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Despite the unequivocally loud – and at times violent – protests for ‘Idol Thoughts’ to make a return to the SputnikMusic blog, your humble and flattered reporter simply could not find the time to keep up with the goings on of J-Lo and Steven Tyler this year. Fear not however, as the over-saturation of music-based reality shows which span the globe nowadays, is always likely to serve up some form of quality entertainment.

While the ‘(insert country here)’s Got Talent’ franchise is usually more likely to serve up a contender for ‘Funniest Home Videos’ than reveal a musical genius, there is something about the ad-libbing kitchen sink nature of the show’s format which could attract an undiscovered gem.

Case in point is the aptly named James “Chooka” Parker, a contestant on the current series of Australia’s Got Talent. While rural Victoria is not exactly the Australian outback, it is not completely out of the question that young Chooka actually does not own a television, let alone the modern necessities that are a smartphone and the internet… The fashion sense definitely suggests so anyway.

Already the owner of more facial hair than the average red-head is likely to see in their lifetime, the self-taught 16 year old – yes, I said 16 – wandered on to stage for his debut appearance a few weeks back, ready to apparently make everyone laugh. What followed was a mixture of hooting, hollering and bewilderment, which later resulted in one judge calling him a “freak”… In a positive sense of course.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the sheep-shearing, unique individual that is Chooka:

Come semi-final time and appearance number two, it seemed that Chooka had not only mastered the art of the grand entrance, but he also had waved his magic wand to silence the audience and place them in a suspended silence of awe.





duckpride82
06.13.11
I challenge someone not to like this kid.

Trebor.
06.13.11
I come from a land down under
Where beef does flow and men chunder
Can't you hear, can;t you here the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.


Waior
06.13.11
somebody knows his Am scales

Avirov
06.13.11
Eh, he was alright

taylormemer
06.13.11
Firstly, it's always good to see Kyle humbled.
Secondly, indeed Am love, lots of 9ths too.
Thirdly, at least they didn't bastardise his act with ballerinas and floating lanterns.
Finally, I wonder if he has heard of someone by the name of George Winston - very similar style.

DaveyBoy
06.13.11
LOl re: ballerinas comment.

Maybe, a half-naked chick dressed as a bird can play a part in his final performance.

HBFS
06.13.11
He did a fucking front flip.
I mean he's really good at piano and at times his pieces are quite beautiful but I'm not entirely convinced he 'made it up on the spot'. Still, hope he wins.

taylormemer
06.13.11
But you see Davey that's the problem with AGT. Usually you see these extremely raw and poignant performances in the audition stage, and then when it comes to finals, the production team go nuts and bastardise everything that makes the artist unique and individual and consequently turns them into a Celine Dion concert.

Spare
06.13.11
not the most technically amazing pianist. fast fingers though. front flip was more impressive.

liledman
06.13.11
if he didnt look like he does, nobody would give a fuck about him or the way he plays the piano.

not that impressive, only surprising to those who judged him like the judged that fat scottish bitch before she sung.

DaveyBoy
06.13.11
Jake, I'll take your word for it. I've never really watched the show.

andcas, that is Dannii Minogue... Kylie's sister.

taylormemer
06.13.11
Yeah, Dannii is supposed to be the compasionate wuss, Kyle the hard ass wanker, and Brian the useless moron.

DaveyBoy
06.13.11
Reality show judges 101 right there.

taylormemer
06.13.11
You'd think they would have spiced it up a bit by now, but nope.

DaveyBoy
06.13.11
I'm sure it's not easy carting around all that make-up.

DaveyBoy
06.13.11
Although, it should be noted that in 'Basic Instinct' mode, she... umm... judge for yourself:

http://www.rodcollins.com/wordpress/why-do-people-watch-the-x-factor


taylormemer
06.13.11
Or the vocoder in his back pocket.

taylormemer
06.13.11
Referring to Brian of course.

Davey did you ever catch the Watermelon dude?

DaveyBoy
06.13.11
Nope. Like I said previously, I actually don't watch the show. It's like you don't believe me.

taylormemer
06.13.11
Ok, here you go then. Classic stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8k59sBhh6Y

Maybe link this when you refer to 'Funniest Home Videos'

taylormemer
06.13.11
Yeah in the next round the production team tried to Celine Dion him. Terrible stuff right there.

Spare
06.13.11
holy shit i nearly pissed myself laughing at that watermelon guy vid

MO
06.13.11
Pretty slick shit I gotta say.

RosaParks
06.13.11
Pretty cool stuff

Curse.
06.13.11
Dannii Minogue is a hottie

Adabelle
06.13.11
This is awesome.

BallsToTheWall
06.13.11
That was epic, and what are you on Josh? She looks 50 and horridly unattractive.

Aids
06.13.11
that was absolutely unbelievable. most classical composers couldn't write music that incredible, and he makes it up as he goes. like that judges, my jaw was on the floor during both performances.

Aids
06.13.11
the* judges

DaveyBoy
06.13.11
Were you welling up Aids?

scissorlocked
06.14.11
he's good

Ahmad498
06.14.11
Chooka-ness!

DaveyBoy
06.14.11
Well, I'm glad I haven't offended any ginger ninjas as yet.

AtavanHalen
06.14.11
How about that cunt on the show a few weeks back who did stand-up and ripped off Lee Mack's jokes?

DaveyBoy
06.14.11
DavID, you should go on this show & see what Kyle thinks of you.

AtavanHalen
06.14.11
I met him in 2005. A bunch of people were walking past and waving and screaming at him. He smiles and waves and all that. Then we lock eyes. I walk up to him, scream "FRENZAL RHOMB RULE!" and walk off. He mutters something about the smartarse kid and we never see each other again.

DaveyBoy
06.14.11
Hahaha. I'm sure he won't recognise you now that you're all furry... & talented.

AtavanHalen
06.14.11
Well I'm certainly furry

AggravatedYeti
06.14.11
kid is pretty impressive.

JizzInMyPants
06.14.11
eh, it seems most of what he does is make a wall of piano sound and then within that wall he lays down some melodies, reminds me of rapture, though not as good.

DaveyBoy
06.14.11
wall of sound... with melodies... If only most indie/shoegaze bands could get the latter part right.

Badda bing.

mutatedfreek
06.14.11
this is fairly good

taxidermist
06.15.11
He's a freak!

DaveyBoy
06.16.11
He's a freak!... For his piano playing OR 16 year old facial hair?


Puzzles
06.16.11
Apparently he's a freak.

qwe3
06.16.11
amamamamamamamam

Ire
06.16.11
ehhh

Edwin
06.16.11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmabxQzkFrw

Thought you might've been blogging about this Chooka. Piano Chooka goes good though.

HBFS
06.16.11
Jaydos is the man

DaveyBoy
06.16.11
LOL. I can foresee some legal action upcoming.

omnipanzer
06.16.11
It's like a salad roll, Where's the meat you shit cunts!

omnipanzer
06.16.11
^ probably needs a little context... this is in reference to edwin's clip =^P

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