Jo O’Meara, who made her name with S Club 7 before becoming a solo artist, has gathered up her celebrity friends in time for Halloween. The group, calling themselves The Celebs, have taken on the Michael Jackson classic, ‘Thriller’, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the song’s release, and to raise money for children’s charity, GOSH.
BRIT Award winner Jo might be the only recording artist in The Celebs, but she’s certainly not the only one you’ll recognise! Taking on the role made famous by Vincent Price in the original is Anne Hegerty, “The Governess” from ITV gameshow, ‘The Chase’, and as you can imagine, she is as fearsome here as she is on TV. It’s hard to know which would be the better choice – Anne or the hounds of Hell!
Joining them are:
- rising singer Bethannie Hare, who is also known for her role as Cher McQueen in ‘Hollyoaks’
- actor and TV personality Tyger Drew-Honey, who has starred in ‘Outnumbered’, ‘Cuckoo’ and ‘Horrid Henry’
- the towering Ivan Kaye, star of ‘The Borgias’, ‘Vikings’ and ‘The Green Green Grass’
- Kathy Hill, who you will recognise as the model who played George Michael’s love interest in the video for Wham!’s song, ‘Last Christmas’
- ITN news presenter, reporter, and podcast host, Faye Barker, and
- Verona Rose who is the presenter of ITV’s ‘Secret Crush’ and also plays Naomi in the Netflix hit ‘Top Boy’.
The Celebs are almost unrecognisable under their zombie makeup, and clips of them menacing others as they enter London’s Metropolis Studios are interspersed with them dancing along to the music – Thriller style – and in full voice recording the track.
While undoubtedly Jo and The Celebs had a great time making this new version of ‘Thriller’, their aim is to raise much needed funds for GOSH. Every year, GOSH are faced with the almost insurmountable task of raising millions of pounds to support Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. The Hospital remains at the forefront of paediatric medicine, with around 600 children and young people, from across the UK, arriving each day for life-changing treatment. Even so, many young lives hang in the balance, and much needed funds are required to help support them and their families, as staff battle to defeat the most complex illnesses, and find the life-saving cures of tomorrow.