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Shayne Ward. Shay. Wardy if you will. I spotted him fairly on in the X Factor and as the show progressed I started to think that here was a good looking lad, with a strong vocal, nice sense of style and actually could do a variety of styles week in week out on the live shows. This could be one reality star who could follow in the footsteps of William and Girls Aloud rather than Michelle McManus, Hear'say and Steve Brookstein. Who was always really just Will Young's pervy uncle to me...


So what's gone wrong? An interview in this month's Attitude proved that Shayne is a thoroughly nice guy who is aware that this could all disappear in a moment and so is just enjoying it for what it is. Which actually made me want to go and shake him... because Louis Walsh is what went wrong. I got caught up in the hype of That's My Goal as tends to happen when you follow a show like X Factor religiously. But then No Promises came out and the album was one westlife ballad after another. Stand By Me - the new single and video (in which he wears the same white shirt, jeans and blazer he has worn in his previous two videos!) - is yet another ballad that could be sung by Ronan Keating or Westlife. Shayne needs to desperately assert himself (a la Will Young), show a bit of variety in future recordings, bare his chest more and remind us of what made him so entertaining on the X Factor... (and could Louis and Shayne please get a room in this clip!)


Hidden at the end of his debut album is this great summery upbeat track. More of this in the future, please :)

MP3: Next to me

6 Comments:

  1. Paul said...
    ps ~ the youtube clip reminded me of how horrifically chav Shayne and his family are... (i'm so judgemental!)
    J'ason D'luv said...
    I hate Louis Walsh... where's Pete Waterman when you need him?

    Louis may have kicked Pete's butt during Pop Stars: The Rivals, but I think Pete's ready to F that queen's world up this time.
    Paul said...
    Louis has this awful smug thing going on - and he can't take criticism, he always hits back with childish rants. Pete - well at pete knows a good pop tune (one true voice excepted)...
    xolondon said...
    These shows always end up betraying who you think the artist is. Look at what they DID to Ruben Studdard making him ghetto hip hop, when he should've been doing soul covers. Don't put that voice on a syncopated street track!

    What does chav mean? Is it short for something? Is it like redneck?
    Paul said...
    lily allen is chav! Its not really redneck, its more people who embrace a certain culture - hard to describe i guess...check out chavscum.co.uk - its increasingly not an insult! Although with shaynes chavvy family i totally meant it as an insult!
    Dan Project 76 said...
    I assumed Shane (sic) was a gayer as he seemed a tad poofy and had a 'long distance girlfriend' that he never saw...

    His music is as bland as Westlife so I don't see the point of him I am afraid.

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