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Alex Beresford wants West End career after All Star Musicals judges heap praise on weatherman


Alex Beresford has said he would love to embark on a career in stage shows after having praised heaped on him while filming All Star Musicals.

The ITV weather presenter, 41, will appear on the show on Sunday when the new series returns to screens. 

And judges Elaine Paige, 74, Samantha Barks, 31, and Trevor Dion Nicholas, 39, have been so impressed with Alex while filming that he’s been tipped to win the show. 

Side step: Alex Beresford has said he would love to embark on a career in stage shows after having praised heaped on him while filming All Star Musicals

Side step: Alex Beresford has said he would love to embark on a career in stage shows after having praised heaped on him while filming All Star Musicals

Alex told the Mirror: ‘It left me wanting more. I am open to doing the West End.

‘Part of my degree was in ­performing arts but I parked it and went into television presenting.

‘If Elaine wants me to come and do something on Broadway, then maybe I will.’  

Screen star: The ITV weather presenter will appear on the show on Sunday when the new series returns to screens (pictured on Good Morning Britain in May 2021)

Screen star: The ITV weather presenter will appear on the show on Sunday when the new series returns to screens (pictured on Good Morning Britain in May 2021)

The broadcaster will compete alongside the likes of Corrie’s Lisa George, 49, ex-EastEnder Jacqueline Jossa, 29, TV host Michaela Strachan, 55, James Bond actor Colin Salmon, 59, and rugby star Danny Care, 35.

It comes after Alex recently revealed he had to wear a jockstrap while filming the musical series.

The Good Morning Britain regular was ordered to wear the supportive underwear because his light-coloured trousers were so tight and show bosses didn’t want to see too much.

The star said: ‘It was uncomfortable.’ 

In costume: Alex - who will appear on All Star Musicals when it launches on Sunday night - is seen in a period-style grey suit while performing a number from hit Broadway show Hamilton

In costume: Alex – who will appear on All Star Musicals when it launches on Sunday night – is seen in a period-style grey suit while performing a number from hit Broadway show Hamilton

Alex’s appearance on All Star Musicals was teased by Good Morning Britain entertainment reporter Richard Arnold last month.

He said on the breakfast programme: ‘Bringing the sound of music, while keeping you company, will be one of us Les Mis on the Good Morning Britain panel, because anything goes here and we have to pay the rent.

‘Not to mention, hairspray doesn’t come cheap. But who could it be? Let’s line up the candidates please…

Cheeky: It comes after Alex revealed he had to wear a jockstrap in All Star Musicals as bosses didn't want his underwear to show through his light trousers (pictured 2020)

Cheeky: It comes after Alex revealed he had to wear a jockstrap in All Star Musicals as bosses didn’t want his underwear to show through his light trousers (pictured 2020)

‘Could it be Susanna Reid? Could it be Alex Beresford? Adil Ray? Full frame and dramatic music, please.

‘Will Adil be donning his technicolour dream coat? Well actually, here at GMB, everybody is talking about … Alex Beresford!’    

In pictures released last month ahead of Sunday’s first show of the series, constant Jacqueline looked almost unrecognisable as she transformed into Frozen’s Elsa for the competition.  

Transformation: Jacqueline Jossa looked almost unrecognisable as she transformed into Frozen's Elsa for ITV's All Star Musicals, in first look pictures released last month

Transformation: Jacqueline Jossa looked almost unrecognisable as she transformed into Frozen’s Elsa for ITV’s All Star Musicals, in first look pictures released last month

In one photograph, former I’m A Celebrity campmate Jacqueline looked elegant in a sky blue one-shoulder gown embellished with an array of sparkling jewels.

The brunette bombshell appeared strikingly different from her normal look as she sported a blonde wig styled into Elsa’s signature plait as she sang her heart out.

Sharing her joy at joining the show, Jacqueline said: ‘I am so excited to take part in All Star Musicals, it’s thrilling and terrifying, and I can’t wait to tackle a musical number that everyone knows and loves. 

‘My girls are going to love seeing me up on that stage!’

Stunning: The brunette bombshell appeared strikingly different from her normal look as she sported a blonde wig styled into Elsa's signature plait as she sang her heart out

Stunning: The brunette bombshell appeared strikingly different from her normal look as she sported a blonde wig styled into Elsa’s signature plait as she sang her heart out

Judging the talent: Performing arts professionals Samantha Barks, 31, and Trevor Dion Nicholas, 39, will appear on the judging panel of the show

Judging the talent: Performing arts professionals Samantha Barks, 31, and Trevor Dion Nicholas, 39, will appear on the judging panel of the show

Judging the talent: Performing arts professionals Samantha Barks, 31, and Trevor Dion Nicholas, 39, will appear on the judging panel of the show

West End legend: Elaine Paige, 74, was so impressed with contestant Alex, she heaped praise on him while filming, with the weather presenter being tipped to win the show

West End legend: Elaine Paige, 74, was so impressed with contestant Alex, she heaped praise on him while filming, with the weather presenter being tipped to win the show

Judge Samantha said Jacqueline would be one to watch in the musical special, adding: ‘I am so proud of Jacqueline, she came such a long way from when I first met her to her final performance.’

