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The Big Christmas Reunion

  • Episode: 

    1 of 1

  • Transmission: 

    Thu 12 Dec 2013
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 50 2013 : Sat 07 Dec - Fri 13 Dec
  • Channel: 

    ITV2
  • Status: 

    Returning
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“When we started the talks for The Big Reunion this time last year, we couldn’t have imagine we’d end up recording a Text Santa Christmas single! It’s all for charity and we are so humbled to be part of it.”  Liz McClarnon – Atomic Kitten
 
Ten years after their music dominated the airways, and after a phenomenal comeback year, the bands from ITV2’s hit series “The Big Reunion” are back in the recording studio – producing a Christmas single in aid of Text Santa.
 
The Big Christmas Reunion gives viewers an access-all-areas pass to witness what happens behind the scenes when – for the first time ever - Blue, Atomic Kitten, Five, The Honeyz, B*Witched, 911 and Liberty X join forces to record music together.
 
They will be recording one of the best-loved tracks in Christmas history – ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (Wizzard).’ 
 
With just two days to record a Christmas hit, the cameras will capture all the drama, excitement, rivalry and pressure as 26 pop stars come together to work with legendary music producer Cutfather – who has over seven UK No.1’s and 37 top 10 singles to his name.
 
It may be a one of the most recognizable Christmas singles but Five are convinced a rap by their very own Abz Love should be included - but will the other bands agree?
 
Only one star can be given the honour of singing the iconic final line – but who has the voice and nerve to take on such a vocal? 
 
And much has changed since they were last recording pop stars – Kerry Katona of Atomic Kitten and Michelle Heaton of Liberty X are both pregnant and Michelle has to take time out from the recording studio to go for a scan that will reveal the sex of her baby.
 
Text Santa is ITV’s annual charity fundraiser and this year is raising money for six UK based charities – Age UK, Barnardo’s, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.  Each band gets to see the incredible work undertaken by each of these charities – and in some cases are asked to help out.
 
Five are forced to learn a totally different type of dance routine when they are guests of honour at an Age UK Tea Dance.  While the girls from B*Witched and guys of 911 battle it out through the muddiest, wettest obstacle courses in support of the British Heart Foundation.
 
In Wakefield, Atomic Kitten help Barnardo’s host a children’s Christmas party for young families who would otherwise struggle to afford any kind of festive cheer.
 
A visitor to the studio is 21-year-old Ellie who is given a tour of the studio by the Honeyz after she tells them of her harrowing experiences of cyber bullying – and the support she received from BeatBullying.
 
Blue make a surprise visit to Amanda – a fan who is a patient at Teeside Hospice, a member of Help the Hospices.  Amanda is invited for a VIP visit to one of their arena concerts.
 
In the studio, Michelle Heaton and Lee Brennan receive a very special visitor when 11-year-old Alayna arrives to tell them how invaluable CLIC Sargent were while she was undergoing treatment for cancer.  This plucky girl has a profound affect on the two singers – reminding Lee of a similar experience as a child.
 
For all the bands, the chance to see how Text Santa funding helps these charities puts the entire recording experience in perspective.
 
Richie from Five says, “To be given the chance to help raise money for the amazing charities that ITV’s Text Santa appeal help; to bring attention to their causes and the plight of the real people they help, aiding them to make lives better really is the icing on the cake for me after this Big Reunion year.  And to do it at Christmas time is even sweeter.  Do they know it’s Christmas? Hopefully they will with Text Santa!”
 
The Big Christmas Reunion is a Potato production for ITV.  Executive producers are Michael Kelpie and Phil Mount, Potato.   Series producer/ director is Sam Grace.
 
Notes to editors:
 
Atomic Kitten (Natasha Hamilton, Liz McClarnon, Kerry Katona)
 
FIVE (Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson, Abz Love, Sean Conlon)
 
B*Witched (Edele Lynch, Keavy Lynch, Sinead O’ Carroll, Lindsay Armaou)
 
Liberty X (Jessica Taylor, Michelle Heaton, Kevin Simm, Kelli Young, Tony Lundon)
 
911 (Lee Brennan, Simon ‘Spike’ Dawbarn, Jimmy Constable)
 
Honeyz (Celena Cherry, Mariama Goodman,Heavenli Roberts)
 
Blue (Duncan James, Antony Costa, Simon Webbe, Lee Ryan) 
 
Text Santa Background –
 
Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield & Holly Willoughby and Christine Bleakley & Paddy McGuinness are the presenter line-up for Text Santa, ITV’s annual charity appeal, broadcasting on Friday 20 December.    
 
Throughout the Text Santa entertainment extravaganza, there’ll be emotional, true-life films from the six UK based charities that will share the funds that are raised - Age UK, Barnardo’s, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.
 
Viewers will be able to make donations throughout the appeal via text; thanks to Text Santa partner Vodafone by using their JustTextGiving service, which ensures 100% of your donation goes directly to Text Santa and lets you add Gift Aid easily.  Vodafone will also be operating the landline technology on the night, and taking calls if viewers want to donate by phone.  Text Santa’s banking partner, Santander will be getting behind the appeal by taking donations in their 1,200 branches as well as offering this year’s ‘must have’ Christmas accessory, the Text Santa character pin badges, Hollie, Rudy and Tinsel.  Donations can also be made online at itv.com/textsanta.
 
Launched is the Text Santa Fundraising pack which is available online at www.textsanta.co.uk.  It includes information on how to get involved, by showing your ‘Hattitude’ while raising money for Text Santa, and helping the charities help someone near you. 
 
Text Santa is an important part of ITV's Corporate Responsibility programme, using its reach to millions of people to help inspire, engage and empower viewers to make a difference. The organisation does not make any profit from the appeal and is proud that, with investment from ITV and support from Text Santa's partners and supporters, 100% of donations made by viewers go directly to the charities Text Santa supports.
 
ITV's corporate responsibility campaigns use the combined influence of our programmes, online platforms and celebrity talent, to highlight causes and make a difference.
 
Collectively our campaigns in 2012 resulted in over £10.5 million being raised for various charities such as Unicef (Soccer Aid), Malaria No More (I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!) and many others locally, all thanks to the engagement and generosity of ITV viewers.
 
The highlight for ITV is Text Santa, raising over £5.5 million for six UK charities last year, including Age UK, Anthony Nolan, Carers UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Together for Short Lives and Whizz-Kidz. 
 
The Big Christmas Reunion is a Potato production for ITV.  Executive producers are Michael Kelpie and Phil Mount, Potato.   Series producer/ director is Sam Grace.