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Town show to have X Factor

PUBLISHED: 18:24 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:01 11 August 2010

AFTER taking on the thankless task of representing Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest, Andy Abraham could probably do with a morale boost. And what better way to exorcise the demons of his last-place finish in Belgrade than with a performance at the D

AFTER taking on the thankless task of representing Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest, Andy Abraham could probably do with a morale boost.

And what better way to exorcise the demons of his last-place finish in Belgrade than with a performance at the Dagenham Town Show?

The former bin man and X-Factor runner-up has been confirmed as one of the acts for Saturday's main stage bill on July 19.

He was pipped to ITV's X-Factor crown in 2005 after a close-fought final with Shayne Ward.

Since then his vocal talents have helped him to forge a successful solo career, culminating in him winning the public vote to become Britain's Eurovision candidate.

Sadly his song Even If did not impress the European viewers, with only Ireland and San Marino giving him any points.

But he will now follow Lemar, Mis-Teeq and Liberty X in taking their chart hits to the Town Show stage.

Sunday night at Central Park will see a performance from 60s R&B sensation Geno Washington.

Born in the States, Geno was part of the wave of soul musicians posted at US Air Force bases in England after the war.

In a land yet to experience the excitement of Beatlemania their brand of music set dance floors on fire throughout the country in the early 60s.

With his British backing group The Ram Jam Band Geno was at the crest of the wave selling thousands of records and packing out gigs during the decade.

He returned to America in the 70s and pursued other interests, but his career was revived in 1980 when Dexy's Midnight Runners recorded a tribute to him with their number one single, Geno.

Since then he has been touring and recording and can still produce some of the high energy stage presence he was famous for in his heyday.

Tribute acts that will take to the main stage over the weekend include Scizzor Sisterz (Scissor Sisters), Maybe Winehouse (Amy Winehouse) and Rat in the Kitchen (UB40).

The 57th Dagenham Town Show takes place in Central Park on July 19 to 20. Gates are open from 11am to 8.30pm and as usual it is completely free.

Keep reading the POST in the next few weeks for more details on what to expect at the event of the summer.


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