY don't they make them sing musical numbers?? i didn't watch maria so have no idea - do they bring them in later in the series?

i think seamus is a cocky little so-and-so, which is a shame because he has a nice voice. lee's voice is good too, but he just grinned throughout his whole song - hardly much emotional range.

craig is desperately familiar to me.. i'm trying to figure out if i know him from edinburgh or elsewhere. has he done pop idol or x factor or something before?

i thought keith was fabulous.. interacted with the live audience and at home far more than the others.. he's not a joseph to me at all (at least at the moment) but hope he does well.
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#13 Tintin

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 08:53 PM

Haz, my biggest grouch is that they are hardly given any musical numbers to sing. One could be forgiven to think they were all entering some Pop Idol contest. With the Marias it was just the same. Only towards the end, when it narrowed down, did they really start doing proper show songs. Up till then it was mostly pop, which made it really difficult to decide who would be the most suitable for a Rodgers & Hammerstein show. Even the pathetic guest performers(!), dragged in while the voting was carried out, were from the pop world, mostly totally unknown to me (and hopefully will remain that way).

Perhaps the producers feel that most viewers have very little powers of concentration, so dumbing down is the order of the day. Perhaps they are right, come to think of it.

And I agree about their playing down the fact that Daniel has appeared in the West End already. Instead the emphasis was on his current rather dull job, that he seems desperate to leave. I just hope he wins the contest.

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 06:25 PM

I thought, overall, the Josephs seemed a rather more talented lot than the Marias but is anyone else finding it difficult to remember which Joseph is which?  I am - I think it's because they don't have all the nicknames like the Marias ('Survivor Maria', 'Fashion Student Maria', 'Tomboy Maria.')  Maybe we should help them by coming up with a few:

Almost Billy Elliott Joseph
Baby Joseph
Teeth Joseph
Bob the Builder Joseph
Asda Joseph
Understudy Joseph
Leo Sayer Joseph
Never Sung Before His Family Joseph
Probably Won't be Here Next Week Joseph...

I dunno.  What do you think?

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 07:06 PM

LOL!  Foxa, you've made my day.
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Posted 21 April 2007 - 07:44 PM

Maybe someone with more initiative will start a Show 2 topic, but in the meantime, my thoughts on the Show 2 Josephs are:

Faves:  Keith and Lee

Least Faves:  Ben (oh dear), and the builder guy (Sorry forgotten name again.)

Cutest:  Anthony

The Most Baffling, But Not in an Entirely Bad Way (Well, Okay Maybe a Bit Bad, But at Least He's Different and Endearing): Jondeep

Most Awkward to Watch in Closeup:  (If I've got their names right) Chris and Craig

The Sort of Guy You Will Find in Every Drama Class Across Britain:  Lewis

The One I Would Most Hate to Be Stuck In A Pub With Especially If He Was Doing All the Talking and I was Sober:  The Leo Sayer Guy


#17 Haz

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 08:05 PM

i wanted to gag johndeep to stop him breathing between every phrase.

can't remember who it was but it did amuse me somewhat that john barrowman of all people chastised someone for being too camp..?! pot, kettle anyone? (yes, i know it's not him being judged, blah blah)

i think keith is a little star and didnt hear the diction problems they all seemed so focussed on?

didn't like daniel this week.. i think he's adorable, but didnt like the arrangement of the song.

i think rob is rivalling chris for the 'the one with the teeth' label.. vampire by night?!

seamus is still too smug for my liking.

nice to see some more musicals in there tonight, but still not enough for me!!
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Posted 21 April 2007 - 09:37 PM



Seamus is HIDEOUSLY smug and it pours from him every moment he's on screen. I can't stand him!

I liked Daniel, Chris, Lee and Lewis tonight...
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#19 jcajsjc

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 10:22 PM

Anyone know where you can download mp3's of the performances?

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 06:32 AM

I think I meant Daniel instead of Craig for the awkward closeup thing (I do get a few of the blander ones confused still - I should also add that they all look better in closeup than I would.)  I think Daniel is talented enough, but he was shouting and bounding aimlessly his way through that song, which was a bad choice for him and the acting thing they were supposedly looking for anyway.

I get the impression that the experience of the performances must be very different in person than at home.  Some the perfs which seemed most painful and involved a lot of aimless strutting or phoney baloney smoove moves got the warmest responses from the judges.  

The teeth thing:  what happened there?  Did they get some job lot discount with a 'Have A Brighter Smile' specialist? Several of them have distracting gnashers now. I honestly think that's one reason why Chris was in the bottom two - and the weirdly high praise from the judges. Some of them also seemed to have been layered with pancake - odd.

I think Jondeep was the recipient of the 'camp' remark, which I thought was unkind.  It was more an oddly demonstrative performance, at times almost of a 'I'm a Little Teapot' literalness, but he has something interesting as a performer too (I thought.)

Loved John Barrowman's parents and Graham Norton's admonition that he should put away the Joseph coat now.




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