Post by stevemacdonald on Apr 16, 2006 20:06:51 GMT
...Anyone who, in Simon Cowell's high powered commercial World, is considered good enough to sing on the same stage as Il Divo for months on end cannot fail to be noticed by the other inhabitants of that World and by the media.
There are benefits, yes -- provided she can continue to escape the association with cheesiness. Truth is, Simon and his protégés aren't held in the highest esteem by many music critics.
Surely, she doesn't want to be seen as riding Il Divo's manufactured coattails, and certainly no concertgoer would ever get that impression, yet that ironic association lurks as long as Il Divo's around.
The good news today is the new UK edition of 'Odyssey' has entered the album chart at No.16, which is a good position for a second release only a few months after the first. Many of the sales in the last week will have been to Il Divo's fans, because Hayley has been making a very good impression on their world tour.
For the next few weeks Hayley will be touring mainland Europe with Il Divo, visiting several countries for the first time. She is certain to pick up many new fans on the Continent, which must be good for her still-developing international career. I think there will be some very interesting reports, if they can be translated into English! i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif
Let this Il Divo tour with Hayley as warm-up serve as a cautionary tale for other singers on the rise. These lessons are drawn:
1. Know what you're getting into. If it's their headlining tour, you're in their world and, more importantly, their fans' world. 2. Keep a stiff upper lip and a very thick skin. Noseplugs are optional (to dampen the cheese factor). 3. Hire ... 4. Keep all mention of your name to a minimum lest critics think you asked to be on the bill. 5. As a parting shot, tell the audience you're dating so-and-so from the group and then flash a diamond ring on your left hand. That should teach 'em.
I think most young singers on the rise would give their right arm to be in Hayley's position on this tour. And I am sure that Hayley and her Management knew exactly what they were getting into. This type of arrangement isn't exactly new in the music industry (and I accept that everything hasn't been ideal - from our point of view). As your original point 3. was, shall we say, disrespectful to I.D.fans, I won't comment on it; you know what I mean
On the few occasions that Hayley has been mentioned in critics reviews, if I recall correctly she has not come out of it too badly at all. And as Richard mentioned, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Hayley currently has a number 16 album in the UK POP chart. Most young singers on the rise would give an arm AND a leg for that and you cannot dissociate it from an I.D. tour that was probably highly influential in persuading Supermarkets to stock the new Odyssey, and in getting Hayley star treatment on the UK's prime breakfast TV show last week. Yes, Hayley's birthday and the album re-release helped as well - but the I.D. tour clinched it IMHO - a triple whammy.
Last but not least, I came out of the concert after Hayley's performance at Wembley last week not feeling at all that Hayley had been "insulted" or badly treated. Yes, some things (apart from Hayley's singing!) could and should have been done better but I remember that my overwhelming feeling while listening to her performance was pride: "wow, that'll raise a few eyebrows among the I.D. fans" I thought. The reaction I've received and seen since then confirms exactly that and I will quote from an email I received from one Il Divo fan the other day. She has provided one or two photos for us but is not a member of a Hayley forum and if she reads and recognises this, I am sure she won't mind me quoting her:
"If you see Hayley in the interval tell her I think she is wonderful. My friend had a chaffeur take her to Birmingham and she bought him a ticket so he had something to do whilst he was waiting. The next day he bought Hayley's album, Cool huh!!"
I make no excuse for highlighting the above quote from an Il Divo fan and regarding the subject of this thread, I think it's the bottom line and it speaks for itself.
Post by stevemacdonald on Apr 18, 2006 16:14:51 GMT
In all fairness, my expurgated point #3 was tongue-in-cheek. It was directed at all fans, not specifically the headliner's, but I see your concern and you were correct in removing it.
It's part of the wider complaint against late-comers, whether at the movies, lectures, concerts, ballgames or whatever. It's a proven "Murphy's Law" that the better the performance the more likely someone will get in the way. There have been at least two reported instances of fans chatting away unapologetically during Hayley's part of the gig, and numerous accounts of late arrivals making a mockery of decorum.
Why don't they just wait it out 'til it's their boys' turn on stage? That would solve everything and spare Hayley this all-too-frequent slight.