Fun Fridays – March 30, 2012 By Steve Laubeon March 30, 2012Share5Tweet7Another amazing story of talent discovery. Another amazing story of talent discovery. Share5TweetCategories: Fun FridaysTags: Fun About Steve Laube Steve Laube, president and founder of The Steve Laube Agency, a veteran of the bookselling industry with 40 years of experience. View all posts by Steve Laube → Previous Post:True ConfessionsNext Post:News You Can Use – April 3, 2012
Being compared to Pavarotti is completely accurate! This kid is incredible!1 As a singer, I know that a voice like this is very rare, especially at such a young age.
Incredible video, but I have to lightly disagree. The true story here is not (yet another) discovery of an “ugly duckling” with a swan’s voice. Instead, I found the most powerful element here the young man’s comment in the face of Simon’s snarky comments toward his singing partner: “We entered as a duo, and we are staying a duo.”
It’s that loyal friendship displayed by the pair toward each other that continues to move me long after the video has stopped playing. Wow.
Simon, sigh, your words are too often so cruel and usually for no reason other than an inflated sense of your own opinion. No tact, courtesy, or kindness. How many people have been harmed just by your words? I don’t watch any show with Simon because of the harm he does. The nice words he sometimes says don’t make up for the harmful hurt he inflicts.
Charlotte was wonderful and the friendship is magic. They both had a warble error. He actually had at least two. She had one I caught. The biggest problem was balance. But there’s this thing called balancing the sound for stage performance. The show did not properly balance the mics for sound checks. That was obvious. That left Charlotte without proper sound. They’re both very young. They need to be taught to personally balance as well. But the nerves were evident. For 16 and 17, stunning! Had she come on stage alone, she’d have also won her spot. But together, wow! He needs her. Brilliant voice teacher to pair them.
They may choose differently in the future. Who knows? But isn’t Charlotte gracious to give him the last comment without rancor? I am sad that she thinks Simon’s opinion mattered. I loved the other judge’s comment about how Charlotte’s voice complemented her friend. That was much more accurate. We’d have all heard a better performance with balanced mics.
Great story about getting to know the real person, the real story before judging. The audience camera shots before the audition showed all the judgement well. How we humans write off someone for their looks. Oh I see a book in this idea 🙂
If your screen is splashed with salt water, those are my tears.
Every time I watch this, I have visions of a cynical literary agent reading through the slush pile and muttering, “Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse.” Hmm…
In addition to the great talent, what an inspiring example of friendship. And it reminds me of a lesson I learned in college from Coach Darrell Royal, “You got to dance with them that brought you.”
I wonder if Simon (que muy grande ego!), remembers an awkward gal named Susan Boyle? Yes, the sound was terrible. But is it just me, or did Charlotte look a lot like Adele?