We are sure that most of you will know the stars of our Scottish Entertainment Awards Variety Act show, but there are a few little known facts about the acts that you might not be aware of.
So, in our latest blog post, we thought we would let you in on a few of those secrets!
Simon Brodkin aka Lee Nelson
37-year-old comic from London, Simon Brodkin, has been performing comedy since 2004, but what most people don’t know is that he qualified from Manchester University to be a doctor!
He gave up his scrubs for a pair of Reebok classics, a tracksuit, polo shirt and gold chain, and this career choice of dressing down has fared well for the comic as he has had multiple TV appearance on the likes of Absolutely Fabulous, Al Murray’s Multiple Personality Disorder, and Live At The Apollo – as well as gaining his own shows like Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show.
Wishaw-native Nicholas McDonald, who came second in 2013’s X-Factor competition, reached number 6 in the UK album charts and got all the way to number 1 in the Scottish album charts. But did you know that he suffers from a rare heart condition called Long QT Syndrome?
In an interview with the Daily Star, he explained: “I was playing football and all I remember was passing the ball and collapsing. I was later told that I’d had a cardiac arrest and died.
“My mum and dad say that I fell like I’d been shot. I swallowed my tongue, which blocked my airway as well.
“They couldn’t get it out so my coach punched me in the mouth to knock my two front teeth out and pull my tongue forward. He saved my life, which is weird to think now.”
Richard & Adam
Richard and Adam Johnson, also known as ‘The Johnson Brothers’, are two Welsh singers who appeared in the seventh series of Britain’s Got Talent.
Despite coming third, the duo topped the UK Album Chart for four consecutive weeks with The Impossible Dream, making it the longest running album at number one for the whole of 2013!
One thing that people may not know is that during their final performance on Britain’s Got Talent, a violinist in the orchestra playing behind the boys walked out on stage, mid-performance, and begun throwing eggs at Simon Cowell! However, as the brothers are so egg-ceedingly charming and professional, they continued on to blow everyone away with a strong finish!
Six-foot-two skinhead, Gary Little, is now one of the most recognisable acts in comedy, but did you know that he only began performing comedy in 2003, when he became a finalist in a competition run by The Stand comedy club and the Daily Record?
And that’s not the only recognition he has received – he recently won two awards at the inaugural Scottish Comedy Awards, winning Scotland’s Best Headline Comedy Act and Scotland’s Best Comedy Tour Show.
If you want to see Gary or any of the other acts, don’t hesitate to buy tickets to the Variety Show on the 18th May 2014!
We are also now running a promotion on Itison.com for a limited number of tickets at 50% off. Please note there are a limited amount of the half price VIP tickets allowing you to meet the celebrities backstage after the show and giving access to the after show party, so make sure you take advantage of this and don’t miss out on the action!