YOUR GUIDE TO UPCOMING TV APPEARANCES 135

Here is your guide to the upcoming TV appearances, from X Factor to Strictly, awards show to chat shows.

SOUNDS LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT – FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER 2017
Radio 1 presenter Greg James with Radio 1 Xtra’s DJ Dotty present a lively mix of entertainment direct from the now refurbished BBC Television Centre in London’s White City. Brit award-winner Paloma Faith joins the pair to complete the hosting line-up, introducing performances by chart-busting singer Rita Ora and all-conquering rock duo Royal Blood.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER 2017
Together on Graham’s sofa: legendary rock star Sir Elton John; actor and writer Stephen Fry; Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan; pop star Robbie Williams; and singer-songwriter P!nk, who performs What About Us.

MICHAEL McINTYRE’S BIG SHOW – SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2017
Featuring music performances from Jessie J and Welsh rock heroes Stereophonics. Premier League legend Alan Shearer hands over his phone in Celebrity Send To All, and Michael sneaks into another house in the jaw-dropping Midnight Gameshow. Plus new comedy material from Michael himself and one unsuspecting member of the public gets the surprise of their life when they become the Unexpected Star.

THE X FACTOR UK FINAL – SATURDAY 2 & SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2017
A host of global superstars take to the stage at London’s ExCeL Centre.

New boyband PRETTYMUCH will be making their UK debut, X Factor superstar Louis Tomlinson gives us a world exclusive of his new single Miss You, Global megastar P!nk will be treating us to a mega-mix performance of What About Us & Beautiful Trauma, Multi award winning artist Sam Smith will perform a track from his number 1 album and Latin sensation CNCO make their X Factor debut alongside X Factor legends Little Mix.

STRICTLY COME DANCING THE RESULTS – SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2017
There will be a spectacular music performance from the Leading Ladies, Beverley Knight, Amber Riley and Cassidy Janson.

THE CHASE CELEBRITY SPECIAL – SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2017
Greg Wallace, Denise Lewis, Mark Pougatch and Gina Yashere come together to work as a team in the hope of winning thousands of pounds for their charities.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER 2017
With Oscar-nominated star of The Help and Zero Dark Thirty Jessica Chastain; comedian and writer Dawn French; Pitch Perfect actress Rebel Wilson; and the stars of Jumanji: Welcome to the JungleDwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black. Plus, music from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, who perform Holy Mountain.

MICHAEL McINTYRE’S BIG SHOW – SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 2017
TV presenters Marvin and Rochelle Humes both hand over their phones in the first ever double Send To All and there’s music from pop rockers The Vamps.

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE I’M A CELEBRITY SPECIAL – SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 2017
Keith Lemon is back with a fifth series of Through the Keyhole. Kicking off with an I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! special.

Join Keith as he rummages around three mystery celebrity houses unearthing clues for the studio panel to guess ‘who habitates in a house like this.’

On this week’s star-studded panel are Comedian Jimmy Carr, former Queen of the Jungle Stacey Solomon, TV Presenter Myleene Klass and legendary DJ Tony Blackburn.

THE CHASE CELEBRITY SPECIAL – SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2017
Bradley Walsh hosts as four celebrities try to pit their brains against one of the country’s finest quiz brains.

But have Sam Quek, Basil Brush, Andi Peters and Charlie Higson got what it takes?

CELEBRITY JUICE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL – THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER 2017
Joining the panel this week is actor and TV presenter John Barrowman, musician and songwriter Alex James, TV personality and actress Denise Van Outen, popular Kaiser Chief frontman Ricky Wilson and Loose Women host and singer Stacey Solomon.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER 2017
Among the guests on Graham’s sofa: the stars of the hotly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last JediDaisy Ridley, John Boyega and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill; together with award-winning singer-songwriter Sam Smith, who performs Pray.

THE CHASE CELEBRITY SPECIAL – SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2017
Bradley Walsh hosts as Mathew Horne, Danny Care, Jodie Kidd and Al Murray do their best.

THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE – TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER 2017
Queen of Comedy, Miranda Hart, is to host The Royal Variety Performance.

The award-winning comedy writer and actress will host this year, in the presence of members of the Royal family. The event will come from the iconic London Palladium Theatre, which is hosting the event for the 41st time.

