Friday, 6 April 2018

Judges announced for the glittering return of West End Eurovision!


The three judges are today announced for the return of the legendary charity production WEST END EUROVISION.


Stand up star Tom Allen, John Partridge, star of La Cage Aux Folles, A Chorus Line and EastEnders, and choreographer, director and showbiz legend Arlene Phillips, honoured as a CBE for her services to dance, will be in the judging hot seats on Sunday 22 April at the 
Shaftesbury Theatre.

Richard Gauntlett will once again be in charge of hosting.

The evening will also feature two epic performances by this year’s UK entry, SuRie performing the emotive and uplifting track Storm that carries the hopes of the UK at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday 12 May, and musical theatre leading actress Lucie Jones who represented the UK in 2017, finishing in 15th place - the UK’s best showing in eight years - with her entry, Never Give Up On You.

WEST END EUROVISION features the casts of some of Theatreland’s biggest shows battling it out to be crowned the champions of West End Eurovision 2018, to raise funds for the Make A Difference Trust. Eight of the West End’s top musicals will be competing against each other by singing original Eurovision Song Contest songs to win text votes from the audience and the approval of a panel of celebrity judges and judges from each competing show.

The casts will be giving their all to lift 3 coveted WEST END EUROVISION 2018 Trophies — The Champions, The Best Ident and The Best Creative. 

The feel-good, edge-of-your-seat-exciting & interactive charity event will once again raise funds for the Make A Difference Trust. Since the first contest was staged in 2008, the event has raised thousands to support the MAD Trust. The Trust works with its partners to support HIV and AIDS projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa building awareness and providing care support and education. 

The eight West End shows competing in WEST END EUROVISION 2018 are: 
42nd Street, Aladdin, Dreamgirls, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia! The Phantom of the Opera and Young Frankenstein.

The last WEST END EUROVISION held in 2014 saw Les Misérables named joint winners with Mamma Mia!.

Melanie Tranter, chair of the Make A Difference Trust said; “On behalf of the board of trustees and more importantly all those who will benefit from the work we do, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the performers, crew and everyone involved for helping us to make West End Eurovision happen again. The generosity of time talent and spirit of all of these amazing people will make the return of West End Eurovision one of the best nights in the West End. We are thrilled to see the return of this glittering night of high camp fun back for one amazing night!” 
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