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Last time on Even Better Than The Real Thing -

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five of the world's greatest tribute acts took to our stage to deliver

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unforgettable solo performances and unique duets

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before the audience picked their first champion.

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Whitney Houston!

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# Don't make me close one more door

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# I don't want to hurt any more... #

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Tonight, it's Christmas and we've got professional tributes

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to Michael Buble, Michael Jackson,

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John Lennon, Kylie Minogue and Bruce Springsteen,

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all doing battle.

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There will be a big Christmas hits, more never-before-seen duets,

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plus a unique performance from our all-star line-up...

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..before the audience decide

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who will be their Even Best Than The Real Thing Christmas champion.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Please welcome Britain's best Paddy McGuinness tribute act...

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It's Paddy McGuinness!

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Hello and welcome to Even Better Than The Real Thing.

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Merry Christmas, everybody!

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CHEERING

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Tonight we're serving up a festive treat with some of the very

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best tribute acts on earth, and who doesn't love a Christmas hit?

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Buddy Holly And The Ivy.

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Once In Royal David Bowie.

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LAUGHTER

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And my favourite - Noel Gallagher. Yes!

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So, next we've got Santa's sackful of amazing

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performances from top tributes whose job it is to look,

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sound and move just like the real thing.

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Tributes singers have never been more popular,

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headlining festivals and packing out West End shows.

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We've brought together five absolute crackers who will each

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perform a Christmas hit,

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before our studio audience vote for their favourite.

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The top three will sing again

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as they duet with one of our tribute all-stars.

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Then it's make your mind up time for our audience

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as they vote for a final time to pick their

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Even Better Than The Real Thing Christmas champion,

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joining Witney Houston in our Hall Of Fame.

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So, who are the festive five going head-to-head tonight?

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It's Michael Buble!

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CHEERING

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Michael Jackson!

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John Lennon!

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Kylie Minogue!

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And Bruce Springsteen! CHEERING

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Is this Christmas? I think it is.

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So, who's the first act coming down our chimney?

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I've been a professional Kylie Minogue tribute artist

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for 15 years now.

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I have my own Kylie theatre show which has taken me right around the

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world, and in total, I've performed to nearly one million people.

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Kylie herself has seen footage of me perform

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and she endorsed our show as the best in the world.

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I've played in 16 different countries, but never in Britain.

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So I'm really excited to perform for Kylie's UK fans tonight

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and to do my favourite showgirl proud.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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# Santa baby, just slip a sable under the tree

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# For me

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# I've been an awful good girl, Santa baby

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# And hurry down the chimney tonight

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# Oooh

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# Think of all the fun I've missed

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# Think of all the fellas that I haven't kissed

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# Next year I could be just as good

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# If you'll check out my Christmas list

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# Santa baby, I want a yacht

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# And, really, that's not a lot

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# Been an angel all year

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# Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

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# Ooh

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# Come and trim my Christmas tree

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# With some decorations bought at Tiffany's

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# I really do believe in you

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# Let's see if you believe in me

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# Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing

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# A ring

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# I don't mean on the phone

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# Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

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# Hurry down the chimney tonight

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# Hurry

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# Tonight! #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Oh, my gosh. Wowzers!

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That was absolutely fantastic!

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-Oh, thank you.

-Note perfect, by the way.

-Thank you, thank you.

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So when you are not Kylie Minogue, who are you?

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My name is Lucy Holmes and I'm an Aussie, like Kylie!

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She's an Aussie! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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-And...I believe Kylie actually knows of you?

-She does.

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She sent a film crew to film our show, many years ago.

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And then she just started following us on Twitter

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and the whole family's come to the show,

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-Dannii and I have sung a duet together at a show.

-No!

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It's a crazy, crazy, crazy world.

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You're like the third Minogue sister.

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-Yeah, kind of the disowned one.

-LAUGHTER

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Because it's strange. With all the tributes,

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when I talk to you all and I'm looking at you, it's kind of spooky

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because I've met Kylie before and spoke to her and it's so uncanny.

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But that was one hell of a performance, that -

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-let me tell you that.

-Thank you.

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APPLAUSE So unbelievable.

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What do you think about the UK audience?

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Oh, they're gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful.

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I'm so excited to be here.

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Do you know where you should tour? A little place called Bolton.

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CHEERING

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Oh. Oh! It's like Beverly Hills.

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But...a bit dirtier.

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Stiff competition tonight.

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Are you competitive yourself?

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Look, I think everyone here is so super friendly and it's a great

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atmosphere, but I think deep down everybody kind of wants to win.

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-Absolutely.

-I'm watching my back.

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If Bruce Springsteen is behind me.

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Kylie Minogue, everybody!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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-You all right, George?

-All right, how are you?

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One more to go. After everyone has performed,

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our audience will vote for their top three who will go on to sing

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a truly unique duet with one of these lot.

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Five solos, three duets, one winner.

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Thank God I got that right.

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Right, I fancy another Christmas song.

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Let's meet the next tribute, ho-ho-hoping

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to impress our audience.

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I'm a professional tribute to the swing pop superstar Michael Buble.

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I've been singing as Michael Buble for around seven years now.

