In a pair of bootleg jeans, a multi-colored jumper zipped up to the top and a bright blue scarf wrapped around her neck, singing sensation Camille Glemet sat stretched across the couch exhausted yet smiling. I met with Camille in her Paris apartment the day after she was booted out of the top 100 of “Nouvelle Star” (the French equivalent to American Idols). To most evicted contestants in such a show it would have been a dramatic end, but to this rising star it just marked the beginning. Her sister, French actress Emilie Glemet was the one who secretly signed her up for the contest with the intention of experiencing the thrills and spills of reality TV and to prepare her for stardom. While chatting over green tea and a yummy La Galette du Roi cake, it was Camille who found the traditional hidden toy inside her slice and as custom has it, she had to wear a golden crown on her head during the tea – quite befitting I found!
Last week an Aussie friend called asking if I wanted to join her at a live music bar, Opa-Paris, to check out one of her favorite singers from ‘back home’ who was in Paris for the week. Loving discovering new artists I happily made my way to the venue and was pleasantly surprised with what I saw and heard. The artist sitting under the spotlight was in fact a guitar and attached to it was an Australian singer-song-writer called Lior.