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One will not be visiting Salford for Royal Variety Performance next month

By Emma Davies

The Queen may not be heading to Salford for next month’s Royal Variety Performance, but a host of the world’s musical talent will be.

Newspaper reports say Her Majesty has decided to skip the gala event, at The Lowry on December 5, because Prince Philip does not fancy the trip up north.

She is to be represented by Princess Anne.

But Bolton funnyman Peter Kay will be in attendance, after letting slip this weekend that he is to be the host for a second time.

The Bolton funny man revealed the news when he appeared as a guest on Gordon Burns’ Sunday morning BBC Radio Manchester show.

He said: “I am made up to be hosting it again. To do it once was amazing, but to be asked back to do it again is mind-blowing.”

Acts for the show include Pussy Cat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, singers Cee-Lo Green and Pixie Lott, comedian Jason Manford and many more.

It is tradition for the winner of ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.

This year’s winner was Scottish singer Jai McDowall, who also received £100,000 prize money.

When Mancunian Matters asked Jai what he had planned for the performance, he said: “I plan to just sing. Anything else I’m not really sure.”

His debut studio album, Believe is to be released on December 12, 2011.

Julia Fawcett, The Lowry’s Chief executive said: “The Lowry is delighted to be  hosting the 83rd Royal Variety performance.”

The performance will be screened on ITV1.

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