This weekend Eurovision came to Stockport in form of Eurovision Christmas Party. The line up for the concert were quite a bunch of former participants, including their latest winner Katrina, and their latest act Joe and Jake.
For one night only the United Kingdom stars for the Eurovision Song Contest came to the Stockport Plaza, Greater Manchester for the Eurovision Christmas Party. EuroVisionary were there to give you a rundown of the artists, the performances and the crowd reaction at this special Eurovision event.
Opening the show was Nicki French who represented United Kingdom in Stockholm in 2000. She proved a great opening act as she got the crowd dancing with her famous cover version of Total Eclipse Of The Heart and her 16th place entry Don’t Play That Song Again.
Joe and Jake were next in the line up. They received a rapturous applause from the audience as they performed their 24th place entry You’re Not Alone. They brought the audience to their feet again as they performed their version of Walk the Moon’s Shut Up And Dance. The duo are set to release a new song in January 2017.
The third act to grace the plaza stage were 2007 participants, Scooch. Despite coming a disappointing 22nd place in Helsinki, they were warmly welcomed by the crowd. Living up to their bubblegum pop image they performed a medley of The Spice Girls, ABBA and The Backstreet Boys. As well as performing their Eurovision entry Flying The Flag (For You) they also performed their second single More Than I Needed To Know which peaked at number 5 on the UK singles charts when it was released in January 2000.
Opening the show following the interval was Sonia who came a very respectable 2nd place in Cork 1993. Sonia was certainly a favourite amongst the audience as she had the crowd up on their feet throughout her entire performance. She sang her Eurovision hit Better The Devil You Know as well as her number 1 hit You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You.
Bucks Fizz were next to perform. The audience was disappointed to learn that Mike Nolan, Jay Aston and Cheryl Baker were not in the line up. Only Bobby G was the only original member of the band to perform. He was joined on stage with his wife and two other performers. They sang some of the bands biggest hits which included The Camera Never Lies and The Land Of Make Believe. They did, however, eventually manage to get the crowd on their side when they performed their 1981 winning hit Making Your Mind Up.
Closing the show was 1997 contest winner, and the last winning entry from United Kingdom, Katrina from Katrina and the Waves. Flags were swinging as she belted out her winning song Love Shines a Light which she said was a song about “love, hope and peace”. She performed a selection of legendary 80’s hits which included Kids in America and Sweet dreams (Are Made Of This). The crowed roared as she sang the waves’ biggest hit Walking On Sunshine. Her medley of 80’s classics also went down well with the audience.
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