Rebecca Ferguson – Theatre Royal, London 13/03/2012
A touch of Motown backed with a scouse chaser came together to make the Theatre Royal shake as 2010 UK X Factor runner up Rebecca Ferguson came to town.
Backed by one Afro wearing and another tambourine shaking backing vocalists- who during the night gave nothing less than their all-You could feel once Rebecca Ferguson took to the stage, she was not going to be outdone by anyone.
The pretty in Pink scouse kicked the night off with “Run Free”. Like a dictator ruling with an iron fist, Rebecca delivered a finely controlled performance in an effortless manner. The voice that has made Rebecca’s album a different type of offering from other X factor contestants, was sounding as powerful as ever-a year later to her X factor audition.
Powering through ‘Glitter & Gold’, ‘Shoulder To Shoulder’ & ‘Fairytale’, all from ‘Heaven’ her debut album, Rebecca then turned things up a notch with the performance of ‘Too Good To Lose’. The up-tempo number had the crowd on its feet singing, dancing as well as clapping. This was a good ‘In your face’ moment for the net trolls who say Rebecca’s music is not fast enough to dance to.
Taking the crowd back to where it all began, Rebecca played a fine rendition of Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’. This was the song that she sang in her audition for the X Factor. The Times have described Rebecca’s performance as “Husky powerhouse vocal…she earned her standing ovation…Superb”. After this version of an all time classic, it was easy to see why.
A well deserved standing ovation came at the end of the night after she performed her debut single ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ rounding off a “well worth checking out gig”
Rebecca Ferguson will be releasing the single “Glitter & Gold” from her debut album “Heaven” on 29th April.