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Tonight's the Night, Series 2 Episode 1 of 8

Duration: 50 minutes

John Barrowman hosts a night of surprises and magical moments as he makes dreams come true for some special people. A young lad from Walsall dreams of dancing with world-famous dance crew Diversity, and together they deliver an amazing studio performance; a mum of three, who has done plenty for charity, duets with her idol, superstar Dionne Warwick; and John arranges for Lee Mead from hit musical Wicked to help twins from Wales achieve their dream of performing a song in memory of their friend. With show-stopping performances from John, Tonight's the Night is what dreams are made of.

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Music Played

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  • Image for John Barrowman

    John Barrowman I Gotta Feeling

    Originally by The Black Eyed Peas

  • Image for Dionne Warwick & Louise Jefferies

    Dionne Warwick & Louise Jefferies What the World Needs Now

  • Image for John Barrowman

    John Barrowman Unforgettable

    Originally by Nat King Cole

  • Image for Dionne Warwick

    Dionne Warwick Anyone Who Had a Heart

  • Image for Mari and Lowri Izzard

    Mari and Lowri Izzard For Good

    Originally from Wicked - The Musical

  • Image for John Barrowman

    John Barrowman Let's Get Loud

    Originally by Jennifer Lopez

  • Dionne Warwick with fundraising mum Louise Jefferies

    Dionne Warwick with fundraising mum Louise Jefferies

    Louise’s husband Paul nominated his wife to make her dream come true to sing with Soul legend Dionne Warwick.

    Louise and Paul suffered a tragedy six years ago when they lost their daughter, Mary, who was stillborn due to a heart condition. Louise was then diagnosed with a heart defect herself after suffering a stroke. Upon recovering, Louise was determined to do something positive after such a tough period in her life. Raising money for the British Heart Foundation was her goal. She assembled a team to accomplish the 'Three Peaks Challenge', and raise money for a charity that was very relevant to her own personal circumstances.

    After a soulful duet with Louise Jefferies, Dionne Warwick said,

    "It’s a wonderful feeling when you’re singing with someone, but to get another feeling about the song, from someone aside from yourself… You’re magic baby, you are… You’re magic…"

    Watch Louise sing with Dionne
  • Self Taught Dancer Mitchell McDonald with Diversity

    Self Taught Dancer Mitchell McDonald with Diversity

    Mitchell was nominated by sister Jamielee to train and dance with his heroes, dance group Diversity.

    After losing his dad two years ago, Mitchell secretly taught himself to dance as a way of coping with his grief. Only after finding clips he had posted of himself dancing on You Tube, did his family discover his hidden talent. Dancing has really helped him regain his confidence, and having Mitchell dance with Diversity on Tonight’s the Night was his sister’s way of telling him how much he is loved. It’s also the best confidence boost he could have – just how many 14 year old boys get to appear on Saturday night television with Britain’s hottest dance act, and look like they’ve been doing it for years?

    So impressed were Diversity by Mitchell’s dancing, that they have named their latest dance move after him: "The Mitchell".

    Watch a clip of Mitchell's story
  • Unforgettable Grandmother Ann Jones

    Unforgettable Grandmother Ann Jones

    Ann Jones was nominated by her daughter Jackie as a thank you for all that she does – a genuinely lovely person who always puts others first.

    Ann spends much of her time looking after her grandchildren, and she is a fundraiser for church organisations that help the poor and needy in her local community. Part of her fundraising activities involve regularly putting on shows and pantomimes with the “Union of Catholic Mothers”. Not a singer herself, Ann certainly has an appreciation of music, and her Tonight’s the Night thank you saw John singing Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable, backed by her friends and family – a fabulous surprise, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

    Watch John surprise Ann
  • Fundraising Twins Mari and Lowri Izzard

    Fundraising Twins Mari and Lowri Izzard

    Singing Twins Mari and Lowri Izzard were nominated by their mum Christine for being so supportive towards their best friend Chloe Bigmore who was lost to cancer two years ago.

    Keeping her memory alive has been the driving force behind the support they have given to the Chloe Bigmore Trust. Set up by Chloe’s parents, the charity aims to raise enough money to build a holiday home to support the families of sick children. The twins have performed at several events to raise funds for the charity, and they recently released a charity CD which included their rendition of Chloe’s favourite musical theatre tracks. Their favourite track, which they performed on the show, "For Good" from the musical Wicked, has a special poignancy as describes how the characters have been changed by their friendship with one another.

    After their show-stopping performance on Tonight’s the Night, Lee Mead said of Mari and Lowri,

    "I think we’ve got two West End leading ladies here".

    See a clip of the girls story and watch them sing on the show

Credits

Presenter
John Barrowman
Participant
Dionne Warwick
Participant
Lee Mead
Producer
Kevin Mundye
Executive Producer
Louise Rainbow

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