Saturday, February 02, 2008

Star Academy: 1st semi-final, 01.02.08

The battle: Mathieu versus Bertrand.

The guests: Florent Pagny, Christophe Maé, Hélène Ségara, Blue Man Group, Plain White T's, Sheila - along with next week's semi-finalists, Quentin and Claire-Marie.

The verdict: Just not good enough. It was (IMHO) possibly the worst semi-final I'd seen/heard in all my years following Star Ac. Although Mathieu has strong public support - possibly as a reaction to his multiple nominations - and a good, marketable r'n'b-style image, he doesn't have the personality or vocal talent to match. Bertrand does have a big personality and matching dress sense, but again he lacks the magic you'd expect from a semi-finalist. Reiterating what I said last week, the standard should be exceptional at this stage - but it fell well short of that.

Over this series there has also been an increased number of songs sung in the English language, which I felt haven't always shown the contestants' singing talents to the full.
Last night also saw the return of directrice Alexia Laroche-Joubert to the prime following her (very brief) period of maternity leave.

After a number of 'battles' to test the semi-finalists' various abilities, the results were finally revealed.

Mathieu is in the final but who will join him?
Fingers crossed that it's Quentin.


AcerBen said...

I have a horrible feeling Mathieu is gonna walk the final. I can see what the girlies see in him, but he's not a particularly good singer.

Oh well.

EuropeCrazy said...

Yeah it's a strange one this year. He's got the image and the girly fans but not the vocal talent to go with it....if he's "the chosen one" then don't be too surprised if Claire-Marie magically makes the final next week. Not that I would dare to suggest anything underhand, lol :-)))) Now if Maureen had only stayed, then it may have been a different story...