I always knew what it sounded like and I have ranted to the wife about it many a time. But up until now I haven't known the actual term to describe the way of singing that is taking over the world due to Mariah and Pop Idol. But thanks to Simon Castles, I am now aware that it is called Melisma.
He really has hit the nail on the head here for me. I am a pretty tolerant of trash TV, hell I am still watcing Big Brother even though all the good people have gone, but I cannot abide Australian/Amerian/Pop Idol or X Factor or any other of those talent free shows. The reason? It's the singing - it drives me absolutely bananas. The aforementioned article in The Age perfectly sums up why.
Down with Melisma!