I watch talent shows. With so many offspring, their charm is wearing thin now, but call me silly, the romanticised notion of unearthing a raw gem still works on me.
Among the X Factor contestants of this year, my favourite is Stacey Solomon. When this 19-year-old single mum from Dagenham came on stage for an audition, it felt as if she was put there to enhance the curious stereotype of ‘Essex girls’ (and I bet my money that there was some intentional editing).
When she sings, however, she is like a totally different person. Of all her performances so far, I like the first audition the best. I have re-watched it more than a few times and every time I did, I found myself humming it for the rest of the day. Perhaps this is because of the fact that the chosen song – What a Wonderful World – has such power, but I am sure that part of the delight definitely came from her making the song her own.
Having said all this, I like her off-stage self even more. She is just everything I am not. Don’t get me wrong; I have no problem with who I am or how I am. This statement is more to be read in the sense that “Opposites attract”. Let me put it this way: she is someone I could be, er, in a parallel universe or something.
Anyway, when she babbles, it’s so cute that I can’t help smiling. You still don’t see what I see? Then why don’t you take a look at her signature babbling here? Fascinating.