Oh, if only this had been an actual reality show and not just an online competition. I would have tuned in every week.Marc Martel, who also lends his mind-blowingly Mercury-like vocals to the Canadian band Downhere.
[Little aside here: Obviously, Adam Lambert, who recently sang with Queen at the MTV Europe Awards when the band accepted a Global Icon Award, would be a fabulous choice for the Freddie role here. But, um, he's a little busy right now--you know, appearing on reality shows like "Project Runway" and "Majors & Minors," hanging out with Nile Rodgers, and readying his sure-to-be-amazing sophomore opus. Plus, while Adam has the pipes to hit those Mercury-rising notes, he's not a copycat singer. We may see the real Queen and Adam perform together again, but not right now.]
Soooo anyway, it's no surprise that Marc Martel is the soundalike singer chosen to fill Freddie Mercury's mighty big platform boots. Marc became a Interweb sensation the instant his amazing first audition was posted online, because really, THE GUY TOTALLY SOUNDS LIKE FREDDIE. I've seriously not heard such a ringer singer since Arnel Pineda was recruited to replace Steve Perry in Journey. Marc sounds incredibly Freddie-esque, to the point where it's almost surreal. When I first watched his online auditions, and later his "Ellen Show" performance, I almost thought he was lip-synching.
I'm interested to see what sort of stage presence Marc will exhibit on the Queen Extravaganza Tour--because fronting a Queen cover band has just as much to do with showmanship as it does with vocal ability--and if he'll dare to wear a plunging-front unitard or white satin pantsuit onstage. He better at least rock a dirty 'stache.
Below are the rest of the Queen Extravaganza winners. Do you think this lineup will be able to, as Roger Taylor puts it, create "a rock celebration in the royal tradition"?
- Freddie Mercury
- Freddie Mercury
- Adam Lambert