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Divallusion (Christina Bianco and Ian Stroughair)

By | Published on Saturday 16 August 2014

How good can an hour of diva impressions (with more costume changes than Beyoncé) actually be? The answer is: pretty darn good. Christina Bianco’s vocal chords are more than versatile, they’re like elastic, transforming her already formidable voice into the sounds of Barbara Streisand, Shakira and more. She even recites a William McGonagall poem in the Geordie twang of Cheryl Cole. In his flamboyant alter-ego Velma Celli, Ian Stroughair twirls and belts his way through pop and rock classics. A highlight was a memorable homage to Aussie star Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ video (complete with glittering body stocking). The duo’s onstage chemistry keeps the humour bouncing back and forth, and makes their obvious talent shine all the more brightly. Fabulous in every sense of the word.

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