The six famous faces will be flexing their musical muscles and will undergo a musical masterclass as they battle it out to be crowned the All Star Musical’s champion. 

In other first look pictures, Alex sported a period-style grey suit with green patterned waistcoat as he performed a number from hit Broadway show Hamilton.

Michaela, 55, stunned in a gold and blue tasseled mini dress as she was joined by back up dancers on stage, while sportsman Danny, 35, cut a dapper figure in a rouge suit.

Michaela shared: ‘I am a huge fan of Musical Theatre so am super excited to be involved in ASM. 

Theatre: Michaela Strachan, 55, stunned in a gold and blue tasseled mini dress as she was joined by back up dancers on stage

Theatre: Michaela Strachan, 55, stunned in a gold and blue tasseled mini dress as she was joined by back up dancers on stage

‘As a wildlife presenter, I don’t often get the chance to swap the walking boots and outdoor gear for something sparkly! I’m attempting to do something I haven’t done for over 30 years, spoiler alert, it’s not the can can!’ 

Actor Colin, 59, raised a glass as he took to the stage for his musical number, which appeared to be from Les Misérables, while soap star Lisa, 49, was unrecognisable in a short black wig.

Speaking of the show, Lisa said: ‘ASM is a dream for me, both professionally and personally. The team have been so supportive and nurturing and I can’t wait to take to the stage.’

And Colin said it was ‘so much fun learning to master the Master’, with Danny Care adding that he was ‘really excited to be doing something completely different and out of my comfort zone’.

The group will be in good hands on the show as they’ll be mentored by musical theatre superstars Elaine Paige OBE, Samantha Barks (Frozen, Les Miserables) and Trevor Dion Nicholas (Hamilton, Aladdin).

What a change! Coronation Street's Lisa George, 49, looked completely unrecognisable in a short black wig

What a change! Coronation Street’s Lisa George, 49, looked completely unrecognisable in a short black wig

The celebrities will also be supported by a full West End ensemble and a live orchestra. 

Not only that, but the cast will receive training from esteemed West End choreographers and vocal coaches in the lead-up to their performances.

Speaking about the second special, returning host John Barrowman said there will be a number from Les Misérables, a song from 42nd street and a hit track from Chicago among the performances.

He added: ‘The second instalment is going to be a roller-coaster whirlwind ride of big performances, subtle performances but all of them you need to know will entail singing, dancing and acting.

Challenge: The six famous faces, including rugby star Danny Care, will be flexing their musical muscles as they battle it out to be crowned the All Star Musical's champion

Challenge: The six famous faces, including rugby star Danny Care, will be flexing their musical muscles as they battle it out to be crowned the All Star Musical’s champion

All-dancing: Sportsman Danny gave it his all as he took to stage alongside back-up dancers

All-dancing: Sportsman Danny gave it his all as he took to stage alongside back-up dancers

‘We get to see who is a real triple threat in this show and some who are only a double threat!’ 

John, 55, said Queen of the Jungle Jacqueline surprised everyone because ‘who knew she could sing’ while Alex ‘shows us a side we never knew was there’.

Speaking about the much-anticipated group number, the Doctor Who star said viewers would be taken back to a 1950s high school for the performance as he said people should call the ‘pink ladies’ – teasing at a number from Grease. 

Meanwhile, judge Samantha said she thought that GMB’s Alex had picked the most challenging musical number, before she admitted she had a ‘vested interest’ in his performance after mentoring him.

Musicals: James Bond actor Colin Salmon raised a glass as he took to the stage for his number, which appeared to be from Les Misérables

Musicals: James Bond actor Colin Salmon raised a glass as he took to the stage for his number, which appeared to be from Les Misérables 

She added: ‘The song he has picked is a beast. It’s a lot of words, it’s a lot to carry across and it’s an easy one to be overwhelmed by and so I think that this is another point of excitement for me to see that go down.’ 

The Christmas edition of the show last year saw former Corrie favourite Catherine Tyldesley being crowned champion.

She said following her win: ‘Thank you so much and thank you to everyone. Everyone has worked so hard so this is for everyone. The tuition Elaine gave me, I will keep with me forever.’

All Star Musicals airs April 3, 7:30pm on ITV and ITV Hub.

Viewing pleasure: All Star Musicals airs April 3, 7:30pm on ITV and ITV Hub, hosted by John Barrowman

Viewing pleasure: All Star Musicals airs April 3, 7:30pm on ITV and ITV Hub, hosted by John Barrowman

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