Need To Know: Shayne Ward
By Phillip B. Crook
Your new tour is a stripped-down version of what you've done in the past. What do you have planned?
I've put on big shows over the years -- loads of dancers, big graphics, pyro. But this time -- because I was gone for three years making the album -- I wanted to make it as intimate as possible. We called it Up Close and Personal and that's exactly what it's going to be. Just my voice, the band and the audience. It's going to be a really good night. I don't need gimmicks to entertain a crowd for an hour or so.
Finally, in honor of your heritage, X Factor and your entrance onto the U.S. scene, let's play a game called, 'Irish, English or American?'
Go for it.
The superior version of The Office?
Reality competition TV shows?
American, because you've got so many of them.
Good dental practices?
Most enthusiastic fans?
Oh God, that's a mix between Irish and English. But more Irish, let's be honest.