Watch out for the giddy girls

16:00, Dec 19 2013
Southland Times photo
Arriving at Invercargill Airport today are X Factor finalists, boy band Moorhouse, and X Factor winner Jackie Thomas. Pictured from left, Marley Sola Wilcox-Nanai from Moorhouse, Jackie Thomas, and Moorhouse members Brock Ashby, Rory McKenna, and Jason Aileone.

Parents of teenage girls beware - if your daughters have tickets to tonight's ILT Christmas Variety show, they might return home a little giddy.

Boy band Moorhouse, who skyrocketed to stardom on the hit television show X Factor, are one of the headline acts for the show to be held at Stadium Southland tonight.

The Christchurch band arrived in Invercargill yesterday with a shiver as they stepped off the plane.

"Obviously we're now from the south," they said.

The group has been performing across the country since being finalists on X Factor and working on an album to be released next year.

Stadium manager Nigel Skelt said the boy band had been a massive drawcard for the younger age group, and with more than 2000 tickets sold, this year's show would be the biggest stadium Christmas concert.


Also performing tonight is X Factor winner Jackie Thomas, who has been busy since her big win, performing gigs and writing new material.

Thomas was excited to be performing at the variety show tonight, and said those attending would be impressed with the new stadium.

"I don't know what it was like before, but I've had a look around and it's very cool," she said.

Thomas said she was likely to get some "good nerves" before tonight's performance, but nothing too serious.

"The way I think, nothing will ever be as nerve-racking as being on live television for X Factor," she said.

Thomas will perform several songs from her first album, as well as a few tunes with the full ensemble tonight.

Mr Skelt said there would be a few surprises in store for concertgoers tonight, including a visit from Santa.

"The variety of talent this year has surpassed any other year," he said. "We have lifted the bar significantly."

There was a cast of more than 140 performers for this year's show, Mr Skelt said.

Tickets are sold out.


The Southland Times