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Connie Talbot: 'Over The Rainbow'

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Connie Talbot: 'Over The Rainbow'
Released on Monday, Dec 3 2007

There's something inherently wrong about awarding a star rating to a seven-year-old. Connie Talbot, the gap-toothed schoolgirl from Walsall who came second on Britain's Got Talent earlier this year, should be singing for enjoyment at choir club, family gatherings and the occasional school assembly. Record sales and the decidedly adult concept of musical merit should have nothing to do with it.

But yet, after she charmed ten million ITV1 viewers on the Talent finale, it was pretty much inevitable that the glint-eyed hucksters would come a-knocking. Somewhat disturbingly, Talbot released Over The Rainbow, her debut album, last week, and its title track has been primed as a Christmas-friendly spin-off single. The schoolgirl has a sweet, pure voice for sure – one that's more powerful than her tiny frame would suggest – but there's no nuance or depth to her performance. Then again, why should there be? We'll look forward to hearing what she can do in a decade or so.


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