His sister Susan is no stranger to musical theatre, having played leading roles in the West End and on tour since winning Grease is the Word.

Now big brother Brian is getting in on the act.

McFadden senior is heading for the ECHO arena later this month, appearing as the Sung Thoughts of the Journalist in Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds.

But while this may be a departure for the Westlife singer, it’s not, it appears, his first experience of big stage spectaculars.

“I did all kinds of kids’ productions, and stuff like Grease,” he reveals of his time as a young member of Dublin’s Billie Barry Stage School.

“And I also did some big productions, things like the Wizard of Oz, which was a nine or 10 month run in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin.

“But I haven’t been in a musical since I was 13 or 14, so this will be my first time doing any sort of ensemble work since then.”

And it’s quite an ensemble that show mastermind Jeff Wayne has drawn together for what he has declared to be the final arena tour for the all-singing, all-fire breathing stage version of H G Wells’ sci-fi classic.

The cast includes Jason Donovan as Parson Nathaniels, Les Mis’ Carrie Hope Fletcher as his wife Bess, and X Factor’s Shayne Ward and Joseph Whelan as the Artilleryman and Voice of Humanity respectively.

Wells also features in this final tour, ‘appearing’ in three scenes, aged 33, 53 and 79 – spanning the end of the 19th century and two world wars.

Then there’s a new face too as the hologram, a role originally played by the late Richard Burton.

“Even the hologram is Liam Neeson!” Brian laughs. “You don’t want to mess it up in front of him.”

Conductor and composer Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds has its origins in a double album first released in 1978, going on to sell more than 15 million records and topping the charts in 11 countries as well as spawning two hit singles including Forever Autumn.

The first arena tour took place in 2006, with Justin Hayward reprising his original role as the Sung Thoughts of the Journalist, who gets to perform the song. Brian steps into his shoes – and those of Marti Pellow who played the role on tour two years ago.

“Forever Autumn is an incredible song,” says Brian, “it’s one of my favourites. I’ve never seen the show live, only on DVD, but I’ve heard the song on the radio before of course because it’s been released by a few people. So I’m really delighted to be singing that song.”

There won’t, however, be much chance to put his own stamp on it.

“This is Jeff’s baby,” points out the 34-year-old. “Normally when you sing a song you can put your own spin on it.

“But these are iconic songs, and you have to keep them true to how they’ve been in the musical for the past however many years.

“A lot of the die-hard fans might lose their temper if I change it!”

It’s all a far cry from the control that comes with being part of one of the most successful boy bands of all time, as well as running your own solo career.

Perhaps it could be a new direction for the dad-of-two (and former Mr Kerry Katona of course) who has also started to forge a presenting career alongside his musical one.

It would certainly be a nod back to the young Brian’s time as member of Ireland’s most famous stage school, which celebrates its half-century this year. “I don’t know,” he says doubtfully. “This is a one-off for me. I’ve just got to see how it goes, and see if I enjoy it.

“It’s definitely not the jazz hands part of the musicals’ business!”

That’s true. No one has attempted to make a jazz hands version of H G Wells’ apocalyptic vision.

“It’s pretty much the original science fiction story,” Brian adds. “And the genre hasn’t really changed that much, has it?”

Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds is at the ECHO arena on November 28.

Source: Echo

Nov 7, 2014
Britt

Former Westlife singer Brian McFadden has rubbished rumours that the boy band are planning a reunion tour.

The band experienced incredible global success with 50 million album sales worldwide and 14 UK number ones before they disbanded in 2012.

Brian left the band in 2004 to pursue a solo career.

“If there ever was a Westlife reunion, it doesn’t mean I’m going to be involved because don’t forget they were together as a four piece longer than I was in the band,” Brian told the Herald. “None of us have ever spoken about it or talked about it but I would never rule out doing something with them,” he continued.

“It’s not even close to being on the cards, we’re all doing so many different things in our careers and it hasn’t even been spoken about. “Other people have been talking about it but none of us have,” he added.

Brian (34) also revealed that reading Shane Filan’s book brought up memories of his time in Westlife. “I couldn’t believe how nice he was to me in it,” he revealed.

“When I read the book, it brought back so many memories for me. “I’d like to read all five members’ books and put it all together because Shane’s book brought stories that I had completely forgotten about,” he added.

Source: independent.ie

Oct 26, 2014
Britt

Brian McFadden has been announced as the male co-host to join Karen Koster presenting The Christmas Toy Show on TV3.

