Larissa Eddie studied a Diploma in Vocals at BIMM Brighton and graduated back in 2010. Since then, she’s had many successes, including arena tour support slots for Lionel Richie, Tito Jackson and Peter Andre. Most recently though, Larissa has segued into television as part of “The 100” in BBC 1’s brand new singing show “All Together Now”. We caught up Larissa for a quick Q&A ahead of the show’s debut.
Hi Larissa! Can you explain how it felt to be chosen as a judge on “All Together Now” along with what people can expect from the show?
It was such an honour to be chosen to take part. Geri Horner (Former Spice Girl) is also on the judging panel, so to sit alongside her was a dream come true considering how much of a fan I was in my teens! Comedian Rob Beckett is the host and is a laugh a second!
I have been in the music industry ever since I graduated from BIMM, so it is a really good feeling to pass on my knowledge and experience to others.
‘All Together Now’ is a new Saturday Night entertainment show with a twist and for that reason it was one of the first entertainment shows that I truly felt that I wanted to be involved with. It’s not looking to make any contestants a star or offer a record contract – instead a cash prize of 50,000 is up for grabs. It’s a real feel good show that will feature some amazing singers/performers.
The concept of the show is that the contestants walk out and sing in front of the judges (A panel made up of 100 music industry professionals) and if they like what they hear they will press their buzzer and stand up to sing along with them. The higher the number of judges standing at the end of the performance the bigger the score and the two contestants with the highest score of the night will go through to a Grand final to compete to win the cash prize.
It is a show which focuses on bringing people together and spreading love and joy into your home on a Saturday night.
What was the selection process like to be part of “the 100”?
They were looking for a variety of different judges from all walks of life and I was lucky enough to be approached directly by the show. I was asked into a filmed audition and from that I found out that I had got the job! It’s so exciting and scary at the same time as this is my first ever TV Show. I’m still learning the ropes but I really enjoyed the whole process.
‘The 100’ are made up of musical experts with big personalities and even bigger opinions. What makes the show so great is the diversity among the judges.
I have been blessed so far in my career to have landed gigs as a support artist for some legendary acts, as well as being quite heavily involved in songwriting with artists such as Matt Cardle and jamming with Nial Horran (One Direction). They liked the fact that I had a lot to talk about and it also helps in general if you have a good social media presence.
Can you describe what it’s been like filming for the show?
Filming has been a life-changing experience. It’s lots of hard work and long hours but I wouldn’t change it one bit. I had the time of my life, it was so much fun!
All the judges have become one big family and have supported each other throughout. Getting to work alongside Geri and Rob has been such a positive experience and their words of wisdom and professionalism is something to be admired.
I really enjoyed getting my judging hat on and being able to encourage up and coming talent was something that I loved. Also, getting up to sing along sometimes is infectious – you can’t help but join in. Hopefully people at home will also be standing up from their sofas too!
There is also a Gogglebox element to the show where we discuss our thoughts on the acts before and after they have performed, which is going to make really fun viewing!!
What else do you have in the pipeline at the moment?
I have been working on some new material for a while now, which I’m so excited about! I will be releasing something new over the next couple of weeks to my Youtube page. So watch this space!
I am in a band with three of my brothers and it is a pleasure to work with them, they are also heavily involved in the writing and filming process.