Harrogate singer Sarah Collins: ‘What a fantastic surprise and a memory of a lifetime’
Last updated Jan 29, 2024
Sarah Collins (right) with LeAnn Rimes on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.

Harrogate singer Sarah Collins stole the show on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show on Saturday night.

The Stray Ferret reported on Friday that Sarah would be appearing in front of millions of viewers on primetime BBC One.

But in a further twist, she got to perform with LeAnn Rimes at the end of her appearance as the show’s unexpected star.

Sarah’s husband nominated her for the regular unexpected star slot.

Led to believe she was on a trip to London, Sarah was stunned to discover she was actually on stage in front of an audience of 2,000 people at the Theatre Royal on London’s Drury Lane. 

She went on to perform How Do I Live at the end of the show and was surprised again when American singer LeAnn Rimes, who had a hit with the song, walked out on stage to join her.

Sarah posted on her Instagram page afterwards:

“Wow! What a fantastic surprise and a memory of a lifetime. Thank you @leanntimes.”

Speaking to The Stray Ferret before the show was broadcast, Sarah said:

“It was the most amazing experience ever, it was really emotional.

“It is a dream come true, like a dream I didn’t want to wake up from.”

The whirlwind continued today for the singer and mother-of-two when she appeared on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Radio 2.

Sarah has been singing most of her life from performing in musicals as a child and later joining a band as a teenager to then using music as a form of therapy. 

Shortly after having her daughter in 2012, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour and a full recovery was not certain. 

During this time, her parents gifted her the vinyls she grew up listening to and she used music to help her recovery. She later set up a YouTube channel in 2014, which now has 45,000 subscribers. 

Sarah Collins

Sarah set up a Motown and soul band ‘Keep the Faith’ which performed worldwide until her mother became ill four years ago.

She has received support on social media from the likes of Paul Heaton, Billy Ocean and Candi Staton.

Her Big Show appearance is available on iPlayer and can be watched here.

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