Last evening, Sir Paul McCartney introduced the finalists on BBC's Fame Academy television program which has raised pounds 2.6 million pounds for the Fame Academy Trust. Sir Paul McCartney appeared on the second show in a pre-recorded message to introduce the two remaining contestants, who performed a duet of The Beatles' tune Let It Be. The winner of the Fame Academy contest was Alex Parks. The 19-year-old student from Truro, Cornwall, won the competition with her version of Tracy Chapman's Baby, Can I Hold You? Alex will receive a GBP 1 million prize as well as a recording contract, sports car and luxury flat.
Meanwhile, Sir Paul has announced that he will join the board of the BBC's Fame Academy bursary. The goal of the trust is to develop new musical talent in the UK by supplying young people with musical instruments and helping to support their musical education. So far the Academy has raised more than £2 million through record sales and phone lines. According to Sir Paul:
"This is a fantastic way to give really talented musicians throughout the UK the chance to develop their musical skills."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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