Jason Donovan performing his Ten Good Reasons & Greatest Hits Christmas Tour at The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham on Tuesday 20th December 2016

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

It doesn’t seem that long ago that fans rushed home from school to catch the daily version of Neighbours, the Australian soap that ricochet Kylie Minogue to stardom and put heart throb Jason Donovan on the map. His solo singing career saw him briefly ruling the charts with four UK number one hits as well as being the biggest selling singer of 1989 with his debut album Ten Good Reasons.

Having toured the album earlier this year, Donovan brought his show to The Concert Hall last night and added a little bit of Christmas magic to it. The first half saw him mixing his hits with some of the Christmas standards, as he delighted with the likes of It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Winter Wonderland and a comical Jingle Bells.

Having got the entire audience on their feet in an instant, dancing, cheering and screaming, Donovan was clearly having a lot of fun on stage. His warm presence and charm were hard to resist, especially during some very amusing anecdotes between songs. Some may say though, that in some instances he went a little too far with his between song banter with the audience, but he was instantly forgiven.

The second half saw Donovan return to the stage to play Ten Good Reasons in its entirety. Hitting the ground running with the classic Too Many Broken Hearts, he followed up with Sealed With A Kiss as well as fans favourite Nothing Can Divide Us, all of which went down really well with the appreciative fans.

Closing with an extended version of his famous 1988 duet with Kylie, Especially For You, there wasn’t a single member of the audience who was not singing along. The Ten Good Reasons albums may not have songs with deep meaningful lyrics, nor are they profound or revolutionary, but they are products of their time, largely upbeat and always memorable.