Former X Factor and Eurovision entrants Jedward will be joining the former Westlife star and Xpose host for the 90-minute show which will be broadcast live from the RDS on Friday November 21 from 8pm.

McFadden is no stranger to presenting having tackled ITV show Who’s Doing the Dishes, and Channel 5’s Stand By Your Man as well as his stint on Australia’s Got Talent.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for me. I’ve worked on a lot of great shows in the UK but it’s great to come home and host a show that I know will be a great production,” he said.

“When TV3 approached me I just thought the Christmas Toy Show was right up my alley and something I could bring a lot of energy to and have a lot of fun in the process.”

Karen added, “I am actually due the baby around Christmas Day so this Christmas is extra special, and what better way to get all Christmassy than by hosting what is essentially 90 minutes of acting like you are 8-years-old all over again!”

The TV3 show will broadcast a week before RTE’s Late Late Toy Show, hosted by Ryan Tubridy.

TV3 presenter Alan Hughes recently expressed his disappointment at not being considered for the show.

“Of course it’s disappointing and it’s hurtful, especially as last year’s show was so successful,” he told the Herald.

Last year, Alan fronted a 30-minute toy show from Tattersalls Winter Wonderland which aired an hour and a half before the 2013 Late Late Toy Show. The show was a huge success with over 350,000 viewers.

“The show was so successful last year, even the repeat had over 400,000 viewers and it was the biggest home-produced show last year,” Alan said.

“The only show that beat us in the ratings was Coronation Street or something like that and we were looking to go bigger and better with it this year so it is disappointing not to have been chosen,” he continued.

Source: independent.ie

Oct 23, 2014
Britt

Brian and Vogue will be on new channel ITVbe with a brand new series Seven Days With… You can catch their episode, episode 3 on Monday 27th October at 10pm.

Seven Days With…is a brand new reality series that spends a week behind closed doors with your favorite celebrity couples. From showbiz glitz, to the humdrum of daily life; it’s a unique insight into the lives of some of our best loved twosomes in the public eye and tells the real stories behind the glamour

Oct 14, 2014
Britt

Brian 13-year-old daughter Molly has recorded a song for her mum’s, Kerry Katona 34th birthday.

Proud mum Kerry uploaded a video of her eldest daughter singing and playing the ukulele onto her YouTube account.

source: parentdish.co.uk

Check the song out below:

Sep 22, 2014
Britt

Former Westlife singer Brian McFadden is unleashing his inner Keith Lemon for ITV’s new Through the Keyhole-style daytime show, Who’s Doing The Dishes?, which screens weekdays from Monday, September 1 at 4pm. The series asks four members of the public to guess which celebrity’s house they’re having a meal in that day. TV Times caught up with Brian to find out more…

It takes a brave celebrity to agree to cook for strangers – much less allow them to snoop around their house!
“I know, they were fabulous sports and really game for a laugh. They have to cook a starter, main and dessert for the guests and in between each course the diners can snoop around their house, looking for clues of whose house it is. Of course we’ve hidden revealing photos!”

How nervous are the stars about cooking?
“They start off in the kitchen pretending they don’t really care, but as soon as the first dish is out they get competitive and want the guests to like it. It does not go down well when the diners start criticising. Louis Walsh kicks off the first week and they said his food was ‘disgusting’! They didn’t realise he was watching them in the kitchen. To be fair, they were right though.”

Is Louis that bad a cook?
“Worse. I was shocked by how awful he is. He never does it. He cooked a fish and chips starter to throw them off his Irish scent and the chips were like rocks. You could chip a tooth on them. I nearly vomited watching him make a ‘marinade’ for chicken wings – he just poured ketchup, mustard and water over them. The diners refused to eat it. Just horrendous.”

Did they guess it was Louis?
“They did at one point, after various clues, but then they talked themselves out of it! That often happens. One diner thought it was Heston Blumenthal – as if he’d serve up that muck!”

What happens if the diners guess right?
“A cash prize goes into a collective pot for them to share at the end of the week. But if they lose, they have to do the dishes and clean the celeb’s messy kitchen. We had two diners refuse to do it. They had guessed correctly but been over-ruled by the other two in the group, so they made them do the dishes!”

