Samantha Jade’s Backstory Appear To Have Some Spin In It
Pop singer Samantha Jade is looking very strong going into tonight’s final as she is certainly peaking at the right time to take out the competition.
There is not doubt the girl can sing. However she did court some controversy early on in the series when critics were saying it would give her an advantage to be mentored by her friend Guy Sebastian. She did deserve her place in the competition shown by the fact she made the top three.
However what is interesting in these reality shows are the back stories and they can help you attract fans and the all important vote.
Other finalist Jason’s back story coming from small town Albert has certainly resonated with fans and he never landed in the bottom two despite some dodgy performances.
Samantha’s back story was just as compelling she had been signed by a US record label however success alluded her and she ended up being dropped and had come back to Australia to try her luck here.
However there appeared to be some twisting of the story to make us more sympathetic too the 25 year old singer.
Read the following two sentences and see if your perspective changes:
1. “My dad got me a job in his mining factory where he works, and I was out the back counting stock” (from her X Factor audition)
2…she moved back to Perth and began working for her father’s mining company (in Woman’s Day)
Now the first sentence was not a lie but it certainly a bit of spin to it ensured a more sympathetic view of the singer. As was the fact that she was dropped by her US record label, this occurred in 2008 and she had released a single in Australia since then.
It won’t be the first or last time a back story will be manipulated. Singing cowboy Justin this year managed to get nationwide sympathy for not seeing his children for so many years, with the full story on that never emerging on why this occurred.
There is no doubt looking at Samantha Jade’s wiki page that she has been very close to getting her big break but it just never happened which must have been frustrating for her. This is why she is on the show to find a fan base which she has certainly achieved.
The same Women’s Day article also has quote by outlines how she has left her LA based boyfriend Swedish record producer Christian Nilssom in the US. If she wins tomorrow night he may have to get used to her being based in Australia for some time to come.
Can you think of any other reality TV back stories that have had some media spin put on them to make them more compelling?
Jason’s back story appears to have been “massaged” as well. He apparently does not live in small town Albert but in Narromine which is still small with 2600 people. When he was younger him and his family lived in Albert. (Thanks Joan and @varicool.