Updated: Tuesday, 19th June 2018 @ 7:51am

Stars show their love for Manchester at annual festive shindig

Stars show their love for Manchester at annual festive shindig

By Rebecca Cohen & Lauren Maughan

The country’s biggest pop-stars declared their love for Manchester at the Key 103 Jingleball Live gig last week.

Celebrities, including JLS and Xtra Factor host Olly Murs, joined together to perform at the annual event, which took place at the MEN Arena.

MM's Rebecca Cohen and Lauren Maughan went backstage at the concert to have a chat with Matt Cardle and The Wanted boys.

Before going on to perform his single ‘Run For Your Life’, which was written by X Factor’s toughest judge Gary Barlow, Matt expressed his love for the Mancunian ladies.

He said: “Last time we were here it was a good show – I love Manchester girls.

 “I am excited about just being back on stage.

“There is a great vibe.”

And The Wanted certainly seemed pleased to be back in the North, bounding into the room with enthusiasm and banter.  

Former Bolton School student and band member Max George, who recently became engaged to Coronation Street’s sexiest female Michelle Keegan, could hardly contain his excitement about being back in the realms of his home-town.

 “I can’t help but to enjoy Manchester, being out there and hearing the accents,” he said.

“Manchester is home – my friends and family are coming down.”

Unlike last year, however, Max decided to play his outfit choice down, after getting a bad reception from the crowd.

Band-mate Jay McGuinness told us: “Last time he came here he wore his Man City shirt.

“He got booed – what an idiot.

And cheeky chappy Nathan Skyes, who describes himself as the awkward one of the group, said:  “I’ve been looking forward to coming here.”

Also performing on the night was Tinchy Strider, Dappy, Example, Ed Sheeran, James Morrison and Emili Sande, who has recently collaborated with Professor Green on number one single ‘Read All About It’.

Example kicked off the show, as a surprise act for the excitable audience.

After coming off stage, he said: “It was amazing to kick off the show.

“Hopefully I have warmed it up for everyone – it’s buzzing out there.”

And Olly Murs was particularly grateful for the opportunity to perform at such a high-profile event, with his arena tour coming up next year.

He said:  “I’ve worked all year for this moment right now.

“I need to make sure I give it 110%.”

When asked about this year’s X Factor, Olly gave no signs of who he thought is going to be crowned the winner at Saturday’s final.

“Oh you can’t ask me that question,” he said.

“I will say it’s literally up to the public to decide.”

But for Matt Cardle there is a definite winner in girl-group Little Mix, while JLS are rooting for Liverpool lad Marcus Collins.

Lead singer Aston Merrygold said: “Marcus is the one who has grown from the first audition to now.

“The fact Little Mix is the only girl-band who has got past the third week in X Factor is amazing in itself.

“Between the two I’d love either to win, but Little Mix has the group factor for me.”

The star-studded event attracted an audience of more than 12,000 fans