The show was actually a slick, glossy, well timed slice of pure unadulterated pop perfection. The wide demographic crowd refreshingly bestowed equally warm receptions for all six bands who graced the stage and stayed standing during all six sets which was a touching testament to the journey played out through the compelling TV show.
Five opened the show followed by B*Witched and 911 before Honeyz, Liberty X and Atomic Kitten followed. Each band performed a selection of hits – it was like the ultimate greatest hits tour where you got to see just the biggest hits from each band and was extraordinary. For us, Honeyz stole the show – Celena’s vocal was impeccable and together with Mariama and Heavenli the trio delivered tight, soulful harmonies. Atomic Kitten were also on mighty fine form too with Kerry Katona receiving the biggest reaction of the night whenever she sang! Each fifteen minute set was the best of the best with no filler – it was terrific!
Once all of the six bands had performed, an interval was followed by the return of each band to sing a festive Christmas song. 911 opted for ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ by Shakin’ Stevens, B*Withced took on The Pogues ‘Fairytale Of New York’, with a little help from Shane Lynch who appeared on the video screen. Honeyz took on the gigantic Mariah classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ whilst Liberty X sang the traditional carol ‘O Holy Night’. Five covered Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ whilst Atomic Kitten took on Brenda Lee’s seminal ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’. All six bands then united on stage to end the show and perform their version of ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ which has been recorded in aid of the ITV Text Santa fundraiser and which is available to download from iTunes today with proceeds split between six worthy charities.
In all, it was a remarkable, heady and unique celebration of a time when pure pop acts dominated the charts – a wonderful trip down memory lane and a glorious excuse to sing along and join in with those dance routines that lurk in the back of the brain!