Who is … Anne Linnet
She’s a veteran rock star and one of the judges on the current season of ‘X Factor’.
Is ‘veteran’ a euphemism for washed-up rock mama trying to jump-start a career?
Well, a little exposure on one of the country’s highest rated shows never hurt anyone’s career, and she said she wants to be the tough judge, which is always good for extra camera time. Her stated reason for getting into it, though, was because she was bothered that none of the winners have gone on to have careers in music.
She thinks she can change that?
That may be a task too big for anyone, but at 59 and still releasing albums, she must know something about longevity.
Does she have X factor?
She’s probably got more talent than she does X factor, but one reviewer said her last album was “embarrassing” and “lacked X factor”. Also, her former band, Shit & Chanel, got sued by the fashion house in 1981 and was forced to change their name. By that time they had already broken up though. Don’t see many stunts like that from ‘X Factor’ participants.
She’s got attitude, then. Is that why she’s popular?
Hard to say. She had her hey-day during Danish rock’s golden age in the 1980s, so today’s adults have grown up with her music. Most people can sing along to her songs, but she’s one of those love-her-or-hate-her singers – politically active, smoky voice, feminist …
Bisexual, actually. She claims to have slept with over 1,000 women, and in 2010, she ‘married’ a 23-year-old woman, who’s since borne her a child. But, she also has a son by a man.
Any indication of how she’ll be as a judge?
She didn’t really show a tough side during her first show, and she seemed to be most excited by a male model who she described as a “James Taylor but with balls”.