Which stars were the most fun?
“Louis Walsh, as a day hanging out with him is always fun. Strictly’s Vincent Simone was a giggle too – although he’s so naughty we can’t use half the stuff he said. Sunderland defender Wes Brown was good as I got to hang around a footballer and his swanky house all day; and I enjoyed watching Jo Wood cook, as she had fantastic stories from her Rolling Stones days.

“The best food came from Steps singer Clare Richards: she did an amazing Thai green curry. Geoff Capes was perhaps the least successful. He’s obviously a competitive man so took the whole thing a bit too seriously. The diners didn’t like his furniture or food and he did not take criticism well! You really don’t want to be having a go at the World’s Strongest Man when he’s listening to it in the kitchen!”

Post Westlife, your TV career really seems to be taking off…
“It’s not really a career, I never thought about doing telly. I did a bit when I lived in Australia, and when I came back to the UK I was asked to present some guest spots on Daybreak. I thought it’d be a nice way to show my face on UK TV again and really enjoyed it. It gets me out of my comfort zone. I’m not nervous singing on stage any more, whereas TV gets the nerves and adrenalin flowing again, which I like. I’m still doing music. I’m just having a six-month break to enjoy TV.”

You’re fronting a cooking show so we’ve got to ask, Brian, what are your culinary skills like?
“Rubbish. I can do beans on toast or egg on toast. That’s it. Filming this series has actually put me off wanting to cook – too much preparation!”

Finally, who does the dishes in your house?
“The dishwasher. I’m not a Marigolds man. I tell my wife [Irish model Vogue Williams] she should wear the gloves but, as you can imagine, that doesn’t go down too well!”

Source: WhatsOnTv

Aug 27, 2014
Britt

Some matches are made in heaven.

And some are made on TV – and believe us, there’s very little that’s heavenly about this dating show.

“One thing you can guarantee is that at least once a week you’re going to go, what the hell?”, says the show’s co-host Brian McFadden, of Westlife fame.

“The contestants are very forward – it’s much wilder than Take Me Out.

“If it aired before the watershed we’d have to cut most of the footage. It would only last about five minutes… I was shocked by a lot of it.”

The OMG factor comes from seeing 40 women cheekily interrogate four men who hope to win a date with one of them.

At the end of each round, the women then go and stand by their favourite man.

Brian, 33, explains that the ladies will put the guys through a series of challenges.

“The first round is visual and the girls go for really obvious things like big arms or chests or who looks most attractive.

“But by the pillow talk round, it all changes, and they like the guy with the best personality,” he says.

The man with the most women in his line at the end is the champion and he can choose which girl he wants to date.

But even that is risky.

“If you went out with them you’ll have the best night ever…and probably end up in prison,” laughs Brian.

“On one of the dates they’re going for a curry – they’re the worst prizes ever.”

Brian and co-host Laura Jackson will mingle with the singletons, inviting them to reveal further cheeky snippets of information about themselves.

After saying bye-bye to the rejection pile, most of the women return to the show each week, meaning that viewers will get to know them.

It has been a chance for Brian, who is married to model and DJ Vogue Williams, to learn what women really want!

“This show was a real eye-opener for me,” he says.

“Muscles, they all want tall, dark, handsome with muscles. But who doesn’t? Don’t we all!

“I’m over the moon to host this show,” he adds.

“Dating should be a fun and exciting experience and I’m looking forward to creating compatible matches, fingers crossed!”

Stand By Your Man – Friday, Channel 5, 10pm

SOURCE: Mirror

Jun 8, 2014
Britt

T might be because Father’s Day is only two weeks away… but former Westlife star Brian McFadden is getting broody.

And the 34-year-old, who is on the cusp of a big British telly career, is also overjoyed that his strained relationship with former wife Kerry Katona seems to be on an even keel – meaning he’ll be able to spend June 15 with their two children, Molly, 12, and Lilly-Sue, 11.

Dubliner Brian is married to Irish model and DJ Vogue Williams and would like to start a family with her – although not just yet because they are both launching new careers.

The singer is about to present dating show Stand By Your Man on Channel 5 and ITV daytime show Who’s Doing the Dishes in the autumn, while Vogue’s modelling career has taken off.

Brian said: “I would like another baby but not right now.

“I don’t think it’s the right time for us to be thinking of having children, especially as Vogue is really kicking off her career.

“The last thing she needs is to take a step back and take a year out to have a baby.

“But we definitely want a baby. It’s on the cards, just not right at this moment.”

Brian’s happy marriage and snowballing television career have also helped his relationship with his children.

There have been difficult times over the past decade.

