The YouTube video quality is, as usual, not great, nor are my speakers. Under the circumstances, I could tell she’s talented, but the performance struck me as stiff. It seemed as if every arm gesture and facial expression was choreographed, and she was rushing through her ‘marks.’ It didn’t feel like it was flowing naturally from her, as if she were trying mimic someone else.
This could very well be due to YouTube making it look “jerkier” than it was on TV. And it wouldn’t be surprising if it was choreographed down to the smallest detail. I bet she does this song at talent contests and state fairs a hundred times a year and she’s well aware of what works and what doesn’t. It’s a big competition with a lot of viewers, so I wouldn’t blame her for being nervous (if she was, she did a good job of hiding it when talking to the judges) and perhaps rushing the choreography. It’s still pretty excellent delivery for anyone, much less a kid.
However, count me among those who have no use for yet another melisma-obsessed singer who has to belt out every si-i-i-i-i-ngle sylaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaa-a-a-a-a-able! It’s not Bianca’s fault. She grew up in a world where the most successful singers made millions doing exactly that. Who can blame her for copying them when she discovered she’d been blessed with such a voice?
Unfortunately, mimicing the Mariahs and Celines of the world might take her far in this contest. But I hope as she grows she will learn to cultivate her talent in a way that could really offer something new and exciting to the world. Otherwise, we just have more of the same. Who needs it?