AU REVOIR GREGORY LEMARCHAL: for now at least
The French gossip mags report that Star Academy 4 winner Gregory Lemarchal has announced that he's quitting music ..... for a year. He's decided to take time out after what's been an overall disappointing career to date. Where previous winners Jenifer, Nolwenn and to a lesser extent Elodie have continued to enjoy success, the young man from Chambery hasn't set the French charts alight although his recent duet with Lucie Silvas "Meme Si" did well and got tons of airplay. His fortunes are nearer to those of his successor Magalie Vae who was last seen signing copies of her recent flop single in a supermarket. Recently Gregory has become more known for his fling/relationship/publicity stunt (ALLEGEDLY !!!) with TV personality Karine, of which the French gossip mags have been sceptical to say the least. In a way I always thought of him as the French Gareth Gates: got famous thanks to sympathy votes on a TV talent show but whose hitmaking career was short-lived. We wish Gregory well and hope that he bounces back with some new material worth listening to.