Audience tribute to mesmerising talent

Celine Dion described Rhydian as “amazing” and he lived up to her glowing tribute with a mesmerising performance that earned two standing ovations at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre on Saturday.

Welsh baritone Rhydian Roberts’ wowed us with his powerful, rich, captivating voice and magnetic personality. Despite being in a car accident that day, and needing to take several slips of tea to clear his throat, he gave electrifying renditions of Music of the Night, This Is My Life and The Impossible Dream.

Rhydian, who many thought was robbed by phone voting glitches when Leon Jackson won the X Factor 2007 final, also treated us to numbers from album One Day Like This, which enjoyed 10 weeks at No. 1 in the classical charts.

He was given excellent support by Britain’s Got Talent’s Lucy Kay and West End star Abigail Jaye. Lucy, who performed alone for the first 40 minutes, was singled out for special praise by Rhydian, but Abigail showed the better stage presence with her spell-binding version of You’re My World. All three singers were well backed up by a five-piece band, led by musical director Ben Kennedy, with trumpeter Simon Crick also providing vocals. It was good to see such a big audience at the Hippodrome. The helpful staff contributed greatly to a wonderful atmosphere. By Tony Flood.