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A little note on Fame Academy for the always brilliant Popbitch:
“Fame Academy is based on the idea that the voting public can make an ordinary person’s dreams come true. But it’s a lie. Most of the contestants this year are seasoned professionals who have been placed on the show by record labels who’ve already signed them.
Of the first entries to Fame Academy, Louise Griffiths sang backing vocals for Girls Aloud, Al Griffen is signed to Trevor Horn’s Perfect Songs, and Carolynne Good is signed to BMG. Other ringers include Nathan Thomas (a Univeral signing, who wrote Another Lover for Dane Bowers), Nicole Davis (signed with BMG publishing), Janee Bennett (signed to Windswept Pacific Music) and Mark Vallance (who is writing songs for 19 Music).
Britain’s cynical music industry is using the show as a focus group for their new acts, with the whole thing paid for by gullible voters (and of course everyone who pays a BBC license fee).”
Another programme to miss then.