Saturday, January 16, 2010

Gordon in the morning: Silence in Church

For no apparent reason, Gordon decides to kick Charlotte Church around a bit this morning:

It will be a while before we hear an album from her as she is looking for a new record deal. But I hear she has been writing songs in LA and is touting them around.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 have shelved The Charlotte Church Show. It was last aired in 2008.

None of these three things really seem to be 'news' as such. Gordon only seems to be bringing them up now so he can share some his of his acute, insider's eye to explain this situation:
I reckon the problem can be summed up in two words... KATHERINE JENKINS, her sexy Welsh chart rival.

Yes. Yes, that would be it - you can picture the scene at Horseferry Road:

- Shall we recommission the Charlotte Church show?
- No, we'd better not, as there's another welsh female singer in existence

Elsewhere, Gordon reveals that Journey refused to let Simon Cowell give Don't Stop Believin' to whoever was going to win last year's X Factor.

(Pop quiz, hotshots - can you remember the name of the 2009 X Factor winner? That's showbusiness.)

Gordon sees this as the fatal flaw that cost Joe his number one:
The Geordie lad performed the 1981 ballad twice on The X Factor. And I'm not alone in thinking it could have got him the Christmas No1 if he'd released it.

Although Gordon doesn't say who it is who makes him feel unalone in this strange belief.


2 comments:

Chris Brown said...

"The Geordie lad performed the 1981 ballad twice on The X Factor. And I'm not alone in thinking it could have got him the Christmas No1 if he'd released it."
Although Gordon doesn't say who it is who makes him feel unalone in this strange belief.


Actually, noting that there are almost certainly going to be two versions of 'Don't Stop Believing' in the Top 10 tonight, and that the Journey version reached the UK Top 40 for the first time ever after he sang if on X-Factor, it seems decidedly possible that doing this could have given him the extra edge for the win. I call that a lucky escape, myself.

Mind you, my understanding of copyright law is that Journey couldn't actually have stopped him, any more than Leonard Cohen could stop his doing 'Hallelujah'. Surely they're not feeding a lie to friendly tabloid?

simon h b said...

Hmm. Perhaps, although I think that 'buying the single by the winner of the X Factor' is the main motivation for purchasing the song, rather than the quality of the song, or the song itself. It's not like he's such a good singer a cover of a Journey record would have found a market beyond viewers of the X Factor.

Journey were able to stop the release of the single, though, as Cowell wanted to re-arrange the song, and *that* you do need to have the agreement of the copyright holders to do. A straight cover requires no approval.

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