Hosted by John Barrowman, the programme featured a bunch of celebrities from different backgrounds head to the London Palladium to recreate an epic West End musical performance.
Each celebrity received training from theatre legend Elaine Paige before their singing debut, which a panel of judges (including Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton) ranking them out of five.
As well as the celebrity acts, the show featured an exclusive duet from Paige and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, in addition to a special performance from the cast of Aladdin.
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The show’s feelgood entertainment factor has seemingly left fans hungry for more.
— Steve Raven (@stevennraven122) March 18, 2019
One called for the show to follow a Strictly Come Dancing format and air on a weekly basis.
-Weekly format like Strictly or Dancing On Ice
-Elaine Paige as head judge
-John Barrowman as presenter
-So many musical songs to choose from?
-Themed weeks (e.g. ALW, Broadway)
-Guest performances from touring/WE casts
— megg nog????✨ (@MegLFlower) March 17, 2019
One viewer even argued that the show should replace The X Factor.
Can we replace X-factor with a version of #AllStarMusicals featuring members of the public??
— TV Opinions (@TVOpinionsToday) March 18, 2019
And others, naturally, lived for having Barrowman back on stage where he belongs.
John Barrowman performing Mary Poppins medley is something I never knew I needed to see #allstarmusicals
— Freya ????️???? (@FreyaaGilbert_x) March 17, 2019
The second edition of All Star Musicals was won by Coronation Street actor Daniel Brocklebank, who channeled his inner Hugh Jackman to perform The Greatest Showman’s From Now On.
His performance was so well-received by the judges that Chenoweth went as far to suggest he should swap the cobbles for full time work in musical theatre.
Speaking of his time on the show, Brocklebank explained, “Loving my fellow All Star Musicals family. What a lovely, brilliant, talented group of people! This show was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done. Terrified and thrilled in equal measures.
“I had the time of my life!”