PAUL Mescal became a telly sensation in lockdown and now he is being tipped for a stellar career in music too.
His pop star pal Dermot Kennedy has teased the Normal People actor has got an “incredible” voice and has what it takes to make it big in the charts.
Last month the Outnumbered singer teamed up with Paul for a special live streamed show from London’s Natural History Museum and he was blown away by the actor’s talent and stage presence after they did a duet of Dermot’s latest track Giants.
In an exclusive chat with Bizarre, Dermot said: “His voice is incredible.
“He’s never done that before in his life, that’s the most admirable thing.
“Even knowing how to sing into a microphone is something you learn over time. The fact that he went for it is so cool.
“I feel that guy can do anything.
“He’s not in a rush to do a music career right now but I’d love to be a moving part in someone else’s grand dream.”
Dermot, whose debut album Without Fear went to No1 in October last year, became pals with the actor earlier this year when he made a point of congratulating his fellow Irishman on the success of BBC drama Normal People, in which Paul played heart-throb Connell Waldron.
He explained: “We had never met, the whole world was losing their minds over him in Normal People.
“I sent him a message just randomly saying hey and hoping he was doing well. He shot to mega stardom quite suddenly.
“When someone gets that much notoriety that quickly, there is an assumption that everything is perfect, so I just sent a message to see if he was cool. That was it for a few months then the idea of the show came up.”
Now Dermot is working on a new album, having also just released his single Giants, the video for which will be out tomorrow.
He said: “We made a video while Dublin was in complete lockdown. It was amazing. I’ve never seen the city like that.”
1D Niall could be next in line
THERE could be more to hear from Dermot sooner rather than later, and the new music could be with another of his famous friends, Niall Horan.
Asked if he plans on collaborating with the One Direction singer, he said: “For sure I’d be up for working with Niall. We wrote a song together over lockdown, so the decision is in his hands.
“I’m sure he has plenty of songs and he has a lot of creative decisions to make all the time.
“Whenever he wants to do it, that’s fine with me.”
1D lines tricky for Liam
UNLIKE One Direction fans, who can probably still sing all the songs, LIAM Payne has already forgotten most of their hits.
The singer is putting on a virtual show for fans to celebrate his 27th birthday next week and says he’ll revisit some of the band’s tunes.
1D only split four years ago, but Liam admitted: “There’s a lot of stuff to remember and I’m not as good at remembering as I used to be.
“There’s been a lot of life that’s happened since singing those songs.”
In an Instagram Live he even teased he would sing some of 1D’s audition songs from The X Factor in 2010, including Viva La Vida, by Coldplay, andNatalie Imbruglia's Torn, which they performed at Judges’ Houses.
But Liam struggled to remember what happened back then, saying: “Did we sing that in the final? I know we sang it at Judges’ Houses. I think you sing it in the final, do you not?
“I’m sure you sing your first song in the final on X Factor. I should know, I’ve been on twice.
“I only made the final once. Did we even make the final if we came third? I don’t know.”
Best get rehearsing, Liam.
APPLE Music is renaming its flagship radio station Beats 1 Apple Music 1.
The streaming service is also launching two new stations, Apple Music Hits, which will play tracks from the past four decades, and Apple Music Country.
Meg's Greek earner
THE future is looking as bright as these blue skies for Megan McKenna.
The former reality star has signed a six-figure deal with clothing site In The Style and shared a sneak peek at her range.
Megan flew to Greece this week to model the Nineties-inspired outfits, which go on sale this Sunday at 6pm. Of the collaboration, she said: “I have been a fan of the brand and what they stand for for a very long time. So to be able to work with their design team to create a collection that I love and that I think my followers will love has been amazing.
“The collection also comes in sizes six to 24, which was something that was really important to me. I can’t wait for everyone to see it when it launches.”
She has also been busy working on her second album after winning The X Factor: Celebrity last autumn and landing a record deal with Sony.
This shoot would have been the perfect setting for a music video . . .
ELIZABETH Hurley’s son Damian is following in his mother’s modell ing footsteps. He has signing a contract with top agency IMG.
It has on its roster of talent the likes of Miranda Kerr and Poppy Delevingne.
- WILL Smith and Kevin Hart have signed up for a remake of 1987 comedy Planes, Trains And Automobiles. They will produce the flick as well star in the film about a man who takes drastic measures to get home after his flight gets cancelled. The original featured Steve Martin and John Candy.
- JESSIE J has used lockdown to work on a new record, her first since 2018’s festive collection This Christmas Day, and she’s not done yet. On an Instagram Live, where she performed several songs, she said: “Everyone’s asking about new music. I’m in the studio right now writing the new album.”
- ARIANA Grande has become the most streamed female artist of all time on Spotify, surpassing Rihanna with more than 20.5billion listens. Acknowledging the incredible milestone, the American singer said: “Now can Rihanna please drop her album so she can rightfully snatch this back and fill my ears again please.”
- STICKING to his career in music rather than launching himself as a property magnate is a good idea for Louis Tomlinson. He is set to make a hefty loss on his Hollywood Hills mansion in Los Angeles. He bought the four-bed property in 2016 for £5.5million but has now put it on the market for £5.1million.
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