This year’s HBAA Chairman’s Charity, the Make A Difference Trust, hosted its first fundraising event of 2013, the sixth annual West End Eurovision contest, at the Dominion Theatre last week.

HBAA members camped out late into the night to back 2013 Chairman Chris Parnham’s chosen charity, which brings together the British entertainment industry and its audiences to support those living with HIV and AIDS or facing hardship as a result of another long-term medical condition. 

The late night show commenced at 11.30pm, once the curtain closed on the stages of London’s West End, and paid tribute to the Eurovision Song Contest. 10 West End shows including Phantom of the Opera, Rock of Ages, We Will Rock You and Mamma Mia were pitched against each other, singing past Eurovision songs to win the votes of the audience, the competing entries’ judging panels and a host of celebrity judges. It was new Irish musical Once who won the coveted trophy with their adaptation of Dana’s All Kinds of Everything.

2013’s contest was judged by a star-studded panel which featured X Factor’s Rylan, Lisa Riley of Emmerdale and Strictly Come Dancing, astrologer to the stars Russell Grant and I’d do Anything winner Jodie Prenger.  Gok Wan, Sinitta, Ben Richards and Christopher Biggins were guest presenters on the night, which included performances by former Eurovision winners Katrina and the Waves. 

Chris Parnham, Chairman of the HBAA, said: “The MAD Trust is a terrific charity, and the event was a huge success. HBAA members treated some of their partners and clients to a truly unique evening – 10 West End shows in one exclusive event.”

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To find out more about the MAD Trust, visit http://www.madtrust.org.uk/ 

WEST END EUROVISIONS – THE ENTRIES 

Billy Elliot – I Can, originally performed by Blue, UK, in 2011

A Chorus Line
 – Party for Everybody, originally performed by Buranova Grannies, Russia, in 2012

Mamma Mia!
 – Euphoria, originally performed by Loreen, Sweden, in 2012

Once – All Kinds of Everything, originally performed by Dana, Ireland, in 1970

The Phantom of the Opera – Hard Rock Hallelujah, originally performed by Lordi, Finland in 2006

Top Hat – Genghis Khan, originally performed by Dschinghis Khan, Germany, 1979

Viva Forever – This Is The Night, originally performed by Kurt Calleja, Malta, 2012

Wicked – Wir Geben ‘Ne Party, originally performed by Mekado, Germany, 1994