All Star Musicals returns to the screens with six celebrities ready to compete
Jazz hands ready – All Star Musicals is about to add some sparkle to our weekend.
Behind the curtain, six celebrities wait for their lines, on their knees, before singing, dancing and performing in front of a live theater audience and an expert jury.
EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa, wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan and Good Morning Britain’s Alex Beresford will join Coronation Street’s Lisa George, James Bond actor Colin Salmon and rugby star Danny Care on stage.
Watching and critiquing every move will be theatrical icon Elaine Paige, Les Miserables actress Samantha Barks and Aladdin star Trevor Dion Nicholas.
They’ll open the show by joining host John Barrowman for a special rendition of Grease on an evening that also includes a 35th anniversary performance from the stars of the Phantom of the Opera.
Here, celebrities and judges tell all about the family begging them to stop singing, the intricacies of wearing a jockstrap and why swimming with sharks was easy compared to singing on stage.
THE QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE
EastEnders and I’m a Celebrity Star Jacqueline Jossa loves performing to her two daughters, three-year-old Ella and Mia, and her husband, former TOWIE star Dan Osbourne. But doing it on stage was very different.
Jacqueline, 29, says: “I haven’t done much live. In EastEnders, if you mess up, you can start over. And then in the I’m A Celebrity jungle, I was just myself and I found that quite natural.
“I realized about 20 minutes before I got on stage, ‘Oh, this is the first time – other than a drunken karaoke session with my homies – I actually sang an entire song by myself. in front of a live audience’. I then started freaking out a bit. Stupid idea, really. And it was really scary.
“My toughest critics are my daughters, really. They’re very, very honest with me. If I’m singing around the house, I’m often told to shut up.
She adds, “I’ve always loved musicals. I am a music enthusiast. My favorite thing to do is go watch a musical, so to have the chance to be on the other side of that, to do something a little different, to push myself a little bit, it was really An evidence.
She admits to having been helped a lot throughout the show
“I got loads of advice that I took with me. Some of the things Samantha Barks taught me – I’m like her biggest fan anyway, so it was kind of crazy to meet her. So singing in front of her and getting advice from her, I’ve definitely locked it away in my little toolbox for the future.
“And we were so lucky to work with [the coaches]. It unlocked a new part of my voice that I didn’t even know I had – new confidence. And I really enjoyed that. »
And while she can’t reveal her performance song, she admits she wanted to do something out of Les Miserables – actually as the character her mentor played. She says, “It’s a song I’ve never sung before and never would have tried to sing. No thanks. It’s not me at all. I had hopes and dreams; I really wanted to do a different song. I was kinda hoping for, you know, Eponine or something like that because it’s something I know well and enjoy.
“It definitely took me out of my comfort zone. I felt a lot more comfortable singing other songs, but I guess that was the challenge. They wanted each of us to have our own challenges and not make it easy for us. And it definitely worked; I think we were more proud in the end because of that.
“Nans, grandfathers, four-year-olds – all ages know this song. It’s probably the greatest song a Disney Princess has ever sung.
His family, however, was almost unable to accompany him to watch. She adds, “Actually, I’d rather not have people, but you can’t not be into that stuff. I think it’s selfish not to let my kids come and watch, and my mom and dad. They always get the first dibs when I do something like that, because it’s been a dream of mine all my life. So if that’s all I have to do, I want them there. They absolutely loved watching and my little girls sat through the whole game and they honestly loved everyone’s performance. They were so excited to be there. They just loved it. And Ella was like, ‘I could be on TV because the camera came our way’.”
Alex Beresford, who is the weatherman for Good Morning Britain, had a disastrous audition for All Star Musicals.
Alex, 41, says: “My palms were like sweaty and I was trying to keep my voice from shaking. I thought singing in the shower might be good enough for people on stage, but I wasn’t quite sure.
“When I got to the side of the stage, all the words to my song came out of my head. I couldn’t remember the first word, then I skipped the whole verse and went to another verse and I was like, ‘Oh my God, what’s going on?’
“In the end, they made me wear a jockstrap because there are a lot of jumps in light pants, and it was the first time I wore something like that. By the time I finished my performance, it was quite uncomfortable.
“But if they need me on Broadway in America, I won’t say no.”
THE WILDLIFE CHAMPION
Wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her partner Nick Chevallier and their 16-year-old son Oliver. She found trying to impress theater icons more terrifying than working closely with wild predators.
Michaela, 55, says: “Singing live was scarier than swimming with sharks – it was easy. As soon as I got into my pose and the music started, my left leg started shaking and I lost control of it and I just thought, ‘Oh my God, no. But it was nicer than showing up in a bathing suit and diving 7.5 meters on Splash.
“Rather stupidly, I mentioned that I could tap dance when I was 17. Now I’m 55 and tap dancing in my kitchen. And in fact, my 16-year-old son, who is not shy about criticizing, was a bit impressed with my tapping.
“But on stage, I was so nervous that when John Barrowman came to talk to me afterwards, my lips were glued to my teeth.”
Lisa George, 49, who played Beth Tinker on Coronation Street, says: “All Star Musicals is a dream for me, both professionally and personally. The team has been so supportive and supportive and I can’t wait to get on stage.
Actor Colin Salmon, 59, who has appeared in three James Bond films, says: “Who knew it would be so much fun learning to master the Master.”
England and Harlequins rugby star Danny Care, 35, says: “I’m really excited to be doing something completely out of my comfort zone. It has always been my dream to perform in a musical and to have the chance to work with so many talented people in the process has been amazing.
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HOST AND MENTORS
Scottish-born John Barrowman, 55, was a leading man in West End and Broadway musical theater shows before landing TV acting roles in TV hits such as Dr Who.
“All Star Musicals is going to be a rollercoaster ride of big performances, subtle performances and all involving singing, dancing and acting. We see who is a true triple threat in this show and some who are just a double threat.
Since her role as Evita in the West End in 1978, Elaine Paige, 74, has enjoyed a reputation as a musical theater icon. The London-born singer and actress is also a Radio 2 presenter.
“I think there are a few surprises in this programme, from a weatherman and a rugby player to a Bond film star and a wildlife presenter. We certainly tick a wide range of boxes to provide viewers with this spectacular 90 minutes of entertainment.
“Let’s just say it’s up to everyone to win. It’s great family entertainment and we all need more of it!
Samantha Barks, 31, knows exactly what celebrities go through as she is remembered for coming third in the 2008 BBC musical theater competition I’d Do Anything. Samantha from the Isle of Man has won wide acclaim for her role as Eponine in the film version of the musical Les Miserables.
“This series is going to be amazing. It’s a pure theater party.
“Someone is singing something from Frozen so that was really cool for me because obviously the show is very close to my heart. I do it every night so I have a lot of thoughts to share.
“I’m so proud of Jacqueline, she’s come such a long way from when I first met her to her last performance. But also Colin Salmon. I’m very excited to see this performance because it’s is very very good. You don’t want to miss this one.
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’ll see celebrities learn, stumble and hopefully get back up because that’s part of what live musical theater is – stumble but keep going. You have a solid shot at getting it right and with a live audience there, a live orchestra.
“Alex Beresford performs a Hamilton number and the song is a beast. I think Danny Care was really charming and wonderful and a really unexpected presence of personality and talent.
“The show is an unexpected, unadulterated joy.”
All Star Musicals airs Sunday April 3 on ITV and ITV Hub
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