REVIEW:Regent put their hands up for JLS

Is anybody in love? Well everybody in the audience of the packed Ipswich Regent certainly was last night, when JLS, the X Factor Finalists turned pop sensations, stormed into town.

IPSWICH: Is anybody in love? Well everybody in the audience of the packed Ipswich Regent certainly was last night, when JLS, the X Factor Finalists turned pop sensations, stormed into town.

With their trademark colours of blue (Aston), red (Oritse), green (Marvin) and yellow (JB), these four London lads lit up an otherwise glum February evening.

Considering it was the first night of the tour and there surely must have been some pre-show nerves, JLS were all outstanding and it will take some stamina to maintain that level of enthusiasm for the rest of their sell-out tour.

It's rare to find a boy band where all four members can actually sing and dance fantastically well, and that's what sets JLS apart.

The Michael Jackson medley enabled them to take a song each, make it their own and wow the predominately pre-teen audience.

Effortlessly charming the audience with their patter and good looks (particularly when Marvin and Aston kept revealing carefully honed torsos), Ipswich went wild for hits such as 'Beat Again' and the new single 'One Shot'.

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Aston's back-flips were something to behold, and the harmonising of their a cappella version of the East 17 classic 'If I Ever' was note perfect.

JLS are here to stay, and with the announcement this week of a planned arena tour at the end of the year, two Brit award nominations and American record companies battling to sign them up stateside, it's easy to see why.

EMMA NOYE