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Friday, 13 December, 2002, 10:43 GMT
Fame three ready for reality
Lemar, David and Sinead
Lemar, David and Sinead: Mini-tour in final week
The final three hopefuls in the BBC TV series Fame Academy tell BBC News Online about life at the Academy, and how they feel about launching a music career from a reality TV show.


Sinead Quinn

Sinead is 22, from Irvinestown, Northern Ireland, and graduated this year from Hull University in music technology. She won the public vote to become the 12th Fame Academy student.

"What am I looking forward to most if I win? That flat is amazing - it'll be packed out with people - and I'm looking forward to the record contract.

Sindead Quinn
Sinead: Plays guitar, piano and mandolin
"If I don't win, well we've been stuck in the house and we don't know if anyone's interested in taking us on, but I'm waiting and seeing - let's just say I won't starve if I don't get taken on.

"But I'm going home for Christmas - it's going to be a good one.

"The best thing about the Academy is all the training you get, you get great vocal training, and the fitness has been fantastic, it's been a lot of fun.

"The worst thing is whatever you're doing, the camera's in your face, even when you're getting up and looking as rough as you like.

"I was a bit baffled by the whole fame thing when I arrived in Ireland last weekend. It was a bit weird, people knowing your name and posters of you and stuff, but I gave it my best shot. So hopefully I'll be ready for it.

"Fame Academy has done OK, like other reality TV shows - they pick up viewers as they go along. I remember the first Big Brother - I only heard about it halfway through the first series.

"But I would never slate the other shows - I know how hard it is going to the auditions, we've all been there."


David Sneddon

David is 24, from Glasgow, who has been a local TV presenter as well as a pub band musician. He entered the Academy when student Naomi Roberts dropped out with voice problems.

David Sneddon
David: Musical influences include Van Morrison and The Beatles
"The first thing that's going to change if I win is that is I'll be living in London. I've never lived out of Glasgow before. We're all good mates from the Academy so we'll all be living there.

"We haven't got a clue what happens next. The first thing I am going to do is relax over Christmas - even if I win. I know that the hard work begins in January.

"The best is being able to perform your own songs. That's what I am - I'm a singer-songwriter, that's why I came to the Academy really, and to get the opportunity to do one of your own songs on national TV is one of the highlights of my life.

"The worst point is just being cut off from the outside world. Getting a three-minute phone call every week to speak to friends and family, it's not enough, and it makes you feel a little bit homesick.

"I've learned a lot of technique about my voice. I thought singing was just singing, I've never had lessons before but some of the things I've learned about my voice, and I know that when I leave here I'll be using those techniques for the rest of my life.

"I've enjoyed the whole experience - I know that people are going to ask what was the best thing about it, but you just can't explain it. Every day there has been something to laugh about.

"How much credibility can you get from a reality TV show? But we, at least the last few of us, have shown we're not the next churned out pop act. The songwriting makes it stand out from the other shows."


Lemar Obika

Lemar, 24, from north London, works in a high street bank but has sung professionally for five years as well.

"The best thing was doing a duet with Lionel Richie, that was an experience I will not forget, the guy is just great.

Lemar Obika
Lemar: Musical tastes are soul, R&B, pop and garage
"The worst point has been the fact that on Fridays you see your family and you can't speak to them, and that's just been the low point. You come down off the buzz of doing the show, you want to talk to people but you can't.

"And saying goodbye to other students, especially when it got down to so few of us. You really noticed it when someone went.

"I wouldn't say I'm a very private guy but I do like my privacy, so that's something I'll just have to get used to after the show.

"But I'm not sure if I'm famous or not because we don't have any contact with the outside world, so I just feel like the same guy who works at the bank.

"I've been given the opportunity to learn a few things about music. So far everyone's been nice, then when we went on the tour people have been showing appreciation, so if it continues in that way it'll be fine.

"I've learned a lot about vocal technique. My whole approach to singing a song now is different, I now feel like I'm trying to bring myself into each song. I've come on quite a bit in that area."


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