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As cheesy as it comes
am 20. Januar 2009
There is something slighty disturbing about watching an extremely attractive young woman with a good voice singing schlager to an audience that looks like they have been paroled for the evening from the local maximum security twilight home for the elderly. Especially when Helene, in one of her more bizarre costumes, encourages the ageing audience to join in when she sings the Queen anthem "We will rock you" !
This is the sort of material that has a very high squirm factor.
Filmed live in Chemnitz, in 2008, it looks like they spent about $100 on the set, and the band look about as old as the audience. As for Helene, she obviously has a very successful career in German speaking countries, and for good reason. As I mentioned before, she has a very good voice and is a real performer - totally relaxed on stage and entering into banter with the audience.
I guess it is a matter of how much cheese you can take, and this DVD provides more that its fair share. With a running time of 140 minutes (!), sets are broken by animated stars (a man star and a woman star) chatting about Helene (ugh)and some stunningly awful costume changes. If you think the 'Jetson's' outfit on the DVD cover is dubious, just wait - at one point, a la ABBA, the bottom portion of her gown is ripped away to reveal, yes !, hotpants !
Personally I think she is very attractive and has a great voice - I just wish I was her A & R Manager so I could get her to sing some better songs. I'd also want to sack her wardrobe manager and stage manager. During one song, the dreadful film clip of the same song was projected onto a large screen stage left - I cringed it was that awful. I haven't seen anything quite as bad for a long time. Add to this, she not only sings, she dances ! In what one can only think of as an Olympic-style floor routine, Helene spins and flounces around the stage. At this point I had to look away, as I was in fits of laughter.
If you are a fan, this DVD is for you - at 140 minutes of singing, dancing and animated stars, plus an 18 minute documentary, I guess this represents very good value. For me, though, two songs would have been enough. As another reviewer here has said, the songs all sound the same. That is probably because they are nearly all written by the same composers.
3 stars for her beauty and her voice !