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Singing to thousands in my hometown theatre was probably

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the highlight of my career so far.

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I've performed in many different countries around the world,

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but never on TV.

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I just can't wait to go out there and be the best Buble I can be.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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# It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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# Everywhere you go

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# Take a look at the five and ten

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# It's glistening once again

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# With candy canes and silver lanes that glow

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# It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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# Toys in every store

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# But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be

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# On your own front door

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# A pair of hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots

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# Is the wish of Barney and Ben

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# Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk

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# Is the hope of Janice and Jen

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# And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again

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# It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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# Everywhere you go

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# There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well

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# It's the sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow

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# It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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# Toys in every store

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# But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be

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# On your own front door

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# Sure, it's Christmas

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# Once

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# More. #

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Merry Christmas everybody!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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In you come! Sit yourself down!

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Well done! Oh, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

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I tell you, looking at the ladies in the audience,

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they were like, "Ohhh!"

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Oh, it was absolutely fantastic.

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Michael Buble, everyone! Come on!

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-CHEERING

-Thank you so much.

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You all right?

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How are you doing, all right?

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So, when you are not being Canada's favourite crooner, who are you?

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My name is Pete. And I'm a Paddy McGuinness tribute.

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You look it. Yeah.

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-You've got more hair.

-Yeah, just about.

-OK, where are you from, Pete?

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-I'm from Wales. I live in Spain right now. So...

-OK, all right.

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Is that where you kind of perform, you do all round Europe?

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Yeah. I sing all around the world. I'm really, really fortunate.

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But my base is Marbella. I sing there a lot, too.

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In fact, they don't even know me as Pete over there,

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-they just call me Buble.

-Really? Yeah.

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Did you always start off as Buble or were you someone else first?

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Yeah, I did, yeah. My brother-in-law is a Robbie Williams tribute.

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So he's been doing it for a long time,

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-like for 35 years or something.

-I don't think Robbie's 35, is he?

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-Just checking.

-And he suggested that I try it out

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and I gave it one go and here we are.

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Well, it's absolutely fantastic.

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-Give him a round of applause. Michael Buble, everybody!

-Cheers.

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Thanks, Pete.

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Let's have a little chat around here.

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It's Adele, everybody!

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CHEERING

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-How was that? How was that?

-That was absolutely beautiful.

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You can tell he puts so much work into his singing.

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-You sounded even better than the real thing.

-Ooh!

-Marry me!

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Ooh! Ohh!

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Wrong show. Wrong show, Adele.

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CHEERING

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Tributes are everywhere.

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Like shiny baubles on the Christmas tree,

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you can never have too many.

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So we've packed loads of them into a big room

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and sat back and enjoyed the fun.

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We've got five of the best competing to be our Christmas champion.

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But there are thousands of tribute acts out there

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from real professionals to amateur fans,

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who just love to celebrate their favourite singers.

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Come on, what would you like for Christmas as a Beatle?

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-Peace on earth.

-Merry Christmas, my friend. Merry Christmas.

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-Alice and Frank.

-Yeah, that's the one.

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-What do you do in the day, Stevie?

-Sit on the settee, watch the news.

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People have thought that I was Britney's mum,

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because I'm obviously a lot older than Britney.

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Merry Christmas to you, Ned Sheeran.

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-I mean, Ed Sheeran, not Ned Sheeran.

-LAUGHTER

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The biggest request for me at Christmas is always

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Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin' Stevens.

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# Snow is falling all around me

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# Children playing... #

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How's it going? It's Justin Bieber.

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We're here at Even Better Than The Real Thing. Let's go.

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# It's the season, love and under... #

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I get pictures, I get reactions, get paparazzi'd - everything that

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Bieber gets, I get, other than his bank account, unfortunately.

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# Time for parties... #

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-I'm Amazing Faith.

-My act is called Ja'mirror'quai.

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-We are The Killerz tribute act.

-With a Z.

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It's so hard, because I can't see. I'm sorry.

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I believe everyone is having a good time, as much as I can tell. Ha-ha!

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# Merry Christmas, merry Christmas

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# But I think I'll miss this one this year... #

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-Ed and the real Beyonce are like best bezzies, innit they?

-Yeah.

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-You know...

-You're getting there...

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We should definitely like...

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Has there ever been any chemistry

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between the two of you, relationship-wise?

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-She's always fancied me, to be fair.

-LAUGHTER

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Yeah! No, we're very much like brother and sister.

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# Oh!

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# My love... #

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It's been a surreal experience to see this many tributes.

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You don't normally get a chance to see this many.

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# Everybody Thank God it's Christmas... #

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Yeah!

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Cheers.

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-Are you all right there, darling?

-Thank you.

-Absolutely amazing.

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Beautiful, love it.

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Merry, merry Christmas everybody.

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CHEERING

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What a night.

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You've not lived till you've seen Mick Jagger arm wrestling

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Celine Dion over a prawn ring.

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Right, time for our next Christmas crooner.

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I've been performing as Michael Jackson for five years now.

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I get to perform as him in London's West End

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to thousands of people a week.

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I got to tour in Germany as Michael.

