Wednesday, August 27, 2008

But you're dead to me NOW, father

Even by the low standards of the X Factor, pretending you don't know who your real family is to stay in the programme is a bit low. But that's what Alan Turner (not the portly manager of NY Estates' Beckindale office) did, throwing himself on the mercy of the judges:

The 23-year- old call centre worker claimed on Saturday night's ITV show that he had been in foster care since he was four and wanted to 'prove to his real family that he was not a waste of space and to make my foster parent proud'.

He told the judges: 'As much as I love my foster parent for all she has done, I want to get to know my real family. I would just love it if they were to get in touch with me and to say they did want to see me.

'I know it sounds a bit corny but I just want a real family - to know my real mum and real dad and just for them to say we love you no matter what.'

And, of course, the best way to do that would be, erm, to have the Christmas number one single and a couple of walk-on parts in Woolworths ads sometimes towards the back end of 2009.

This, though, came as something of a surprise to his Dad - also called Alan Turner, and also nothing to do with farm manger-turned-publican:
But his shocked father, also called Alan Turner, said: 'It is utterly untrue. I am astonished - he absolutely knows who we are and where we are.

'Over the years that have gone by I have seen him and spent time with him. We have the photographs to prove it. I have always said to him that if you ever need to see me or speak to me then I am here.

Of course, ITV would never want to mislead its audience. Unless there's some cash to be made. The X Factor explains:
A spokesman for The X Factor said: 'We've spoken to Alan Turner and he assures us that the allegations made against him are not true and he has not lied to anyone.

'As far as we're concerned Alan has not deceived us and this does not affect his place within the show.'

Although, interestingly, an off-the-record programme source has it slightly differently:
A source on The X Factor said: 'It is true that Alan has spoken to his dad. The issue is that he feels his dad has never really let him into his life so what Alan was trying to do was to ask him to do so.'

So it's that sort of not-really-a-lie lie, then. Perhaps it would be safer if contestants concentrated on the singing rather than backstories.

Still, it's a happy outcome - Alan Jr wanted his dad to play a bigger role in his life, and now Alan senior is doing so by telling the papers that his son is a liar. Nice to see a happy ending, isn't it?


3 comments:

James said...

More on it in today's Mirror - He's since explained "The emotion of the audition got to me. I didn't realise what I was saying would be taken that way... I was a bit confused".

Well, that's that cleared up then. Easy mistake to make...

Is it me, or have this year's sob-stories been particularly calamitous? Two episodes in, and already we've had:
- Someone getting confused and thinking he's a foster child who's never met his father
- A girl causing mass offence by suggesting that a successful audition will be good for a town wracked by a spate of suicides, and
- A woman with five children, three of whom are in care, explaining that winning X Factor will allow her to give them the life they deserve, causing many people to point out that a career of endless touring and recording sessions doesn't exactly leave you with a lot of quality time to spend with your family.

Anyone care to predict this Saturday's stories? I'm going for:
- A crack dealer who plans to spend the proceeds from his first album on a new front door for his mum
- A buy-to-let landlord suffering the trauma of negative equity
- Someone off that Ryanair flight yesterday

Media Training said...

I always forget who my Dad is and have to get myself on TV to clear things up! Its a total nightmare, but I get by and have released a few singles which sold lots in an hour. Things have got a bit quiet since then and I seems to have to go to lots of clubs in Soho to get my face on a paper, again its a nightmare. Not only that Big Simon has dropped me after saying I was the best talent in the UK. My relationship with a Here'say member has finished after she flew to Austrlia to be on that Jungle programme. I hate my life! I wish I could just go back to my paper round and see my mates at School, but I can't due to my huge Herion habit!

Olive said...

The back stories are being crafted with the grace and subtlety one usually gets from WWE story lines.

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