Lloyd Daniels, Jamie Archer and Danyl Johnson, stars of X-Factor created mania yesterday at Shepperton Film Studios when they visited the Voice In A Million studios.
They were there to show their support to some 140 young singers who are part of a 4000 strong children’s choir currently recording and preparing to take the stage on January 28th 2010 at the London 02 arena as part of 'Voice In A Million', a brand new project raising awareness for the need for adoptive parents in the UK in association with the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF).
Lloyd, Jamie and Danyl were literally mobbed on arrival, yet as Sophie Manning (aged 13 from Staines) says, “once it all calmed down a bit they met as many of us as they could, gave us words of encouragement for Voice In A Million and signed autographs. The atmosphere was amazing; they were all so down-to-earth and really friendly”.
Pop conceiver Boy George is officially back on music’s mainstream radar for good, with his first major commercial release in over ten years.
Amazing Grace has been released by MN2S’ new label Decode Records and is already hotly tipped to storm to the top of the charts. Written by Boy George, John Themis & Kinky Roland and produced & mixed by The Sharp Boys; the single also features additional vocals by the critically acclaimed Portuguese singer Ana Lains.
Boy George needs little introduction. He first shot to international stardom in the 1980’s as the front man of one of the UK’s biggest exports - Culture Club. He has sold over 50 million albums and has had top 10 hits in every country. Singer, actor, DJ, artist, photographer, fashion designer, he has constantly reinvented himself and remains today one of the world’s most recognisable iconic figures. He recently started a new monthly drink & drug-free night club DOSE at Proud Camden. His return to live work after a 10 year absence wowed audiences and critics throughout the UK.
After the second show of the competition Simon Cowell is down to just two acts in this week's X-Factor. He admit he had let down gay disco duo Diva Fever after they found themselves in the sing-off with girl group Belle Amie.
When asked who he would have saved, Simon said, "I don't have to answer that question... that's not fair".
Josef Al-Smadi and Craig Saggers (Diva Fever) both put their exit down to bad song choice after Cowell picked a new track, Duck Sauce's Barbra Streisand, for them to perform (here the original here). Responding to the accusations, Cowell conceded: "I accept full responsibility OK, I let you down and I am sorry." Saggers responded "Well you need to make it up!".
G-A-Y is legendary when it comes to getting pop acts to London for performances. Madonna, Mariah, Britney, Christina, Kylie etc. but nonetheless, Aqua were an impressive bag.
Just in case you are too butch for such things, Aqua is a Danish dance-pop group, best known for their 1997 breakthrough single "Barbie Girl".
The massive crowd of fans were rewarded too, with a fifteen track set! We weren’t really sure what to expect from the Aqua show – we assumed that it’d be a five song affair. Vocals varying between live and mimed, and performed to a backing CD. And we were actually really looking forward to that as it was! So obviously we, and a lot of other fans, left the show very happy indeed. They brought along a full band with them; backing singers, drums, keyboards, guitars, bass – far more than you’d have expected them to need. And they performed a whole concert’s worth of material completely live.