Friday 24 November 2017

Gaga wows Children In Need crowd

Lady Gaga has opened the massive Children in Need show in Manchester
Lady Gaga has opened the massive Children in Need show in Manchester

Lady Gaga opened a huge Children In Need concert in typically stylish fashion and with a trio of her biggest hits.

Wearing a classic '50s style backless black outfit, black gloves, pearls, red lipstick and Marilyn Monroe-esque curls, she began a breathless set with Born This Way to rapturous applause and cheering.

The world's current hottest performer topped the bill among a stellar line-up of music industry royalty put together by X Factor judge and Take That maestro Gary Barlow.

The New York-born singer-songwriter had the audience of 14,000 on their feet from the start of the Children In Need Rocks Manchester concert inside the sold-out Manchester Evening News (MEN) arena.

Next on stage was The Collective, a band put together by Gary to sing this year's official BBC Children In Need single Teardrop.

The event saw a number of on-stage collaborations, starting with James Morrison teaming up with Jessie J to sing his song Up. House actor and contemporary jazz artist Hugh Laurie combined with singer Jamie Cullum to perform Hallelujah, I Love Her So.

Boyband JLS delighted the young audience, performing two of their hits, Take A Chance On Me and She Makes Me Wanna.

Gary Barlow was later introduced by Chris Moyles for the first time, with the words: "He's the reason we are here tonight!"

The Take That star, who was due to do a duet with Cheryl Cole before she pulled out because of a sore throat, then asked the crowd to stand in for her and join him in singing the band's hit Back For Good.

In a rousing finale, Gary introduced Coldplay, who sang three of their anthemic hits - Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, followed by Paradise and ending on Viva La Vida.

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