After a troubled childhood and years living in hostels, Speech Debelle came out on top – with the Mercury music prize. She always knew she could do it
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The simoncowellisation of the Mercury Prize
The introduction to the Guardian interview with Speech Debelle this morning runs:
I wish Miss Debelle well, even though her music is probably not My Sort of Thing. But I can't help fearing that this sort of writing is a mark of the reach of Simon Cowell's influence on popular culture.
Do you now need a sob story now to win the Mercury Prize as well as X Factor?