Did you know that Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first job at Nashville TV? She would continually burst into tears because she got so involved in the suffering of those she was interviewing for her reports. Apparently, she was also too emotional to be a newsreader and was called in to see her supervisors all the time. In the end, she turned out to be perfect for a local talk show. Her emotional approach to her subjects drew the attention of famous TV channel ABC and so Oprah became the most famous talk show host in the world because she is so empathetic with respect to her guests!
Very few people know that Beethoven became deaf at a very young age – not great for writing music you’d think. Yet despite his deafness, or perhaps because of it, he managed to write the most incredible symphonies. During the performance of his ninth symphony, someone had to turn him round to show him the public’s delirious reaction.
Bulgarian Valentina Hasan sings a song in English for Music Idols even though she’s not a great singer and can’t speak English. That takes courage. Valentina’s rendition of the chorus of Mariah Carey’s Can’t live sounds like Ken Lee. Yet Valentina keeps going because the sounds she has learned by heart phonetically are real English – certainly to her. Despite this ‘handicap’, or perhaps because of it, the Bulgarian singer is now famous. On the internet, it’s even the rage to try and sing like ‘Valentina Hasan or Ken Lee!’ There are some hilarious clips on YouTube.