New research unveiled today reveals that one in ten – that’s 2.3 million UK men* - believe Dancing Queen by hit Swedish warblers Abba to be the best karaoke song ever – scoring it higher than Elvis Presley and Queen! Gloria Gaynor’s anthem ‘I Will Survive’ came top with just under a quarter (24%) of women voting for it in a new survey by soothing menthol cough and throat sweets manufacturer Jakemans. Jakemans commissioned the research to find out the nation’s views on karaoke and whether popular TV shows like The X Factor and Pop Idol were inspiring the public to perform.
The results showed a resounding no. Nearly three quarters of Brits (73%) have never had a go at karaoke and belted out their favourite tunes in public. Not only are they not taking part, they have no desire to either with 63% of those polled not even wanting to give it a go. Shockingly, nearly one in five people (18%) admit to never singing at all. That’s over 8 million people in the UK who have never lost their inhibitions and sung out loud.
However, despite not actually taking part, people were found to have strong opinions on karaoke in the same way they do which singer should win the X Factor. Romantic and rock were voted the best types of karaoke music, each getting 41% of the votes
“Singing is a great way of reducing the tension that we all carry around with us. Karaoke in particular releases endorphins, those ‘happy hormones’ that make us feel good. As well as giving the lungs a good workout, it helps oxygen flow to the blood system and brain. So what better excuse do you need? Enjoy it and make sure you really belt out those notes so that the stragglers at the back can hear!” said celebrity voice coach Zoe Tyler.
Stephanie Clayson, spokesperson for Jakemans, says: “The results for favourite karaoke song varied greatly and there were strong differences between the genders. It’s interesting so many men love Dancing Queen – perhaps they’ve been dragged along to see Mamma Mia by their wives and girlfriends!”
Stephanie continues “Our results show that the British reserve does seem to exist and people are reluctant to let themselves go, especially in public. It’s a shame that so many people are missing out on such a great way to let off steam and let their inner diva loose. As long as you remember to relax and not take it too seriously, you’re sure to enjoy yourself and entertain friends at the same time. You never know, a star may be born – it’s never too late to change careers!”
Best-ever karaoke song:
1. New York, New York – Frank Sinatra (13%)
2. Dancing Queen – Abba (12%)
3. I will Survive – Gloria Gaynor / Angels – Robbie Williams / We are the Champions – Queen (11%)
4. Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley (9%)
5. Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi / Don’t go breaking my heart – Elton John (6%)
1. I will Survive – Gloria Gayner (24%)
2. Dancing Queen – Abba (23%)
3. New York, New York – Frank Sinatra 1 of (8%)
4. Angels – Robbie Williams (7%)
5. We are the Champions – Queen (6%)
Top 5 types of karaoke music:
5 things you never knew about karaoke***:
• Karaoke is actually a Japanese term, which means “empty orchestra”
• The first karaoke machine was invented by Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue in Kobe, Japan, in the early 1970s. Inoue never bothered to patent his invention, losing his chance to become one of Japan's richest men
• In 2004, Daisuke Inoue was awarded the tongue-in-cheek Ig Nobel Peace Prize for inventing karaoke, "thereby providing an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other."
• Early karaoke machines used cassette tapes, but technological advances replaced this with CDs, VCDs, laserdiscs and, currently, DVDs
• Thousands of Japanese suffer from karaoke-phobia. Sufferers fear the machine so much that they become ill when faced with one
More information available at www.jakemans.com
*Please note: these figures are based on National Statistic estimates that in mid 2007 the 18+ resident male population in the UK was 23,195,300
** source: wikipedia
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
• Jakemans, founded in 1907 in Boston, Lincolnshire, has been producing confectionery for over 100 years. Jakemans is now owned by the Gloucester-based family business LanesHealth
• The most well-known Jakemans variety is the Throat & Chest: this boiled sweet with its distinctively traditional aniseed flavour will take you back to childhood. Other variations include:
Menthol & Eucalyptus - carefully blended with peppermint and lemon oil for an extra-strong sensation
Honey & Lemon Menthol – another traditional combination – contains real honey, known for its soothing antiseptic and antibacterial qualities
Cherry Menthol is a great for those who prefer a fruity flavour
• Jakemans’ products are available from a number of retailers including major supermarkets such as Sainsburys and Tesco, key health retailers including Boots and Superdrug and many independent stores. RRP prices start at 69p for the traditional menthol range
• For further information on Jakemans, please visit www.jakemans.com
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