It's naht zo bad
March 14, 2004 4:42 AM   Subscribe

The Story of a Czech SuperStar Contestant. The Czech version of Pop Idol (or American Idol, if you prefer) is finally starting to get good. But it may not be for the reasons the show's creators wanted. Anna, known also by her SuperStar number 3469 or better yet as "Dajdou," has become the most famous of all the contestants so far, precisely because she is what the Czechs refer to as an "antitalent." (via Living in Europe)
posted by Ljubljana (9 comments total)
Oh, a Czech version of William Hung.
posted by calwatch at 5:09 AM on March 14, 2004

We have the same thing happening in Hungary. Simply horrid, vapid reality TV is cheap to produce and everything seen on the screen brings in advertising income. Right now the Hungarian government is trying to fund reality TV shows to have the contestants play educational games to discuss Hungary's membership in the European Union. One minister said last week "The people who watch these shows are not people who watch the news."
posted by zaelic at 5:32 AM on March 14, 2004

That chick has balls! I'm not surprised by her popularity at all- finally a contestant with character.
posted by degnarra at 8:21 AM on March 14, 2004

Is it my audio, or do they have to do the songs a capella?

If she had nothing to harmonize with or even keep the beat, that wasn't all that bad. I've heard worse.
posted by milovoo at 9:47 AM on March 14, 2004

I believe I've been described as an "antitalent" once or twice...
posted by jalexei at 12:45 PM on March 14, 2004

They have to do it A Capella, I think, in all the Idols. It's a real challenge. Even William Hung sounds like a better than average singer to a backing track (it's only his enthusiasm that makes it funny, I'm sure the judges encountered far, far worse in terms of actual singing).
posted by abcde at 1:47 PM on March 14, 2004

(hit enter in the address bar again after going to that link, it doesn't seem to like remote linking)
posted by abcde at 1:48 PM on March 14, 2004

And if that mix isn't tone-adjusted, he actually has quite exceptional pitch.
posted by abcde at 1:48 PM on March 14, 2004

IANAAIC, but I believe American/Pop Idol contestants audition before the judges by singing without accompaniment. It's only the ones who make it into the actual competition who get to work with the arrangers and vocal coaches.
posted by emelenjr at 2:18 PM on March 14, 2004

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