Pop Idol is evil it's about the money.. the judges don't give a damn; TV winner Brenda tells Michelle: Don't change.
Byline: HEATHER GREENAWAY
SCOTLAND'S first TV pop idol This article is about the British television series. For general popular culture icons, see pop icon.
Pop Idol is a British television series which debuted on ITV on October 5 2001; the show was a talent contest to decide the best new young pop singer, last night backed lookalike Michelle McManus to win but warned she risked being exploited.
West End star Brenda Cochrane won telly talent show Opportunity Knocks with the largest-ever vote.
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She said: ``The judges make my blood boil. It's all I can do to stop myself going down there and gubbing them.
``It makes me so angry when I realise how vicious they are to the contestants. They can decimate dec·i·mate
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``Pop Idol is evil and it is all about the money. The judges don't give a damn about the kids. The majority are just in it to see how much money they can make out of it.''
Brenda is a huge fan of Glaswegian hopeful Michelle McManus but warned the image men would force her to change.
Like Michelle, Brenda's large framedidn't fit in with the music world's ideals.
She said: ``Michelle has real talent and I wish her all the best. You just have to look at the success of Alison Moyet Alison Moyet (born Genevieve Alison Jane Moyet on 18 June 1961), is an English pop singer/songwriter noted for her bluesy voice . Early life and career
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``How dare Pete Waterman say she shouldn't be allowed into the nextround because she doesn't have the right image? What does a man who keeps model railways know about anything?
``If Michelle wants to lose weight to make herself happy and healthier then she should go for it but not because she is told to do so.
``People pay money to hear you sing not to look up your skirt. When I auditioned for Opportunity Knocks producer Stewart Morris told me he would put me on if I lost two stones.
``I told him: `If it's tits and ass you're looking for there are 200 people behind me waiting to audition.' Luckily, he found that amusing and let me go on.''
But Brenda admits she would never advise anyone to take the TV talent show route into showbiz and now wishes she'd never done Opportunity Knocks.
She said: ``It has been the bane BANE. This word was formerly used to signify a malefactor. Bract. 1. 2, t. 8, c. 1. of my life and with hindsight I wouldnever have got involved. Winning set me on a path that took 10 years to swing round because the hotshots of the music business tried to turn me into something I wasn't.''
Brenda, who played Mama Morton in the hit West End production of Chicago, says the pop world has always been full of plastic people with little personality.
Like the first Pop Idol winner Will Young and runner-up Gareth Gates Gareth Paul Gates (born July 12, 1984, Bradford, England) is an English pop singer who shot to fame in 2002 when he came second in the first series of the ITV talent show Pop Idol. , she was ordered to do cover versions.
She said: ``No onehadany intention of developing me as an artist as they knew they wouldn't make as much money out of original material.
``I quickly found the music businesswas a frightening place to be. Many of the people were like Tupperware plastic and see-through. They love you when you are up there but drop you like hot cakes when you're down.''
The larger-than-life diva lives in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, with fiance Kenny Wallace, 42, her former bank manager.
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She said: ``Regret is a wasted and destructive emotion. All the mistakes along the wayhave brought me to where I am today and I am a very content.''
Despite not being a fan of the judges, Brenda, is behind all of the Scots who have made it into the Pop Idol final.
She said: ``Scotland has a lot of good talent which needs to be highlighted. I want to tell them all to be themselves. At the end of the day it's all you've got.''
Brenda is involved in her favourite project yet a one-woman show in honour of her father who died of lung cancer lung cancer, cancer that originates in the tissues of the lungs. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States in both men and women. Like other cancers, lung cancer occurs after repeated insults to the genetic material of the cell. .
The piece, Just for Joe, devised by close friend Elaine C. Smith Elaine C. Smith (born August 2, 1958) is a Scottish actress and comedian. She was born in Baillieston in Glasgow, and she continues to live in the city.
Elaine attended Braidhurst High School in Motherwell. , tells Brenda's life story from teenage days in working men's clubs through Opportunity Knocks to her role in Chicago.
It begins a four-day run at the King'sTheatre, Glasgow, on Wednesday. Brenda said: ``Just for Joe is the best piece of work I haveeverdoneand at the moment I am the most satisfied I have ever been.
``Losing my father was the most traumatic thing that could have happened to me and it made me realise that life isn't about money or fame .
``Life is about family, friends and being able to go into your local butcher for a good blether.
``Grief is the price you pay for loving well. My dad's death made me take stock of my life I owe who I am today to him and my mother, Cathy.''
The larger-than-life Scottish singer was told to lose weight before appearing on Opportunity Knocks but refused. Now she is advising lookalike Michelle not to cave into pressure from the image makers who only want to promote stick-thin stars
Glasgow girl Michelle says she knew the Pop Idol judges would have a go about her weight butinsists that is not the reason she has been dieting in the run-up to the final. She has shed 2 1 /2st already but claims: ``I made the choice to lose weight for myself.''