Interview with Geri Horner about new show All Together Now
Geri Horner - Head of The 100
Tell us about All Together Now...
All Together Now is a singing show about uniting people – it’s about a moment when somebody comes onto that stage and sings in front of The 100. If we connect to that person, we stand up and join in. On the one hand, you can say that it’s the easiest thing in the world: pick a good song and give a good performance. But actually everyone in The 100 have their own checklist so it’s finding that one thing that will appeal to all of us. I think this show is defined by somebody connecting with The 100 and, if they do that, then they get to win £50,000 - that is the success.
Why did you decide to join the show?
I felt compelled to be part of the show. I was at the Last Night of the Proms and I was singing with everyone and thought who knew this would feel so good. This country needs this show more than ever - with a bit of music we can all come together. I think music crosses boundaries, no matter where you are from, young, old, it just brings people together. It is the most amazing feeling when people join in, you feel like one heartbeat. And I just love singing with other people.
What is your role?
My role as Head of The 100 is really unifying everybody. This whole experience has reminded me of being on tour with The Spice Girls, being part of something, giving someone an opportunity. It’s not forever but it’s this moment to bring some lightness or joy. What’s not to love?
What advice would you give to contestants?
There are a few tricks to impress The 100. Pick a great song we all recognise, but also bring a connection, a feeling or something where we can’t help but get on our feet.
To stand in front of The 100 and get instant feedback, there is no hiding if someone doesn’t like it. It takes a lot of courage. It would be an absolute triumph if someone can get all 100 up. I’m not saying it’s easy and I’m not sure I’d want to do it!
January 23, 2018 8:32am ET by BBC One