Children In Need & Band Aid 30: Charity Fever Takes Over! Yay!

Children In Need has been a TV fixture of my life since I was a kid and I’ve always loved the adorable Pudsey! 🙂

And this year for 2014 the TV extravaganza was out again in full force raising much-needed funds to help children and young people all over Britain with Sir Terry Wogan, Nick Grimshaw, Rochelle Humes, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton on presenting duties. Throughout the night we seen short clips about the stories of children and young people and causes which the money would help and it’s really heartbreaking to see. It makes you very thankful for your own health and that of your loved ones and really hits home just how important it is that as much money is raised as possible.

Here is five highlights from the many high points on the night! Enjoy! 🙂

The official BBC Children In Need single

The single this year was a cover of Avicii’s Wake Me Up by Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir composing of Mel Giedroyc, Linda Robson, Fabrice Muamba, Nitin Ginatra, Craig Revel Horwood, John Craven, Radzi Chinyanganya, Jo Brand, Margaret Alphonsi, Alice Levine, Larry Lamb and a childrens’ choir. The song has went in straight at number 1 in the UK.

S Club 7 Greatest Hits Medley

I was a huge fan of S Club 7 when I was younger especially album track “Boy Like Me”. Yeah that was on repeat when I was younger! 🙂 So it was lovely to see them back.

Susan Boyle

I just love Susan Boyle’s voice. Amazing as always! 🙂

Tom and Jerry

Here’s a real blast from the past from my childhood! 🙂 The animation is great on this and who doesn’t love Tom and Jerry?! 🙂

Eastenders’ Grease

Eastenders are always very entertaining on Children In Need and this year was no exception!

BBC Song

I love the original of this song God Only Knows by The Beach Boys and I think everyone does a great job on it for a worthy cause. There’s many stars involved including Brian May, Sam Smith, Dave Grohl, Florence Welch, Chris Martin, Jaime Cullum, Chrissie Hynde, Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Emeli Sandé, Kylie Minogue, Ellie Goulding, Stevie Wonder, Gareth Malone, Jools Holland and Paloma Faith as well as original Beach Boys’ member Brian Wilson and a youth choir and orchestra.

For more go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2R3PxWX7hzMb8lNZs3Ngz5L/god-only-knows

To find all the ways to donate to this amazing cause go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/22w0vNWLPftNlYjwPtclpDw/donate

Meanwhile on The X Factor at the weekend, Sir Bob Geldof made a thought-provoking speech about the new Band Aid 30 song in aid of helping raise funds for the Ebola crisis.

Geldof said,

‘Thanks Simon for allowing us to do this, this is hardcore, to allow X factor nation to do this, it is an enormous production, this thing [Ebola] could arrive here on a plane any time. This is the most anti-human disease but we can stop it, and we will stop it, and we will support those immensely brave NHS doctors and soldiers who have volunteered, and the government who are leading the world on this. At 8am tomorrow morning, for the first time this is about us, buy this thing, buy five by ten, it’s a great track, we wanted to show you the context of how this was done only yesterday’.

The track, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, has a whole host of stars on board including Roger Taylor, Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Chris Martin, Guy Garvey, Bastille, One Direction and Olly Murs.

To help you can pre-order the track on iTunes.

Geldof said,

“It’s a song, it’s a track, but it’s an event and the next stage is to turn it into a phenomenon like it was in the eighties. And the only way to do that is to get people to buy the thing. Spare me this free economy. Spare me Spotify and YouTube. There’s a donate button on YouTube. Hit the donate button. It’s a badge of honour to have this on your phone or on your iPod, or whatever the hell you’re using. And don’t buy one, buy several. Give them to your mates.”

View the song’s video here:

But remember to support and please help the cause too if you can. 🙂

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The Golden Globes 2014!

U2 had the luck of the Irish last night! Well done boys!

The Golden Globes were on last night where David O Russell’s American Hustle won three statuettes, including the prize for best comedy or musical while Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave won best drama. Meanwhile best director was won by the very witty Alfonso Cuáron for Gravity.

Best foreign language film went to Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty and best screenplay went to Spike Jonze’s Her.

There was an Irish winner in U2’s Ordinary Love, from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Bono spoke about working on the film and said how it completed a decades-long journey with Mandela, having played an anti-apartheid concert 35 years ago. “This man turned our life upside down, right-side up,” he said of the late Mandela who sadly passed away last month. “A man who refused to hate not because he didn’t have rage or anger or those things, but that he thought love would do a better job.”

Larry Mullen said: “Not only South Africa, but thanks to Mandela, the course of history in our country, holy Catholic Ireland, was changed forever. Amen.”

Michael Fassbender from Kerry who was nominated for his role as a plantation owner in 12 Years a Slave lost out to Jared Leto who plays a HIV-positive transsexual female in Dallas Buyers Club in the best supporting section. Meanwhile Matthew McConaughey won best actor in a drama for Dallas Buyers Club.

Jennifer Lawrence won the best supporting actress for American Hustle while Amy Adams won best actress in a comedy or musical for the same film while Leonardo DiCaprio won the best actor in the musical/comedy division for Wolf of Wall Street.

Cate Blanchett won also for her role in Woody Allen’s Jasmine Blue.

Philomena, based on an Irish woman’s story to find her son, was nominated in best picture while Breaking Bad, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Behind the Candelabra each won two awards in the television sections.

Woody Allen won the lifetime achievement award.

Presenters on the night were Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Comment below and let me know if you enjoyed the show and whether you thought the right people won each award! 🙂