STARS in his eyes!
Paddy McGuinness had great fun filming a new tribute act show…
Q People may compare Even Better Than the Real Thing to Stars in Their Eyes. What makes this new show different? A The main difference is that these people are professional tribute artists who do it for a living. Don’t expect to see people you might see down your local working men’s club who do a bit of karaoke. These are first-class tribute artists and that’s their full-time job! Q So what kind of tribute acts can we expect to see? A We have five tribute artists who compete as Whitney Houston, Bruno Mars, George Michael, Amy Winehouse and Little Mix. Then there’s a special ‘VIP area’ where another 15 tribute acts sit and watch. I love the fact you could have Liam Gallagher sat with Elton John and Kate Bush having a chat – it’s just hilarious! These acts stay in character so, as well as sounding amazing, they really look like their chosen artist. The Madonna tribute is the spitting image of her, which freaked me out! Q How does the show work in terms of the format? A The five chosen tribute acts perform and then the studio audience vote for their favourite. The top three go through to the next round where they each sing a duet with one of the tribute acts from the VIP area. The audience then votes again and the tribute act with the most votes is the winner. Q Do you enjoy a bit of karaoke from time to time? A Like most people, with karaoke I only get up to sing once I’ve had a few bevvies! Once you get a bit of Dutch courage, you think, ‘I’ll have a go at anything’. I have been known to belt out Sweet Caroline! Q Did you have as much fun as you do on Take Me Out? A When I film Take Me Out I’m on the studio floor all day with the lads and girls, getting to know them so they feel more at ease when the cameras start rolling.
I did exactly the same on this show. So it was a similar process, except nobody goes on a date at the end!
Spot the difference… Paddy (right) with George Michael and Amy Winehouse tribute acts