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It was the greatest experience of my life.

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When I grow up, I want to be big Michael Jackson.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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# Twiddly-diddly-dee Twiddly-diddly-dee

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# Tweet, tweet

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# Tweet, tweet

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# He rocks in the treetops all day long

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# Hoppin' and a-boppin' and singing his song

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# All the little birdies on Jaybird Street

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# Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet

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# Rockin' robin, rock rock Tweet, twiddly-dee

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# Rockin' robin' Tweet, tweet, twiddly-dee

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# Blow rockin' robin Cos we're really gonna rock tonight

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# Every little swallow, every chick-a-dee

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# Every little bird in the tall oak tree

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# The wise old owl, the big black crow

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# Flappin' their wings singing, go bird go

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# Rockin' robin, rock rock Tweet, twiddly-dee

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# Rockin' robin Tweet, twiddly-dee

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# Blow rockin' robin Cos we're really gonna rock tonight

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# Pretty little raven at the bird-band stand

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# Told them how to do the bop and it was grand

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# They started going steady and bless my soul

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# He out-bopped the buzzard and the oriole

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# He rocks in the treetops all day long

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# Hoppin' and a-boppin' and singing his song

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# All the little birdies on Jaybird Street

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# Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet

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# Rockin' robin, rock rock

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# Rockin' robin'

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# Blow rockin' robin Cos we're really gonna rock tonight

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# Pretty little raven at the bird-band stand

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# Told them how to do the bop and it was grand

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# They started going steady and bless my soul

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# He out-bopped the buzzard and the oriole

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# He rocks in the tree tops all day long

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# Hoppin' and a-boppin' and singing his song

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# All the little birdies on Jaybird Street

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# Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet

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# Rockin' robin, rock rock

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# Rockin' robin'

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# Blow rockin' robin cos we're really gonna rock tonight

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# Twiddly-tiddly-dee

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# Twiddly-tiddly-dee

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# Tweet tweet

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# Tweet tweet! #

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CHEERING

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Yeah, come on!

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Michael Jackson!

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Yes!

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Oh!

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Whoo!

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Merry Christmas everybody!

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CHEERING

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Wow! That blew everybody away, that was unbelievable.

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-What's your real name?

-Eshan.

-Eshan. How old are you?

-14.

-14?!

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Wowzers! And are the family in tonight?

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Yeah, my mum and dad, they're over there.

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Hello!

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Hello!

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Yeah, my mum still cries sometimes when I perform.

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Your mum still cries when you perform?

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Oh! To be fair, my mum will cry when I perform on telly.

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LAUGHTER Not in that way.

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I believe you've met one of the Jacksons, as well?

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-Yeah, Jermaine Jackson.

-Tell me about that.

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Well, I was doing a Germany tour and I was performing ...

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I love that, "I was doing a Germany tour."

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LAUGHTER As you do when you're 14.

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And I met him. And we were talking.

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I got his autograph and he said, "I'm so thankful that you're keeping

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-"Michael Jackson's legacy alive."

-Wow.

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That is some tribute there. That is some tribute.

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Well, I tell you what, you were absolutely fantastic tonight.

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Give it up for Michael Jackson!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Wow!

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Wow! Oh!

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Whitney, now, on the last show, you obviously did a duet with

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the grown-up Michael Jackson. What do you make of the young one?

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Oh, my goodness, isn't he incredible? You are incredible!

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CHEERING

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George Michael, how will these guys be feeling tonight?

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I mean... It's just really terrifying, you know.

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Even after 24 years of doing this, you walk out to the stage

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and you're singing to almost like the Live Aid of the tribute

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bands, you know, and your nerves just go to another place.

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George on the last show did a duet with Dolly Parton. It was epic.

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It was fantastic. OK. Liam Gallagher.

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I would love to go round your house on Christmas morning.

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A couple of shots of eggnog. Opening his presents behind his back.

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# Sunshine... #

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All right. Three down, two more to go.

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And then our audience get to vote. Who's next?

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I perform as the legendary Bruce Springsteen.

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I've been working as Bruce for four years now,

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but I've been a massive fan most of my life.

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I have my own band and we put on a full show

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just like the Boss himself.

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I still have the day job to pay the bills,

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but if I win tonight, maybe that can change.

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I love the energy Bruce Springsteen has when he performs and I can't

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wait to try and bring some of that onto the stage with me tonight.

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# You better watch out You better not cry

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# You better not pout I'm telling you why

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# He's making a list He's checkin' it twice

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# He's gonna find out who's naughty or nice

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# He sees you when you're sleeping

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# He knows if you're awake

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# He knows if you've been bad or good

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# So you better be good, for goodness' sake

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# You better be good, for goodness' sake

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# You better not shout You better not cry

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# You better not pout I'm telling you why

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# Santa Claus is coming to town

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# Santa Claus is coming to town. #

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CHEERING

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Bruce Springsteen, everybody!

0:23:050:23:07

Woo!

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-That guitar is not going to go off again, is it?

-I hope not.

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All right, OK.

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So, listen, when you're not being The Boss, who are you?

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-My family call me Jerry.

-Jerry.

