A real Robbie dazzler steps into the breach

The show will go on…even if 'Robbie Williams' got a better offer.

A top Robbie tribute act WILL be 'entertaining you' at a sell-out Live in Hope charity event next week.

Robbie, who is better known as artist JK, has entertained more than 1.5m people in 14 countries with his hit Robbie Williams tribute show, has stepped into the breach after the original 'Robbie' impersonator made it big on TV.

Preston businessman Tony Slater, who is organising the event on January 19, said he had originally contacted JK to star in the show but he was away on tour.

Instead Tony booked tribute artist Tony Lewis, who appeared on Saturday's BBC show The One and Only.

Tony Lewis, from Leigh, will now go through to the next round of the battle for a three-month performing contract in Las Vegas with the renowned Legends in Concert.

This means he can't do the Live in Hope gig.

But, in an ironic turn of events, first choice JK has ended up coming to the rescue after all.

The sell-out fundraiser will take place at Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club.

The spectacular show will raise funds for the Evening Post's £25,000 appeal to save Preston Women's Refuge's Hope centre.

JK recently completed a theatre tour with this show One Night of Robbie, which included a sold out night at Lancaster's Grand Theatre.

He will now join forces with compere and singer Tony, form Fulwood – who has raised in excess of £650,000 for local causes to date.

Tony has also revealed he has had to turn down dozens of requests for tickets.

He said: "It's a complete sell-out and we have some fantastic prizes to auction off.

"It will be a real success because of the quality of the entertainment."

Preston Mayor Christine Abram will also be in attendance and she said everyone is looking forward to a fantastic evening.

Her two official charities, the Live in Hope appeal and CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) will both benefit from the event.

Organisers said they have managed to contact almost everyone who has purchased tickets to the charity cabaret and disco informing them of the change and that they are all happy.

Meanwhile, organisers have send good luck messages to Tony (Lewis) as he pursues his American dream and in return, Tony has said if there's any way he can help with future events he will.

anyone with queries can call Tony Slater on 01772 200 181.