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Hi everyone!

It's me again!! Just a quick tour update!

I'm in Manchester at the moment, just come off stage and catchingup on some emails! The crowd was wonderful and the venue -wow, that must have been the biggest arena on the tour -13,000 people in attendance tonight apparently! As you may know, I don't have my backing band with me on the European leg of this Il Divo tour, just a backing track (although hopefully I'll have a guitarist with me for the Wembley shows -we're rehearsing tomorrow), but I'm still having a ball up on stage!! I have to say, I do particularly like the arena shows. I think the crowds are always more relaxed in the big spacious environment and are much more likely to give theodd whistle and cheer -I can always handle a whistle! ;)

Manchester is the 11th show of the European tour. I can't believe how quickly we're getting through them! That's got to be a good sign! Having said that though, some days I just wake up really lacking inenergy and have to keep ploughing on. The wintry weather doesn't really help. I think the rain has been following us throughout the European dates! Please sun, show your beautiful face!!

Actually, the one time I do remember the sun shining was in Nottingham on Saturday 1 April, when I was asked to help lay the first slab of the New Market Square. What an honour that was!

Here's a pic of me all decked out in my hard cap and steel-capped boots for the ceremony (charming, huh?!):

I also sang 'Amazing Grace' from the balcony of the council house, overlooking the square afterwards.

Coming up, I have many more dates on the Il Divo tour -I have to admit,I'm very excited to be touring throughout continental Europe, including many countries I've never been to before -I'm also going to be attending the Classical Brit Awards which I'm flying back to London for (oh, go on...vote for 'Odyssey'...if you must!!). :

Well...I better leave it at that folks for today. Have to pack up my things and head back to the hotel so I can get some beauty sleep for my big day tomorrow (yes, I'm turning 19!)! It feels like only yesterday that I was turning 18 years old!! Take care,



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