Thanks for the write-up, JLuvs. It's almost like I was there. Oh, yeah, that's right: I was.Originally Posted by JLuvs
So, for what it’s worth, here's my 2 cents:
Everyone sounded pretty good, actually. (Since it hasn't aired here yet, I have no idea how they'll sound on the broadcast.) Lots of good energy and real professionalism on display.
I agree with JLuvs that the show was basically over after Thelma sang "Don't Leave Me This Way". She absolutely blew the roof off the place, with the screams & cheers (including mine) noticeably louder & longer than for the other performers. (Not that they were slighted any.)
I confess: I voted for her -- as did (obviously) many others. It really didn't seem at all contentious (as I heard some of the other votes have been). Some people were pulling for Greg Kihn (who, based on comments here, apparently sounded much better on the Green Day song in person). And, though Billy Vera really had the crowd going with his rendition of "At This Moment", it seemed like he lost some momentum with his cover. Club Nouveau and Glass Tiger, though fun & entertaining, were never really in contention, imo.
A couple more comments:
How we vote is absolutely NOT influenced by any of the staff in any way, shape or form. In fact, they go out of their way to make sure that we show equal respect and enthusiasm for all the performers. Now, whether our little voting pads actually do anything other than light up, I can’t say. But – as I said – it was pretty obvious from the crowd reaction that Thelma would win in a landslide, so I have no reason to question the final result.
The audience is definitely not made up of “short attention span teenagers". The producers may put some of the younder &/or hotter ones in front of the cameras and down near the stage, but I’d say the majority of the audience was in their late 20’s through 30-something. (And some even older. )
And, yes, Vernon does do a wicked Mick Jagger impersonation.