QUOTE(Kathryn2 @ Oct 15 2008, 10:15 AM)
So forgettable I actually did forget he was there! Only remembered when I heard him on the radio.
I think it does show that there's a world of difference between being an excellent singer and being someone who really wows an audience with a stage performance - with the emotion they bring to it, and the performance they give. It is a bit unfair to compare singers with no MT experience to those who are working professionally in it.
It's not just Rhydian and Jonathan Ansell who suffered from this - Joss Stone was also heavily criticised for her performance, and I believe there were a few comments about Jodie, Jessie et al. too. Whereas I don't recall hearing any complaints at all about John Barrowman - and surely not everyone there was a huge fan of his?
I agree, it's an apples and oranges comparison in a way.
The problem for any singer handling crossover material is to make the song work in spite of their vocal training. Classical singers tend to sledgehammer MT songs with technique, where an actor's touch is needed. The best MT singers are really good actors who are capable of telling stories through song, in ways that illuminate the words. I'd rather hear a great actor with a so-so voice than a great singer with so-so (or no or over-) acting.
Rhydian's acting is so over-the-top on "Music of the Night" that it makes me want to turn away, it's just painful.
And I don't mean the kind of beautiful, cathartic pain that Steve Balsamo invokes with "Gethsemane". I thought all of the experienced MT performers that night were good to brilliant. Well, maybe not Idina.