The Winner's Song

Album: Single Release Only (2008)
Charted: 2

Songfacts®:

  • This tune originally featured on Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice, a comedy on the UK's Channel 4 television channel which poked fun at reality talent shows. This was the song performed by the two fictional finalists, which was won by an overweight Irish transsexual Geraldine McQueen, played by the comedian Peter Kay.
  • This song was released as a single in the UK the same week as the 2007 X-Factor winner Leon Jackson released the first single from his debut album, "Don't Call This Love." To the amusement of many, this spoof number debuted at #2 one position higher than the song of the actual winner of the X-Factor reality talent show. Geraldine sent a consolatory message to Jackson saying: "Leon is a lovely wee boy. He's a Scottish Michael Buble."
  • Peter Kay, together with Take That singer and songwriter Gary Barlow, penned this. The song craftily pokes fun at the "my life is going to change forever" sentiments, frequently employed in the empowering anthems typically sung as the coronation song on reality talent shows. This also employs halfway through two key changes, again a popular trick of modern pop songs.
  • This was Peter Kay's third successful single releasing after teaming up with Tony Christie in 2005 for the chart-topping Comic Relief song "Is This the Way to Amarillo" and two years later again reaching #1 with his collaboration with The Proclaimers, a revival of their "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)."

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