Australia’s Got Talent – Who Wrote Jack Vidgen’s Song With Him?
I have not been following Australia’s Got Talent much this season, and apparently it has been a cracker.
One of the front runners is 14 year old Jack Vidgen. On Tuesday night he sang in the final with the show saying he had wrote the song ‘Yes I Am’.
Australia’s leading TV blog TV Tonight remembered a similar scenario from Australian Idol a few years ago and decided to investigate.
The TV Tonight article states he found out the song ‘Yes I Am’ had been co-written the song with Erina Clark, the singing coach from Australian Idol, something not stated on the show.
He also writes:
The spokesperson [Sony] said the song was constructed to reflect the journey Vidgen has had with the show, thrust in the spotlight with over a million hits on YouTube. They denied the song already existed and merely tweaked with a lyric in order to give Vidgen a composer credit.
Indeed, in the music industry many pop stars have been known for adding a handful of lyrics in order to land a credit and the subsequent royalties.
But it isn’t the first time a TV talent show has neglected to outline a song’s origins.
In 2004 Australian Idol told its viewers Dianne Warren had written “Listen To Your Heart” especially for series winner Casey Donovan -but the song had actually been recorded in 1998 by gospel singer CeCe Winans.
Sony also said Jack wrote the lyrics and collaborated on the lyrics.
Jack Vidgen is a great talent and is one of the favourites to win, so the show doesn’t have to put him under more pressure by being unclear on the song writing credits.
Do you think AGT should have said the song was co-written on Tuesday night?