WITH the X Factor back on our screens, fans of the ITV show now also have the chance to enjoy live performances from past finalists at a charity spectacular in the Villa Marina.
Tonight (Friday), stars from both the X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent will take to the stage in the Royal Hall to help raise funds for charity Junior Achievement Isle of Man.
The headline act is Marcus Collins, the Liverpudlian lad who finished in second place in last year’s X Factor competition.
He won the public over with an outstanding duet with mentor Gary Barlow in the live final at Wembley Arena.
During his Manx debut this weekend, Marcus will also be joined by fellow 2011 X Factor finalist and scouser Craig Colton, who wowed the audience with his version of Christina Perri’s Jar Of Hearts.
The funky, big-haired 2009 X Factor finalist Jamie ‘Afro’ Archer will also take to the stage.
And Britain’s Got Talent dancing duo Signature will perform their comical Bhangra vs Michael Jackson routine.
The opening act is gymnastic troupe Asteria who won the island’s Junior Achievement talent competition Next Big Thing.
The audience will be treated to a brand new routine to be showcased for the very first time.
Also joining the line-up will be EverYoung and Simon J Bailey.
EverYoung are a newly-formed vocal pop band signed to the EMI label after graduating from the world famous Sylvia Young Theatre School in London.
And Simon J Bailey is a singer songwriter who has performed live with artists including Elton John and Mariah Carey all around the world.
Tickets for the concert are £25 from the Villa Marina box office on 600555 at the Sea Terminal Welcome Centre or online at www.villagaiety.com
Manx Telecom mobile customers can buy them for just £20. Customers just need to call into the Manx Telecom shop in Strand Street with their mobile handset to purchase their discounted tickets.
Junior Achievement Isle of Man chief executive Sue Cook said: ‘We have been planning this event for six months. It promises to be a fantastic night and we have been amazed by the public response.
‘There are a limited number of tickets left but they are selling fast so I would urge people to buy them as soon as possible.’
All funds raised from the event - which is also being sponsored by Manx Telecom and supported by 3FM and Energy FM - will go to the charity which is dedicated to helping the island’s young people gain employability skills.