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Press Release |  10 Dec 2014 20:21 |  By RnMTeam

Esteemed panel announced for BBC One's Frank Sinatra: Our Way

MUMBAI: Hollywood legend Joan Collins, actor and comedian Rufus Hound, singer Mica Paris and musician and producer Leo Green will form the all-star panel for BBC One's new one-off prime-time special, Frank Sinatra: Our Way. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and Rochelle Humes, the panel is set to critique the singers when the show plays in early January.

The programme will feature seven relatively unknown acts from all over the UK, each performing their own rendition of songs made famous by Frank Sinatra. Only one contestant will be victorious, winning a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform at the Sinatra centenary concert held in London.

Joan Collins OBE made her theatrical debut aged nine and has since gone on to have a successful movie career, spanning five decades working with true Hollywood royalty such as Sinatra himself, Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe and Gene Kelly. Joan is a Golden Globe Award winner for her role as Alexis Carrington in Dynasty and a successful novelist, selling over 50 million copies worldwide of her novels and memoirs.

Actor, comedian, radio broadcaster and TV presenter Rufus Hound first appeared on our TV screens back in 2005 and has since gone on to star in several films including The Wedding Video and Big Fat Gypsy Gangster, as well as enjoying huge success on the stage playing the lead role of Francis Henshall in One Man Two Guvnors, and most recently the role of Freddie in the West End Production of the musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. A long running fan of Frank Sinatra, Rufus even got married in the same Las Vegas chapel in which Sinatra and Mia Farrow married.

Mica Paris is one of the UK's finest and most respected female singers with a variety of Top 10 hit singles and albums to her name. She has collaborated with some of the best musical acts including Prince, Jools Holland, David Gilmour and a host of others before turning her talents to London's West End Stage.

Completing the line-up is musician, producer and broadcaster, Leo Green - a recognized expert on the music of Sinatra. His father Benny Green wrote the sleeve notes for several of Sinatra's albums and took Leo to see Frank perform at The Royal Albert Hall when he was 15, even meeting the man himself. By the age of 20, Leo was playing sax on a world tour with Rock ‘n' Roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis, who declared Leo "The greatest sax player I have ever worked with". He then went on to join Van Morrison's band for several years and also spent two years touring and recording with Jools Holland.