Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Official: Panda Pops backs Alex

It's safe to say that we here at Panda Towers have been underwhelmed by the performances of most contestants on the preliminary rounds of Fame Academy this year. Sure, some of the performers were above average (sadly, a lot of them didn't get in) but a lot have been pisspoor karaoke idols.

But tonight we realised there was a reason we had been watching, when the final contestant to "sing for survival", Alex Parks, delivered her rendition of Christina Aguilera's Beautiful. And beautiful it was.

Reasons why we heart Alex:

- She's from Cornwall (where Panda Pops originally hails from)
- She's an angsty female with a guitar who has chosen not to go the Avril Lavigne route
- Her voice has a lovely husky, folky quality
- She's offbeat without being self-consciously quirky (everything *spit spit* Peter wishes to be)
- She has more stage presence than all the other contestants put together
- She's a clown (literally, she works professionally as a clown. Or at least she did before entering the Academy). But not a scary one.
- There's an air of mystery about her.
- She seems the sort who will actually pay attention to the advice of the teachers (something which I'll wager lots of the other contestants won't do)
- As far as we can tell, she doesn't like the Libertines.

Therefore Alex is ace, and we will support her all the way. Unless she suddenly turns crap, in which case we'll probably just start watching Pop Idol. Because we're shallow like that.


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