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2018 Entertainers

Vernon Kay -
TV Presenter


Having been spotted by a model scout at the BBC’s Clothes Show Live, Vernon began a successful modelling career before moving into TV with a regular presenting opportunity on Channel 4’s hugely popular show T4. His love of music led him to join BBC Radio 1 presenting his weekend show until 2012. He then fronted his own mid-morning show on the re-launched Radio X. Vernon has gone on to host a number of high profile entertainment shows across a numerous channels but is best known for All Star Family Fortunes and Splash! (with Tom Daley) Other shows include 1000 Heartbeats and Beat the Star for ITV1, Just the Two of Us (alongside his wife, Tess Daly) and The World’s Greatest Elvis for BBC1. Film appearances include a cameo appearance in Keith Lemon: The Film, he also made a guest appearance in the 2014 film Hercules.
He is a keen supporter of Bolton Wanderers F.C. and is also a fan of American football, (joining the Manchester Allstars at the age of 13).
More recently Vernon’s passion for sport has been transferred to screen, having presented both the GolfSixes event and The Hero Challenge Golf Series along with copresenting the live NFL coverage for Sky Sports. He also hosted Channel 5's coverage of the 2017-18 Formula E motor racing season.
Vernon received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton in 2009, for services to entertainment.


The Magnets - Performance Act

The Magnets

Like Pitch Perfect with cojones, The Magnets are an a cappella super-group featuring the hottest vocal and beatboxing talent on the international a cappella scene and London’s West End. The band revolutionised British a cappella in the 2000s by combining virtuosi vocal percussion with glorious harmonies, and have gone on to become a must-see act on the international music scene, playing festivals and theatres worldwide.
A night with the Magnets showcases the sheer versatility of a cappella performance. From Rat Pack to Rock Band, Nashville to Nightclub, The Magnets own each genre, effortlessly switching scene with their trademark inventive choreography and lashings of audience engaging charm.
From modest student beginnings as street performers in Covent Garden, The Magnets have had the joy of introducing millions to a cappella music for the first time in concert, on radio and TV. Their richly varied career has seen them sign a major record deal with EMI, release four albums, support superstars such as Tom Jones, Blondie and Bryan Adams, and play private shows for supermodels, heads of state and royalty.
The Magnets pivotal role in the UK a cappella scene was recently acknowledged with a special feature on Gareth Malone’s The Choir, and the band are currently enjoying the upsurge in interest in a cappella music around the Pitch Perfect movies and new groups such as Pentatonix. This wave is enabling the group to take their music further afield than ever, touring Australasia, India, China regular in recent years. A new album is planned for 2017 as well as returns to the Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, tour dates in China, India and Europe and much, much more.

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