I may not have been alone on this Valentine’s date with a difference but my evening with Brendan Cole was certainly one to remember.
The atmosphere at Preston’s Guild Hall was turbo-charged with a mixture of passion and excitement all night long as the Strictly star dazzled on stage.
Twinkle-toed Brendan knew what he was doing when he followed up his successful Night to Remember Show.
I last saw this from the glamorous circle at Manchester’s historic Opera House and was interested to see how the show would transfer to the modern surrounds of the Guild Hall.
No worries there... Although the stage was a bit cramped, this new show is everything I expected and more.
It features a fabulous 14 piece band and the nimble-limbed 40 year old called on the talents of no fewer than eight world class dancers to help him sparkle on stage.
And shine he did.
The Preston audience was completely dazzled by the fantastic show, which started and finished with a full cast strutting to the theme song of the show.
For two hours we were entertained to a varied collection of stunning dances, from a beautiful Viennese waltz and an American smooth to a rather usual Ratpack stunt - with the multi-talented Brendan, singer Iain McKenzie and musical director Barry Robinson, which had the very-mixed audience rocking in their seats.
The dancers were amazing throughout - and the pairing with Brendan and new leading lady Faye Huddleston was superb.
The leading pair’s Argentine tango to Skyfall was out of this world, mesmerising the audience into silence and leaving us so awestruck you could have heard a pin drop.
In a nice departure to a very varied show, instead of the traditional Q and A, Cole was set a challenge by his musical director Barry Robinson to learn and play a instrument for the tour- and he did.
His guitar accompaniment to Ed Sheeran’s Loving you was excellent, proving that not can only can he dance - and sing, but turn his hand to playing as well.
Cole’s dancing was everything you would expect from this popular artist but we were blown away by his incredible stage presence.
The choreography throughout was stunning as were superb performances by singers Julie MGuire and Iain McKenzie.
The contribution of the band, led by Robinson was top class, which goes without saying.. All Night Long.
This tour is less than half way through and I for one, can’t wait for the next to come round.
All Night Long with be at Blackpool Opera House on March 23