aaparallel wrote:Here's the bit of "City Hall" from last night's airing of the LA auditions. I've posted on FB already about this and I'll do it here. In Jeannette's defense, I thought the segment we saw wasn't that bad. We're just not used to hearing such a bright, high voice sing that song. Maybe the rest of the audition was bad, but from the bit that we can see, she didn't go "way off on all the notes" as J. Lo. said. Just on the "seen a sight" line she pushed too hard and went sharp. You could tell from the judges' faces that they had other problems with the song, such as the genre and the lyrics (it cut to Randy at the "stand in line" bit and he looked put off by the song).
I think it's great that Jeannette decided to sing a VT song for her audition. It's not a good song for her voice type or for the show, but I don't think she deserves any of the negative comments currently on Twitter and Facebook, from fellow VT fans. That must really hurt. I'm sure many of us love to belt out to VT songs, but don't have the confidence to audition for something with them. And even if Jeannette were confident, I don't think she asked to be showcased along with all the failed auditions. Shame on the AI establishment in general for putting those out there for attention.
That said, this situation reminds me of why I'm hesitant about covering Vienna's music. I personally don't think anyone can sing her songs as well as she can, even if they have apparent vocal skill (imagine Aretha Franklyn sing VT's songs. No.) I sing and play the piano, but I'm afraid I might not like myself if I attempt a VT song. And I guess I'm afraid of insulting the VT fans, who aren't all as humble and understanding as I had previously assumed...
Fred wrote:I'm sure there must be some on YouTube.
Fred wrote:...If anyone ever covers Radio or Pontchartrain well and creatively, he or she is a certified genius...
Fred wrote:And he spells Lullaby correctly, too, lol.
Reileen wrote:...and if she saw (maybe she HAS seen) all the negative comments about her performance right on the FB of VT herself...putting myself in her shoes, I'd be horrified. It's one thing if some panel of judges unsympathetic to her chosen genre and to her appearance says she's bad, but having judgment passed upon her from so close to her idol (no pun intended) will really, really sting.
Reileen wrote:aaparallel, do you have a link to Jeannette's Facebook? You can PM it to me if you're not comfortable sharing it publicly for whatever reason.
aaparallel wrote:VT fans are much, much better than what's implied by people's responses to this.
Fred wrote:I'm a little surprised that there were more snarky fan comments in reply to Vienna's second, encouraging and consoling, post. Vienna was clearly trying to set a particular tone and a bunch of people didn't get it, or didn't care.
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