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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Leona Lewis And The Evils Of Simon Cowell

So, this is Leona Lewis, the snoozey broad that won that crappy X-Factor show in England that appeals to old widows with no sex life and ritalin-addled brats who peddle crank in the playground. It's kind of like American Idol -- it even was created by and stars Simon Cowell -- except worse, because it's somehow kept Sharon Osbourne, one of the judges, relevant. A hackjob cover of Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" was rushed out as Leona's first single in the U.K, and it's set to debut at #1 on Sunday.


Meanwhile, not surprisingly, both Simon Cowell and X-Factor were voted by readers of eMusic as the "Worst Influence On British Music" in a recent survey. Right behind him was Stock Aitken Waterman (blasphemy!), Steps (what!?!) and Spice Girls (whores!). Of course, without Pete Waterman, there'd have been no SAW, Simon Cowell or Steps, so in effect, we have him to blame for Leona Lewis.

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11 Comments:

  • At 3:34 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    oh sweet lord, i watched the x factor. I am a sex starved crack peddling widow child! hehe. But yes to the fact that its all about ratings and the christmas number one. Will Leona be charting at number one next christmas? Doubtful, if they fob her off with crap like they did my lovely Shayney boy Ward...

     
  • At 3:45 AM, Anonymous Joshua said…

    So typical... look i will be the first one to admit these talent show's are totally pathetic, but i will also be the first to admit this time one got it totally right. Leona has an amazing voice and a sweet personality. she could or is the best the UK has to a whitney or kelly clarkson, and i wish people could let her become the star she is capable of being!

     
  • At 11:34 AM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    I'll tell you what's typical -- recycling the same Simon Cowell-involved songs over and over on each of these shows, across the pond. "Flying Without Wings," "A Moment Like This"..... let's set the clock and see how long till Leona vomits out a cover of "Unchained Melody."

    It's all the same shit, season after season. A long, drawn-out, half-manufactured drama that plays out on TV, all so some kid can do a karaoke album, the cash made off it going straight into Simon Cowell's pocket.

    That's what's typical.

     
  • At 6:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Geez what is wrong with you people. Can you not see that she has an amazing voice? I doubt you've even listened so I don't think you're in any place to judge.

     
  • At 4:10 PM, Blogger The Duke said…

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  • At 4:12 PM, Blogger The Duke said…

    Oh, and by the way... CHECK THIS OUT.

     
  • At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Leona Lewis now has the best song writers in America writing for her debut album(Leona will co-wright). I asure you..no matter how much you find it hard to believe..the next biggest thing has been found in England..and she's been found on one of the shittiest shows ever to grace our TV screens.

    She's above that crappy show, she made the X factor beareable to watch however. I didnt even think of it as the X factor when waching her perform...I usually hate that show.

    trust me someone who is an alto singer like Mariah carey will NEVER flop. Leona will be here for years to come. she is gaining huge hype in America and she hasnt even performed on their TV screens yet.

    if Leona Lewis was overrated, if she was a crappy singer..she would have been eaten alive by those top american critics and songwriters she perormed to in L.A last week..but no..they adored the girl and are very excited about her because she's in the same league as Whitney and Mariah.

     
  • At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Talent shows are at least worth watching. Some of that crap on TV isn't worth the time of day. Sounds like someone is jelous of some elses success. Poor U. I heard Leona on Oprah yesturday, wow, what a voice. And as much as I love Kelly, she is more talented. Kelley is always shouting and breathy. Give Leona a break. Kelly, I still luv ya.

     
  • At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Alexandra Fiona Dixon said…

    I am British-born raised in America, saw (and heard) Leona for the first time on "Oprah" yesterday and - from an American, I have to tell you Brits, shut up and enjoy what you've produced. The girl's got everything, and her voice is as good as the best pop superstar singing today - name one, she's as good if not better.

    She's phenomenal, and she's going to be a world-wide superstar. There is no doubt about it AT ALL!!!

     
  • At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    To be honest, yeah the X-Factor does seem to churn out 'stars' by the bucketfull. However, in Leona Lewis, they have indeed found a star. Her voice is fantastic, as any of her performances on the show prove. And she came across as someone who was truly grateful for the opportunity presented to her without a hint of big-headedness. I think she deserves to go far as she is not just another winner of another show, but someone with serious talent.

     
  • At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Leona Lewis is highly overrated. She sings nicely...but beyond her perpetually-working-overtime publicity machine, she doesn't have anything special. Live she only sings 3 octaves -- IF you count her lowest notes, which are barely audible, and which she often sings sharp as she can't consistently hit them -- so nothing amazing there. Her belting range is good, but standard fare for pop singers nowadays...so nothing special there, either. Her high notes are fine, but Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and a whole host of lesser-known artists match and/or outdo her there as well. Not to mention she can't handle complicated runs/melisma (she tends to get pitchy and slur the notes together), and her voice is not very big. Certainly not worth a comparison to pop's vocal legends...if anything, she sounds like Toni Braxton as a soprano! (Someone mentioned Lewis is a contralto -- she's not.)

    I'm not saying she's a bad singer. I'm just saying that, while she's good, she's not the best. That she is being represented as such is the source of much of the backlash against her, I think. I'd put her more on the skill level of Jordin Sparks and Katharine McPhee -- all good singers, but definitely not legendary...not yet, anyway.

     

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