when Same Difference appeared on ‘The X Factor’ back in 2007 they divided the nation. Some couldn’t stomach their unique brand of cheesiness while plenty of others lapped it up like a kingsize bag of Wotsits.
Well whether you love them or loathe them, four years on from auditioning for the ITV talent show, the brother and sister act are still going strong.
They’ve recently released their second album and have been touring the country, gaining plenty of new fans, both young and old, in the process.
And last Friday night, Sarah and Sean descended on Berwick for what they promised would be “one big party”, and more than 200 people happily accepted an invite.
The entrée to a main course of Same Difference cheese was local band She, fronted by Marie Tucker.
Marie has only been at the helm of the group for six months but on Friday night’s showing you couldn’t tell. Backed by some superb guitar and drum playing, she powered her way through a string of chart hits familiar to an audience that covered all age ranges.
For the older generation and the Gleeks there was a rousing rendition of ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ and for those more au fait with the Top 40 in the past few years there were cracking covers of Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’, The Gossip’s ‘Standing In The Way of Control’ and Rihanna’s ‘Only Girl In The World’.
And She ensured that everyone was suitably hyped up for Same Difference by closing their set with a high octane and rocked-up version of the Black Eyed Peas’ ‘I Got A Feeling’.
By the time they were at the song’s first chorus, The Maltings crowd was on its feet and well in the party mood.
And it was just as well, as arriving on the stage like a ball of boundless energy, Same Difference seemed determined to give everyone a night to remember.
First out of the blocks on their setlist was a cover of Scissor Sisters’ ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancing’, which Sarah and Sean famously performed on ‘The X Factor’. This song set the tone for the evening but unlike its title the audience definitely felt like dancing, and Same Difference’s takes on Wham’s ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’, Cee-Lo Green’s ‘Forget You’ and Steps’ ‘Tragedy’ gave everyone’s feet an ample workout.
The duo are known for their high energy and enthusiastic performances but it was also great to hear just what good singing voices they’ve got. Both Sarah and Sean showcased their vocal prowess on ‘Never Had A Dream Come True’ and their version of ‘When You Believe’, the song released by the winner of their series, Leon Jackson.
It was also great to see the Berwick punters give a rapturous reception to some of the singing siblings’ original tracks too. Their debut single ‘We R One’ prompted much air punching whilst ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Shine On Forever’ gathered their fair share of dance moves and singing along.
The job of closing the Same Difference set was thrust on the shoulders of classic powerballad ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’, which brought things to a perfect crescendo and once again showed that as well as being able to throw some particularly mean shapes, Sarah and Sean can really belt out a tune.
The Maltings audience, myself included, were certainly impressed and many of them queued for up to an hour afterwards to get a picture with the X Factor pair.
And speaking to them in their dressing room it was clear that although this was their first visit to the town, Berwick quickly established a place in Same Difference’s hearts.
Sean was blown away by what he described as a “fantastic audience” while both he and Sarah were also full of praise for their support act, heralding Marie for her “amazing and powerful voice”.
Same Difference set out to give us all a cheesetastic and memorable evening of entertainment and all I can say is: mission accomplished guys!