Neath singer Katherine Jenkins steps out for TV music and dance hits
SHE'S danced with the stars on American TV and now she's steppin' out back home.
Katherine Jenkins is starring in her own special show this weekend in which she is set to showcase a series of spectacular song and dance routines in an evening of glitz and glamour.
The Neath-born mezzo soprano is showing off her many talents in the 75-minute programme which airs tomorrow at 9pm on ITV.
The show, called Steppin' Out, promises to be awash with "old school elegance and style", a spokesman for the TV network said.
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Katherine will take to the stage to perform a variety of classic songs and sensational dances, including the waltz, tango and a breath-taking tap routine inspired by Fred and Ginger — the likes of which is usually only seen on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.
The 32-year-old singer said: "To have my own special on ITV is a huge honour and I'm incredibly excited by it.
"We are hoping to create a show of Hollywood glamour combined with good, old-fashioned entertainment and it's wonderful for me to get the opportunity to combine my love of singing with a relatively new passion, dance.
"I'll be dusting off my tap and ballroom shoes and I cant wait."
Also guest starring on the show is comedy actor Mark Benton, who will introduce exclusive performances from multi-award winning quartet, Il Divo, Britain's best-selling girl band of 2012, Stooshe, vocal harmony group The Overtones, Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss orchestra and Welsh choir and Britain's Got Talent finalists Only Boys Aloud.
Also on the bill is the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2008, Tom Chambers, who has recently been starring in a West End production of Top Hat.
Katherine was runner-up in the American version of the programme, Dancing With The Stars, earlier this year.
ITV's controller of entertainment John Kaye Cooper said: "Every year ITV1 are delighted to offer our viewers a wide range of music and entertainment specials.
"Last year we had Michael Buble, and Beyonce, and this year the 100th Royal Variety Performance, Rod Stewart's Christmas, and also in December this glamorous special showcasing Katherine's acclaimed dance skills and award-winning vocal talent, with a highly popular line up of star guests — a musical treat not to be missed."
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