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Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan reunite especially for charity concert

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan are all smiles as they are reunited on stage for the first time in 23 years  much to the appreciation of the audience at the Hit Factory Live show. Photograph: PA

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan are all smiles as they are reunited on stage for the first time in 23 years  much to the appreciation of the audience at the Hit Factory Live show. Photograph: PA

KYLIE Minogue has been 
reunited with Jason Donovan on stage for the first time in 
23 years.

The Australian pair duetted on their 1988 smash hit Especially For You to rapturous audience applause.

During a musical interlude, Donovan swept the diminutive pop star – dressed in a short black dress with green leather – off her feet in a heartfelt embrace. Globally loved for their roles as Scott and Charlene in soap Neighbours, the single sold more than a million copies in the UK alone. “How long have you waited for this for?” Minogue asked, before singing the closing notes.

The stars were joined by 80s and 90s pop stars Rick Astley, Bananarama and Steps among others for the Hit Factory Live – Christmas Cracker at London’s O2 arena on Friday.

The show celebrated the Stock Aitken Waterman songwriting and production team.

Sinitta performed a medley of hits before enlisting the help of her backing dancer ­Billy to strip her down to her underwear, quipping: “He’s never undressed a grown woman before”, before singing Toyboy.

Pete Waterman himself took to the stage to present a tribute to the late Donna Summer sung by his latest protege James Graham. Pete Burns, dressed in a black dress and veil, joined his Dead Or Alive bandmates to play You Spin Me Right Round.

Bananarama performed I Heard A Rumour, I Want You Back and Venus. Though best-known as a trio, Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin now perform as a duo.

Ahead of his spot with Minogue, Donovan serenaded the crowd with hits including Nothing Can Divide Us and When You Come Back To Me.

Rick Astley belted out his hit single Never Gonna Give You Up, which has become an internet sensation in recent years.

All the acts took to the stage to close the show with Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody.

A proportion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Cancer Research UK. The show had been due to take place in London’s Hyde Park in the summer but was postponed because of bad weather.

 

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