I pulled this from WackoJacko's love list this week:
8. Zayra Alvarez – David Bowie “All the Young Dudes” I just love watching her perform. I want her to stay around a little longer.....because I anticapate each performance. I think others are finally coming around to her. Think her vocals were a little off this week.....her accent is just too stronge. Even the famous foreign rockers are able to hide their accents when they sing she needs to do this and she would be great. Her outfit limited her stage movement. Also, thought the music on this performance was a little too straight forward.
A theory that DW came up with about Z's pitch problems goes along this same line. If you look at many foreign singers (Roxette, for example) they are VERY "produced". If you listen to Z's stuff online, same thing. She sounds wonderful, but you can tell that someone was working the board hard. And if you've ever heard an unsanitized version of Enrique Iglesias singing "Hero" live, you can hear MAJOR pitch problems. Nobody accuses him of being untalented.
I've even heard of some computer software many singers use, even live in concert, that takes the vocals and cleans them up. And something they didn't show on air last night was her complaints about not being able to hear the floor monitors. Word is that she's used to the in-ear monitors, and is not used to the floor monitors.
Anyway, having heard her music outside Rockstar, I know she can sound beautiful, and in no way is she as completely untalented as some think. Just different.