Saturday, 20 December 2008

5 Days To Go!

The fact that Christmas day is 5 days away seems weird, as it only seems like yesterday that I heard someone going "35 days until Christmas!!"
And now it's 5 =/... While I enjoy Christmas, because I get to do things like spend time with my family, have fun, relax, eat tons without it being questioned :D and everything else like that, I can honestly say while I'm happy it's quite soon, I'm not THAT excited about it (either that or it doesn't really feel like Christmas to me just yet). The most I've (recently) gotten excited about it was when I found out I'd be spending it in America....but even then, I wasn't that thrilled about it because it was my first Christmas away from home without most of my family members being around.

This time 5 or 6 years ago, I'd be bouncing off the walls about it, because I'd be wondering about stuff like what presents I'd be getting, what the food will be like, and what would be going on in the Christmas day edition of Eastenders xD.
Especially now that I live in a different country, I care a lot less about what presents I'm getting, and more about the next time I'm going to see certain friends or family members back where I was before. But the thing I'm excited about the most since coming here though is skiing :D.

Anyway, this might be the last post I write before the 25th (doesn't seem like I'll be bothered to write another one before that)...So if that's the case HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAYS...Whether you'll be celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza...or anything else around this time of year =)

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Another British Invasion? I Hope So :)

After Alexandra Burke (pictured above) won the X Factor last night :D, it made me realise the high rise of strong female singers out there. For instance, there's:

Duffy Adele

Leona Lewis Corinne Bailey Rae

Estelle && Kate Nash (if to name a few)

and guess what...they're all British!!
Not only this, but they've all been highly successful in America as well as the UK during their first year(s) of being in the music industry...some already being nominated for Grammys!
Brits are clearly very popular in the US...and not just with singers either :). Think of models too; the UK gave the modelling industry Twiggy, Naomi Campbell & Kate Moss! Not bad for such a small region in comparison to the US...

Anyway... back to the singers; most of the artists listed above have already gained high popularity with their music on their debut album alone. If this is what things are like for them now, imagine what they'll be like once their 2nd or 3rd album comes out. Hopefully, none of them will go down the same road as Amy Winehouse when it comes to their personal life =/...but so far so good =).

It won't be long before Alexandra joins this lists of singers either...especially after performing a duet with Beyonce on the final show. Hopefully, she'll get signed by the right label and be just as good and successful as someone like Leona...either way I won't hesitate to buy her album when it comes out...until then, I'll just have to stick to the one single she's got out now =(.
But anyway...congratulations to her!! She's proof that you should always try again when it comes to following your dreams; three years ago when she tried for the X Factor Louis turned her down after a few rounds..but then she came back, was mentored under someone else and won!! Must suck to be Louis right now.

And I agree with Simon Cowell when he said she makes you proud to be British...because she really does :D. And about JLS being second...that really doesn't bother me because I know they'll go far anyway and eventually get signed. For anyone who missed it, here's the performance of Alexandra performing "Listen" with Beyonce..enjoy =).