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'They all came out to win': Everything you need to know about All Together Now Celebrities

Friday 14th December 2018
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This year’s surprise hit TV show All Together Now is back—starting with an all-star celebrity version for Christmas.

And one of the returning judges in The 100, Christopher Bartlett-Ward, says that there are some surprises in store from the famous faces taking to the stage. 

The celeb special will see Gemma Collins, Chris Kamara, Alison Hammond, Laurie Brett, Ben Foden, Amber Davies, Omid Djalili, Sara Pascoe and Tyger Drew-Honey try to get all judges on their feet during their performance.

They will be singing a mix of musical theatre, modern day classics and ballads, all hoping to scoop the All Together Now trophy.

Chris said: “The celebrity special was great fun to film and I think that viewers will be quite surprised with some of the performances.

“Alison Hammond is the most wonderful and bubbly person I’ve ever met. I loved watching her sing. Chris Kamara is loads of fun, and Sara Pascoe was really good. Also Amber Davies. They all shocked us with how good they were. All the celebrities came out to win.”

As with series one, the aim of the game for each act is to get as many of the 100 on their feet and singing along in a bid to get the highest score.

The first outing of the show—hosted by Rob Beckett and Spice Girl Geri Halliwell—was a surprise hit for the broadcaster. It drew an audience of 3.8 million viewers, making it one of the BBC’s most successful new entertainment launches of the past year.

Hartlepool-based Michael Rice was crowned the winner of series one, taking home £50,000 prize money (see video below).

Chris said: “Last year I think people were presently surprised by the show because rather than it being another singing show, it’s a joining in show and, importantly, the judges know what they’re on about.

“Last year’s winner Michael Rice says the experience really changed his life. He’s used the money for his solo career. That’s what’s great about the show, it’s real money for real singing careers. It’s great to see the show is working.”

In March Reality Bite revealed that the BBC One series will be coming back for a second series in the new year.

Chris, singer in big band London Connection and a cappella outfit We Are Trackless, says there are new additions to The 100, a unique panel of one hundred music experts and performers from across the UK, to accommodate new music styles.

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“From a casting perspective the 100 is really representative,” he said. New music will represented in the 100, and I’m proud to be back representing jazz.

“One thing that didn’t really translate last series is we have to learn every single song that may or may not be in the show—it’s not just a case of dancing along. We have quite a bit of homework to do.

“We’re like one big dysfunctional family.”

All Together Now Celebrities will air on Christmas Eve at 7.15 pm on BBC One. Series two will air in the new year.

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