Hiya Rita Ora, put Havva Rebke through this weekend

There is a real tendency on singing competitions at the moment to reward over-singing. In the post-Jessie J pop landscape, ‘talent’ is often confused with ‘being able to hit every note possible in as little time as possible’. There are a lot of ‘belters’ in this year’s ‘X Factor’, with varying degrees of success (from…

The 10 best names to have been read out by Peter Dickson

Peter Dickson has left ‘The X Factor’ *sadface*. See: After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it's time for me to check out and cut loose. — Peter Dickson (@peterdickson) July 28, 2015 ‘The X Factor’ will never be the same again. To celebrate the eleven years, here are the 10 names which…

Notes on the new Rita Ora video

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about the new Rita Ora video since it premiered a week or so ago. I’ve watched this video more times than any other video this year, and I’m still totally perplexed. Here are some of my thoughts: Why are Rita and her friends just sat around whilst a man…

THE JUNELIST

These are some songs I’m going to be listening to a lot during June: Grace – ‘The Honey’ Grace had a Number 1 in Australia a few weeks ago with the rather great ‘You Don’t Own Me’. She’s just released her debut EP called ‘Memo’ (there’s a song called ‘Memo’ on it which is very…

Eurovision 5: The ‘Oh God You’re Still Doing That’ Edition

Portugal Portugal are pretty consistent at Eurovision, having not got into the Top 10 since 1996 (they’ve never made it to the Top 5 either). This year, they’re sending Leonor Andrade, with her song ‘Há um mar que nos separa’ (‘There’s a Sea That Separates Us’, in English). Leonor describes herself as ‘transparent’, which is…

Some important life lessons I learnt from Tinder

Here’s the thing: I was watching that Tinder documentary on Channel 4 earlier today. Although it’s a well-shot documentary, I thought it didn’t really look at the good that could come from the app. I, for one, learnt a lot from using the app. These are some important life lessons I’ve learnt: 1. Self deprecation isn’t desirable…

Eurovision 4.0: Jade, Heidi and Amelle

Italy Italy had their worst placing ever last year with ‘La Mia Citta’ by Emma, coming 21st (completely undeserved, tbh). They’re sending some international stars this year, in the form of Il Volo. They’ve performed with Barbra Streisand, and were the only Italian artists on ‘We Are The World for Haiti’. The song is called…

THE MAYLIST

Here’s a new thing I’m doing every month. I’ll collect ten songs that I really like and put them in a playlist. I’ll then write about each song. Finally, I’ll shoehorn the name of the month into the word ‘playlist’. Here’s the Maylist: Natalie La Rose – ‘Somebody’ (feat. Jeremih) Natalie La Rose’s debut single…

Eurovision Part 3: The Re-Up

Russia If there’s one thing we can rely on in Eurovision, it’s that Russia will send a ballad about world peace. Two years ago they sent ‘What If’, and last year they send the abomination that is ‘Shine’. This year they’re trying with ‘A Million Voices’ by Polina Gagarina. This is definitely the best of…