Courtney Act is an Australian pop trash icon, so I was more than a little chuffed when she dropped by to leave a comment about my recent Kylie post. It was also something of a coincidence because I had been meaning to write about this fabulous diva for some time. Courtney shot to prominence in the first season of Australian Idol, bringing her own unique brand of dragtastic fabulousness to the masses. It's safe to say that nothing this entertaining has graced Australian Idol since Courtney's departure! Despite being eliminated in the wildcard round by the narrowest of margins, I believe Ms Act was the first Idol star to be signed by Sony Australia and was the only non-finalist invited to join the inaugural Australian Idol tour, where she memorably performed "Kids" with Rob Mills. Kylie would be proud!
Shortly after, Courtney's released her stunning debut single "Rub Me Wrong", which became a top 30 hit and an instant scene classic. The original version is great but the remixes are heavenly. The video was also a spectacular affair. Similar in theme to Kylie's "On A Night Like This", sexy Courtney is escorted to a mansion where she dances for an old pervert. At least she doesn't end up in the pool like poor Kylie! Since parting ways with Sony, Courtney has become an Oxford St icon - performing drag shows and hosting parties as well as staging the fantastic one woman show "Boys Like Me" (her jazzy Spice Girls' cover is particularly fabulous).
Courtney as Amy WinehouseIn exciting news for long suffering "Rub Me Wrong" fans, Courtney recently announced that she is returning to the recording studio and, in an ingenious marketing ploy, is selling pieces of herself to help her finance it! Well not literally but for the bargain price of $10 (AUD) you get to own a piece of the digital mosaic on Courtney's website on which you get to write a personal message. The $10 also buys you an autographed, limited edition copy of the proposed EP as well as a digital copy of the single (postage is included in the $10 and that also goes for international buyers). Most importantly, however, you get the satisfaction of helping a truly unique talent create fantastic music outside the restraints of a record company. Courtney is one of the hardest working local divas in the business and she deserves our support.
To buy a piece of Courtney Act, simply click here and the follow the instructions. Basically, you select the piece of Courtney's face that you wish to purchase (I'm the proud owner of a small plot on her right cheek!) and a yellow square will appear on the box. All you have to do after that is click "Pay for selected blocks", submit your details and complete the purchase via Paypal. There is a money back guarantee in the event that the EP is not completed - so what have you got to lose?! I can't wait to hear what Courtney comes up with. In the meantime, check out the brilliant "Rub Me Wrong" video clip (below). They certainly don't make 'em like that anymore!