17 Nov 1973 – Series One (8)

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Johnnie Bryan. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

Clement Freud returned to the judges panel for episode eight and, along with his fellow judges, Noele Gordon and Mickie Most, was entertained by the next six hopeful acts attempting to launch their career;

  • Phil Fernando (guitar/vocalist)
  • Johnnie Bryan (comedian)
  • Lance Harvey (vocalist)
  • Jimmy & Hazel Anthony (vocal/dance act)
  • Alison Bendy (guitarist)
  • Showaddywaddy (eight-piece rock group)

Showaddywaddy, the rock act from Leicester, were the winners on the night and took their place in the Grand Final.

They sang a medley of rock ‘n roll hits from the likes of Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly, which prompted Mickie Most to give them some very constructive comments and a very high mark.

Vocalist Lance Harvey. With thanks to Reach PLC. Digitised by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited. All rights reserved.

Thirty year old Staffordshire vocalist Lance Harvey was a clerk with BBC Birmingham when he braved an audition for New Faces, and three weeks later he was scheduled to appear on this show.

Lance had been performing for the previous twelve years, singing songs from Slade to Sinatra and had been undeterred by recording a song some years ago that he described as ‘the flop of the century.’ That recording was under the name of Lance Harvey & The Kingpins and was called He’s Telling You Lies. He’d previously performed with the group The Statesmen and during his career Lance had also played Stafford’s Top Of The World Ballroom as the vocalist in their new band along with Joe Betley (organ), Ken Wood (guitar), Jerry English (drums) and Jeff Hughes (saxophone / clarinet).

Lance admitted that he did get a few butterflies whenever he watched New Faces and he was hoping he wouldn’t get too nervous when the show was recorded. It turned out he was fine when he was busy getting ready for the studio recording, but when he had to wait for his turn to perform the nerves started to appear. He chose a song called Everything A Man Could Ever Need for his appearance and he and his wife, Jennifer, were hoping that his appearance would bring instant success, however, he finished a respectable third on the judges scoreboard but was approached by two showbusiness agents after the show.

The three judges agreed he had a splendid voice and suggested that he could become a recording artist or musical comedy singer. Their main criticism was that his ‘nice and easy’ style was a little too relaxed for television.

In 1993 Lance was still performing, as a special guest vocalist for the Jazz group the Dave McGarry Trio, at the Cock Inn, Stableford. He was joined by two other guest musicians, Doug Whaley (trumpet) and John Hallam (saxophone).

Vocal and dance duo Jimmy & Hazel Anthony pictured in 1977.
Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

Dance act Jimmy and Hazel Anthony at one time were dancers at the Talk of the Town, and they developed a virtually unique act, with a combination of storming ballads and beat numbers from Jim, who sported around six changes of costume, and had a surprise in the finale of their stage act, with a daring and showy adagio routine from the two together.

After appearing on New Faces the vocal and dance duo were out of the country for over four years, most of that time working on cruise liners, including the Costa Flavia, out of Miami, but also saw many other colourful parts of the world, including Africa and Greece. In May 1977 they were back in London and performing at The Stork Room in the West End and in 1979 they enjoyed a seven month residency at The Chevalier Palace Hotel, Rhodes.

In 1983 they returned to London, to the Boulogne, to perform in Reg Grey’s Zig Zag Revue. They stayed at the same venue in 1984 performing in Passion For Paris, a show with costumes to suit the old-time Hollywood, contemporary New York, ooh- la-la French and fifties rock ‘n’ roll segments into which the revue was divided.

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