Well, now that the dust has settled and you have had time to pick yourself up off the floor, or maybe you have just finished watching Britain’s Got Talent on Skyplus; what a final!
I must admit I didn’t have the pleasure of watching the results show live, as I was at a gig, but I did see the three girls battle it out to begin with. Then I blocked all media coverage and watched the results at midnight, braced for a bad result. But what of the final three?
Firstly, Sam handled herself with real grace. I know I have given her some stick on here as she did seem slightly too driven for me and lacking in emotion. Her performances again, lacked the pizzazz yesterday needed to win, but she was a really gracious third place contestant. Not once did she resemble a spoilt brat like many do who get so close.
If you saw Britain’s Got Talent on the other side, you probably know what I mean. I’m sure this lass has a future, she could end up in Chicago, although I can see Bill Kenwright rubbing his hands with glee as he may just have found another narrator for his Joseph tour; an ideal role for Sam. If Tara can do it!
This left us with two girls let to sing each other off the show. The Panel had their favourites and didn’t we know about it, eh? ALW made the most snide comments I have ever heard on a show of this type. He said to Jodie: “Whatever’s been written about you, you have an outsized talent!” This was a slightly veiled reference (albeit see-through!) to the poor girl’s weight. This comment alone, probably led to huge swathes of people picking up the damn phone, forgetting about the scandals, votes not counting, etc and hitting redial, regardless!
The performances from the final two were excellent. Jessie showed real poise in her delivery but did you notice she had been advised not to move at all?! The effect being she resembled a mannequin during “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.” She belted out each number with real determination but like previous weeks, there was aggression also, as she could see how close she was. Some of this is down to age. But some of it is also down to Barry, ALW, and Cameron for building her up, in order to get Jodie out, to be honest.
Jodie’s I have Nothing was filled with a real sense of loss. I think all of the critical brick bats/digs had taken their toll, as she was close to tears. But, bravo, as it led to an excellent heartfelt performance. The final song was “As Long As He Needs Me” and again, Jodie delivered a remarkable performance; incredibly commanding and at that moment I really felt she deserved the role and could carry it off.
Jessie’s vocal talents have never been called into question but her lack of maturity mean that she was so intent on giving a winning turn, that she often resorted to a shouting match, throwing her hands up as if to say the audience: “Vote for me, I’m friggin’ raw, me!” It comes across like a boxer scared of falling on the ropes, all show and bluster but no hard punches.
The panel were asked who should be Nancy:
Cameron: “Jessie is Nancy!”
I must admit, as my favourite never wins these types of shows, I rooted for Jodie but I prepared myself to hear: “The winner is…… J-essie.”
And the winner is…….
When I heard the name Jodie instead, I jumped into the air. She has not always been on the money for me, but last night she proved all (well, all except ALW, Cameron and Barry) the doubters wrong. One of the best moments in the show was seeing Cameron praise her through gritted teeth by saying how great it was for Jodie (not for him then) and ALW said she was “the people’s Nancy!” (not his, then!).
But, for me, the money shot was seeing DVO and John hug each other as Jodie’s name was called. She was the performer’s Nancy; no doubt about it! These two friends were genuinely over the moon.
Jodie seemed incredibly shocked at the win and this is really humbling. The camera then panned to Jessie sat crying next to her parents and you had to feel for the girl as the Lord, Barry and Cameron had been praising her beyond her wildest dreams. In her head, she had the prize. But they should have gave her constructive criticism, like they gave Jodie, it would have grounded her. It was like seeing a child fed sweets non- stop for a month and then being told: “No more!” The rattle would have been lobbed from the buggy!
They tried everything to get her to win; letting her sing second, get her to pick up an Oliver- “Look she’s raw and maternal!” But the viewers voted with their heads and their hearts and the best gal won. So what if she is a stock Nancy! There was never an Amy Winehouse in the building in the first place!
Well, all that is to be said now is: “Thanks so much for reading this blog. I have wanted this all my life, ever since I can remember, it’s been my dream!!”
Seriously, thanks for visiting. Whether you agreed or disagreed with my thoughts, that’s what this page has been for, debating. Now the only question is, are you going to book to see Oliver! now, or not?
Congratulations Jodie! And to all the girls; consider yourself very proud!