Sunday, October 28, 2007
Rhydian - Madame Arcati adores you!
Did you see Rhydian Roberts on The X Factor last night? - he sang a special solo version of the duet Phantom of the Opera by kind permission of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Quite the most astonishing song performance I have seen on mainstream TV in a very long time - and in a talent show! Was it a freak one-off or the start of something very special? Rhydian is straight-camp-baroque, a popera baritone who sweeps into the near-falsetto (I exaggerate slightly) when drama requires. A highly stylised performer, a highly dramatic divo. Love him. Celine Dion was right - Broadway here he comes, though I think he will flog records too. This guy plainly has ideas.