I blame Europe for the latest crop of reality TV stars hell bent on turning into singing “sensations.” With the tube SO crowded with talent competitions (X-Factor, American Idol, ______’s Got Talent, etc.) right now, REAL singers must be STRUGGLING to get heard. As if TALENT competitions aren’t enough, NOW we have regular old reality stars trying to break into the business. The UK version of Big Brother has launched the career of at least a couple of singers and now we have Katie Price, mother, philanthropist, model, business woman and star of the UK’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here, When Jordan Met Peter, Jordan & Peter: Laid Bare, Jordan & Peter: Marriage and Mayhem, Katie & Peter, Katie & Peter: The Next Chapter, Katie & Peter: The Baby Diaries and recently, What Katie Did Next. Now the model formerly known as Jordan is getting to release her first solo dance single. When will it all end!?
The single, “Free To Love Again” (listen above) will be released digitally in the UK on July 12th. A “tribute to Katie’s fans,” the song, for what it is, isn’t all that bad. It’s just your standard cheesy Euro-pop, Cascada-esque dance tune fixed with all the trimmings: big chorus, electronic blips, plenty of synth and various machine-made vocal tricks. The single was written and produced by Mike Rose (S Club 7, Kylie Minogue). Price has dabbled in music before, coming in 2nd place in the 2005 UK pre-Eurovision selection show Making Your Mind Up. In 2006, she and her THEN-husband Peter Andre released a charity single – the duet “A Whole New World” from Aladdin. The single entered the UK chart at #20. She’s really not a bad singer. It will be interesting to see how the new song does on the charts. Lord, please just don’t let there be an album!