Stars in their Eyes

Manx Stars In Their Eyes 2010, at the Villa Marina''Jess O'Brien as 'Lady GaGa'

Manx Stars In Their Eyes 2010, at the Villa Marina''Jess O'Brien as 'Lady GaGa'

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ISLAND performers will be transformed into their favourite singers to raise cash for the Hyperbaric Chamber in the tenth Manx Stars in their Eyes show at the Villa Marina tomorrow (Saturday) night.

The 2011 fundraising spectacular will include appearances from Chloe Harrison, Miah Bellew, Natalie Cretney, Lyndsey Smart, Joe Hillard, Laurence Mingins, Mark Walton, Les Harrison, David Lyons, Andrew McCullough, Mike Bonner, Liam Moorehouse, Joe Wylde, a duet from Bethanie Christian and Francesca Glover, and a four-piece by Terry Discombe, Chris Carr, Paul Cowley and Jack James.

The stars they will be performing as will remain a secret until the curtain goes up.

Previous winners have been Joanna Winterbottom as Toyah Willcox (2000), Anthony Britton as George Formby (2001), Sharon Ross as Cher (2002), Stephanie Clift as Eva Cassidy (2005), Kiya Ennos as Olivia Newton John (2006), Michael Corkill as Pavarotti (2007), Jodie Teare as Duffy (2008), Georgia Maddocks as Annie (2009), and last year it was Charlene Cowin as Celine Dion.

The Manx show, which follows the format of the ITV programme of the same name, began in 2000 when a group of island residents, who had all witnessed first hand the tireless efforts of Isle of Man Hospice, decided to raise some well-deserved funds for the hospice and cancer charities.

Today, the organisers are Douglas electrician and site manager Scott Christian, a cancer survivor who got involved because he wanted to repay those charities which helped him through his illness, together with his wife Jo and friend Paul Moran.

The first three annual events took place in Summerland but when that was closed they moved it to the newly-refurbished Villa Marina.

Scott explained: ‘The talent is always of a high standard. It is like the TV show they used to have on ITV. It is a sound-a-like competition and we try to help the contestants look like the artist too.

‘Anyone can enter – there is no age limit. We’ve had the auditions where there were 45 applicants. We then decided our final 15, aged 14 to mid-60s, who will peform tomorrow night at the Villa Marina.’

On the night the judges will decide on the winner, based on sound-a-like, stage presence and look-a-like.

There will be cash prizes for first (£750), second (£500) and third place (£250).

‘Manx Stars in their Eyes raises money for local charities. It is a family event and where else can you get a constant four hours of good quality entertainment?’ said the 37-year-old father of three. ‘All the people we know who have come along for a look always come back year after year.’

As well as performances from the contestants, the audience will also be treated to interval routines from members of Rachel Wild’s Performers Studio and Gena’s Dance Academy and from Jaico Garcia, the winner of Young Dancer of Mann 2011 and Alice Smith, the runner-up of that competition.

There will also be a raffle and auction with great prizes including a signed Ant and Dec Pop Idol script and signed sports merchandise including Mark Cavendish’s cycling shirt and a Liverpool Champions League T-shirt.

The show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets are £10. They are available from Scott on 497150 or via the Villa on 600555, at the Welcome Centre or online at

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