The show promises to be an unforgettable evening of the best UK and international musical performers, extraordinary theatre and brilliant comedy as well as a number of surprises along the away.

Stars lined up to appear include the legendary Kelsey Grammer who will be performing, with his cast, an exclusive extract from the new musical Big Fish; plus The Killers, Seal, Louis Tomlinson, The Leading Ladies – Beverly Knight, Cassidy Janson and Amber Riley – and The Script, and Paloma Faith.

Also taking to the stage are, Britain’s Got Talent winner, pianist Tokio Myers; the West End casts of ‘Annie’ and ‘42nd Street’; the incredible Circus Abyssinia; Michael Ball and Alfie Boe; the mesmerising Cirque du Soleil plus comedy from Jason Manford and Tom Allen.

A NIGHT FOR THE EMERGENCY SERVICES – WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER 2017
A Night For The Emergency Services is a celebration of the heroes behind the uniforms to show appreciation and thanks for the incredible work they do.

Presented by Ashley Banjo and Diversity, the show features talented members of the emergency services displaying their amazing skills in front of an audience made up solely of emergency service staff.

Following a year beset with national tragedy, the appreciation for the emergency services has never been higher. Introducing the show, host Ashley Banjo says: “Tonight is all about the brilliantly dedicated emergency services. It’s a chance for us to meet the people behind the uniforms and say thank you to all the hard working teams who have had to deal, so professionally, with such a difficult year.”

The first performance of the evening features Diversity dancing alongside aerialist Hayley Wray who is a firefighter from Jersey and Scott Elliott who works for South Yorkshire Police.

They are accompanied by singers from the Royal Free Hospital Music Society and the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS choir with the Royal Greenwich Volunteer Police Cadets playing drums.

The next act is the Cheshire Fire Choir who perform a moving rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water with global singing star Leona Lewis.

PC Paul Taylor who touched the hearts of the nation when we was caught on camera dancing with some children at the Manchester One Love Concert, gets to dance with his colleagues from Darlington Police alongside Diversity.

This is followed by Mark Daniels, a RNLI volunteer from Ilfracombe who performs as a Michael Buble tribute act in his day job, giving an impressive rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Mentalist (mind magician) Ashley Turner, a Detective Sergeant from Northampton Police also shows off his impressive and entertaining mind-boggling act.

Emergency Medical Technician Lewis Quinn performs Bring Him Home with singing duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe accompanied by the Blue Light Symphony Orchestra led by detective Seb Valentine. The orchestra is the only one in the UK made up entirely of Emergency Service personnel.

The finale is an unforgettable performance by Diversity accompanied by Britain’s Got Talent winner Tokio Myers, supported by the Cheshire Fire Choir and Blue Light Symphony Orchestra.

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REVIEW: KID KAPICHI – ‘LUCOZADE DREAMS’ EP 23

Kid Kapichi are currently one of the most talked about up and coming bands in Britain, and, on the back of their previous EP, are so with good reason. However, some bands can and do often struggle when it comes to a second release. There’s more pressure and expectation, and sometimes it’s more than artists can handle well. So, how have KK fared with their sophomore EP, Lucozade Dreams?

The intro piece, at just over 46 seconds long could easily have been left off the EP, but given that it’s brashier and bolder than many opening instrumentals featured on albums and the like in recent months, it doesn’t fare too badly. It is however a good thing that “Cinderella” quickly follows on from it and ultimately sets the tone for the EP overall. With it’s big, catchy verses, and a chorus that’s even bigger, combined with a toe-tapping bass undertone, it’s an exciting little number, sure to impress and win over music fans who give it a listen.

The momentum and energy continues through “Puppet Strings” and although the instrumentation is good, ultimately it’s the impressive lyrics that make the track stand out. Meanwhile, anyone looking for a superb riff and a thumping, invigorating beat need look no further than “Jack Jones” and the slick production on “Machine Men” means the EP ends on a rewarding high for both band and listener.

While the group from Hastings might still be considerably unknown to some, they’ve been talked about for some time now, and the amount of said talk is only likely to grow on the back of Lucozade Dreams – a collection that’s fun, fizzing with energy and highlights just how much Kid Kapichi love what they do, and in time, more music fans might just find themselves loving them too.

Lucozade Dreams is available now.

