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Essential for Jonathan fans - but way less exciting than BGT
on November 3, 2012
As were millions, I was unexpectedly blown out the window with shock, amazement and pure JOY when the shy, fat kid who looked like he had just walked off the street onto the Britain's Got Talent stage first opened his mouth to sing his gift to the world. Tears and sobbing are involuntary responses for many who hear Jonathan's astounding gift - no matter how many times you replay and savor the overwhelming JOY of his talent once again.
I seriously believe that Jonathan may be holding the most perfect and powerful singing gift in human history. The fact that he is only 17 and sings clearly better than the greatest and most talented tenors on the planet - living or dead - is nothing short of miraculous. I tear up just writing about Jonathan and what he has given and will give to the world.
Regarding the first CD, I must reluctantly echo the reviewers expressing disappointment that Jonathan's mega talent was unfortunately watered down and diluted in the CD production. Although the CD is very good and even wonderful in places, the BGT videos are way more powerful and exciting. All Jonathan fans will want to get the CD anyway, but after only a couple of listens, I find myself feeling frustrated when the orchestra is way too loud, and the choir (completely unnecessary and even annoying) is drowning out the main attraction. The orchestra is too "full" and loud most of the time on the CD. The musical accompaniment should have been quite minimal to focus the listener's ears and attention on the main event.
Charlotte has a very beautiful, sweet voice and is very pleasant to listen to. She is very talented. With the right breaks she could (will probably) have a successful career of her own. Simon's first impression, however, was spot on. She would have to be a Sarah Brightman right now to fully complement Jonathan's voice (a tall order even for Sarah Brightman). Charlotte certainly has the capacity to develop into a Sarah Brightman class singer eventually, but Charlotte's voice right now has a sweet nuance and tenderness of youth. That's not bad, but somewhat out of sync with Jonathan's amazingly fully mature, how-could-it-be-more-perfect gift. Their music together is very wonderful anyway, and part of me feels like a jerk for being so precise comparing Jonathan and Charlotte in my review.
To be brutally honest (Simon's trademark), Charlotte's greatest contribution (so far) is to be the wonderfully kind and loving catalyst to give Jonathan the confidence and support he needed to walk out on that BGT stage and unleash his immeasurable gift to humanity. I deeply thank Charlotte for being the "wonderful person" she is (Jonathan's words). Jonathan told us that were it not for Charlotte, we would all still be waiting to discover him.
So thank you, Charlotte, for being who you are and for bringing us Jonathan. For that gift alone, you deserve every wonderful success in your life and in your own singing career - with Jonathan and on your own. And I am sure you will continue to support Jonathan to fully develop and share his gift as time goes on.
The next step has to be a production designed and tailored to showcase all that Jonathan has to offer. A creatively and carefully orchestrated digital concert of Jonathan's talent should be even more impressive than the BGT performances. We can look forward to his next effort. (Astoundingly it looks like no effort at all when Jonathan sings - not even breaking a sweat.)
CONSOLATION PRIZE: Here is a gift you can give yourself. Download the BGT videos from YouTube in mp4 format. (Firefox with YouTubeEnhancer is what I used.) Burn them to a CD or DVD. Play them on your big screen TV and sound system. You will be very pleased if you have only watched the videos on a computer. You can thank me later. This is the best way to maximize your Jonathan experience right now - until his next performances are available.