On 19 November 2012, a packed auditorium witnessed a star line up of international talent as the Royal Variety Performance celebrated its 100th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall.

HM The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were in attendance at the gala, which is held annually in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund. This year was the first time the Royal Variety Performance has ever taken place at the Hall.

The evening kicked off in style as host David Walliams flew to the stage with a jet-pack. The comedian introduced musical talents including One Direction, Girls Aloud, Kylie MinogueAlicia Keys and a special performance from Plácido Domingo and Katherine Jenkins. Other performers on the night included comedian Bill Bailey, dance troupe Spelbound and Cuban dancers Ballet Revolución.

Heart-throbs One Direction performed their forthcoming single Little Things, before being surprised onstage by Walliams disguised as an obsessed fan. He asked the group, “Was your song ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ written about me? I love you so much. Will you marry me?” Unfortunately for Walliams, the boys turned him down.

Other highlights included a reunited Girls Aloud presenting their 2008 hit single The Promise, Robbie Williams performing his version of Mr Bojangles, previously a highlight from his 2001 show at the Hall, and the legendary Neil Diamond leading the crowd in a singalong of his classic hit Sweet Caroline.

Hall history was also made when Britain’s Got Talent winners, the dog trick act Ashleigh and Pudsey, performed their routine – Pudsey is one of the first animals to have performed to an audience at the Hall for many years!


The whole event will be broadcast on ITV1 at 7.30pm on Monday 3 December 2012.


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