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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Union J Close Their First Tour In Dublin’s 02!

Those Union J men put on a show in Dublin!

Those Union J men put on a show in Dublin!

Last night I went to the Union J gig in Dublin’s 02. It was the last of their gigs on their first ever tour and my was it a good night! 

The show opened with an electrifying version of Where Are You Now followed by an edgy version of Beethoven.

The four strappingly handsome men entertained also with a solo each on the night. The first of which was George dressed in all black attire and singing a mash-up of Katy Perry’s Roar and Wild Ones by Flo Rida ft. Sia. And of course he was brilliant! Before he performed, we seen video clips of him as a kid. Aw! This was an interesting concept of showing where they came from and where they are now and was carried through to all the solos. The solos were spaced out throughout the show.

The second of which was Jaymi’s solo where he belted out his idol Beyonce’s Listen to perfection whilst clad in all black as well which included a sparkley jacket. In Jaymi’s VT beforehand we seen him as a kid playing the artful dodger with another kid who was Oliver. Aw! We also seen him when he was a lot older auditioning for The X Factor with a previous band (Interesting because I didn’t see it before), performing at Maspalomas Pride in 2010 and 2012 and singing Listen with a female singer. (3 vids which I have watched so often on good old YouTube!)

The third solo was JJ also dressed all in black who delighted the crowd present with his version of Counting Stars by OneRepublic. He was amazing and he was so happy after that he did a jump and a little kick and Jaymi then imitated him doing so light-heartedly and joked that he was like Michael Flatley. In JJ’s VT there was a number of aw moments between himself as a baby and a wee one and his baby son Princeton who looks the spitting image of what JJ looked like as a baby. We also got to see JJ win two races while he was a jockey. I knew he had been but I didn’t know whether he won or not. He was really good from what I saw in the clips.

The final solo was Josh who sang Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé which the group performed in the semi-final of The X Factor. He sang it brilliant dressed in a white jacket and otherwise black attire. In Josh’s VT we seen him as a kid playing football. Aw! And a bit older dancing.

Another highlight of the show was the medley of Taylor Swift songs which included moments from The X Factor and Louis Walsh popping up from judges’ houses to tell them they were in and they mimicked their own reaction which was very funny and George pretended to fall to the ground. Jaymi prefaced their medley of Swift songs by speaking about how big a turning point singing her song Love Story on the show had been and that Swift herself had told them that she liked their version of her hit song.

In a personal few moments Jaymi spoke about coming out and how much support he received and how he had got to help others by coming out. He then spoke about Olly and how that because of all the fans they would definitely be getting married by the end of the year. JJ then spoke about becoming a father. Both received cheers from the crowd. Josh then spoke about how he “wasn’t becoming a father, coming out yet or getting married”.

Amaze Me was another highlight and it was really sweet to see the seven fans been seranaded by the lads. I tried! Well I half screamed, half was far too shy to scream to be honest!

The Irish flag and teddy bears were been flung up on the stage. Jaymi wrapped one Irish flag around his waist while JJ tied another Irish flag to his microphone. Jaymi also received a rainbow flag which he wore on his trousers.

Save The Last Dance was another highlight with the boys going a bit crazy when the even faster music came in for the chorus. Fab!

Graphics were good all night. Particular highlights on this front were the TVs in Head In The Clouds where the lads stood behind these TV screens which hid their heads and on the screens their heads were in clouds and the choir for Last Goodbye.

The boys also sang their singles Carry You, Beautiful Life and Loving You Is Easy which was actually the encore and had everyone a bit in a frenzy in the front row after the lads jumped down right in font of them unexpectedly.

They sang every song off their album as Jaymi said they would at the beginning and it was quite an emotional evening for Josh and George as the tour came to a close. Both shed a tear. But also full of fun and joy with Jaymi and JJ dancing with each other and everyone congratulating each other on their own individual solos.

They usually take a selfie but as tonight was the last night they had a pic taken with the band instead with us all in the background and Jaymi doing his Beyonce pose. 🙂

So yeah, I got to see some of Jaymi’s tattoos in reality, went weak with his husky Luton voice (I love Luton men!) and he wore leather trousers and every outfit looked hot on him. He was as handsome in reality as he is on TV, if not more so. I apologise Olly Marmon, I think I might be a bit in love with your boyfriend! 🙂 I was sad not to get a glimpse of the gorgeous Olly at the show. I really wanted to. 😦

Support acts included Ollie Marland and Room 94.

It was a great night!