Saffron Walden jazz singer Joanna Eden will be a judge on new TV talent show, All Together Now

PUBLISHED: 12:30 25 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:30 25 January 2018

Joanna Eden as one of the judges on All Together Now

Joanna Eden as one of the judges on All Together Now

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Singer songwriter Joanna Eden, who hosts jazz nights at Fairycroft House in Saffron Walden, is a judge on the new BBC One talent show series All Together Now which starts on Saturday, January 27.

Joanna, who was singing teacher and mentor to soul singer and songwriter Sam Smith, travelled to Manchester to act as one of the 100 judges for the BBC’s new prime-time Saturday night show, hosted by Rob Beckett and Geri Horner.

The brand new singing contest has a twist.

The judges, known as The 100, form a panel of musical experts and performers from all over the UK.

The singers must impress them enough to get them to stand up and join in. The greater the number that stand up and sing along, the higher the contestant’s score.

Joanna said: “It was a thrilling and exhausting two weeks and I have no idea what the show’s going to look or feel like. I was one of a hundred judges and now have 99 new singing friends.

“I was probably the softest judge as I seem to fall in love with most singers. It’s just such a joyous insight into people’s souls.

“Apart from listening to all the lovely singers, highlights for me were meeting Geri Horner who was tiny but very sweet. She wrote us all individual thank you cards.

“And the host, Rob Beckett, was hilarious, even when we heard his jokes two or three times, I still cracked up.

“Working in TV is one of the hardest things I think I’ve ever done. I’ve never applied so much make-up. Half-way through the recording, I fell and got a black eye but the make-up team gave me a new look with hair over my eye like Jessica Rabbit or Veronica Lake.”

Now, back in Saffron Walden, Joanna is working with musician Tim Atkinson at Fairycroft House to produce a wide range of musical events.

Her jazz club there, Joanna’s Place welcomes jazz singer Ian Shaw on February 10.

On Saturday, January 27, Joanna will be leading a one day songwriting workshop for over 15s at Fairycroft House.

Joanna will be releasing her new album Truth Tree this spring. Recorded at St Botolph Church, in Hadstock, it is a collection of 12 new original songs. All Together Now starts at 7.15pm.

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