Stars from London’s top West End musicals went head to head in a sing-off of Eurovision Song Contest classics in the annual charity show in aid of “The Make A Difference Trust” which provides support and education to those suffering from HIV/AIDS in the UK and South Africa.
Last year the cast of ‘Once’ won the top award for their performance of Dana’s winning Irish entry from 1970 ‘All Kinds of Everything’. They were in the running again this year.
9 West End Musical Productions paid homage to the Eurovision Song Contest while competing against each other by singing Eurovision favourites.
- Once – Making Your Mind Up (UK 1981)
- Billy Elliot – Marry Me (Finland 2013)
- Wicked – Jan Jan (Armenia 2009)
- Phantom Of The Opera – Congratulations (UK 1968)
- The Bodyguard – Disco Tango (Denmark 1979)
- The Book Of Mormon – Ding-a-Dong (The Netherlands 1975)
- The Commitments – Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids (Ireland 1994)
- Mamma Mia – Waterloo (Sweden 1974)
- Les Misérables – Flying The Flag (UK 2007)
First the shows had to create a video promoting the event and their song where the public voted for their favourite. The proceeds from the texts went to the charity. The winner of this award was ‘The Book of Mormon” who cleverly used the ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’s’ opening sequence to advertise the show and their act #Fabulous
Each participating show was then challenged to produce a fully costumed performance of a past Eurovision Song Contest entry. They were judged on the night by the audience and a celebrity panel that included Graham Norton, Rylan Clark, Caroline Quentin and Leslie Joseph.
So down to the live performances and as per every year the show was jam-packed with Eurovision memories. In a voting sequence that was reminiscent of the 1969 final – there was a draw for first place and 2 winners were awarded the Grand Prix – Mamma Mia’s performance of ‘Waterloo’ and Les Misérables’ rendition of ‘Flying the Flag’
The voting sequence had the audience on their feet
Graham Norton needs to work on his French accent for next year #JustSaying
Another year and another amazing night of West End Eurovision Music all in the name of a good cause. Roll on 2015.
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : West End Eurovision