Talent in a Previous Life

Because It's Never Just About the Music

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Kirst Almighty 

Do you remember Kirsty Crawford? Of course you don't! She was first out of series 2 of Pop Idol and wasn't even allowed to go on the tour, such was the surplus to requirements nature of her act. Well, allowing for the fact that there wasn't really a there for her to go back to, she's back! No, we couldn't believe it either. Well, we couldn't once we eventually managed to work out who she was. We were lucky enough to catch her doing a gig at Glasgow's Walkabout on Sunday - and yes, as some of you may realise, that does mean we went to see Dr Karl Kennedy from Neighbours do a gig, but hey! Don't judge us! You've probably been to see Kylie perform and it's pretty much the same thing, only with less feathers - where she demonstrated the sort of vague prettyness, half-way there charisma and ability to stay in tune that got her to where she is today.

We were treated, in much the same way as a severe burns victim is treated, to five songs, two originals - one of which was called Hate Myself for Loving You, and the other we forget, the title that is, but both of the actual songs were about as memorable as an ITV continuity announcement - and three covers: Charlotte Church's Crazy Chick, the craziness in question presumably being that of massive self delusion; Kelly Clarkson's Since You've Been Gone, and given the rammed nature of the gig - for Karl rather than Kirsty we feel - breathing at all, let alone for the first time, was a concept we could only dream about; before closing with Aretha Franklin's Respect, showing a fine understanding of irony as, for the audience, chatting and drinking was given a far higher priority than showing Miss Crawford any respect or, indeed, attention.

If you are interested in finding out more, then firstly we'd like to suggest you find yourself some sort of hobby to occupy your time, but if that's not enough, you can also find her official - as if there'd be any other kind - website at http://www.kirstycrawford.com. We discovered this thanks to an excitable Kirsty fan in front of us in the queue who proudly showed us his Make Poverty History style wristband bearing the URL. We had suspected she might have been a charity case, but we didn't realise things were that bad.