Right, so it’s time for us to start talking about this year’s [[Britain’s Got Talent 2010|Britain’s Got Talent]]. I don’t know if you saw last Saturday’s show, but one of the highlights of the night was a young singer called Chloe Hickinbottom.
Well, Chloe came onstage and performed that old Vera Lynn chestnut, The White Cliffs Of Dover. We were wowed on two fronts – one, that she sang such an old song and two, that she sounded like an authentic wartime singer. As I commented on the Unreality TV liveblog, “All she needs is a “scratchy record” sound effect for added authenticity.”
While we can’t debate the quality of her vocals, I’m left baffled by her song choice and what it means for Chloe for the rest of the competition. As Simon Cowell would frequently remind wannabe singers – you’ve got to be contemporary. And White Cliffs Of Dover is anything but contemporary.
So, does this mean Chloe is going to style herself as a singer of WWII songs? If so, the target market for that type of nostalgia is small and getting smaller each year, I’d imagine. And why is it that every time the Union flag gets trotted out, we revert to this sepia tinted age of street parties, bunting and Vera bloody Lynn?
What I honestly hope – because she’s a great singer by any standard, let alone a 10 year old – is that Chloe was doing this to get attention and differentiate herself from the other auditions. I’ll still be scratching my head as to where she goes from here, but can you win Britain’s Got Talent on scratchy wartime classics? You tell me.