Key 103 Jingle Ball 2010 – My Review

Last night I attended the Key 103 Jingle Ball 2010. The event was held at the Manchester M.E.N. Arena.

The acts that performed included: The Saturdays, The Wanted, Alesha Dixon, Diana Vickers, McFly, Nadine Coyle, Olly Murs, Tinchy Stryder, NDubz, Alexandra Burke, The Script, Alexis Jordan and James Blunt. The event was headlined by US superstar Jason Derulo.

First of all, let me tell you what a great show overall! It was great to see that all of the acts made the effort to travel through the snow to perform.

Despite it being a great show, there were a few let downs… Mike and Chelsea from Key 103′s breakfast show ‘hosted’ the evening and in all honesty, it was pretty pointless them being there. They popped up about 4 times throughout the evening to introduce a couple of the acts – which is fine – but it would have made more sense for them to introduce all of the acts. Plus, they seemed slightly under rehearsed. Maybe just stick to the day job? You are both great on the radio!

Some other let downs for me, personally:

N Dubz: Maybe it is just because I’m not a fan of their music. I just don’t feel comfortable watching 3 chavs perform. However, the rest of the audience loved them – so I think I’ll be outvoted on this one!
Tinchy Stryder: It was just a big noise.
Diana Vickers: She actually sounded great and did put on a good show. However, I feel that she could have made a bit more effort in the looks department. She looked like she had been dragged through a hedge and plonked onto the stage. Maybe enjoying the ‘snow’ a bit too much?

Apart from the above, I pretty much LOVED every other act. My personal highlights:

The Saturdays: Sang 100% live and added a touch of glamour to the show. Looked and sounded amazing!
The Wanted: A real crowd pleaser! They easily got the loudest screams of the night. Caused a bit of controversy when band member Max George changed into a Manchester City football shirt. Great stage presence.
Alexandra Burke: The X Factor 2008 champ sang Bad Boys, Start Without You, and her new single The Silence. Her vocal on The Silence was EASILY the BEST vocal of the night. Absolutely electrifying!
Nadine Coyle: Despite only singing two songs, Nadine sounded and looked great. She was very warming to the audience whilst on stage and her performance would definitely teach Cheryl Cole a thing or two!

So yeah, despite a few let downs, the Key 103 Jingle Ball 2010 was brilliant. Of course there is bound to be acts that some favour more than others. Plus, this is the first year that the event has been held in the M.E.N Arena – so kudos to all involved organising the show! I’m already looking forward to next years!

Did you go to the show? If so, who do you think performed the best?

Check out some videos of the event here.

Images via www.XPOSUREPHOTOS.com and Key 103 Radio

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