In 2003, I was watching a fun little show called Fame Academy on BBC. Fame Academy was like a cross between Pop idol, X Factor and Big Brother, where a group of hopefuls learned how to be great singers and songwriters while all living in a house together and being filmed 24/7. Unlike most of the contestants of talent shows these days, these guys actually had some talent.
One of the contestants was Alex Parks, who was supposed to go to clown school (yes, seriously), but her dad entered her into Fame Academy instead. Alex stood out from the start, not only because of her unique style and outspoken demeanour, but also because of her amazing voice. Week after week she received both the jury’s praise as well as the audience’s vote.
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