Kerry, who he married in 2002, separated from in 2004 and divorced in 2006, has often taken shots at him in the press over his parenting but since leaving Westlife, Brian has spent much of his time in Australia.

He was engaged to Australian singer Delta Goodrem but split up with her in 2011 after seven years together.

Now back in London and married to Vogue since September 2012, Brian can see his kids more and Kerry has a new fiance, George Kay, the father of her fifth child.

Brian said: “We are all very happy now and happy for each other. We are in a really good place.

“She’s got a new baby and everything seems to have settled down for all of us, which is great.

“We are a little bit older and wiser than we were.”

He is delighted to be able to see his daughters.

“It’s been great because I’m back in London and we can see each other whenever we want.

“Obviously in Australia, coming back every six or seven weeks and seeing them for a few days wasn’t great.

“The hardest part was only seeing them on the phone because of the time difference.

“I’d wake up in the morning and they’d be going to bed.

“Then when they were getting up, I’d only have a short window before they went to school.

“Now they are older, they’ve got their own phones so we can call whenever we want. It’s perfect now, really good.

“I’ll have a nice Father’s Day this year. It’ll be lovely.”

He also beams with pride at his wife Vogue, admitting “I’m a very lucky boy” and winking before laughing: “It’s the power of the Westlife.”

Maybe being in a boyband has helped his dating but it seems the pair have much in common – including a love of golf.

It’s fair to say Brian is golf daft and
it helps that Vogue’s family also love the sport and often come to ­Scotland to play.

Vogue’s mum and stepdad, who is Scottish, used to have a house in Edinburgh and while they now live in Spain, they are still members of the Archerfield Links club in North Berwick, which is good news for Brian, having played there a few times as well as at The Carrick at Loch Lomond. Brian said: “I love the golfing life and Scotland is great for it. I don’t wander around in a kilt though, it’s usually just plus fours.

“It’s where I do a lot of business now, like they say.

“My manager tries to get me into the office for meetings and I just won’t go so we play together a couple of times a week and get most of our work done on a course.”

It’s been a decade since Brian quit Westlife. He was undoubtedly the most popular member of the group, who dominated the charts with a string of No1s such as Swear It Again, Flying Without Wings and Uptown Girl.

While the rest of Westlife continued to have a successful career, Brian’s early solo promise with his debut Real to Me also going to No1 faltered, although he also had a No3 hit Almost Here, with Delta.

He wrote songs for other artists including Girls Aloud and LeAnn Rimes and continued having hits in Ireland. But in 2008 he began a second career as a television presenter in Australia on Football Superstar and in 2010 as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent. Brian admitted: “I never imagined myself doing television.

“I always thought I’d just do music and I still do it and have two tours at
the end of the year but I’ve stumbled into television.

“It was two Scottish guys who run Fox8 who approached me. They wanted a host who knew something about football as it’s not that big over there. I got the buzz
for it.”

Back in Britain, Brian admitted he never saw himself as a TV host but this year he will present two new shows.

He’s even been linked to being a judge on The X Factor, especially as Simon Cowell chose him to do Australia’s Got Talent. He said: “I was out having a meal with Simon, Louis Walsh and Sinitta. If you speak to Simon, you’re in the mix but we never spoke about it.

“To be honest, being a judge isn’t something I’m looking at right now. What I’d rather have is Dermot O’Leary’s job hosting The X Factor.

“I want to be a hands-on and not sitting there talking.

“That’s the challenge for me now. What I loved in music for so long was that nervous tension in your stomach as you go on stage but I’ve been doing it
for so long and feel so comfortable on stage that I don’t get that nervous energy any more.

“But I’m getting it again doing television when I walk on stage in front of a live audience and have to read an autocue and interview people.

“I get that tingle in my stomach again.”

The first new show is Channel 5’s dating programme Stand By Your Man, which starts on June 13, where in each episode four guys will compete to win a date with one of 40 girls.

There will be various challenges for the lads to do to win the girls’ hearts.

Brian and co-host Laura Jackson will challenge Paddy McGuinness’s ITV dating show Take Me Out and Brian is looking forward to it.

He laughed: “Paddy was quite happy being the new Cilla Black but I’m not sure how he’ll feel if I’m the new Paddy McGuinness. I understand the
comparisons with Take Me Out but our show is aimed at a younger audience.”

Even with his Westlife experience, it must have been hard keeping 40 men-hungry girls in check.

