As I clicked on my Yahoo email account the news came up first as it always does until I log into my account. The top story showing at the time was about the UK Talent Show ‘The X Factor’ which aired Saturday 28th and caused quite a stir as it often does. The stir in question was regarding Shirlena Johnson’s rendition of Duffy’s ‘Mercy’.
Shirlena stunned the audience and judges as you can see in the video of her performance.
Shirlena made it through to the next round but has since been dropped due to questions surrounding her mental state of mind. News reports say that she has been taking medication for stress since her fathers death.
Now I do not know Shirlena and only have the same newspaper reports accessed from the internet and this video footage to go on, but before you judge Shirlena too harshly, or the TV producers, please pay attention to the audience and judges and their response to Shirlena’s performance. She seems to have a message and watch how the audience’s reaction to her changes throughout her performance. She speaks to the audience and asks them a question to which they reply.
Shirlena’s medical records apparently were not available until after the show and there is some controversary here but my reason for writing this post is that sometimes what appear to be ‘mistakes’ can reveal so much and lead us all down new paths. It will be interesting to see where this story goes and what capacity Shirlena has for engaging the public. What else is possibe here for her and us?
An excerpt of the article from the Daily Mail.co.uk/t.vshowbiz article
“X Factor contestant Shirlena Johnson has begged show bosses to reinstate her, insisting she is mentally prepared to handle the pressure.
The 30-year-old single mother was axed by ITV bosses after making it to the programme’s boot camp, after fears were raised over her mental well-being.
But she declared last night she ‘wasn’t crazy’ and begged to be given the chance to provide a better life for her three-year-old daughter Mariah.
This decision could spoil my life and desires – I’m now labelled as a crazy person,’ she told The Sun.
‘They’re worried I can’t cope, but this has been the craziest week of my life and I’m still standing. I’m still trying to turn my life around – I’m begging them to give me another chance.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1306261/X-FACTOR-2010-Shirlena-Johnson-begs-X-Factor-bosses-back.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#ixzz0yCwNlDcH