Can the voice of an angel heal a tortured soul?
Annabelle MacIntosh enters a reality singing contest to save her family from their mounting debt. Miles Oliver, celebrity judge and the owner of the biggest record company in the UK, doesn't think she has what it takes. She sings like an angel, but when she performs all he can focus on is the terror in her eyes. It's a look he knows only too well. After the pressure of fame destroyed his wife, Miles swore he'd never let the same thing happen to anyone else. Driven by the guilt he's carried for years, Miles tries everything in his power to make sure Annabelle doesn't succeed, because he doesn't believe she'll survive it.
Annabelle needs that prize money, and she's determined to win it. As she fights to make it through each round of the contest, an attraction begins to develop between the two adversaries. The longer Annabelle remains in the competition, the deeper her attraction grows to the man who's trying to prevent her from reaching her goal. Can she convince Miles she's strong enough to fight the fame monster and win?
The Character Interview:
I’m interviewing Miles Oliver of Oliver Records and celebrity judge on the reality singing contest, Do You Have What it Takes?, today. My god could I just eat him up!
Miles, it’s great to have you here. How are the auditions going? Some of the televised ones looked excruciating.
Thanks for having me here today. The auditions are going well this year. It never fails to surprise me how much talent we find in the UK every year. Although, yes, some auditions were not as promising as others.
*Interviewer and Miles have a giggle.*
So, Miles. Everyone is talking about the Glasgow auditions and your decision not to put Annabelle MacIntosh through to Eliminations. Was there another reason? I mean, we all saw the audition. She has a voice like an angel.
*Miles shifts uncomfortably in his seat.*
Annabelle has a beautiful voice. You’ll recall I didn’t dispute that. However, she is very insecure, has confidence issues and takes ‘stage freight’ to a new level. Not to mention the fact her performance was far from perfect. I remember she was only able to sing in tune once she’d closed her eyes to block us out.
We are looking for performers who can sing well. The full package. I doubt Annabelle would survive the live shows.
I see your point, but it caused quite a stir on EconEkt. How do you feel about the public disagreeing with your opinion?
*Miles rolls his eyes*
That’s nothing new. In this business I’ve learned you can’t please everyone. Commercial, doesn’t necessarily mean, appeals to everyone. I made a business decision, and I stand by it.
Well, I can’t argue that you aren’t a success. Oliver Records’ clients are rocking the charts right now. What do you thinks makes you so successful?
I put everything I have into my company. My clients. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide the best of the best. Publicity, staff, the works. Everyone at Oliver Records contributes to the clients’ success. I have a great team behind me.
And clearly it pays off. What about the show? Do you think your step up the celebrity ladder has had an effect on your reputation?
As you know, it’s not only the contestants who are in the show to win it. The judge who’s act wins Do You Have What It Takes gets half a million pounds and the opportunity to sign the winner. I’ve won the last three years and some of the biggest names in the industry have come to me as a result.
I can imagine that’s had a positive reaction on both your reputation and bank balance! Congratulations. And finally, who’s your money on this year? I think Annabelle could swing it. She’s like a modern day Whitney Houston.
Miles’ eyes narrow.
As you know, I can’t comment on who I think will win. Everyone we put through to the live shows will be given the best chance possible to shine. As far as I’m concerned, the competition is wide open.
*Interviewer’s note. Maybe there’s something going on with the young Scottish girl and the judge. Hmmm.*
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A lifelong bookworm with an addiction to happily ever afters, Aimée Duffy has read romance for as long as she can remember. After spending years dreaming up her own handsome heroes and feisty heroines, she finally decided to put pen to paper and write.
She lives in Central Scotland, surrounded by family and friends. By day she works in a private firm of lawyers, and by night she considers herself extremely lucky to be writing the books she loves to read and to have the opportunity to share her characters' happy ever afters with readers. In her free time she enjoys hillwalking and handbag shopping.
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