Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Playing shows is like dating

Sophie Ellis-Bextor says playing shows is like dating because she feels she needs to think up topics of conversation before heading on stage to avoid awkward silences


This article is from 2015.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor for Wrigley

Sophie Ellis-Bextor photographed for Wrigley's Chew O'Clock Challenge

Sophie Ellis-Bextor says playing shows is like dating.

The 35-year-old musician admits she no longer suffers from stage-fright before performing gigs, but does find the process similar to going on a date because there's always the worry of having nothing to say.

She told BANG Showbiz: "I don't get nervous, especially since doing 'Strictly Come Dancing', nothing could be scarier. But it does feel a bit like dating because you always wonder how they will react."

The 'Young Blood' singer - who has sons Sonny, 10, Kit, six, and Ray Holiday, two, with her husband Richard Jones of The Feeling - explained because singing live feels so similar to romancing a partner, her only pre-performance ritual is to think of funny stories or anecdotes to tell while on stage in an attempt to stop her from rambling incoherently.

She added: "Before I go on stage, I'm usually just thinking of things to say. I do tend to think of topics of conversation before I go on stage to talk about with the audience which are interesting, because otherwise I just ramble on."

Sophie Ellis-Bextor is spearheading the latest campaign from Wrigley, 'The Chew O'clock Challenge', promoting the oral care benefits of chewing sugar-free gum, and encouraging parents to get their family chewing gum at 4pm after post-school snacks, when teeth are at risk from lingering foods.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

The London-based pop singer returns to music after her stint on Strictly Come Dancing.

Cottingham Civic Hall

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