Brian, who claims Vogue won’t be jealous and loves this kind of show, laughed: “I got on great with the girls. I had a laugh watching them dismantle these men.

“The guys would walk on very cocky and arrogant .

“After the girls had finished asking the questions and taking them apart, they were frail children by the end of it.”

Sadly for Brian, there was only one Westlife fan but, despite only being in his early 30s, it seems it’s the mums, not the girls, who remember him in his boyband days.

Brian said: “The girls say, ‘My nan is a big fan’.”

And don’t ask him for tips about dating. Brian claims the only chat-up line he ever had was ‘I’m in a boyband’ and he never dated but instead has gone from relationship to relationship.

He said: “I’m seeing the world I missed out on and I’m glad I did. These poor fellas go through the wringer to get a date.”

This week Brian starts his next TV project, Who’s Doing the Dishes, although it won’t be broadcast until the autumn.

The daytime show will see four diners trying to guess which celebrity’s house they are in and whose food they are eating.

He said: “The celebrity is in the kitchen watching everything that’s going on. It makes for some very awkward viewing.”

A cross between Come Dine With Me and Through the Keyhole, it sounds like it’s going to be a cult hit.

While Brian now has his sights set firmly on a career as a TV presenter, he hasn’t ruled out teaming up with his old Westlife pals, who finally split in 2012, in the distant future.

He said: “They are all concentrating on new careers like me.

“Who knows? Maybe one day there will be five mic stands back on stage. We might do an OAP tour.”

SOURCE: daily record

May 31, 2014
Britt

Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward will join the cast of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage! for the sixth and final UK arena tour.

His debut X Factor single was the third-fastest selling of all time, he then starred in Dancing on Ice and is now taking his music in a new direction returning to the recording studio and working on a new album. The tour marks a return to musical theatre for Shayne after his celebrated West End debut in Rock Of Ages.

Following a triumphant UK and European arena tour in 2012, Live Nation and SJM Concerts, are delighted to announce that one of the most ground-breaking arena tours of all time, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – Alive on Stage! is to return for the sixth and final time in 2014. Tickets for existing dates are on sale now via thewaroftheworlds.com/tickets or at www.livenation.co.uk priced from £38.50.

The show will again feature a stellar cast with Jeff Wayne returning to the podium to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings.

Shayne Ward has been confirmed as the final cast member and will play the Artilleryman alongside X Factor’s Joseph Whelan who performs the role of The Voice of Humanity, Westlife’s Brian McFadden as The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist, Jason Donovan who reprises his role as Parson Nathaniel and Carrie Hope Fletcher who plays Beth, Parson Nathaniel’s Wife, direct from her highly acclaimed West End performance as Eponine in Les Miserables. Liam Neeson’s spell-binding 3D holographic performance as The Journalist also returns with enhanced technology.

Shayne, who excelled in Rock of Ages for his portrayal of Stacee Jaxx, is thrilled to be a part of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage!

Westlife Star Brian McFadden is excited about being involved in the show. He commented:

I’ve long been a fan of The War of The Worlds and am so excited to be involved in the tour. It’s a true honour to be involved in this electrifying show and to be joining such an exciting cast, including singing the thoughts of The Journalist, who is played by one of my Irish heroes, Liam Neeson. It’s also a thrill to be performing the two international Hit Singles “The Eve of The War” and “Forever Autumn”. I can’t wait for the tour to start – it’s going to be incredible!

-Brian McFadden

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May 10, 2014
Britt

Brian McFadden is becoming quite the TV darling and he has now landed his own ITV daytime show.

The former Westlife star will present Who’s Doing the Dishes?, which will see four diners having to guess which celebrity’s house they’re in and whose food they are eating.

The programme will run every weekday and each day there will be a different celebrity in the kitchen.

The stars will cook up a storm as they prepare a starter, main and dessert for their expectant diners.

The guests will then discuss the meals and deliver their verdict on the celebrity’s culinary skills, before guessing which famous face is behind the menu.

What they won’t realise is that the celebrity will be watching their comments on a monitor in the kitchen. Let’s hope they’re not too harsh!

The guests won’t find out who is in the kitchen until the end of the meal, but they’ll be given various clues throughout and will be able to find their own clues by snooping around the house.

If they guess the celeb correctly, a cash prize will go into a collective pot – but if they lose, they must ‘do the dishes’.

Source: STV

Apr 24, 2014
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