## Thursday, April 03, 2008

### Czech X-Factor

I am among the millions of Czechs who passionately follow the X-Factor. In the second final round ("The Chocolate Night", a night dedicated to songs by black musicians) after which only 10 candidates are left, perhaps the most impressive - and somewhat surprising - performance was by Kamila Nývltová who was chosen "Saving All My Love For You" by Whitney Houston:

David Gránský was very good with "Hello" by Lionel Richie. It wasn't out-of-tune and he deserves the tens of thousands of votes from teenage girls. Jiří Zonyga, a truck-like counterpart of Lenny Krawitz, offered a lot of energy stored in "Fly Away"; it's not shocking that he is one of the hot candidates for winning the poll below this article. Martina Pártlová, a barmaid, sings very well; but still, her "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys suggests that she might be more attractive than an ingenious singer.

Ondřej Ruml with "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" by Stevie Wonder was good again - arguably better than the original. The same can be said about Pavlína Ďuriačová with Whitney Houston's "One Moment In Time" even though the latter could donate some pounds to the former. ;-) But they are very good anyway.

The Wild Cats & Dante (artificially combined into one band) were at least okay, singing "Here Come The Men In Black" by Will Smith. I believe that this combination is better than they would be separately and they might be, musically speaking, the best band remaining in the contest even though they were almost eliminated this time (last time, another gipsy band was kicked out). Maybe they are even better than Five minutes to twelve who chose Jackson's "You're Not Alone".

I was somewhat untouched by the limited musical content of the comedians from All X (formerly "Al-Xida"). Anna Ungrová of Pilsen (with her giraffe and "Kiss From Rose" by Seal) is very likable but her performance was kind of scholastic. Lukáš Javůrek was removed from the contest, despite his interesting edition of "Amazing Grace", having been on the edge since the first round.