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West End Eurovision
The Dominion Theatre – Thursday 23 May 2013
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This late night show pays tribute to the Eurovision Song Contest and sees West End shows competing against each other singing past Eurovision songs, aiming to win the votes of the audience, the competing entries judging panels and the celebrity judging panel.
Each participating show must produce a fully costumed performance of a past Eurovision Song Contest entry, which has not previously been performed in West End Eurovision, and an accompanying video ident film to introduce their performance.
Previous celebrity judges have included: Graham Norton, Cheryl Baker (Bucks Fizz), Sally Ann Triplett (Bardo), Katrina Leskanich (Katrina & The Waves), Arlene Phillips, Frances Ruffelle, Sheridan Smith, Justin Lee Collins, Heart 106.2’s Toby Anstis, and producer David Ian.
The show also features a special guest appearance by a past original Eurovision Song Contest entrant. Previous performances have included: Scooch, Nicki French, Bardo & The Original Bucks Fizz.
West End Eurovision 2012
The Dominion Theatre – Thursday 26 April 2012
Who was involved:
Co-Host: Gaby Roslin Actress, Television & Radio Presenter
Co-Host: John Partridge West End & BBCTV EastEnders Star,
Backstage Host: Toby Anstis Heart FM
Red Carpet Host: Kate Copstick ITV’s ‘Show Me The Funny’
Celebrity Judges: Tony Blackburn, Kerry Ellis, Stefanie Powers
Official Adjudicator : Richard Gauntlett
Special Guest Performer: Javine Hylton UK Eurovision Song Contest entry 2005
39 Steps; Billy Elliot; Les Misérables; Mamma Mia!; Phantom of the Opera; Rock of Ages; Shrek, The Musical; Sweeney Todd; Wicked; Wizard of Oz
CHAMPIONS: SWEENEY TODD (120 votes)
2nd place: Billy Elliot (88 votes)
3rd place: Les Misérables (80 votes)
Best Creative: Sweeney Todd
Best Ident: Les Misérables
Every year, we never fail to be amazed by the extraordinary efforts of the shows taking part and 2012 was no exception. The spirit of Eurovision was there in full force on the night, with a multitude of catchy numbers and some wonderfully inspired performances from everyone involved. There can only be one winner though and, in their debut appearance, it was the cast of Sweeney Todd who took the trophy home as West End Eurovision 2012 champions. They pulled out all the stops in their performance of Michael Ball’s 1992 UK entry ‘One Step Out of Time’ with cast member Matthew Gent giving an outstanding imitation of Ball in his chart-topping days. The surprise appearance of the demon barber himself had the audience on their feet as he stalked his young challenger with his razor, before ‘slitting’ Gent’s throat and grabbing the microphone to take over the performance. The icing on the cake was the extra addition of Imelda Staunton (Mrs Lovett) who dragged Gent’s ‘corpse’ from the stage with the parting shot, “It was 20 years ago Michael, get over it!” The deadly duo were then called back onstage to clean the ‘blood’ from the stage.
It was a very deserving win for the Sweeney Todd company, who also walked away with the award for ‘Best Creative Entry’. It was repeat attenders Les Misérables who went home with the ‘Best Ident’ award for their brilliantly funny ‘Actors Rags To Sequins Eurovision Dream’ film, courtesy of cast members Scott Garnham and Adam Linstead.
There were some unfortunate technical issues which hounded the evening, but hosts Gaby Roslin and John Partridge did a superb job of carrying the event through, with our celebrity judge Kerry Ellis stepping in during the end-of-night voting process with an impromptu performance of ‘Somebody To Love’ which brought the house down.
As ever, The Make A Difference Trust are immensely appreciative of the support that people continue to show us. We would like to thank everyone who helped to make the event’s fifth anniversary the highly entertaining and successful night that it was and hope to see you all again for West End Eurovision 2013!