Here are my stats:
- 39 year old elementary school teacher (former corporate lawyer)
- married for 12 years
- no kids (two cats!)
- husband is a sound effects editor, 40
- moderately into INXS in the 80's (purchased KICK but not their other albums)
We both love, love, love this show. In fact, it has spoiled us for Canadian Idol and American Idol because the talent and production quality are so superior. Every show feels like a live concert, especially over the course of the last few weeks where they have really narrowed it down to the best performers.
As for the contestants, we think Mig is a great person and a wonderful stage performer, but he lacks that "bad boy" quality that seems to go hand in hand with a rock band. His elfin face just does not, in our opinion, go well with his striptease act and pleather pants!! I would love to have him as a house guest or a pen pal, but not as the lead singer for INXS.
I have to agree with many of you who feel that winning this thing would actually be detrimental to Marty's career. I think he has the talent to front INXS, I just don't see his musical and performance style as the right fit for the band. He could do better by using the exposure he has gotten from this show to launch his old band's career. I'm sure he will have many offers after Wednesday if he does not win.
Being proud Canadians, it was nice to see two of our own in the top 4. Suzie certainly proved that women can sing rock and she had a nice rapport with the house band. I'm actually surprised that they didn't keep her around for the finale. She made an interesting contrast to the boys. JD has grown on us the past few weeks (we liked him at the beginning but felt he started to slide after We are the Champions). His performance skills are excellent - he really pulls in the audience. He has natural charisma and we can't wait to see what he will do with his performance next. He also clearly loves INXS music and has great songwriting skills.
All in all, our votes would go to JD.