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And when did you decide to sort of let loose your inner Bruce?

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When did you start performing?

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I've been doing the Springsteen thing for about four years.

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Yeah, I wanted to do a Springsteen tribute for quite a while

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and I finally got my act together, so to speak.

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So you're a big fan of Bruce Springsteen?

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Yeah, I've been a big fan for most of my life. Yeah.

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Some friends and things turned me on to Bruce Springsteen

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when I was quite young.

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-And do you follow him when he tours?

-Yeah, I did.

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I've become a bit of a super fan.

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I saw him four times last year, different parts in the world.

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Do you have a bit of a fanbase yourself, people, you know,

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watch you touring round?

0:23:530:23:54

-Probably my little boy is probably my biggest fan.

-Your little boy?

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Yeah, I kind of lied to him, I told him I'm actually Bruce Springsteen.

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-How old is she?

-He's six.

-What's he called?

-Jack.

-Jack.

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So six-year-old Jack thinks you are Bruce Springsteen?

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-He thinks I'm Bruce Springsteen, yeah.

-That'll be hilarious,

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especially if you ever meet the real Bruce Springsteen

0:24:090:24:12

and he's calling him Daddy.

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You'll be like, "Whoa, what's going on here?"

0:24:130:24:15

OK, give him a round of applause. Bruce Springsteen, everyone.

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CHEERING

0:24:170:24:20

All right.

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I said it on the last show, and I'm going to say it again,

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I'm going to say it every single time I see you, Tina.

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How am I doing?

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Let me see now...

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# You're simply the best. #

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Yes! Yes. CHEERING

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We're nearly ready for our next act, but I've just heard that

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Dolly Parton has broken a heel, everyone.

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-AUDIENCE:

-Aww.

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Don't worry, I've got it covered.

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Prince, send us down your shoes, son.

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I've been performing now as John Lennon for about 18 years.

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Being John has taken me

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all the way to Broadway in New York as part of a Beatles tribute.

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I play to crowds over 20,000 performing as the Beatles legend.

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I now play the stage where it all started for John,

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the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.

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I'm honoured to keep Lennon's legacy alive

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and hopefully tonight I'll do him and our city proud.

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CHEERING

0:25:230:25:26

# So this is Christmas

0:25:280:25:30

# And what have you done?

0:25:320:25:35

# Another year over

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# And a new one just begun

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# And so this is Christmas

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# I hope you have fun

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# The near and the dear ones

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# The old and the young

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# A very merry Christmas

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# And a happy New Year

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# Let's hope it's a good one

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# Without any fear

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-# And so this is Christmas

-War is over

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-# For weak and for strong

-If you want it

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-# For rich and the poor ones

-War is over

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# The road is so long

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-# And so happy Christmas

-War is over

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-# For black and for white

-If you want it

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-# For yellow and red ones

-War is over

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# Let's stop all the fights

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# A very merry Christmas

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# And a happy New Year

0:27:100:27:13

# Let's hope it's a good one

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# Without any fear. #

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CHEERING

0:27:240:27:27

John Lennon, everybody! CHEERING

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Wow, absolutely top, top drawer, that. Top drawer.

0:27:400:27:45

Listen, when you're not John Lennon, who are you?

0:27:450:27:48

Well, my name's Jimmy Coburn.

0:27:480:27:49

Jimmy, honestly, it gave me goose bumps, that performance.

0:27:490:27:53

It was an absolutely... And you play your own instruments, singing live.

0:27:530:27:56

I mean, come on, give it up. It's fantastic.

0:27:560:27:57

CHEERING

0:27:570:28:00

And, Jimmy, I know you've got, like, kind of THE celebrity fan.

0:28:020:28:07

Well, yes, I met Mr Liam Gallagher about four years ago,

0:28:070:28:11

five years ago at the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool.

0:28:110:28:13

I went to watch his band, Beady Eye,

0:28:130:28:16

and the next thing you know Liam pops in,

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having breakfast in the morning with him

0:28:180:28:20

-and three years later jamming with him in Hamburg backstage.

-No?!

-Yeah.

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-And you know Paul McCartney as well, you've met him.

-Oh, God.

0:28:240:28:28

Yeah, we met Paul...

0:28:280:28:29

You've got the best black book ever, haven't you? This is fantastic.

0:28:290:28:33

Met Paul in 2002 for a concert at the Empire Theatre.

0:28:330:28:37

I'll tell you a funny story, my brother actually was backstage

0:28:370:28:39

and the next thing you know, they're like, "Five, four, three, two, one.

0:28:390:28:43

"Who's making noise at the back? Calm down."

0:28:430:28:44

Next thing you know it's my brother, who plays Paul,

0:28:440:28:47

and Paul McCartney has got him in a headlock on the floor having a toy fight.

0:28:470:28:50

You're joking... "Let it be, Paul. Let it be."

0:28:500:28:52

Hey, hey! Come on. Come on, Tina!

0:28:520:28:56

Tina! Yes, go on. Tina!

0:28:560:28:58

Give it up, John Lennon, everybody.

0:29:000:29:02

CHEERING

0:29:020:29:04

-Katy Perry...so how good was that?

