John Barrowman joined us again at QVC to promote his fantastic album triple-pack and it was a whirlwind of fun, antics, laughter and simply a pleasure.
He's been on an incredible journey this year and a big part of it was his UK tour. I was kindly invited to his Albert Hall night where it all kicked off and, wow, what a show. Las Vegas here he comes!
Thank you for all your emails referring to the infamous diving bed scene with John and I, which, yes, has been everywhere and, yes, I did see it on the screen at the Albert Hall in a montage of his great year! Very funny!
Oh yes, he loves QVC as much as we do. In case you missed it, take a look at him perfoming live on QVC.
I joined John for the afternoon and what a busy schedule he had before the live show that evening; rehearsing to sing live, meeting Rachel and Gemma, the Breast Cancer Care winners who watched the show live from the studio that evening. He was very generous with his time even though we were getting very close to showtime.
He is currently rehearsing for a Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special at the moment, to air on Christmas Day, and when he said his legs were killing him during the day, they really were, as watching him trying to sit down after each time he sang live brought a cheeky smile to my face. I wanted to laugh out loud as I so know that feeling from being a dancer! It’s truly uncomfortable.
You often wonder if you will ever get off the rollercoaster of sparkle and shine with John. For me, I never have and never will, and when you are with him you never want to. It’s always a dream to be in a world that I grew up in during my time in the entertainment industry as a dancer (hoofer)! It is addictive, hard work (and boy does John work hard!) but the rewards far outweigh any of these, as you are just so in love with what you do.
The pleasure it brings to his audience is worth every moment. You literally eat, sleep and breathe the life as a performer. You can totally capture this when you see John perform. He is Mr Entertainer with a capital E. Showbiz, entertainment and sequins are just the perfect fit with his good looks, sparkling smile and, of course, a voice you fall in love with.
As I write this blog I am playing John's first album 'Another Side', which went gold and sold 100,000 copies. Air Supply's 'All Out Of Love' is at full blast and I am surprised you can’t hear me singing along, very loudly, lost in the moment. Well, maybe it's not so bad that you can’t, eh?!
An album to be proud of, it was made at a time in John's life when he was discovering who he really was. The songs are great cover versions and he often sends copies to the original artists to hear their thoughts. Barry Manilow loved his cover of 'Copacabana' on his recent self-titled album. This is the album he was craving to record as it's more up-close and personal.
Also, 'I Made It Through The Rain', which he sang during our live show, from 'Music Music Music' is great. The album itself is a combination of musical theatre, country and western and pop. 'Memory', he was worried about recording and doing it justice being such an iconic song but Matt, his MD, convinced him that he could pull it off. I love this recording and has he pulled it off? Just listen for yourself. I so think so.
I first saw John in the original cast of 'Anything Goes' in the West End with Elaine Paige. I was in '42nd Street' at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane at the time and had to rest an ankle injury. I literally crawled to see the show because when you are in a show you don’t often get to see other performances.
Everyone was talking about this new male lead that had arrived in the West End so I just had to go and see what all the fuss was about. He was truly superb, a star was born and he received rave reviews. Even his tap-dancing came up to my expectations! Ha ha ha!
Since then he has gone on to have an incredible career that he thought a young boy from Glasgow could only ever dream of. He has become one of the UK's best-selling artists and loved entertainers.
Another of his covers from his self-titled album, 'One Night Only', comes originally from Dream Girls, a show he saw with his mum as a child and was the turning point when he realised he wanted to entertain. The rest is history! You couldn’t stop him if you tried.
Disney is a huge part of my life as many of you know. 'So Close', is a song from the Disney film 'Enchanted' that John did as a duet with Jodie Prenger specially for his niece Clare! Never wanting the fairytale to end! Who does! It’s a track that takes you to the bottom of the secret garden with the angels and fairies
You are going to love this CD pack it's a must to listen to. In the car, in the office, at home. You will have your favourites and I promise you will shed a tear or two. Remember wonderful happy times in your life and simply sing along to those tracks you have on repeat. He is a true inspiration.
Some of my other favourite tracks;
- 'I Know Him So Well' from 'Music Music Music' – I love this version, singing about two men in love.
- 'Angel' from 'Music Music Music' made me cry the first time I heard it.
- 'Remember Me' from 'Another Side' is heart wrenching. John dedicated this to his sister-in-law who sadly passed away.
- 'Time After Time' from 'Another Side' - I cannot stop listening to this. It's playing right now for the fifth time! Being a big Cyndi Lauper fan I love this track. I loved John's version and was thrilled when he sang it live on the show. It has stayed with me for days. Just can’t get it out of my head.
Listening to this three-CD set from John Barrowman, which is exclusive to us at QVC, certainly becomes personal to us all. A special Christmas gift to give to anyone you love or who simply loves John Barrowman. If you have any of his books (Anything Goes, I Am What I Am) listen to the CDs whilst you are reading and you will get the full Barrowman experience.
To answer your questions yes he is kind, generous and what you see is what you get. That’s the John we all adore. And yes, another series of Torchwood is not far away.
We wish him all the best competing in the Strictly Christmas special – let’s hope his trousers aren’t too tight, after all we don’t want to see his VPL do we! You can also catch him in Glasgow rubbing his lamp as Aladdin in panto.
I sign off with a final rendition of 'Time After Time'. Even Scruncher and Mr Bo Jangles are getting to know the words!
Here’s to the next John Barrowman experience, and an experience is what it will be!
Remember that laughing every day with friends and the ones you love is the Franks tonic to a healthy, happy life. My love and laughter as always,