You couldn’t forget Katie Waissel after you’d seen her first audition on [[The X Factor 2010|X Factor]] – she’s the girl who dressed like an early-80’s Madonna and sang We Are The Champions. And if the costume wasn’t enough, you’ll remember her pleading with a quite hostile Simon Cowell to have another shot once she’d messed that one up.
Now, what I’m about to tell you isn’t new information – it turns out that Katie has already released a jazz album under the name Lola Fontaine. And she’s appeared on another reality TV show called Green Eyed World under the stage name Katie Vogel. To be honest, she’s performed under so many different names, we’re not even sure Waissel is her real name.
Anorak have a fantastic article which quite clearly links Katie to various X Factor and Sony BMG contacts, which makes her wide-eyed first appearance on the show seem less than coincidence.
Now that we know Katie Waissel is an actress and professional singer, it’s interesting to watch her first audition all over again. Watch her starry-eyed walk out onto the stage and listen to her gasp as she takes in the audience of auditionees. Listen to the cute, ditzy banter as she fluffs her lines and pleads for a second chance. As Anorak say,
Had she just got her song right first time over, Katie would have been less memorable. But she ‘fluffled’ it, and having begged for another chance, Cowell gave her “20 seconds”. That make-or-break time limit was extended when Katie started singing.
My opinion? I feel slightly hoodwinked. Especially with the knowledge that she and fellow contestant Storm Lee both performed for Paris Hilton. It feels right to be outraged that the X Factor is progressing a number of singers who’ve got clear connections in the industry. What happened to those dreamers who sing in their bedrooms hoping for a shot at fame?
But on the other hand, Katie Waissel has an undeniably good singing voice, and has the ability to perform, and most importantly, to entertain. I like her, actress or not. Only time will tell if she can be carved into a relevant pop singer though. Some of her song choices at audition stage have been out of touch.
What’s your take? Should Katie be kicked off X Factor, or does she deserve a shot, despite the fact that she’s already had a record deal?