More than halfway through this season of All Together Now Australia, and tonight on episode 5, rock ‘n’ roll music played all night long!

We started out with kind of a bang bang with Emma who had a great attitude, but got a bit tongue-tied in the rap. We quickly moved on to Greg, a fitness musician who had the look, but didn’t make me wake up for his song. He was very nervous, and you could hear the tremble in his voice.

Moving on to the first big performance of the night, Harmony in Three, three pitch-perfect divas singing an even bigger diva – Tina Turner and Proud Mary! They made almost all of us get up and dance!

I loved James the truckie singing Jimmy Barnes’ Working Class Man. I could tell he loved sharing his voice with the crowd and he was one of my standout performances of the episode.

Then we had Dean, or Feminem (great name!) performing We Are The Champions. Dean looked fantastic, but the song didn’t quite make it.

 

Hanna sang Florence and the Machine’s You’ve Got The Love which really worked well with her unique and beautiful voice and sent her through to the top 2 of the episode along with Harmony in Three.

The final two performers were Mivon and Afrotanium, and Mark singing Kesha’s Praying. Mark was a beautiful singer and gave a great performance of a fantastic song, and it’s a shame he didn’t quite make it through to the finals.

The final sing-off between Hanna and Harmony in Three didn’t start well, with Hanna choosing Rather Be, but she stumbled a bit and ended up with a very disappointing 25 points. This paved the way for Harmony in Three to move on to the grand final, but they not only did that, but performed One Night Only (from Dreamgirls, which I’ve also been privileged to perform in a stage adaptation) and got every single judge to stand up, giving them a perfect 100!

What a night! Check out previous recaps here.

Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4

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A quick update on episode four of All Together Now Australia.

It was a bit tense to start the show but I think David started it okay. The important thing is he came out with confidence and gave everything to his performance, and that sort of attitude is what the show is all about.

Alexandra was adorable and filled with confidence. She missed a few of the high notes, but I think that was mostly from being overwhelmed from the 100 people in front of her.

Meanwhile, Robert, our young Ro! He really does look like a 12-year-old Ronan Keating (from afar). You can tell that he’s theatrically trained. I want his jacket, by the way. Robert if you are reading this, email me.

Mandy and Jeg, to be honest, I stood up because any choreography to Footloose is good exercise and I didn’t wanna miss a free dance rehearsal. I would also say, performing together for 30 years is pretty impressive!

Beks and Phil touched my soul. Their voices were beautiful and left me speechless.I was so grateful to them for sharing their talent. I had the same feeling for Liam when he performed his song. He was a powerhouse singer and very sweet onstage. Also, I loved his shirt too!

Jing Lei

Special mention to Jing. I’m proud of her and it’s such a big accomplishment for Channel 7 to showcase diversity in the music industry. This is what Australia needs to truly represent our multiculturalism. Unfortunately, I didn’t stand up when she first sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow as I was feeling critical about the song.

But when Jing performed a Chinese song, it brought me to tears. All 100 of us even shouted “revote!”, but in the end, our first vote stood. Still, I was happy she sang another song. She’s the only contestant to perform twice so far. Thank you, Jing, and more power to you.

In the end, Beks and Phil will move on to the grand finale for a run at the prize. And next week, someone gets all 100 of us to stand up. Who will it be? You’ll have to watch to find out!

Winners we have so far Lai from episode one, Royston from episode two, and Jessica from episode three.

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Hope you didn’t miss last Sunday’s episode of All Together Now Australia. First up was the incredible Pam Wachira. It was a fantastic start that made all 100 judges come together and stand up! Well, except that one guy… Ninety-nine is a tough number to beat and it was very intimidating for the next performers to see that number.

I loved Harley Mckinnon’s passion when he was on stage. His hands were literally shaking but he was giving his all. I’m glad he got the second spot of the podium.

And yes, I absolutely have to talk about Jessica Boyd. What a damn awesome surprise! That voice is to die for and she was the queen of the night. In my opinion, she didn’t need to mash it up with Lady Gaga coz the song was already a stunner. I get her reasoning as to why she had to do it. Opera is not getting that much attention compared to pop music and she nailed both songs here.

Special mention to Annette Dawes’ performance. She was captivating and you can feel her soul singing out to the crowd. I also love her vintage dress.

The final showdown was between two remarkable singers, Pam and Jessica, with Jessica the clear favourite with her rendition of All I Ask of You from The Phantom of the Opera. I can’t wait to see Jessica in the finale with Lai from episode one and Royston from episode two.

Stay tuned again for the next episode on Sunday at 7pm on Channel 7. If you haven’t watched them yet, download the 7plus app and watch it gazillion times.

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Episode 2 of All Together Now Australia, my my! My highlight for this episode was the bootylicious and apparently atrocious duo, Adam Hall and Mark Turner. Singing on the show is fairly simple. Just like singing in a karaoke – know what your best assets are! Otherwise, I’d be checking your arses when you leave the stage. The good thing was they had fun and I had fun watching them perform *wink.

Ramos Jakob also has my special mention because of the energy he put up on stage. It made me dance, it made me sing, it made me want to have some more. Good on yah! Meanwhile, Teagan Denham was so adorable belting out that Aerosmith song. She gave it her all but I wanted more from her. She is a good singer and honing that talent would lead her to a very good opportunity in the music industry. 

Special mention to Harry Potter (Bailey Elith) who sang okay for me. People have also been asking about Joe Piastrino who looked like Elvis and didn’t do Elvis. Don’t judge the performer by their outfit. It’s all about song choice.

Congratulations to Royston Sagigi-Baira for winning tonight’s episode. You were amazing and your talent was so raw, pure and truly mesmerising. See you at the finals. Let’s see what the next episode entails. Last episode recap, just click here.

This Friday, I will again be at Django performing for another sold out 80’s Funky – Pour it On Tribute (third time’s a charm)!

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