Famously, the BBC’s Wall Street news anchor, he reported the World Trade Centre attack for the BBC on 9/11, having been due at the Towers for a meeting. He rose through the media ranks from radio presenter on local radio, before joining BBC World Service.His television career has been strong, becoming presenter of Celebdaq and taking over BBC Three’s Liquid News after the tragic death of Christopher Price. He is a also a former presenter of BBC Two’s working lunch.
He is currently working on a wide range of BBC radio and TV programmes, including Broadcasting House on BBC Radio 4 and reporting on BBC One’s The One Show.
When the Eurovision Song Contest introduced a semifinal, BBC Three needed a presenter and Paddy was the perfect choice. He has entertained millions as the commentator of the semifinals from 2004 until 2010. He has also been the perfect host of the UK Eurovision Preview Parties for four years. Paddy will be introducing the acts at our party, providing some truly British entertainment along the way. A great Eurovision fan, and much loved by the fans, we’re looking forward to a fun night with Paddy.
Nicki is probably best-known for her dance version of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’, which topped the charts all over the world back in 1995. More recently, in 2000, she was the UK’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm with ‘Don’t Play that Song Again’, which returned her to the charts, and gained Nicki many more fans along the way.
Nicki didn’t win the Song Contest itself, but her chance to be a ‘Eurovision winner’ came a few years later, when she won the celebrity edition of ‘The Weakest Link – Eurovision Special’, raising an amazing £13,000 for Cancer Research.
She has continued to have chart success in the UK since 1995 but her career over the last few years has concentrated more on the international market, recording with Jim Steinman and other US production teams – (in 2003 she was the only British artist to feature in an ABC Television special in Los Angeles, ‘The Disco Ball – a 30-Year Celebration’, filmed at the Shrine Auditorium, home of the Oscars, along with Gloria Gaynor, Whoopi Goldberg, KC & the Sunshine Band, Chic, Irene Cara, Usher) – and last year she was in Sydney, headlining the Australian Mardi Gras celebrations.
In 2006, new mixes of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ were released in the UK, topping the download charts for two weeks running, and the track is now a firm favourite back in the clubs.
Nicki is now working more and more with her live band, performing at venues all over the world, and is also concentrating more on a theatre career – in the past few years she has played roles in UK and Irish tours of ‘Annie’, ‘Menopause the Musical’ and for the past four years has had a fantastic time performing in pantomime over Christmas. She has a loyal and supportive network of fans who appreciate the fact that she always sings live, makes friends wherever she goes, and one thing is certain – in a music business that currently seems to focus on short-term success, Nicki French has bucked the trend and is definitely here to stay….
Nicki is overjoyed to be part of the Eurovision Preview Party again this year, and, as always, is looking forward to chatting with many of you there, and having a ball at one of her favourite evenings in the calendar!!
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