Manchester business centre manager Helen Davies has been coming back down to earth after appearing on Channel Five’s new prime-time talent show ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ on 18th July as part of the 58-strong Manchester Show Choir.

Helen, who runs Orega’s serviced office business centre at Three Piccadilly Place, says the choir was initially ‘a little bit down’ after the celebrity judges were less enthusiastic about their act relative to some of the others at the start of the show. “But we were buzzing an hour later when we were invited to do our routine again as one of the runners up and were particularly chuffed to both open and close the show.”

Manchester Show Choir had to go head-to-head with rival act Dice to win the judges’ vote and secure a place in the wild card heat but, despite a highly theatrical song-and-dance routine, they were knocked out. The choir’s rousing rendition of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face set to a theme of a masquerade ball nevertheless left a lasting impression.

“We had our four days of stardom, raised the profile of the choir and did ourselves proud; now we will leave it to the professionals while we get back to work,” says Helen, although she added, “I’d love to do it again!”

The Manchester Show Choir did fantastically well to get as far as they did, having beaten off competition from 3,000+ hopefuls to join the line-up in the first live heat. Aside from the fame and glory of being on the Emma Bunton-hosted show, they were also hoping to win the substantial (but undisclosed) cash prize for their charity of choice, the Manchester cancer charity Christie’s.

Since the choir’s formation in September last year, it has donated £15,000 to The Christie to help build its new £35m patient treatment centre at Salford, which will be the biggest early clinical trials unit in the world.

Helen says many of the choir – of which there are well over 100 registered members – joined not just because of the music but also because the fund-raising formed a central part of everything they do. Their aim is to raise a total of £100,000 for The Christie of which the first £15,000 was handed over after a fund-raising show at the Palace Theatre in Manchester earlier this month.

Further events are planned for the choir, not least of which are a number of commitments with the cast and crew of ‘Coronation Street’. This includes appearing in four episodes of the top soap this summer as the Weatherfield Choir, which two regular Corrie cast members join, and even singing at a Coronation Street wedding, to be shown in August – and therefore under wraps!

And as if all this excitement wasn’t enough for Helen, she and another choir member are joining a small team that plans to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania – the highest mountain in Africa – in June 2011, for which each team member is planning to raise £2,500 in sponsorship for their chosen charity.

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