Alan Carr

Alan Carr

Date of birth: 14-07-1976
Alan Carr, the son of football manager Graham was born in Weymouth and grew up in Northampton and Blackpool.

He studied drama and theatre studies at Middlesex University, after which he took on a series of dead-end jobs, from toilet cleaner to call-centre worker, before turning his hand to stand-up.

In 2001, he won the BBC New Comedy Award and the following year made his solo Edinburgh debut, returning in 2003 and 2005, where he came to the attention of Channel 4 executives looking for new presenters for The Friday Night project.

He has co-hosted the show (which later moved to Sundays) with Justin Lee Collins since 2006, and in 2008 landed his own Channel 4 game show, Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong.

He has also appeared on BBC One's Live At The Apollo, and was in the line up for the 2005 Royal Variety Performance. Guest appearances include FAQ U, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Countdown's dictionary corner and Never Mind The Buzzcocks

In 2007, he embarked on a major UK tour, Tooth Fairy Live, the DVD of which was a Christmas bestseller; and in 2008 his autobiography Look Who It Is! was published by HarperCollins.

Described as 'the spiritual son of Frankie Howerd, Carr was named best live stand-up at the 2007 British Comedy Awards and best comedy entertainment performer the following year. He was named circuit comic of the year in the 2005 North West Comedy Awards and nominated for best theatre tour in the 2008 Chortle awards.

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Alan Carr pilots new ITV entertainment show

...and of course it involves the public singing

Alan Carr is piloting a new primetime ‘shiny-floor’ entertainment show for ITV.

And it’s yet another format that involves members of the public singing.

Singalong - The Show is described as ‘the ultimate karaoke night’ and is being developed by ITV Studios.

The producers also make Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, which also features a segment called Singalong. In that, audience members at home join in with a live performance in the studio, filling in missing words to win money.

Here’s an example from earlier this month:

The future of Takeaway is currently under question after Ant McPartlin was arrested for alleged drink-driving.

Singalong will be filmed at ITV's London Studios on the South Bank next Thursday and free audience tickets are available now. Producers say it ‘feature all sorts of fun karaoke games and music challenges’.

Carr previously hosted The Singer Takes It All for Channel 4 in 2014, in which contestants performed on a stage that moved towards success or failure based audience votes.

And Singalong follows other singing show including X Factor, The Voice,Pop Idol, All Together Now, Stars In Their Eyes, Don't Stop Believing, How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?, Over The Rainbow, Popstars and Superstar.

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Published: 21 Mar 2018

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