G4 - Bohemian Rhapsody

August 27, 2012 Critic Jonni 0 Comments

Okay, G4 was a band I didn't like much during The X Factor series 1. I was rooting for Tabby Callaghan and Cassie Compton, but Cassie has not released any material thus far, and as for Tabby, even though he has released a number of songs, none of which happen to have a music video. So after looking at all 9 finalists it was down to the final 2, and I have to admit I do prefer G4 over Steve Brookstein. Since this was the first series not many of the artists got recording contracts, a lot of them are still trying today. As for G4, I wanted them to win, but I'm glad they didn't as they soon broke-up. The band consisted of Jonathan Ansell, Mike Christie, Matthew Stiff and Ben Thapa. Jonathan Ansell is the only one who still appears on TV and even though he shares the same name as me, I really don't like him, he comes off extremely arrogant and annoying. The others have appeared now again, one is well-known in the operatic world, and the other two are doing various projects. Will they ever reform? Don't make me laugh, my bet is that Jonathan Ansell was the reason they split up.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is a cover version of the extremely well-known Queen version. Queen's version is a rock style, whereas G4 has gone more into an operatic version, which is a clever twist, and a different take on the song, but yet again, Jonathan Ansell is centre of attention, and although he is the lead singer he takes it too far. He very much reminds me of Andrew Stone. There has been many cover versions of this song, along with different versions of the original video. This is definitely not one of my favourites. Not even close.

This video is attempting to do the same as Queen, however it fails badly, mainly because it looks low budget. There are various scenes, but it was probably done in one complete day. G4 really aren't doing much, maybe they were instructed to pose in certain ways or was told to just stand/sit there.

I bet when they look back at this video now, they regret some of the things they did, especially Jonathan Ansell who acted very weird when the flirtatious girls came on screen, there's exactly one second during one of the scenes and he kind of jumps up and down.

Overall a great song that wasn't initially G4's song. But it's a great cover version idea, on paper, but I don't think it quite works in real life. As for the video... Well there's no link, it's purely a performance piece, but they don't even perform it very well. And even though I keep saying Jonathan Ansell wants all the attention, that's exactly what I've done with this review, as there clearly is nothing else to comment on, Jonathan Ansell is what made G4, I'm afraid to say. And even now, if any of the other members popped up on TV, none of us would realise they were too a member of G4.