Monday, April 28, 2008
Apples and Oranges? I like them both!
It is time.
Juan Diego vs Nathan Gunn.
The categories are singing skill, acting, charisma, hawtness, friendliness and overall encounter experience.
Singing skill: Okay this isn't really fair since they sing different voice parts. But I think in spite of that, it's no contest. Juan Diego has the best singing voice of anyone, anywhere, male, female, tenor, bass, baritone and everything in between.
Acting: They're both pretty good, but I think Nathan is better.
Charisma, on stage: Now I thought about this carefully while watching Juan Diego perform on Saturday. He's good, but I think Nathan is better. I'm not talking about singing techniques, I'm talking about having that Certain Something that makes me feel a part of the action. That's not to say that Juan Diego doesn't have it, but Nathan has more. Juan Diego has that voice, but Nathan has the total package - a nice voice, a great body, he's totally cute and has this phenomenal stage presence.
Charisma, in person: Will address this under 'friendliness.'
Hawtness: Juan Diego who? No, really. He's cute and all, but I had my arm around each of them. There is no contest. Nathan wins in this as much as Juan Diego wins in the singing category. There was a point when Juan Diego was all sweaty on stage and I was like, "ew, he's kind of sweaty." When Nathan was all sweaty on stage I was like, "Aww Riiiiight, look at him! He's all sweaty!!!!" Juan Diego is a clean cuteness. Nathan can pull of clean, but he's mighty fine when he's in need of a shower. Well, from a scent-free distance at least. Nathan squeezered me into him. Juan Diego's arm was firmly around me but I was doing more squeezering than he was. Of course, I haven't seen Juan Diego with his clothes off, but having felt him through his jacket (*snort*) I don't need to. He's compact, that's for sure, but... anyway...
Friendliness: They're both friendly, but in different ways. The context was different so it's hard to tell. With Juan Diego, I was the youngest person there, the easiest on the eyes (no seriously you should have seen the motley crew I was mixed in there with) and I was the only one who treated him like a normal person. He was a normal person right back to me, really nice about the photo and all that. Nathan I met backstage and there was no one else there. I dropped a name of a mutual friend so there was something to talk about. There was that eye contact... precisely because there was no one else there. Well wait a minute he started that again at Zankel before I freaked out... Nathan is definitely more shy... except when he was squeezering me into him. He certainly wasn't shy about that.
Now hang on here, I've overlapped into Overall Experience. So to get back to friendliness, equal.
Overall experience: Now this is hard, because I'm still giggly from meeting Juan Diego, but the Nathan encounter was so much more personal and intense that he wins. Plus he replied to my email, always a good thing.
So the winner is... Nathan Gunn!
Now I'll have to award a prize... hmm... any ideas?