Magazine article Newsweek

Music: An 'Idol' at the Movies

Magazine article Newsweek

Music: An 'Idol' at the Movies

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Byline: Ramin Setoodeh

Will Young is making his big-screen debut. That, of course, means zilch to most of us. But Young is the Kelly Clarkson of British pop music. As the winner of the first "Pop Idol" in 2002 (the U.K.'s version of "American Idol"), he topped the charts with his single "Anything Is Possible/Evergreen," and his second album sold 1.6 million copies.

In "Mrs. Henderson Presents," Young plays a World War II stage performer. He croons. He dances. Simon Cowell is nowhere in sight. Considering Young's costar is Dame Judi Dench--not Justin Guarini--he's got reason to celebrate. But how much? "I'm so hung over, I can't move," he told NEWSWEEK on a recent visit to L.A. "We had a party last night after the film was screened. Then we decided to steal plants from around the hotel..." OK, time to interrupt. Young's performance is very good--but director Stephen Frears had his doubts about casting an ex-"Idol" for a period piece. …

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