-It was amazing.

0:29:060:29:10

I'm a massive Beatles fan and, like,

0:29:100:29:12

from the tone of his voice to his mannerisms, he just got it spot on.

0:29:120:29:15

And, do you know, I would've loved to have seen the real John Lennon

0:29:150:29:18

-and I kind of feel like I have now.

-Yeah, he was amazing.

0:29:180:29:20

Everyone loved it. Our tributes, everyone.

0:29:200:29:23

CHEERING

0:29:230:29:26

Right, we've seen and heard what all five of tonight's tributes can do.

0:29:310:29:34

But this is where it gets serious.

0:29:340:29:36

Three acts will sing a unique duet with one of our other fabulous

0:29:360:29:39

tributes, but who gets to sing again is up to you, our studio audience.

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Before you decide,

0:29:440:29:45

let's have a quick reminder of all of tonight's performances.

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# Santa, baby

0:29:490:29:51

# Just slip a sable under the tree for me

0:29:510:29:56

# I've been an awful good girl... #

0:29:560:30:00

# Santa, baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight... #

0:30:000:30:05

# It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

0:30:100:30:15

# Everywhere you go...

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# Take a look in the five and ten

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# It's glistening once again

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# With candy canes and silver lanes that glow... #

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# Every little swallow, every chick-a-dee

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# Every little bird in the tall oak tree

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# The wise old owl...

0:30:380:30:39

# ..the big black crow

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# Flappin' their wings singing go bird go

0:30:410:30:43

# Rockin' robin, rock rock

0:30:430:30:46

# Rockin' robin... #

0:30:460:30:47

# He knows if you've been bad or good

0:30:490:30:53

# So you better be good, for goodness' sake

0:30:530:30:57

# You better be good, for goodness' sake...

0:30:570:31:00

# You better watch out, you better not cry

0:31:000:31:04

# You better not pout, I'm telling you why

0:31:040:31:07

# Santa Claus is coming to town... #

0:31:070:31:10

# And so this is Christmas

0:31:120:31:15

# For weak and for strong...

0:31:160:31:19

# The rich and the poor ones

0:31:210:31:24

# The road is so long... #

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It's time to decide who's even better than the real thing.

0:31:340:31:37

Vote now.

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We'll get those votes counted but, while that's happening,

0:31:480:31:51

singing one of the greatest Christmas songs of all time,

0:31:510:31:54

please welcome the world's finest ever supergroup,

0:31:540:31:57

it's our tribute all-stars!

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# Make my wish come true

0:32:040:32:09

# All I want for Christmas

0:32:100:32:16

# Is

0:32:170:32:20

# You

0:32:200:32:26

# I don't want a lot for Christmas

0:32:300:32:33

# There is just one thing I need

0:32:330:32:36

# I don't care about the presents

0:32:360:32:39

# Underneath the Christmas tree

0:32:390:32:42

# I don't need to hang my stocking

0:32:420:32:45

# There upon the fireplace

0:32:450:32:49

# Santa Claus won't make me happy

0:32:490:32:52

# With a toy on Christmas day

0:32:520:32:55

# I just want you for my own

0:32:550:32:58

# More than you could ever know

0:32:580:33:01

# Make my wish come true

0:33:010:33:05

# All I want for Christmas is you

0:33:050:33:10

# You, baby

0:33:110:33:14

# Oh!

0:33:140:33:15

# All the lights are shining

0:33:150:33:17

# So brightly everywhere

0:33:170:33:21

# And the sound of children's

0:33:210:33:24

# Laughter fills the air

0:33:240:33:27

# And everyone is singing

0:33:270:33:30

# I hear those sleigh bells ringing

0:33:300:33:33

# Santa, won't you bring me

0:33:330:33:35

# The one I really need?

0:33:350:33:37

# Won't you please bring my baby to me?

0:33:370:33:40

# I don't want a lot for Christmas

0:33:400:33:43

# This is all I'm asking for

0:33:430:33:46

# I just wanna see my baby

0:33:460:33:49

# Standing right outside my door

0:33:490:33:53

# I just want you for my own

0:33:530:33:56

# More than you could ever know

0:33:560:33:59

# Make my wish come true

0:33:590:34:02

# All I want for Christmas

0:34:020:34:07

# Is

0:34:070:34:09

# You

0:34:090:34:12

# You, baby... #

0:34:120:34:15

This is our festive time, again.

0:34:150:34:18

Don't forget your family, and don't forget your friends.

0:34:180:34:22

It's time for us to sing...

0:34:220:34:25

# Is you, baby

0:34:250:34:28

# All I want for Christmas

0:34:280:34:32

# Is you. #

0:34:320:34:34

CHEERING

0:34:340:34:36

One of my favourites.

0:34:430:34:45

Right, let's get down to business and find out which three tributes

0:34:450:34:49

will get the chance to sing a unique duet.

0:34:490:34:51

Please welcome back Michael Buble, Michael Jackson,

0:34:510:34:54

Bruce Springsteen, Kylie Minogue and John Lennon!

0:34:540:34:58

They've all worked really hard on their superstar duets and here they

0:35:060:35:09

are ready to perform, but only three of them will be taking to our stage.

