The Dutch music station TMF (The Music Factory) had it's annual awards show tonight. The reason I love the TMF awards is because the ratio of performances to awards is much better than any other awards show. Twenty-one performances, and eleven awards makes for one heck of a show. And the overall quality of the performances is better. And the one reason that the TMF awards is so much better than the MTV awards: no stupid host that thinks he/she is funny when they're not. That's right boys and girls, a 4+ hour show with no stupid skits, no lame jokes, and no bombing presentor.
The show opened with a performance by Skin, the chick from Skunk Anansie, and Tiesto, a Dutch DJ. It was very techno, and a great way for a Dutch show to open. Tiesto was one of the big Dutch winners, winning 2 awards.
Big Brovaz peformed 2 songs, "Nu Flow" and "OK". I actually liked "OK" better as it highlights the vocal abilities of the group more. Girls Aloud was there and they surprised the heck out of me by singing live. They actually weren't that bad! The main chorus featured a backtrack, but that's not that bad.
Dutch rock group Krezip performed "You are mine", and while it wasn't the best performance I've ever seen from them, it was quite good. Another Dutch rock group, Di-rect, gave an excellent performance of their songs "Adrenaline" and "She". They also won 2 awards - Best Rock and Best Video for "Adrenaline".
It was supposed to be a big night for Dutch Rock, as the most popular Dutch act - Kane - was supposed to performce but were forced to cancel their performance, as they had to go to New York to shoot the international video for "Rain Down On Me". Another Dutch singer, Trijntje Oosterhuis, filled in for them, but it wasn't the same. Dutch Rock singer Anouk performed 2 songs as well, and as usual she was great. Rumor has it she's trying to break internationally, so if you want to be ahead of the game, get her album now!
A performance by Daniel Bedingfield surprised me, I expected him to playback, but he sang live, and he actually hit those high notes in "If You're Not The One".
Several artists severely disappointed me by playbacking, though it did seem to be on the decline compared to past TMF Awards shows. Blue playbacked 2 songs, "Sorry" and "U Make Me Wanna". Blue doesn't dance, and still don't sing live, so what's the point of their "career"? Atomic Kitten pretended to sing "The Tide is High" and "Be With You." And one of my most disappointing moments ever: Ricky Martin playbacked. It gets worse. He didn't just not sing, he ruined his hair with a horrific hair cut. And his dancing lacked that critical "butt factor". All of these things added together dropped Ricky an entire point on the hotness factor, which (for all you regulars keeping track)officially puts Dusty ahead of Ricky for the first time in my marriage.
There were also a few other lackluster performances from Craig David ("The Rise and Fall" and "7 Days"), dutch rappers Raymzter and Brainpower, and a second performance from Skin ("Trashed").
Westlife impressed me by singing live. They performed "Tonight", and they did so wonderfully. I have no clue why the boys sometimes playback, as I know they can sing. Then they performed a duet of the song "Heaven with Dutch singer Do (pronounced doe, as in the deer), and I must say that girl can sing. If you get a chance to hear her without all the techno dance beat crap, she's fabulous.
Dutch Idols winner Jamai performed his hit "Step Right Up", and his stage presence is improving. British Idols runner up Gareth Gates also peformed, and he needs a lesson in presentation.
Sugababes singer Mutya was out due to nodules on her throat, but the other 2 members performed, live even. For it just being the 2 of them, they were quite good.
Kelly Rowland also performed, though I was much more interested in her backup dancers as they reinacted the video for "Stole" as she performed.
The best performance is always the last however, and this year that was by Robbie Williams. He performed wearing a suit and quite frankly he was so cute that even Dutch (male) singer Gordon was drooling over him. Gordon is married with children, however rumors abound that he is gay. He reinforced that tonight as he tried to follow Robbie offstage (he offered to carry one of the 2 awards Robbie was presented with at the same time back), and the other host had to call him back. Gordon then shouted "I kissed Robbie Williams!" He also remarked that all the Best Male Singer nominees were "his type" and that he had checked them out in their dressing rooms. Robbie won 2 awards (Best Male Singer International and Best Videoclip International) and was presented with a 3rd from a local radio station for Best Single of 2002 for Feel.
Best Pop Group International: Westlife (who couldn't accept the award because they were either late - according to Kian - or getting dressed - according to TMF, or maybe a combo of both, they accepted later when they performed.)
National: Krezip (pop?)
Best Dance Act International: Jan Wayne
Best Newcomer International: Blue
Best Female Singer International: Christina Aguilera (who wasn't present and didn't even record a video thanks which earned her the one of only 2 boos tonight - the other went to a politician. Dutchies tend not to like those who don't come or send word.)
Best DJ International: Roger Sanchez (who accepted with a video greeting)
Best Rock International: Avril Lavigne (rock? the Red Hot Chili Peppers were ripped off!)
National: Di-rect (who surprised me, I already had Kane written as the winners since they usually win.)
Best R&B International: Kelly Rowland
National: Gordon & Replay