Well, it’s not standard Troppo fare I know – though aficionados may recall similar departures from me in the past, but Natalie Gauci won Australian Idol on Sunday night. Idol is quite a show – for the few who are uninitiated it’s a kind of souped up talent quest in the age of reality TV. Anyway it’s mostly good even if it’s not your cup of tea. I doubt I’d watch much of it, but my thirteen year old daughter is glued to it several times a week, and I like getting a bit more involved as the finals draw to a close. Part of the format is that they’re endlessly profiling the contestants so you get to know them (or perhaps I should say their ‘personalities’) quite well.
I liked Natalie from the start. A very unassuming girl from an Italian background. She’s also incredibly nice. And she can really sing – right on the note pretty much every time – which is not at all easy. Usually the really good contestants have had a fair bit of experience in the business singing in their own bands and so on and Natalie is no exception. Natalie was damn good and got a lot better as all the contestants do. Her competitor in the final was Matt – amazingly ten years younger than her at 16. He was a very nice kid too. And very very talented.
So it was a nice thing to watch. And what was nicest of all was that despite the endless inducements urgings to do so, neither finalist presented themselves in a stereotyped way. Neither pouted or carried on in the way that most kids think pop stars should. (I mentioned in this post that that was one of the things I liked most about the Beatles – their unpretentiousness.)
So it was a pure delight to see such a nice, talented person win and to gain such intense pleasure in the process. That’s a picture of her above just overcome with a happiness in which we could all share a little just by watching. Shortly before, her Italian grandparents were brought onto the stage whereupon her grandfather announced in his broken English that this was the most significant day, the day on which he had felt most proud in his entire life. Wiping tears away Natalie sang the single that will be released tomorrow (which, predictably is not much chop). Matt said that she deserved to win.
Have a look at the Idol site and if you’re interested, watch the videos of her singing here. Highlights include Orange Coloured Sky and How High The Moon. Play Umbrella if you want to see that gorgeous smile when she gets a coveted ‘touchdown’ from judge Mark Holden.
My favourite is ‘All the Boys in Town’. You might find the choreography a little cheesy, but I’d never realised it was such a good song.