0:35:090:35:13

It's time to reveal who they are.

0:35:130:35:15

Our studio audience have voted and, in no particular order,

0:35:180:35:22

the first act who will sing again is...

0:35:220:35:24

..John Lennon!

0:35:330:35:35

The next act to take our stage again is...

0:35:440:35:47

..Michael Jackson!

0:35:560:35:58

Well done, Michael. Go and get yourself ready.

0:36:080:36:11

OK, best of luck to you three.

0:36:110:36:13

The third and final act to get the chance to

0:36:130:36:17

perform their superstar duet is...

0:36:170:36:20

..Kylie Minogue!

0:36:290:36:31

Congratulations, go and get yourself ready for your performance.

0:36:380:36:41

Commiserations, gentlemen. Commiserations,

0:36:410:36:44

you were fantastic tonight, you've definitely earned a seat

0:36:440:36:47

in our VIP area. Come on, let's go put our feet up over here.

0:36:470:36:49

Off we go. Give it up, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Buble!

0:36:490:36:53

Right, it's time for John Lennon, Michael Jackson

0:36:560:37:00

and Kylie Minogue to show us what they're really made of.

0:37:000:37:03

Our three finalists must prove they've got what it takes

0:37:040:37:08

to share the stage and a song with one of our tribute all-stars.

0:37:080:37:11

They've been working hard in rehearsals, but now it's time to

0:37:130:37:16

take to the floor with their singing partner to help them win the title.

0:37:160:37:20

Please welcome back Kylie Minogue.

0:37:220:37:25

# Ooh

0:37:310:37:34

# I'm spinning around

0:37:350:37:38

# Move outta my way

0:37:380:37:40

# I know you're feeling me cos you like it like this

0:37:400:37:44

# I'm breaking it down

0:37:440:37:46

# I'm not the same

0:37:460:37:48

# I know you're feeling me cos you like it like this

0:37:480:37:51

# Traded in some sorrow For some joy that I borrowed

0:37:510:37:55

# From back in the day

0:37:550:37:58

# Threw away my old clothes Got myself a better wardrobe

0:37:590:38:03

# I got something to say

0:38:030:38:06

# Oh, I'm through with the past

0:38:060:38:09

# Ain't no point in looking back

0:38:090:38:11

# The future will be

0:38:110:38:14

# And did I forget to mention that I found a new direction?

0:38:150:38:19

# And it leads back to me, come on

0:38:190:38:23

# I'm spinning around

0:38:230:38:26

# Move outta my way

0:38:260:38:28

# I know you're feeling me cos you like it like this

0:38:280:38:31

# I'm breaking it down

0:38:310:38:34

# I'm not the same

0:38:340:38:36

# I know you're feeling me cos you like it like this... #

0:38:360:38:40

Ladies and gentlemen, Ms Britney Spears!

0:38:400:38:43

# All right, yeah, yeah

0:38:430:38:47

# I'm spinning around

0:38:470:38:50

# Move outta my way

0:38:500:38:52

# I know you're feeling me

0:38:520:38:54

# Cos you like it like this

0:38:540:38:56

# I'm breaking it down

0:38:560:38:58

# I'm not the same

0:38:580:39:00

-BOTH:

-# I know you're feeling me cos you like it like this

0:39:000:39:04

# Oh, baby, baby, baby

0:39:040:39:08

# Yeah, yeah

0:39:080:39:09

# O-o-o-h

0:39:090:39:12

# Oh, baby, baby, baby

0:39:120:39:15

# All right... #

0:39:150:39:17

Britney, whack it for me.

0:39:170:39:19

# Ooh, ooh, baby, baby, baby

0:39:190:39:23

# Oh, yeah, yeah Oh, baby, baby

0:39:230:39:27

-BOTH:

-# I'm spinning around

0:39:270:39:30

# Move outta my way

0:39:300:39:32

# I know you're feeling me cos you like it like this

0:39:320:39:36

# I'm breaking it down

0:39:360:39:38

# I'm not the same

0:39:380:39:40

# I know you're feeling me cos you like it like this

0:39:400:39:45

# Feeling me cos you like it like this

0:39:450:39:49

# O-o-h

0:39:490:39:50

# Cos you like it like this. #

0:39:500:39:53

CHEERING

0:39:530:39:57

Wow, in you come, sit yourself down, Kylie Minogue

0:40:020:40:05

and Britney Spears, everybody!

0:40:050:40:07

Whoo! Oh!

0:40:090:40:12

-Proper girl power there.

-Yeah.

0:40:120:40:15

Two princesses of pop performing together. Amazing!

0:40:150:40:19

-How did you feel, Britney?

-Amazing.

0:40:190:40:21

It's like performing with the real Kylie, she's just incredible.

0:40:210:40:24

And how was you... When you're up there,

0:40:240:40:27

you've never duetted before, how did you find it?

0:40:270:40:29

Liz is amazing to work with and it was two power pop princesses

0:40:290:40:33

so it was perfect. Match made in heaven.

0:40:330:40:35

Great, great start our duets round. Still two more acts to go, though.

