X Factor Dreamer Janice: I will be next Su-Bo
X FACTOR sensation Janice Robinson insists she’s no Dreamer after vowing to be the next Tina Turner or Susan Boyle following the resurrection of her pop career on Saturday’s opening show.
The US singer, 50, dismissed claims she has an unfair advantage after Simon Cowell and Co gave her the ‘golden buzzer’ when she sang 1994 dancefloor ‘banger’ Dreamer from her Livin’ Joy days.
Speaking about her comeback, Janice told Guilty Pleasures: ‘If I didn’t have faith I probably would have done drugs and buried the pain. I would have just sat in the bar and drank my sorrows away.’
After seeing judge Robbie Williams turn emotional when he shared he used to go clubbing to the anthem during his delinquent Take That years, Robinson said: ‘It was emotional — when I look at Robbie and look at myself it’s like looking in a mirror.
‘I was around during Take That. I know the heartache of stepping away from something famous to try and go at it alone.
‘He went alone and built Robbie Williams.’
The star, who stepped away from pop to look after her parents who both have diabetes, added: ‘It’s not true that I have an advantage because I am entering a competition. I am going through the process like everyone else. I am here to showcase my talent that no one saw for a long time. You heard it in Dreamer but didn’t see Janice Robinson out there — what are they talking about?’
The singer hopes to ‘reignite people who are over 40 who might feel old’. Robinson is also delighted she can show her daughters — one of whom is visually impaired — she was once as big as Beyoncé.
‘My whole career is in a storage bin in the garage,’ she said.
‘I showed my daughter an old magazine and Destiny’s Child were in it. My daughter was like, “Mummy you’re in the same magazine as Beyoncé!” When Beyoncé first came out I was doing the same thing.’
The ’90s star, whose performance helped The X Factor become Saturday’s most-watched show, finished: ‘If Tina Turner can come back at 45 — I can at 50!
‘We had Tina, Susan Boyle and now… hey!’
Author: Chris Faulder