REVIEW: THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS – AMERICA 36

Five years in the making, Thirty Seconds To Mars’ new album ‘America’, which Jared promoted this week by hitch-hiking his way across his home country as part of an event called #MarsAcrossAmerica, is most certainly a considerable shift away from what members of the Echelon have heard from the trio (though current duo) over the years. But is this said shift good or bad?

Beginning with “Walk On Water” which introduced both old and new fans alike to the bands’ new rather electro-edged sound, ‘America’ starts off well, especially given that the rather radio friendly “Dangerous Night” follows on from it.

“Rescue Me” ups the tempo somewhat, and with its toe-tapping, body swaying rhythm, combined with Jared’s rough edged vocal, it’s just over three and a half minutes of enjoyable considerably upbeat rock, and the simplistic chorus in particular will work well when – or if – its performed on their current Monolith tour.

Prior to the release of the album, the band gave a sneak peak of one of the album’s collaborations, with A$AP Rocky. Having watched said sneak peak, this reviewer personally felt his involvement was random and pointless. Fortunately however, and for reasons unknown, he doesn’t feature on my (likely all UK albums) version and with the song performed for the most part in a breathy, almost dream-like manner, it would most likely have been completely ruined with Rocky’s inclusion.

The “Monolith” instrumental, AKA track 5, doesn’t really serve any purpose, however it does lead into the album’s one collaboration that REALLY does work – that of Jared and Halsey on “Love Is Madness” – one of the darker tracks, but not the darkest, on the album. She compliments Jared perfectly, enhancing the song and its sultry mood/feel to the point where it easily stands out as a highlight of the collection.

“Great Wide Open” is an inspiring track, and one that’s perfect to listen to when you’re out discovering yourself or exploring this world we live in, or most likely, doing both at the same time. It’s the type of song you can see playing behind a montage of a person’s life, as their friends and family pay tribute to or celebrate them in some form or another, and with that in mind, it’s one of the album’s strongest, and most emotive, pieces.

Mixing simple electronic hooks, plenty of synth and a chorus which, it could be argued, is rather understated, “Hail To The Victor” almost flashes back to the ‘Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams’ era of the band, perhaps included to draw that chapter to an undeniable close. The darkest, deepest number on the album comes in the form of “Dawn Will Rise.” With lyrics including “Come and hit me, strike me while I’m down” and “Fortunes fade in time, I must change or die.”, it’s certainly not a track to listen to if you are in a good mood, as its sombre, almost depressing tone, matched by Jared’s almost defeated vocal performance, will soon shatter said mood to pieces.

If there’s any real surprise on the album, it’s Shannon’s Leto’s vocal on “Remedy.” It’s raw and stripped back in comparison to any track that has come before and comes after it. There’s an organic feel to the song, and Shannon’s performance, although different, is so in a phenomenally good way, and he’s no doubt going to find himself requested to play it live.

The chorus of “Oh Oh Oh”, on “Live Like A Dream”, in a nice touch from the band, was recorded at one of their Camp Mars events, and serves as an audible reminder for those who were there of the project they were involved in (though it’s unlikely they knew what it was for at the time) and the fun they had, while for other members of the Echelon, it’s a nice throwback to the ‘This Is War’ era when many of them featured on that album, having participated in ‘summits’ around the world.

“Rider” has so far proved to be quite a strong, albeit new, inclusion to the band’s tour setlist, and with its rising crescendo as the piece nears its end, it’s quite stirring and powerful. Meanwhile, on the deluxe edition of the album, the acoustic, choir-inclusive version of “Walk On Water” might lack the energy of the original, but with the electronics removed, it brings Jared’s genuine vocal ability to the forefront again, and such has been considerably lacking up to this point.

With remixes growing in popularity, it’s not that surprising to find the band have included 2, the first being a R3hab remix of “Walk On Water.” For those who like a more dance-like and continued electro-feel to their songs, it’s not a bad version by any means, but it’s not the best remix ever made either, and the Cheat Codes remix of “Dangerous Night” doesn’t fare that much better.

Despite the new sound and styles with which the band have experimented on this collection, ‘America’ is still at its heart, very much a Thirty Seconds To Mars album, and if the social media reaction is anything to go by, it’s proving a hit with their huge following. Yes there are tracks on the album that don’t quite work as well as they should, like the remixes, but for the majority, lyrically and instrumentally, it’s a considerably solid piece of work that fans hopefully won’t have to wait another five years for in order to hear its follow-up.