0:40:350:40:38

Give them a round of applause!

0:40:380:40:40

Earlier tonight, John Lennon wowed us War Is Over

0:40:420:40:46

but who's getting ready to share the limelight with him?

0:40:460:40:49

Welcome back, John.

0:40:490:40:51

# Imagine there's no heaven

0:41:100:41:13

# It's easy if you try

0:41:170:41:20

# No hell below us

0:41:230:41:27

# Above us only sky

0:41:310:41:33

# Imagine all the people

0:41:370:41:40

# Living for today

0:41:430:41:47

# Aha-ah

0:41:470:41:50

# You may say I'm a dreamer

0:41:500:41:53

# But I'm not the only one

0:41:570:42:00

# I hope some day you'll join us

0:42:030:42:07

# And the world will be as one... #

0:42:100:42:14

Ariana Grande, folks.

0:42:140:42:15

# Imagine no possessions

0:42:170:42:22

# I wonder if you can

0:42:230:42:28

# Oh

0:42:280:42:30

# No need for greed or hunger

0:42:300:42:34

# A brotherhood of man

0:42:360:42:43

-BOTH:

-# Imagine all the people

0:42:430:42:47

# The people

0:42:470:42:49

# Sharing all the world

0:42:490:42:54

# You

0:42:540:42:56

# Oh

0:42:560:42:57

# You may say I'm a dreamer

0:42:570:43:01

# A dreamer

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# But I'm not the only one

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# Not the only one

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# I hope some day you'll join us

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# Ooh

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-BOTH:

-# And the world will live as one. #

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CHEERING

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Get yourself sat there. Whoa!

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Oh!

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Phwoar, got a little bit emotional at the end there.

0:43:560:44:00

-That was a bit good, that.

-Yeah, a little emotional.

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Now, Ariana Grande, modern pop sensation.

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What's it like performing with the all-time greats here?

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They would never perform together.

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-I feel so blessed.

-She's amazing.

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Just singing with this girl, her voice is just on the money.

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It's just lovely to sing together and I'd love to sing with her again.

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-I'm going to be gutted, like, to end this show, you know?

-Yeah.

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And you've come all the way from Brazil.

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-And I know you're training to be a pilot as well.

-Yeah.

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So, you two, you can fly the jet. It's fantastic.

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Give it up for Ariana and John Lennon!

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Wow, that was a bit good.

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One more song before our studio audience get to vote again.

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Earlier, Michael Jackson performed Rockin' Robin for us.

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Well, who will he be pairing up with for our final performance?

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Welcome back, Michael Jackson!

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# When I had you to myself, I didn't want you around

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# Those pretty faces always made you stand out in a crowd

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# But someone picked you from the bunch, one glance was all it took

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# Now it's much too late for me to take a second look

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# Oh, baby, give me one more chance

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# To show you that I love you

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# Won't you please let me

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# Back in your heart?

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# Oh, darlin', I was blind to let you go

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# Let you go, baby

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# But now since I see you in his arms

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# I want you back

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# Yes, I do now

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# I want you back

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# Ooh, ooh, baby

0:45:490:45:51

# I want you back

0:45:510:45:52

# Yeah, yeah, yeah

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# I want you back

0:45:530:45:54

# No, no, no, no... #

0:45:540:45:56

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage Ed Sheeran!

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# Trying to live without your love is one long sleepless night

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# Let me show you, girl, that I know wrong from right

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# Every street you walk on, I leave tearstains on the ground

0:46:150:46:19

# Following the girl I didn't even want around

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# Let me tell ya now, oh, baby, all I need is one more chance

0:46:240:46:29

# To show you that I love you

0:46:290:46:30

# Won't you please let me

0:46:300:46:33

# Back in your heart?

0:46:330:46:35

# Oh, darlin', I was blind to let you go

0:46:350:46:39

# Let you go, baby

0:46:390:46:40

# But now since I see you in his arms

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# Oh, oh

0:46:440:46:45

# Bup-bup-bup-bup

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# All I want...

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# Bup-bup-bup-bup

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# All I need

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# Bup-bup-bup-bup

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# All I want

0:46:520:46:53

# Bup-bup-bup-bup

0:46:530:46:54

# All I need

0:46:540:46:55

# Oh, darlin', give me one more chance

0:46:550:46:58

# To show you that I love you

0:46:580:47:00

# Won't you please let me

0:47:000:47:03

# Back in your heart?

0:47:030:47:05

# Oh, darlin', I was blind to let you go

0:47:050:47:08

# Let you go, baby

0:47:080:47:10

# But now since I see you in his arms

0:47:100:47:13

# I want you back

0:47:130:47:15

# Yes, I do now

0:47:150:47:16

# I want you back

0:47:160:47:17

# Ooh, ooh, baby

0:47:170:47:18

# I want you back

0:47:180:47:19

# Yeah, yeah, yeah

0:47:190:47:20

# I want you back! #

0:47:200:47:22

CHEERING

0:47:220:47:25

Whoo!

0:47:400:47:41

Yeah!

0:47:430:47:45

A standing ovation from Whitney Houston, that's high praise indeed.

