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Hugh Jackman Will Open Brit Awards With Song From The Greatest Showman

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Hugh Jackman Will Open Brit Awards With Song From The Greatest Showman

The Brit Awards will open with Hugh Jackman serenading the audience with a hit from the musical smash The Greatest Showman.

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Despite the soundtrack from the movie not being nominated, bosses reckon a song from P.T. Barnum (the character Jackman played in the movie) would be the best way to kick off the glitzy award ceremony.

The Sun reports the 50-year-old actor will be flown in especially for the event.

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An 'insider' added to the newspaper: "Brits bosses did everything they could to sign up Hugh.

"He may not be as cool as the younger stars performing on the night, but he will certainly be the most popular.

"They are banking on his opening performance being a must-see for fans of the movie and are convinced he will be enough to persuade older viewers to tune in.

The setlist for the Brit performance hasn't been revealed yet. Credit: 20th Century Fox
The setlist for the Brit performance hasn't been revealed yet. Credit: 20th Century Fox
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"Because it was a soundtrack it didn't fit into any obvious awards categories but it has been the biggest thing in music for years so they had to acknowledge it somehow."

The honour will come four months before Jackman comes back to the UK for his world tour of The Greatest Showman hits - which fans were understandably ecstatic for.

The tour will be hitting the UK in May and June 2019 with shows at the Manchester Arena (on 24 May), Birmingham's Resorts World Arena (27 May) and London's 02 Arena (3 and 7 June).

Although the film itself didn't get overwhelmingly positive reviews - its soundtrack broke records.

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The soundtrack sat happily at number one of the UK album chart for 11 weeks in a row, matching a record set by Adele's phenomenally successful album '21'.

In total, it actually stayed in the charts for a whopping 21 weeks, during which time it overtook Saturday Night Fever to become the longest-running soundtrack album to occupy the number one spot since the 60s.

Jackman will also be serenading audiences with songs from the aforementioned Les Misérables, in which he took on the role of Jean Valjean - his performance in the French revolution-themed musical was Oscar nominated and he even won a Golden Globe.

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And if that wasn't enough, Hugh says he would totally be down to make a sequel of The Greatest Showman.

During an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, the actor said: "If a genuine opportunity came up where it felt like the right thing to do, then yep, I'd get the top hat back out."

Given the success of the first film, you can bet that there'll be a second instalment.

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Celebrity, Music, Hugh Jackman

Stewart Perrie
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