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Two 17 year-olds blew me away, but not ready for prime time
on June 6, 2013
Just as they did with Simon Cowell, when I saw the YouTube video of these two "kids" on "Britain's Got Talent," I was simply astounded ... especially by Jonathan, one of the more powerful tenors I've heard since Pavarotti died. Mind you, Jonathan is no Pavarotti, but given time and maturation )and a good manager), he could be. I was happy to hear that he "holds back a bit" when singing the duets with Charlotte because he doesn't want to overpower her, something he could easily do.
There are times when the orchestra is too loud, and while I can't fault these two singers, I do fault the producers who rushed these two kids into a studio with a mediocre orchestra and almost nonexistent orchestration. The more you listen, the more you'll hear that Johnathan is either trying to drown out the orchestra or vice-versa. The leader certainly should have done two or more takes, but again, Cowell knows that making a buck can be short-lived. I predict that in three months, you won't know who Johnathan and Charlotte are.
Having nothing to do with the recording ... their story is inspirational as well, from the time that Jonathan said no to Simon Cowell's irrational suggestion that he "dump Charlotte" (a quote). Musically, they are a good match, not perfect, but good. And their aspirations are different from one another.
For those who are thinking of nit-picking, Charlotte turned 17 just before the recording of the album, so they are the same age.