I don't ask for much but when one of the superstars of Channel
5's Candy Bar Girls returned last week to the very bar that gave
the name to the series, I felt super-spoilt.
Watching Christina Novelli deliver her delicious cocktail of
original material alongside well known covers - and a climactic
surprise - she left me (and the crowd) thirsty for more.
Sharing the stage with a superb acoustic guitarist and a drummer
playing a cajon (box-like percussion instrument) the DIVA cover
star had us mesmerised with her explosive set.
Christina's pop/rock attitude was quite literally dripping from
the walls in the boiling hot basement which was crammed with girls
enjoying her banter, as much as they loved the music.
Every song seemed to blend flawlessly into the next, with
Christina effortlessly hopping from original song to cover, back to
original song. And in the Candy Bar basement there was a distinct
80's underground vibe reflecting a time when music was fuelled by
love and passion rather than cynical consumerism.
Reaching her climax - set-wise, that is - Christina had another
trick up her sleeve. The red half of band RednPink grabbed a mic
and rapped like a genius to Christina's vocals. To say I was blown
away by her talent and the stunning final impromptu performance
with Red and Christina is probably an understatement.
If you're a fan of Pink then you'll fall in love with Christina
and her music instantaneously. The next few months are surely going
to be a whirlwind for Ms Novelli, and she wants you all to get
caught up in it too.