Updated: May 5
Teaching assistant, Nikki Cubberley, 28, from Essex has made it to the final of a national singing competition fronted by reality TV star, Jess Wright. The virtual talent contest, which will be streamed live to the nation on Thursday 11th February, is hosted by PlayOJO, the fair online casino, in celebration of its recent partnership with Bandicoot TV, producers of The Masked Singer UK, to find the UKs best amateur singer.
Former TOWIE star and Essex native, Jess Wright, will be joined by five vocalists* who earned their place on the virtual singalong by privately proving their singing talents to Jess, by submitting videos hitting high notes via the PlayOJO website.
Nikki, a teaching assistant who is currently shielding, secured her place in the final with an emotional take on Les Misérables’s Bring Him Home, which she will be performing during Thursday’s live finale.
Nikki, who recently raised over £1,000 for a cancer research charity in loving memory of her two aunties and performed for the Rainbow Trust Charity, will be bringing the same energy to her heart-wrenching performance this Thursday.
Each finalist will have a chance to showcase their unique singing capabilities in front of Jess and the nation, culminating in Jess performing a live duet with the winner. The champion of the virtual singalong contest will also earn themselves a professional karaoke kit, to hone their vocal skills (and be the envy of their neighbours).
Taking inspiration from The Masked Singer, contestants will be encouraged to dress in their craziest costumes, adding some theatrics to the evening’s entertainment, which will be beamed into homes around the country via the PlayOJO YouTube page.
Speaking about the virtual PlayOJO singing contest, Jess Wright said: “The talent from the submissions alone has been outstanding, so it’s been a real challenge to choose my final five, but I’m really happy with my decision. I can’t wait to hear their vocals live and even more excited to see their costume choices! Hopefully the pressure of judging it all live won’t go to my head... It’s all getting very real… Bring it on!”
Peter Bennett, Head of Brand Marketing at PlayOJO said: “We’re so excited to be celebrating our partnership with The Masked Singer by hosting the Virtual Singalong Contest with Jess – talk about taking the Zoom quiz to the next level and beating the winter blues? I think we’ve surpassed all expectations with the talent entering the competition.
It’s going to be a great night of light-hearted entertainment and prizes and we can’t wait to hear everyone’s singing abilities, good luck to all participants on the night!"
The PlayOJO Virtual Singalong Contest, hosted by Jess Wright, will be livestreamed on the PlayOJO YouTube channel on the 11th February at 7pm – viewable here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtmsHxghlcJCC_HwvsVrtVQ