Jazz is ready – The All Star Musical is about to add some fun to our weekend.
Behind the curtain, six celebrities await their cues, with their knees knocking, before they sing, dance and act in front of a live theater audience and expert panel of judges.
EastEnders stars Jacqueline Jossa, wildlife hosts Michaela Strachan and Alex Beresford of Good Morning Britain will join Coronation Street’s Lisa George, James Bond actor Colin Salmon and rugby star Danny Care on the field. discount.
Following and criticizing every move will be stage icon Elaine Paige, Les Miserables actress Samantha Barks and Aladdin star Trevor Dion Nicholas.
They will open by joining host John Barrowman for a special performance of Grease on a night that also features a 35th anniversary performance from the stars of The Phantom of the Opera.
Here, celebrities and judges talked about the family begging them to stop singing, the intricacies of wearing a leash, and why swimming with sharks is easier than singing on stage.
EastEnders and I’m a Celebrity star Jacqueline Jossa enjoys singing in front of her two daughters, Ella, 7, and Mia, three, and TOWIE star ex-husband Dan Osbourne. But doing it on stage is very different.
Jacqueline, 29, said: “I haven’t done a lot of live shows. In EastEnders, if you mess up, you can roll back. And then in the woods of I’m A Celebrity, I was myself and I found it quite natural.
“I realized about 20 minutes before I got on stage, ‘Oh, this is the first time – aside from a karaoke session, a bit of a hangover with friends – I’ve actually sung a whole song by myself before a session. live performance of the audience’. I started to panic a little after that. Stupid idea, really. And it’s really scary.
“Actually, the biggest critics are my daughters. They are very, very honest with me. If I was singing in the house, I would be told to shut up a lot.”
She added: “I have always loved musicals. I am a music enthusiast. My favorite thing is going to see a musical, so to get a chance to be on the other side, to do something a little different, to push myself a little bit, is really a no-brainer. ”
She admits she was helped a lot during the show
“I received loads of advice that I kept with me. Some Things I Was Taught By Samantha Barks – I’m like her biggest fan anyway, so I’m even a little crazy to meet her. Then, to sing in front of her and get advice from her, I definitely stashed it in my little toolbox for the future.
“And we are very fortunate to work with [the coaches]. It opened up a new part of my voice that I didn’t even know I had – a new confidence. And I really enjoyed it.”
And while she can’t reveal her performance song, she does admit that she wants to do something out of Les Miserables – in fact a character her mentor played. “This is a song I’ve never sung before and will never try to sing,” she said. No thanks. That’s not me at all. I had hopes and dreams; I really want to do another song. I was hoping for a bit of, you know, Eponine or something because that’s something I know well and I enjoy.
“It definitely took me out of my comfort zone. I feel a lot more comfortable singing other songs but I guess that’s the challenge of it. They want each of us to have our own challenges and don’t make it easy for us. And that certainly worked; I think in the end we were more proud of that.
“Grandmas, grandmas, four year olds – all ages know this song. It’s probably the biggest song a Disney Princess has ever sung. “
However, her family almost did not come along to see. She added: “I really don’t want people but you can’t be without in things like this. I think it’s selfish not to let my kids come and see my parents. They always get first when I do something like this, because it’s been my dream all my life. So if this is all I have to do, I want them there. They absolutely loved watching and my little girls watched the whole thing and they really loved everyone’s performance. They are very happy to be there. They just love it. And Ella was like “I could be watching a movie because the camera was so close to us”. “
Good Morning Britain weather forecaster Alex Beresford had a disastrous audition for All Star Musicals.
Alex, 41, said: ‘My palms sweat and I try to keep my voice from shaking. I thought that my singing in the shower might be good enough for the people on stage, but I’m not so sure.
“When I got to the stage, all the words in the song flew out of my head. I couldn’t remember the first word, then I skipped the whole verse and moved on to another and I was like: ‘Oh my God, what’s going on?’
“In the end, they made me wear a pair of pants because there were a lot of people dancing around in light pants, and that was the first time I wore anything like that. By the time I finished my performance, it was pretty annoying.
“But if they need me on the wide road in America, I won’t say no.”
Wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her partner Nick Chevallier and their 16-year-old son Oliver. She found it better to try to impress theater icons than to work closely with wild predators.
Michaela, 55, said: ‘Singing live is scarier than swimming with sharks – that’s easy. As soon as I did the pose and the music started, my left leg started shaking and I lost control and I just thought, ‘Oh my God, no’. But it’s more comfortable than showing up in my swimsuit and diving 7.5 meters on Splash.
“What a fool for me to mention that I used to be able to tap dance when I was 17 years old. I am 55 years old now and tap dance around my kitchen. And in fact, my 16-year-old son, who is undeterred by his criticisms, is actually a bit impressed by my typing.
“But on stage, I was so nervous that when John Barrowman came to talk to me later, my lips were glued to my teeth.”
Lisa George, 49, who plays Beth Tinker in Coronation Street, said: “All Star Musicals is a dream for me, both professionally and personally. The team has been very supportive and nurturing and I can’t wait to get on the stage. ”
Actor Colin Salmon, 59, who has appeared in three James Bond films, said: “Who knew mastering the Master would be so much fun.”
Danny Care, 35, England and Harlequins rugby star, said: “I’m really excited to be doing something that’s completely out of my comfort zone. I have always dreamed of performing in a musical and having the opportunity to work with so many talented people as part of the process has been amazing.”
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HOST AND MENTORS
John Barrowman, 55, of Scottish descent, was a frontrunner in West End and Broadway musical theater shows before landing television roles in hit TV series like Dr Who.
“All Star Musicals will be a roller coaster ride with big performances, exquisite performances, and it all includes singing, dancing, and acting. We have to see who is the real triple threat in this show and who is the dual threat.”
Since her role as Evita in the breakout West End in 1978, 74-year-old Elaine Paige has established a reputation as a musical theater icon. The London-born singer and actress is also the host of Radio 2.
“I think there are a few surprises in this show, from a weatherman and a rugby player to a Bond star and a wildlife presenter. We’re sure to tick off a lot of entries to bring viewers this 90 minutes of breathtaking entertainment.
“Let’s just say it’s anyone’s show to win. It’s great family entertainment and we all need more of it! ”
Samantha Barks, 31, knows well what celebrities are going through as she remembers finishing third in the 2008 BBC drama competition I’ll do anything. Samantha, from the Isle of Man, went on to win widespread acclaim for her role as Eponine in the film version of the musical Les Miserables.
“This series is going to be great. It’s pure theater celebration.
“Someone is singing something from Frozen, which is really exciting for me because obviously, the show is very close to my heart. I work on this every night so I have a lot of thoughts to share.
“I am so proud of Jacqueline, she has come a long way from when I first met her to her last performance. And there’s the Colin Salmon. I was excited to see that performance because it was so good. You don’t want to miss that.”
Trevor Dion Nicholas, 39, is an American actor and musician best known for playing the Genie in Aladdin: Live from the West End and George Washington in Hamilton.
“We’re going to watch celebrities learn, fall and hopefully pick themselves up because it’s part of the live musical scene – falling but having to keep going. You have an opportunity to do this right and with a live audience there, live orchestra.
“Alex Beresford is performing some Hamilton words and the song is a beast. I think Danny Care is truly charming and wonderful, and a truly unexpected presence of personality and talent.
“The performance was an unexpected, unmistakable delight.”
All Star Musicals airs Sunday, April 3 on ITV and ITV Hub
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