Posts Tagged ‘oprah’

The ugly truth

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Fact: Oprah steals the souls of puppies

Oprah’s great, she’s wonderful, she’s fantastic. She cries when sad things happen, she laughs when the guest laughs at his or her misfortune, and she can even handle a Scientologist jumping on the couch like a monkey about to bump his head.

But Oprah was a very angry woman when an author who was welcomed into the Oprah Book Club with open arms, then ended locked outside at the bottom of the building dodging his falling TV of the fourth storey.

James Frey wrote the book ‘A Million Little Pieces’, which was initially written as a fictional tale, but came to be a re-telling of Frey’s struggle through drug rehabilitation.

When it was found out that he had fabricated different parts of the book, Oprah got mad. Similar to The Hulk, when O gets mad, get away from O.

But what’s this? We’ve got dirt on Oprah?

Rita Skeeter

Kitty Kelley (who from her celebrity biographer profession and name feels more like Rita Skeeter from Harry Potter) has just released a biography about the billion dollar woman, finding out the diva and fabrications within this rich goddess.

Deconstructing the celebrity somewhat diminishes the idea of a celebrity in the first place. We place people on a pedestal for their beauty, intelligence and humility (and not necessarily possessing all three).

Britney Spears has allowed photos of the ‘Before and After’ photoshoot out in the public. Some say it’s because people were doubtful the normal-sized Spears has all of a sudden gone back to super slim model size in her photos, but the actual photos aren’t the shock and horror of it all.

Heck, a YouTube search on ‘Best Modelling Photoshop’ will bring up the digital artists who can wave pounds and age off like dust on a shelf.

If you had to pick...

When we take Jessica Simpson‘s makeup away, of course she’s going to look different. It’s the talent accepting themselves for their true self that seems like a strange step.

Mind you, Britney is still wearing a ton of makeup in the photos, but with the slow encouragement of honesty from our idols, it’s possible we’re moving closer towards a more understanding future.

But hold on there, sonny Jim. Beauty from within doesn’t sell magazines. People know what happens when you choose to go leave the house ‘au naturale’.

It’s the biological nature of human nature that causes us to turn to the prettier animal of the forest. As far as primitive urges go, we’ll still rather feed our shallow side without consideration of the rest.

Will Smith caught pointing - Rude.

Take any celebrity known for looks only, and think about their whether you’d like to take that celeb to dinner to talk, or gawk. You’d be hard pressed asking any questions to Paris Hilton about Afghanistan (general knowledge or spelling-wise).

I’m sure that we’ll hear that Will Smith doesn’t recycle his diet lemonade cans, or Hugh Jackman is afraid of sharp objects. Our perfect idols will eventually fall, and it’s interesting to see how much grace will be retained once the rubber hits the tarmac.

Does it matter that Oprah spends $40 million making her jet hangar smell nice? We might think she’s spending a lot of money, but I bet you would too with a few billion sitting in the bank.

At the end of the day, does it matter?

Only if you’re dating her. Stedman, if you’re reading this…


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Leona Lewis – Topping the Transatlantic Waves

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Leona_lewis_spiritWell I don’t suppose we should let a momentous occasion pass by unnoticed! Leona Lewis has hit the top spot in the US with her album ‘Bleeding Love’.
When Leona was just about two years old an English female artist topped the Billboard 100 for the 11th time when Kim Wilde hit the top spot with her "You Keep Me Hangin’ On" in June 1987 (still available on "Kim Wilde – The very Best Of", for an amazing £4.99!)

Any way, six female artists had managed the almost impossible prior to that: Vera Lynn (once), Petula Clark (twice), Lulu (once), Olivia Newton-John (four times!), Sheena Easton and Bonnie Tyler (once each). The final one in 1983. At the time I guess it would have been unthinkable that the feat would not be repeated for more than 20 years, but that was the case!

Leona is very much in debt to Oprah Winfrey, who gave the single the thumbs up on her hugely popular show. Notably the only other success by a British artist this decade was "James Blunt’s – You’re Beautiful" which was also hugely indebted to Ms Winfrey’s seal of approval.
Remains to see if Leona can stay at the top for a further week, although I strongly suspect it will be overtaken by "Touch My Body" from "Mariah Carey’s – E=MC2" album!!
I guess record company execs who want their UK artist to achieve success in the US charts could do far worse than impress Ms Oprah! 

Duffy vs Leona in UK Singles Battle

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Duffy_rockferry_2The top spot in the UK singles chart was won for the fifth week in a row by a jubilant Duffy with her hit ‘Mercy’. Her album "Rockferry" remains at #1 in the album chart for a second week. I’m not one to say "told you so", but I did predict this as being a huge album a few weeks ago!

‘Mercy’ just managed to keep Leona Lewis from the top spot, beating her double A side ‘Better In Time / Footprints In The Sand’, both taken from her album "Spirit", by just over 300 units.

Leona_lewis_spiritIs this a just result? You see, download sales of the second track are excluded from the tally. If these had been included Leona would have been #1!
With sales of over 7,500 units ‘Footprints in the Sand’ was at #25 in the chart as a stand alone track.
I don’t suppose Duffy or Leona are too worried as both are sitting very pretty at the top of the pops!

Meanwhile, Leona’s biggest fan (and promoter) Simon Cowell has been busy showing her off in the US. You can check out her performance and interview on Oprah right here… thanks to the lads at YouTube.
They’re comparing her to Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston (presumably before things went pear shaped!). It might be a bit early for those comparisons but she does comes across as a genuinely nice person… just like Simon… so good luck to them.
Fair play to Simon though, but you can practically see the $$ signs in his eyes! And sure why not.   

Not sure if her American Idol performance ever worked out… but I’ll post here if anything crops up. There are rumours of a semi final appearance?