Album: Rhydian, Waves (Nova)

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The Independent Culture

Such is the cruel transience of talent-show fame, all credit to X Factor X-centric Rhydian Roberts for refusing to go timidly.

Formerly ensconced in "classical crossover", the peroxide Red Dwarf escapee has found his metier: applying his baritonal gusto to no-hit Eighties power-ballads e.g. a gay disco, pecs-thrusting cover of The Mission's "Tower of Strength" (no 12, 1988). Like Hurts auditioning for Lloyd Webber, it restores some value to the term "guilty pleasure".