Our expert says:
I utterly agree. Andriette is a class act, versatile and with mature feeling and skill in everything she sings. Jody is terribly immature to meet, and has a ruthless glint in her eye, and is indeed often screechy and off-key. I think the organizers are irresponsible in allowing such young contestants --- and agist in on the other hand setting an UPPER limit ( are they scared that older contestants won't last long enough to make megabucks for the company ? COnsidering the brief and unimpressive careers of Anke and Karen, even an 85 year-old could last longer and more profitably.
And "Go Jody", no need to be snotty about the comment made about this child --- I very much doubt that she will complete any Matric by home-schooling as she has now said, and will be amazed if her "career" lasts a day longer than the time Sony-BMG pours money into promoting it --- and then, lacking a matric, where will she be ? It is not spiteful to point out the very real risks such a child runs in this situation ( and she's being wildly over-praised by those who will exploit her and profit from her ). It is careless and uncaring NOT to be concerned about these likely outcomes to her "career".
Its rather YOUR attitude that disturbs me. This was a popularity contest between a group of people, and it's frankly SICK to see it as a "defeat" for people with actual good musical taste, that the main prize went to someone who can't consistently sing in tune. There is no criterion within the entire history of music by which Jody sings "better" than any of the other top 10. And what she won was a populaity contest, NOT one judges on singing ability as such. Jopdy is NOT a "crowd-pleaser" except for a very specific and distinct crowd, a small sub-section of the public.
This is a game, not "defeat" and "victory". Never mind being gracious in defeat, it's even more essential to be gracious in victory.
On BLondie's comment, the good thing is indeed to remember that Immaturity is a problem usually cured by time.
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