|Genres||R&b, house, dance, hip hop|
|Associated acts||Kylie Minogue, David Bowie|
Pauline Bennett, who also goes by the stage name of Jazzy P, is a British musician, dancer and rapper from Wolverhampton. She had a No. 6 hit as a featured artist on Kylie Minogue's 1991 song "Shocked", and also participated in Big Brother: Power Trip in 2014.
In 1989, Bennett featured on L.A. Mix's UK No. 25 hit "Get Loose", which became a hit after L.A. Mix had been diagnosed by Stock, Aitken and Waterman as being "unlikely to score another hit" after their UK #6 hit "Check This Out". The following year, she had a solo hit with "Feel the Rhythm", which charted at No. 51 on the UK Singles Chart. In 1991, Bennett rapped on the DNA song "Rebel Woman", which sampled David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" and charted at No. 42 on the same chart.
Around the same time, DNA remixed Kylie Minogue's "Shocked" and added a rap part performed by Bennett. The DNA Remix of the song was then released as a single (it was not originally planned for release) and charted at No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Minogue's thirteenth consecutive top ten hit; Bennett performed the track on Top of the Pops. Bennett told Minogue that she thought the singer's songs were "shit". Bennett had no more hits; in 1994 Chris & James sampled "Feel the Rhythm" for their UK No. 74 hit "Calm Down (Bass Keeps Pumpin')". Since then, Bennett has been a dance teacher.
2014: Big Brother
Bennett participated in the fifteenth series of Big Brother UK, entering on Day 1 on 5 June 2014, she declared herself "an opinionated joker" and stated that she had phobias of sea creatures and red meat. She also noted that if she was not the first one to be evicted, she would be celebrating her fiftieth birthday in the house. She became the first housemate to be voted 'Power' housemate, enabling her to influence events; she was immediately asked to select one housemate for a treat and one for a punishment. She selected Mark for the treat – a £5,000 cash bonus – and selected Matthew for a punishment because she disagreed with some remarks he made about people with little intelligence. Matthew's punishment was to be excluded from the house for the first night. The next day, Bennett was asked to send a single housemate straight through to the final; she selected Helen. On Day 4, she was asked to hand out a Big Brother 'killer nomination', which meant that the selected housemate would automatically face eviction every week for the whole time they were in the house. She selected Jale on the grounds that she rolled her eyes when she found out how popular Pauline was, and because she had helped herself to Bennett's chicken soup. Upon selecting her killer nomination, Bennett's tenure as Power housemate expired and fellow housemate Chris was selected; he nominated Pauline for the next eviction. A few days later, Bennett had to be rushed to hospital to be treated for a burn. She became the second housemate to be evicted on Day 16 (with 79.4% of the public vote).
Bennett currently lives in Wolverhampton with her son.
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