Ray Quinn

Ray Quinn (Doing It My Way)

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The viewing public of The X Factor loved the show's swing and big band week, and when it came to Ray Quinn's turn to record an album, he chose to concentrate on these genres, especially as his version of "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" was one of the series' most popular big band songs. He had been the runner-up to Leona Lewis in the 2006 series, and with Lewis taking time out in America before embarking on a recording career, the way was left open for him to be the next best contestant in the shops with an album, although he did release Doing It My Way on the same day as fellow contestant Ben Mills. But in the end there was no contest, as Quinn easily sailed to number one. Of the 11 tracks, he had actually performed seven on the show as he made his way through the elimination stages, but unfortunately, despite working well in front of a live audience that was seemingly rooting for every contestant and daring the judges (especially Simon Cowell) to say something nasty, on record his versions of Rat Pack classics did not come across as well -- probably because he was singing songs made famous by weatherbeaten stars with stories to tell, and at just 18 years old he may have had the cute baby-face looks that worked well on live TV, but on record his voice betrayed the fact that he hadn't really lived. Songs such as "My Way" and "That's Life," recorded by Frank Sinatra when he was in his fifties, made one believe that he really had things his way, but an 18-year-old Ray Quinn simply sounded precocious and immature. Also, despite having a well-trained voice (he had studied at the Merseyside Dance and Drama College), there was a lack of emotion and real feeling, as if the songs were just songs, without any depth or meaning to the lyrics, but one simply should not expect more from an 18-year-old. Perhaps he should re-record Doing It My Way -- the album -- in 40 years' time, but before the end of 2007, his record label, Sony BMG, had already released him from his contract and he was concentrating on an acting career rather than finding a new company to further his recording.

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