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on 18 October 2003
First thoughts: really odd songs chosen! Last year's Fame Academy album had a pretty good balance of duets, some of the students' own compositions etc. Unfortunately, this is generally a much more straightforward album of covers.
However, the choice of songs is somewhat bizarre. Peter's sole contribution is a song where he basically does an impression of Chris Martin and gets no chance to showcase his madcap charm (circa Last Night, Glad All Over etc.). I'm a fan of James' voice and expected All The Day & All The Night to be on... instead we get the rather ordinary Somewhere In My Heart. Likewise, the song chosen for Paris is nothing compared to other spine-tinglingly good covers he sang throughout the series. Onto the actual finalists - where is Alex's Beautiful (which was amazing!), Alistair's own songs which were his strongest feature and Carolynne's Tell Me Lies??? And indeed, what about the group's stunningly good rendition of California Dreams and Dancing In The Streets, and the duets Love Shack, Baby It's Cold Outside, From Me To You etc.
Overall it's all very random. Take nothing away from the fact that Alex has a stunning voice, Carolynne is a very strong singer and Alistair just has a lovely, warm voice - it's just it could have been so much better! I'm eagerly awaiting Alistair's album (and the other solo efforts) though!