0:47:450:47:48

Now, Eshan, I know you've performed as MJ in the West End,

0:47:480:47:51

-now you're working with Ed Sheeran, how are you feeling?

-It's great.

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It's amazing. Seriously good.

0:47:540:47:56

And working with little Michael Jackson as well!

0:47:560:47:59

He's just incredible. Absolutely breathtaking.

0:47:590:48:01

It was one of them duets you just never see but it just works

0:48:010:48:05

so well. It was brilliant.

0:48:050:48:07

How do you go on yourself in everyday life? Because you must get

0:48:070:48:09

stopped all the time, people ask you for selfies,

0:48:090:48:12

-and stuff like that.

-It's more you see people doing second takes.

0:48:120:48:15

They sort of go, "Is it?" Then they go, "Oh..."

0:48:150:48:18

People try and pull the hair off a lot.

0:48:180:48:21

Don't moan about people pulling your hair.

0:48:210:48:23

I'd give my right arm for that, let me tell you.

0:48:230:48:25

Give it up for Ed Sheeran and Michael Jackson!

0:48:250:48:27

OK, we've seen our three tribute finalists deliver duets.

0:48:320:48:35

Now our studio audience get to vote one last time.

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Their decision is based on both the solo performance and the duet.

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Is it Kylie, John Lennon or Michael Jackson?

0:48:440:48:47

# Santa, baby

0:48:470:48:49

# I want a yacht and, really, that's not

0:48:490:48:53

# A lot

0:48:530:48:55

# Been an angel all year

0:48:550:48:58

# Santa, baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight... #

0:48:580:49:04

# Oh, baby, baby

0:49:040:49:06

# I'm spinning around

0:49:060:49:09

# Move out of my way

0:49:090:49:11

# I know you're feeling me cos you like it like this

0:49:110:49:15

# I'm breaking it down

0:49:150:49:17

# I'm not the same

0:49:170:49:19

# I know you're feeling me Cos you like it like this... #

0:49:190:49:23

# And so this is Christmas

0:49:240:49:27

# I hope you have fun

0:49:290:49:32

# The near and the dear ones

0:49:340:49:37

# The old and the young... #

0:49:390:49:42

-BOTH:

-# Imagine all the people

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# The people

0:49:460:49:48

# Sharing all the world

0:49:480:49:53

# You, oh

0:49:530:49:56

# You may say I'm a dreamer

0:49:560:49:59

# A dreamer

0:49:590:50:03

# But I'm not the only one... #

0:50:030:50:06

# He rocks in the treetops all day long

0:50:060:50:09

# Hoppin' and a-boppin' and singing his song

0:50:090:50:12

# All the little birdies on Jaybird Street

0:50:120:50:15

# Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet

0:50:150:50:17

# Rockin' robin, rock rock

0:50:170:50:20

# Rockin' robin

0:50:200:50:21

# Blow rockin' robin

0:50:230:50:24

# Cos we're really gonna rock tonight... #

0:50:240:50:27

# Oh, darlin', give me one more chance

0:50:270:50:31

# To show you that I love you

0:50:310:50:33

# Won't you please let me

0:50:330:50:36

# Back in your heart?

0:50:360:50:37

# Oh, darlin', I was blind to let you go

0:50:370:50:41

# Let you go, baby

0:50:410:50:42

# But now since I see you in his arms

0:50:420:50:46

# I want you back

0:50:460:50:47

# Yes, I do now

0:50:470:50:49

# I want you back

0:50:490:50:50

# Ooh, ooh, baby... #

0:50:500:50:51

So, who is Even Better Than The Real Thing? Vote now.

0:50:570:51:01

Please welcome back to the stage

0:51:090:51:11

Kylie Minogue, John Lennon and Michael Jackson.

0:51:110:51:13

After an evening of top-class tributes,

0:51:240:51:26

our studio audience have voted and tonight's festive winner

0:51:260:51:30

of Even Better Than The Real Thing is...

0:51:300:51:33

..Michael Jackson!

0:51:440:51:46

CHEERING

0:51:460:51:50

Well done, Eshan! Come here!

0:51:540:51:56

-How are you feeling, pal?

-I'm feeling amazing!

0:51:580:52:00

-It's thrilling.

-Well-deserved.

0:52:000:52:02

Our Even Better Than The Real Thing champion is Michael Jackson!

0:52:020:52:07

What a show! That's it for tonight.

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Thanks to all of our tributes, to Steve and the band,

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to you for watching. We'll see you again soon.

0:52:140:52:17

Merry Christmas!

0:52:170:52:19

INSTRUMENTAL VERSION: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

0:52:190:52:22

Five of the world's greatest professional tribute acts go head to head in this Christmas special hosted by Paddy McGuinness. The acts pay tribute to music legends Michael Buble, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Kylie Minogue and Bruce Springsteen.

Each performer sings an iconic Christmas hit made famous by their musical idol, before the studio audience choose their favourite three to perform again. They then pull out all the stops with a very special collaboration as they are joined on stage by another tribute artist paying homage to an iconic music legend.

After the duets round, the studio audience vote again for their favourite act of the night, and that performer is crowned the winner.


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