T4 Stars 2011: The skinny

T4 Stars 2011 a perfect roundup of a year of newcomers

Sun 11 Dec 2011

T4 Stars 2011 a perfect roundup of an amazing year of newcomers

If someone had told you a year ago a skinny redhead would get the most screams at T4 Stars of 2011, you probably wouldn’t have believed them. Yet Ed Sheeran – who only had his first number one in the summer - was the person who rose the most noise from the 15,000 people who packed Earl’s Court for the event. Performing just two songs, he showed why his album is in the iTunes UK top 10 for 2011 with his unique talent which has clearly captured the hearts of his fans. Sheeran and his guitar - paw print in place - were joined on stage for You Need Me by Wretch 32, but it was the audience participation with Lego House - including everyone lifting their phones in the air to create a sea of light - which made it particularly special.

The mere mention of Ed's sent thousands of teenage girls into some sort of hysteria, but for good reason: his performance of You Need Me and Lego House were highlights in what was an afternoon of highlights. 

The show perfectly summed up 2011 through the songs we've enjoyed for the last year: from Cher Lloyd’s Swagger Jagger to Dappy’s No Regrets and DJ Fresh’s Louder. 

More interesting was that, apart from a handful of acts, most artists we saw at Earl's Court only hit the big time this year but are already household names. Jessie J, who opened the show, reminded everyone why she deserved the title of “Star of 2011” with a set including Do It Like a Dude, Nobody’s Perfect and Who’s Laughing Now. It's almost unbelievable that this time last year, she had just released her first single.

Rizzle Kicks went from watching T4 Stars at home in 2010 to getting the crowd jumping this year. They hit number one with Olly Murs collab Heart Skips a Beat and performed their energetic dance moves while belting out some of the most recognisable (and catchy) songs of the year in front of hoards of fans.

Emeli Sandé is a newcomer who had the audience spellbound with the power of her voice – Emeli is an amazing talent that we'll be seeing a lot more from in 2012. Another standout was The Wanted's polished performance, which was not to be missed. The band managed to flirt with the entire audience after finishing their set, which included hit Glad You Came. An impressive achievement, all said.

Example closed the show and got the audience up and jumping with more of the hits which defined the year – like Changed the Way You Kissed Me – cementing the fact that 2011 was a great 12 months for music.

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