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GMB’s Alex Beresford ready to move to West End as he prepares to win All Star Musical

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Celebrities including Lisa George, Jacqueline Jossa, Michaela Strachan, Colin Salmon, Danny Care and Alex Beresford will perform on stage singing tunes by Hamilton, Frozen and Les Misérables among others

Alex Beresford says he's very supportive of future West-End productions
Alex Beresford says he’s very supportive of future West-End productions

Weatherman Alex Beresford is forecasting a new career on Broadway after wowing judges with the return of All Star Musicals.

Tonight’s latest ITV special features six celebrities singing, dancing and acting in front of a live audience once again.

And Alex, 41, was declared the winner after showing star quality in rehearsals.

Judges including musical legend Elaine Paige were impressed, and experts say he might even give up his day job to transition to a stage career.

Alex competes against Corrie’s Lisa George, 49, former EastEnder member and I’m A Celeb winner Jacqueline Jossa, 29, TV presenter Michaela Strachan, 55, Bond actor Colin Salmon, 59 and football star Danny Care, 35.

They will make hits from Frozen, Les Misérables, 42nd Street, Hamilton and others.

Alex admitted to considering a career switch from presenting the weather on Good Morning Britain.

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“It makes me want more,” he said. I’m willing to work in the West End.

“Part of my degree was in performing arts but I passed it and switched to television presentation.

“If Elaine wants me to come and do something on Broadway, then maybe I will.”

But Alex didn’t start the show quite confidently – and almost withdrew when presented with the song selection.

He said: “I didn’t want to be a laughing stock on stage and realize this is completely wrong, and it has a lot of words in it, too.

“It was really fast. If you make a mistake and get ahead, you will be unmasked immediately.

“Fortunately, over a weekend I was working on the song and realized I could probably take it from shower to stage.







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“I wanted to do something easier but I’m glad they had the foresight and believed I could do the song, so now have no regrets.”

Alex was also slightly annoyed with parts of his outfit, admitting that he “didn’t feel comfortable wearing a high heel shoe”.

Rival Michaela Strachan also suffered with the look, telling Sunday People: “I love the sparkle and being out of my comfort zone but I don’t like wigs.

“I look 10 years older – I look like my mother.

“I walked down the stairs and thank goodness the choreographer said, ‘God, what’s that wig?’ So they softened it up a bit.

“It’s, like, all foreheads and nothing else. It’s hard when you’re so used to seeing yourself as a friend. ”







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Despite her musical theater background and years of experience as a live TV presenter, Michaela said she suffers from stage fright, explaining: “It’s different because people are used to it. you do the shows that Alex and I do.

“If you make mistakes, people are used to us and they forgive our mistakes. But in a case like this, if you make a mistake, people are extremely quick to criticize.

“I was pretty confident when I got on stage, feeling very positive, the orchestra kicked in and my left leg started shaking and I couldn’t control it, and I had this shaking.

“I tap-dance, so I just thought, ‘This really doesn’t help and now I’m completely down on stage.’

“In the end, because I laughed so much, I got dry lips, stuck to my teeth and I could hardly talk because I had to peel my lips off my teeth!”







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Michaela survived her breast cancer challenge in 2014 and admits it made her more hesitant to try new things. I think before having kids, I felt much happier doing a lot of scary things, like diving with sharks,” she said.

“I don’t think going through a health scare makes me want to do things that are particularly challenging.”

Elaine, 74, joined the jury by actors Samantha Barks, 31, and Trevor Dion Nicholas, 39.

But unlike other reality shows like The X Factor, the show – again hosted by John Barrowman – isn’t overly critical of the repertoire.







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Last December’s Christmas special prize went to actress Catherine Tyldesley, 38, who performed Memory from Cats.

Les Mis star Samantha, 31, added: “What I like about the show is the positivity.

“We are honest and there are certainly times when we will say that a performance can be stronger but the most important thing is the positives.







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“It’s about seeing people improve, motivating them and giving them the confidence to be their best selves. For me, it’s a beautiful part of the show.

The three of us are giving a lot of love from our seats. We are ready to let them succeed, not waiting for them to fail.”

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