FOUR acts that proved their popularity in front of millions of TV viewers across the British Isles will be hoping to win over a Manx audience when they perform in the Villa Marina next month.
Stars of the X Factor and Britains Got Talent, taking place on Friday, November 30, will feature X Factor stars Marcus Collins, Craig Colton and Jamie Archer as well as Britain’s Got Talent’s Signature.
The line-up also includes Isle of Man gymnastics display team Asteria – which won Isle of Man Junior Achievement’s Next Big Thing competition earlier this year – and teen pop band Ever Young.
Liverpudlian singer Marcus Collins was a big hit from the first moment he appeared on the 2011 series of The X Factor. The 23-year-old won support with his renditions of Signed, Sealed, Delivered and Kiss From A Rose.
He also shone in Motown week when an entertaining performance of My Girl put him through to the finals at Wembley Arena.
He finished second to Little Mix, delivering an outstanding duet with mentor Gary Barlow in the live final.
Twenty-two-year-old Craig Colton, also from Liverpool, surprised his parents and amazed X Factor judges in the 2011 series with his audition of Hiding my Heart by Adele.
He also made it through to the live shows and did his own vocal arrangement of Jar of Hearts in the first week.
He was voted off in a sing-off in week seven.
And Jamie Archer shot to fame following the 2009 series of The X Factor.
The Londoner, nicknamed Jamie Afro because of his hairstyle, impressed all four judges and the 2,000-strong crowd with his energetic rendition of the Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire in the first round of auditions.
Meanwhile dance duo Signature were runners-up on the 2008 Britain’s Got Talent series.
Suleman Mirza and Madhu Singh have been performing together for over 10 years but the ITV show was their big break.
They were favourites with the audience with their fusion of eastern and western dance styles, even performing at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.
All funds from the concert will go to Junior Achievement which is a Manx-registered charity dedicated to helping the island’s young people gain the essential skills they need when they leave full-time education.
The charity runs workshops in schools with the support of more than 300 volunteers from business and the wider community.
Standing/unreserved seat only tickets, costing £25, are available on 600555 or at www.villagaiety.com
The event is sponsored by Manx Telecom and its mobile customers can buy tickets for £20 by going to the Strand Street store with their mobile phone.