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Street Sessions: A Different sort of X-Factor - The Audiophile Man
Do you remember the ITV, terrestrial TV talent show, Popstars? I was prompted to recall the series, which was broadcast around 2001, by former hopeful, Myleene Klass’ toothy grin, plastered all over a recent lifestyle TV commercial. She was a member of the winning manufactured band, Hear’Say, alongside the likes of Kym Marsh, who is now best known for treading the, UK soap opera, Coronation Street cobbles. My memory wasn’t so much of the ex-band member’s current successes or even the Popstars show itself but a later UK music industry awards bash, the Brit Awards show. Hear’Say had done rather well for themselves to that point. Too well for some struggling musicians who had garnered a career the hard way. I remember Hear’Say bouncing up, on stage, to claim their instant Brit award and receiving a frosty reception from the largely professional crowd. Hear’Say had found a short-cut to stardom. Where were their scars? The years of deprivation? The fight against rejection? Music entrepreneur, self aggrandising entertainment mogul and carefully opinionated critic, Simon Cowell has since taken up the TV talent spotting flame and received a constant stream of derision from ‘true music fans’ that reject the franchise. Suede frontman Brett Anderson, Madness singer Suggs and Bernard Sumner of …