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Posts Tagged ‘ Jessie J ’

The Voice UK – Not about the Price Tag?!

Not about the Price Tag? Whatever the reason, it looks like Jessie J and Sir Tom Jones will not be returning The Voice.

According to sources it is thought that the reason Jessie J isn’t returning as a judge on the next series of The Voice is due to a clash with her UK tour dates and the filming of the second season of the BBC show. The singer had previously received criticism for her alleged diva like behaviour on the BBC set, her refusal to do publicity for the show, and her admission on Graham Norton’s chat show that she hadn’t even bothered to watch the show back.

Meanwhile, the Welsh wonder, Sir Tom Jones, the winner of the first series with his contestant Leanne Mitchell has apparently also been advised not to return for the second season by his own management team. I for one can’t see why the man needed the gig anyhow!

Twitter crazed Will.i.am however, does look set to return, as does The Script front man Danny O’Donoghue, to the judging panel, but if rumours are to be believed there could be two new faces joining the judging panel. The BBC are also keen to make changes to the £22 million show in a bid to boost ratings in the upcoming season after they plummeted in week 10 of last year’s season.

£22 million for the creation of a show supposedly just aimed at finding ‘The Voice’ of the UK….a show based on true talent, devoid of any gimmicks (apparently). Hmm, why then the need for the massive £22million price tag?! Possibly a ploy to get Jessie J and Sir Tom back again?!Only time will tell… well that or a tweet from Will.i.am!

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Young, Talented and Loaded

The Sunday Times Rich List released this week gave us every reason to be envious, as young talented actors and musicians are reeling in the big bucks!

Not solely the lead role in the Harry Potter films, but Danielle Radcliffe also took the lead role in the Young Rich List of millions with earnings totalling £54m. Who would have thought that a glasses wearing wizard boy had the potential to command such high earnings?! The earnings amassed by the Radcliffe last year were resultant of his lead role in the final instalment of Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and the success of his most recent film, The Woman In Black also contributed to topping up his earnings by £6m this year.

It was however ‘Someone Like You’ singing sensation, Adele, who topped the young musicians poll. Her album entitled ‘21’ sold 10 million copies last year, and also trebled her wealth in the meantime soaring from earnings of £6m to £20m in a mere year. Not a bad year, eh?!

Acting remains the means by which one can amass significant earnings. This is evidenced by Robert Pattinson’s pay packet for his contributions to the Twlight Saga, which this year added a supplementary £8m to his wealth. The Twlight Star is now worth approximately £40m. Kiera Knightley features as the third highest paid actress with earnings of £30m. This starlet registered no increase to her wealth last year…. my heart bleeds for you Kiera, given the fact the rest of us were stripped of bonuses and salary increments to basic salaries, you can hardly complain!!

In 2010 Jessie J didn’t even feature in the Young Music Millionaires Top 20, but in 2011 her ‘Price tag’  (see what I did there?!) was an estimated £5m. The meteoric rise to fame of Rosie Huntington-Whitely secured the Victoria’s Secret lingerie model and now actress secured her earnings of £5m also. So it appears that it is possible to be plucked from obscurity one year, and included in the top young earners list the next, not a bad year’s work at all work for either starlet!!

It is also worth pointing out that on further inspection of the rich list, it appears that Mr Nasty himself, Simon Cowell, is behind many of youngsters listed this year. Juxtaposing his creation of several reality talent shows, and his influence in the music industry, X Factor sensations, JLS and Leona Lewis, and former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole also make the cut with earnings of £12m, £5m (per member) and £12m respectively. So whilst many will slate BGT, X Factor and the likes, there appears to be a hefty reward for those who go the distance once the talent shows come to a close. No doubt, the members of One Direction will be joining this rich list next year given the current success they are experiencing on an international scale.

So it seems the talented youth of today are earning mega bucks, I, like many others, am extremely envious, and wish there was some way I could feature on next year’s list!!  

Now to find myself a vocal coach that can cure my tone deaf singing habits and ensure I sail through an X Factor audition…. or a drama teacher who can land me a coveted walk on role in Fair City…. 

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