Autor: Richard Constantinidi
Etichete: Nicki French, Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Nicki is probably best-known for her dance track ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’, topping charts around the world in 1995. In 2000 she was the UK’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden with ‘Don’t Play that Song Again’. Nicki didn’t win the Contest itself, but her chance to be a Eurovision winner came a few years later, when she won the celebrity edition of BBC’s ‘The Weakest Link – Eurovision Special’, raising an amazing £13,000 for Cancer Research.
In 2003 she was the only British artist to feature in an ABC Television special in LA; ‘The Disco Ball – a 30-Year Celebration’, filmed at the Shrine Auditorium, with Gloria Gaynor, Whoopi Goldberg, KC & the Sunshine Band, Chic, Irene Cara, Usher… and in 2005 she travelled to Sydney, where she headlined the Australian Mardi Gras celebrations, a huge honour. She still works regularly either solo or with her live band around the world, particularly in her ‘second home’ of Brazil, where she returns at least once a year. Recently she has been back in the studio with Mike Stock, recording new tracks. The first, entitled ‘This Love’, has had a great reaction from club DJs and fans, and has been dubbed this year’s ‘Summer Anthem’. It is scheduled for a full release towards the end of August.
In the past few years, Nicki has been in demand for her acting, as well as her singing skills, and has managed to combine the two with some wonderful theatre roles, playing eight different parts in the UK tour of ‘Annie’; three of the four characters in ‘Menopause the Musical’ (UK & Ireland tours); Ethel Merman in ‘Gee, But It’s Good to be Here – An Audience With Ethel Merman’ (Trent House, Newcastle); Helga ten Dorp in ‘Deathtrap’ (Brookside Theatre, Romford); Sarah in ‘Dirty Dating.com’ (UK tour).
Nicki is also now in demand at panto season, and has played Fairy Godmother, Good Queen, Dandini AND, more recently, turned her hand to playing the ‘baddie’ roles, which she loves: she co-starred with Bernie Clifton at the Palace Theatre, Newark in 2013 as Snow White’s Wicked Stepmother, and for Christmas 2014 she won great reviews for her portrayal of Witch Guillotine at the Oakengates Theatre, Telford, in their production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, co-starring with Matt Evers (‘Dancing On Ice’). This year, she will be playing the Wicked Queen again, this time at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield, co-starring with Jonathan Ansell from G4.
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