Saturday, 30 May 2009

Off the Boyle

Apologies - but this is another post about people singing on TV.

Tonight is the final of 'Britain's got talent', and unless you've been living in a cave for the last month, you've probably heard of Susan Boyle - the 100million hits on youtube singing muppet.
Now don't get me wrong, she can sing quite well, and I'm sure she's a lovely lady (though going ballistic at journalists this week hasn't helped her image), but she's no Kathryn Jenkins.

The fact is, that if she was pretty, she'd be pretty unremarkable. The only thing that makes her stand out is that you don't expect someone who looks like they should definitely get out more (and do some serious plucking with their eyebrows) to be able to sing. If she was 25, reasonably attractive and sang like that, no one outside of the UK would have heard of her, and she may well have not made the semis. Certainly not the final with the out of tune start she had singing memory this week - which the judges seemed to completely miss. No doubt they're banking on her making the final to boost the ratings. Piers Morgan is a prick, and Amanda Holden can't move her face because of all the botox, so I don't expect them to tell the truth, but even Simon Cowell said she did well - and he's usually honest to the point of brutal.
I'm sure this says a lot about the society we live in, and the way we judge people on looks (good and bad), but I'm no psychologist.

There's been lots of press around her this week, maybe quitting the show, going mental at the TV because a singer in another semi-final did well, close to breaking point from the pressure etc... most of which seems to be pretty lame PR by the shows producers and judges to me.
To quote Jo Hemmings, a behavioural psychologist 'She's angry, she overwhelmed. It's all very sad'
My prediction - she won't win. No way they'd risk putting her in front of the queen in her current precarious mental state.

On a brighter note - I'm still not smoking. This is my 6th day, so going pretty well. I'm trying to avoid alcohol - which will either help in that alcohol makes me want to smoke, or hinder, as now I have 2 things to not do. Maybe I should just join a monastery.


renacerpupas said...

la verdad es que quien crea un producto, lo tiene que esplimir, ¿cuanto tiempo estara en la elite?, aqui tubimos a rosa de españa y sabes para que , para na

Fran Hill said...

I agree with everything you say about Susan Boyle. She was well off key with 'Memory' at the start and then again at the end - a bit ironic, then, that they all conveniently forgot about it. On X Factor I reckon she'd have gone long ago - Cowell seems more honest on that. On the other hand, the dancers on this year are fab. Now that's talent.

Fran Hill said...

Yes! Justice has been done, talent-wise, although I felt sorry for her. I wonder how much the bad press has affected the public's vote and whether it would have been a different result this time last week ... Did you see the front of the Times today? A big picture, blending Gordon Brown and Susan Boyle. Not very complimentary to either!

Writers Block said...

FRAN - that sounds pretty much what nightmares are made of! Though we were watching have I got news for you last night, and couldn't help but see the similarity with Paul Merton.

Sawyer. A said...

Susan Boyle annoys me so much its unreal!

I totally agree, people went crazy over her because apparently no one has ever heard of an ugly person being able to sing? SHOCK HORROR.

ah. the entire music and media industry is screwed up. crazyness.