COMEDY superstar Peter Kay and other showbiz pals helped singer songwriter Eliot Kennedy to launch his new global charity at Sheffield City Hall.
The One Song Foundation aims to change the world, one song at a time, with donations from music downloads to various local, national and international charities.
Comedy genius Kay, who has been selling out arenas nationwide, entertained the 2,000-plus sell out crowd with his own unique style of observational comedy, including a 10-minute look through the pages of The Star - with details of a trip to see him in London.
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Stars of SClub and Five, Fame Academy's Alistair Griffin, soul singer Kenny Thomas, Kavana, plus new acts Sibohan Dillon and Scott Anson all performed their hits, written by Eliot.
Sports stars also joined Eliot for the finale, at the Dennis Hobson promoted spectacle, to sing World At Your Feet, his Foundation song to back Sheffield's successful bid to be a World Cup host city in 2018 or 2022.
A London panel decided Hillsborough, not Bramall Lane, should be Sheffield's ground.
And Owls chairman Lee Strafford was more than happy to lead the chorus of World At Your Feet, along with Clinton Woods, Uriah Rennie, Johnny Nelson, Mark Aston, Tim Witherspoon, Liam Cameron, Micky Walker, John Ryan and promoter Dennis.
But Blades boss Kevin Blackwell also joined in the fun sing-along.
Other new local talent at Eliot's second festive showcase included rockers Access All Areas and, with an average age of just 14, Ecclesfield School band Searching 4 Evidence - winners of The Star and Eliot Kennedy's Limelight competition to find new talent. City Hall veteran singer songwriter John Reilly and Lewis Nitikman also performaed.
Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Cavendish Cancer Care were the beneficiaries last night.
Pop stunner Siobhan Dillon, a finalist on Lord Webber's How To Solve A Problem Like Maria, lived up to the title of her One Song Foundation debut single, when she sung Amazing.
Eliot paid tribute to all the stars for supporting his charity bid. He said: "The highlight for me was World At Your Feet, to see all the crowd clapping along. It was great to say we've won.
"The Foundation will be my priority now for next year. I want to get all these amazing artistes I know to donate a song, like Siobhan has done with Amazing. Let's change the world one song at a time. It's based here in Sheffield. I believe we are on our way. And people should remember this day, which will go down in history.
"It's remarkable that nearly one million people will see Peter Kay on tour next year and he turns up for my concert, singing along with us to support the cancer charities, on the day we win the World Cup bid. And he was the first person, months ago, to say he would be here for this night. He can make killing time funny. Arena audiences will be in for a hilarious time next year.
Peter Kay exclusively revealed an extra 200,000 tickets will go on sale for extra tour shows to be announced on Saturday - he joked it was to pay for his mother's bungalow stone cladding to be power washed.
In an exclsuive backstage chat he also previewed some of the new material he's been working on for next year's tour.
He said:"I want to say thanks to all those who have bought tickets to see me at Sheffield Arena next year. I won't let them down. You'll have a cracking night, I promise you. But I better start writing a few new jokes - my Spring collection.
"Here's one. Woman went to the doctors with a piece of lettuce sticking out the top of her nickers. Doctor said, 'that looks nasty', She said, 'it's the tip of the iceberg'. You think it's going to be blue but it isn't."
Promoter Dennis Hobson is now considering the possibility of doing a big concert at Hillsborough. He said: "This is a platform for us. There's a conversation there - looking at doing something massive as a benefit for the club as well as local artistes, showasing up and coming talent.
"Boxing and Sheffield Wednesday is my passion, but music and putting events together gives me a buzz. When you see talented people perform and you've had a hand in putting that together, it's a good feeling."
Lee Strafford is open to consider a big world cup opening concert at the ground. He said: "It's a proud day to be a Sheffield lad. Eliot is world class - we don't celebrate ourselves enough in Sheffield.
"We need to start talking our city up. For Sheffield Wednesday, 2009 has been about dragging ourselves up off the floor. 2010 is about learning to run again."
MORE VIDEO: Eliot's One Song Foundation to change the world - CLICK HERE
MORE VIDEO: CLASS ACT: Searching 4 Evidence are Eliot's Limelight winners - CLICK HERE
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