Rebecca Ferguson and Marcus Collins are both from Liverpool, England, and they both came in second place on “The X Factor” U.K. (Ferguson in 2010, and Collins in 2011). So it was perhaps inevitable that they eventually team up for a performance. That’s exactly what happened when the two singers did an impromptu duet of Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher” on December 26, 2011, at the Liverpool nightclub PlayGround.
“Higher and Higher” was one of the songs that Collins performed on “The X Factor” U.K. when he was a contestant on the show.
According to The Sun:
One onlooker, at the club in the duo’s native Liverpool. said the spotlight fell on Marcus’ table when the track came on and he just began to sing.
She said: “It was amazing, all eyes turned on Marcus when the track came on. He loved the attention and it was great to see him with Rebecca Ferguson as well. It was like best of the X Factor for two years running.”
Collins is expected to get a major record deal, although nothing has been officially announced yet. As previously reported, Collins said he will be working with Take That chief songwriter Gary Barlow (“The X Factor” U.K. judge who was Collins’ mentor on the show) on Collins’ debut album.
Collins will be part of the two-month “The X Factor” U.K./Ireland tour which begins in February 2012. The tour will feature these “X Factor” U.K. finalists from 2011: Collins; Little Mix, Amelia Lily, Misha Bryan, Janet Devlin, Craig Colton, Kitty Brucknell, Johnny Robinson and The Risk. Frankie Cocozza, who reached the Top 7 in the competition this year, left the show because of a drug-related rule violation, and he is not part of the tour. Lily won the public’s votes to re-enter the competition as the replacement for Cocozza.
Meanwhile, Ferguson has been having success with her debut album, “Heaven” (released in the U.K. in December 2011), which debuted at No. 3 on the U.K. album chart. The album’s first single, “Nothing’s Real But Love,” was a No. 10 hit in the U.K.
Ferguson has also announced that she is headlining a tour of the U.K. and Ireland, beginning in February 2012. Here are the tour dates:
February 17, 2012: Rhyl, Wales – Rhyl Pavilion
February 18, 2012: Rhyl, Wales – Rhyl Pavilion
February 20, 2012: Manchester, England – The Bridgewater Hall
February 21, 2012: Gateshead, England – The Sage
February 22, 2012: Glasgow, Scotland – Clyde Auditorium
February 24, 2012: Oxford, England – New Theatre
February 25, 2012: Sheffield, England – City Hall
February 27, 2012: Nottingham, England – Royal Centre
February 28, 2012: Portsmouth, England – The Guildhall
March 1, 2012: Birmingham – Town Hall and Symphony Hall
March 2, 2012: York, England – Barbican
March 3, 2012: Blackpool, England – Opera House
March 5, 2012: Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Waterfront Hall
March 6, 2012: Dublin, Ireland – Grand Canal Theatre
March 8, 2012: Cardiff, Wales – St. David’s Hall
March 9, 2012: Liverpool, England – Philharmonic Hall
March 10, 2012: Liverpool, England – Philharmonic Hall
March 12, 2012: Bristol, England – Colston Hall
March 13, 2012: London, England – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
March 15, 2012: Plymouth, England – Pavilion
March 16, 2012: Reading, England – Hexagon
March 17, 2012: Liverpool, England – Echo Arena