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Wed 22 May, 2013
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We are absolutely delighted that Jodie and Rylan have kindly agreed to support this year's West End Eurovision and the work of The Make A Difference Trust as members of our Celebrity Judging Panel

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Katrina Leskanich, Singer of the Last UK Winner of the European Song Competition To Perform Live At 2013’s Gala Event

Jodie Prenger, Lisa Riley and Rylan Clark Join Russell Grant as Celebrity Judges


Entertainment charity The Make A Difference Trust is today ‘Walking on Sunshine’ as it reveals that Katrina Leskanich of Katrina and the Waves is to do the honours as this year’s genuine Eurovision act at West End Eurovision which takes place at the Dominion Theatre on May 23rd from 11.30pm.

Best known for leading the UK to victory at the 1997 awards, the feisty front of the Anglo-American outfit, Katrina and the Waves, Katrina is the natural choice to close this year’s highly competitive West End Eurovision bill. Offering theatre fans an incredible value for money night out (all in the name of a great cause) the ten top shows vying for victory as they stage and choreograph a previous Eurovision entry include: SPAMALOT; BILLY ELLIOT; WICKED; ROCK OF AGES; ONCE; VIVA FOREVER; TOP HAT; MAMMA MIA!; PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and A CHORUS LINE.

Joining Strictly Come Dancer and occasional Wizard of Oz, Russell Grant, on this year’s celebrity judging panel are television personalities Jodie Prenger – winner of BBC 1’s talent search for Oliver’s Nancy, I’d Do Anything and X Factor finalist , Celebrity Big Brother winner Rylan Clark and Strictly Come dancing favorite Lisa Riley.

TheatreMAD’s Chairman, David Pendlebury said today: "We are absolutely delighted that Jodie and Rylan have kindly agreed to support this year's West End Eurovision and the work of The Make A Difference Trust as members of our Celebrity Judging Panel. Having both been on the receiving end of the judges’ comments on I'd Do Anything and The X Factor respectively, it will be a fun opportunity for them to offer their comments to those shows taking part."

West End favourite Richard Gauntlett hosts with the able assistance of celebrity guest hosts Sinitta, Christopher Biggins, Kerry Ellis and Ben Richards with more to be announced in the weeks to come. For VIP ticket holders there will also be a champagne reception hosted by Gok Wan and Hello! Magazine.

2012’s West End Eurovision battle saw the cast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber steal the show, taking home the event’s highest accolade – Overall Win. But who will steal the demon barber’s crown in 2013? The battle is on!
stars … An additional fundraising source for the charity, the Trust receive between 95p and £1 for every £1 vote text sent.

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