For today, I can exclusively reveal that the Finnish teen-idol Robin is in fact deaf. I don't mean tone-deaf, I mean really deaf; as in can't hear at all.
In case, like me, you have been away from planet Finnish-teen-pop for a little while, Robin is a teenage singer very popular with young girls in Finland. He came to prominence in 2008 when, at the age of 10, he won a singing contest for young people. He has gone on to sell loads of records in his native country. His hits include... Actually, I don't have a clue.
Anyhow, one of my friends recently took her two daughters aged 6 and 4 to see Robin perform. The girls really enjoyed the concert, but when it finished, one of them told her Mum gravely:
- Mummy, Robin is deaf.
- Really? What makes you think that?
- He kept saying to the audience: "Sing louder, I can't hear you!"
And that, dear readers, is how I can bring you my world exclusive.