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He's got a clear interest in all of this, but there's still sincerity in his words.
While I was chatting with Estelle I could see that she had that deer-in-the-headlights expression from the hype surrounding her. She doesn't look comfortable with any of it, but that's changing by the day.
"This is all a dream come true for me," she says gingerly, trying to limit how much she speaks. "The fact that all of this is happening right now and that I'm getting my big shot at stardom in the U.S. means a lot to me."
There was really nothing else for her to say. Her songs speak for themselves and with Atlantic pushing, "American Boy" will probably be the summer anthem of 2008.
After she left Fort Lauderdale, her next gig was the David Letterman show two nights later, where she made her national television debut. There was a moment after her performance when Letterman shook her hand and she wouldn't let go. It continues for a few seconds, and then Letterman lifts her hand up, kisses it like a proper songstress of yesteryear would demand, and continues to hold her hand as the camera fades out. It's not certain if all this will make her a proper superstar, but Estelle is at least showing us all that she knows how to shine.