The road to pop superstardom has always been littered with losers, both good and bad. But today, thanks to the ego-crumpling brilliance of Pop Idol, the boulevard of broken dreams is positively packed with crushed wannabes, trampled gonnabes, misguided neverbes and Rick Waller. Hardly surprising when you've got industry giants such as Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and, er, Doctor Fox telling the entire nation you couldn't hold a note in a bucket.
But now you can become a pop legend without leaving home, via the incredible Pop Idol Talentbox. Consisting of a quality microphone and idiot proof PC software, the Talentbox is essentially an interactive recording studio that allows you to sing over various chart hits, record your best performances and then link directly to the Pop Idol Talentbox website. Simply plug the mic into your PC, put in the CD and you're away.
Once signed in you can upload your recordings for online voting and appear in the Pop Idol Talent Box charts. The software is preloaded with various chart hits, including "Sex Bomb" by Tom Jones, "She Bangs" by Ricky Martin and "Evergreen" by Mr Pop Idol himself, Will Young! You can join the Pop Idol Talent Box community, create your own online personal profile, enjoy great news, tips and updates, enter competitions and experience a host of other pop-related activities.And if all this isn't enough to get you practising your do-re-mi's, a link with the official Pop Idol TV series site (show begins summer 2003) will keep you bang up-to-date with who's leading the TV votes. This really is a fabulously entertaining box of tricks that will appeal to every kind of pop fan - from serious singer to tone deaf karaoke clown. Altogether now, "I'm gonna take this momentÂ…"