We caught up with the Queen of vocals, Yvie Burnett to find out how the rehearsals are going ahead of Saturday’s live show.
How’s it all going?
It's really good fun. When they saw the stage for the first time it dawned on them that this was real, so I think they got a little bit scared, but now they are really excited.
Are the celebs getting fully into their characters yet?
It kind of varies but they are doing really well. It’s quite easy for them to get into character and be brilliant but next time they try it, you’ve lost it again. It’s really difficult to be consistent.
Do you have any tips for them to stay in character?
Maybe it’s something that you do with your face, or a flick of your hair that makes you feel in that character and remember how to get into the impersonation.
Which is more important, the costume reveal or the vocal?
It’s such a big costume reveal, it’s the make-up, prosthetics, wigs. That puts pressure on us to get the vocal spot on. The two things have to be as good as each other. It’s a great chance, it’s a great show and we want perfection, we want it to be perfect.
Denise Lewis. For someone that wasn’t a singer and hasn’t had any theatrical training, she’s getting stuck in and really has become Tina Turner. In fact, if you passed her in the corridor you’d think it was her.
What has been the biggest challenge?
I’m used to getting people to go out there and sing the best they can. They’ve having to sing, dance and do the impersonation. The biggest challenge to me is to get them to go out and remember it all. They’ve got so much to remember and it’s important they don’t revert back to their normal selves. It’s all about controlling the nerves.
Who would you impersonate?
Barbra Streisand…or Celine Dion. I only play to arenas. No little gigs for me.
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