Hebburn star brings X Factor to West End stage

WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE? ... from left, Victoria Elliott as Jordy in I Cant Sing! with Nigel Harman as Simon Cowell and Ashley Knight as Louis Walsh.

WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE? ... from left, Victoria Elliott as Jordy in I Cant Sing! with Nigel Harman as Simon Cowell and Ashley Knight as Louis Walsh.

HEBBURN star Victoria Elliott is about to hit the stage in London’s West End in a new comedy musical about the X Factor.

The actress, best known as Denise in Jason Cook’s BBC2 sitcom, has landed a starring role in I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical.

The show, written by TV comedian Harry Hill and composer Steve Brown, pokes fun at the ITV reality competition.

It opens at the London Palladium tomorrow night.

Victoria said: “We’ve been in technical rehearsals for three weeks now, and it’s long and exhausting, but it’s looking great.

“I’ve been involved with the project from the very first workshop, so it’s really great to see it coming to fruition.”

Victoria takes on the part of Jordy, a character based on former X Factor judge and Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole.

Nigel Harman plays Simon Cowell, and Ashley Knight plays Louis Walsh. The show also stars Cynthia Erivo and Alan Morrissey as lovesick talent show contestants Chenice and Max.

Victoria added: “This is the largest venue that a lot of us have ever played.

“There are pictures up around the Palladium of people who have played there – people like Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra. Pretty much every massive star you can think of has been on that stage.

“It’s got a great vibe and it’s so funny. When I first heard about it, I couldn’t believe someone was making a musical about the X Factor, but as soon as I read the script, I knew I wanted to do it.

“We haven’t been in front of an audience yet, so it’s difficult to know what people are going to make of it. We’ve been saying that if you love X Factor, you’ll like the show, and if you hate X Factor, you’ll love the show.

“It’s amazing what we get away with in the script considering that Simon Cowell is involved.”

Victoria sang in front of the music mogul when she auditioned for the show, and Geordie singer Cheryl is set to be in the audience on press night.

She said: “The costume and make-up department have done an amazing job, but I would never say I looked like Cheryl Cole.

“The character isn’t an impersonation of Cheryl, but obviously she was the starting point.

“It’s great fun to be playing her, though. She’s a Geordie icon.

“This is my first-ever musical, and it feels quite bizarre.

“We did the Royal Variety Performance before Christmas, and I couldn’t quite believe I was about to go on stage and sing in front of Prince Charles.

“It was an incredible adrenaline rush.”

Victoria, of Westerhope in Newcastle, is also hoping she could be returning to TV screens in a new series of Hebburn.

She said: “I absolutely love Hebburn. It’s the job closest to my heart, and I’ll keep doing it until someone tells me to stop.

“I’ve got my fingers crossed for a third series.”

For details of the spoof show, go to www.icantsingthemusical.com

Twitter: @shieldsgazvicki




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