Date: 1 January 1993
Originally published in: [unknown] (Austria)
As if it was ordered for a parody, it’s waiting on the carpark, the used multicoloured BMW with the klecks on the hood. Also in other ways it looks like a “Saturday Night Fever” in the vicinity of the discotheque Geo in St. Georgen im Attergau: a lot of young girls in tight miniskirts, guys with far open shirts and chain on the hairy chest as well as quick sayings: “A woman like that Kim, that’s great ain’t it?”
The early Saturday night spirit has a double cause. Firstly the TV is there, to record the “Grossen 10” for next Saturday and then of course “that Kim” – Kim Wilde, England’s pop beauty as a guest in the programme and with that in Attergau. But Kim takes her time.
Then there’s Dominic Heinzl. There is probably only one person who thinks he is a TV entertainer ,and that is he himself. The Ö3 chatterbox, who pushed himself before the lens strove himself around. The people stayed cool. Not one of his gags with his ex- or still-girlfriend Simone, who was acting as a ‘princess’ on the dancefloor, made anyone laugh. There are schoolteacheresque reprimands for a loud visitor, who has drawn attention toward himself “for the second time”. Bodyguards come after him, to remove the man. “There is a TV broadcast being made here after all”, says the enraged Heinzl.
The Austrian pop chart seems like one look into the rear view mirror. Simone alias “Princess” has tried her version of Blondie’s “Call me”. The “Beatles Double Group” from the Steiermark dress themselves as the Fab Four, and also with the international recent titles there are a lot of cover versions. The future of pop music probably lies in the past.
The TV interview with Kim Wilde is not filmed in the big dancing room, but in the VIP room. People have to stand on their toes to see something. Miss Wilde is the star of the evening. In skintight leather trousers, almost seethrough blouse and laughter – that’s how everyone knows her from the Bravo-posters, and now she is (almost) close to touch.
Then a loud noise, the talking stops, no glasses can be heard anymore: Kim Wilde in the spotlights on the small stage. A make-up artist runs after her, and the make-up is being touched up. Then music sounds and a perfect playback show follows. It’s as if she sings live. After the presentations of Austrian artists we can see what professionality is.
In one point Kim Wilde is not different from the local nostalgy-seekers: her song “If I can’t have you” is originally from the late seventies. From the movie “Saturday Night Fever”.