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People and parties
Did reality TV change your life? Did you feel under the public
microscope during the shows?
Greg Pritchard: “The show changed my life. It
gave me confi dence and acceptance. I’ve now Greg: “Yes, but I didn’t fi nd it hard. I just carried
got a nationwide theatre tour with a lady from Las on as normal.”
Vegas. I am also meeting producers working in
the West End and Germany.”
Andy: “I felt pressured, but I think I managed to
put my personality across in the right light.”
Andy Williams: “It had a positive effect on me
and I got to experience many things. For others, it
Icaro: “I can’t please everybody. I focused only on
can be hard letting go of the dream after it’s gone.”
the people who appreciated the humor. People still
stop me today with a positive message and thank
Icaro Taborda: “It had a good effect on me me for the moments of laughter.”
because of the humour I presented to the public.
Everybody needs to laugh to cope with the
Did it affect your personal life?
Andy Williams
diffi culties of life.”
Greg: “It hasn’t affected any relationships. I just
How real is the show?
have more friends!”
Greg: “It isn’t that real. The producers infl uence you
Andy: “Yes it does affect relationships for a lot
but they have your best interests at heart.”
of people. Something like 80% of people on the
show broke up with girlfriends or boyfriends. My
Andy: “The show is real, but the producers do relationship survived, however.”
aim things in the direction they want to go.”
Icaro: “My colleagues and neighbours seemed to
Icaro: “It is real but with rules — that those enjoy knowing someone who was part of such a
young and pretty should have priority. I felt huge show. It gave them hope to try things.”
manipulated. My mentor didn’t understand the
importance of humour but I guess that is just
Why did being on the show appeal
destiny. I think my strong character made my
to you?
mentor jealous — he felt threatened because
he must always have the limelight. His selected
Greg: “Being able to showcase what I love doing
choice was based around the young groups the
to a large audience. That would not have been
charts want.”
possible without the show, as I could not afford
the tuition fees for a private performing arts
Do people still ask for your
school. It gives those who are less fortunate the
autograph?
chance to follow their dream.”
Greg: “Yes. People even stop me even at traffi c
Icaro: “For me it’s about when the adrenalin kicks
lights and ask for pictures and fi ve autographs for
in and I’m able to express my imagination and
Greg Pritchard
themselves and family members.”
give the public a reason to laugh. To sing live to
an audience is a feeling you cannot explain unless
Andy: “Yes they still do, but they always say it’s you have done it. I didn’t receive the support given
for somebody else!” to those they picked for the fi nal. In my opinion,
that was a mistake because I know I could have
Icaro: “Yes I still get stopped, and it is always ‘for
entertained a lot more given half the chance. But
someone else’.”
the sun still shines and I’m still singing!”
Do you still appear at charity
Any tips for future contestants?
events?
Greg: “Real talent should prevail.”
Greg: “I do perform at charity events; I enjoy
being able to help people in that capacity.” Icaro: “The younger generation tend to dream
and the show can break a lot of hearts and
Andy: “Yes, I still do a lot of charity gigs.”
minds. I would advise to not expect anything and
if something positive happens, take it as a bonus.
Icaro: “I love doing things for charity. I’ve done
Enjoy every moment because in this life we only
quite a few in the past. My time is restricted but
take with us the happy memories.”
I’m open for invitations.”
Icaro Taborda
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