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Fans invited to help Steps set Tragedy dance-a-thon record - H spills the beans
Luckily, the pop star who puts the H in hyperactive still has ants in his pants – albeit it geriatric ones.
Ian Watkins, aka H from beloved 90s group Steps, will need all of his energy when the band attempts to set a totally tragic world record in Crayford this half term.
H and the gang are inviting people from all over Vibeland to shuffle down to Sainsbury’s in Stadium Way on Wednesday, October 31, to make history dancing to their infamous hit, Tragedy.
News Shopper caught up with the eccentric singer to find out about his Twitter obsession, grownup life on his Welsh mini farm and all the latest Steps gossip.
He said: “When we had our first single out, 5,6,7,8, we broke the record for the world’s biggest line dance with Children in Need.
“Just recently, that record’s been broken.
“It will be amazing if we do this – even if it’s with just one extra person than we need.”
The band needs just 150 fans to step up to the challenge to bring their total (including the 179,850 they rounded up during their 22-date tour this year) up to 180,000 and set a new Guinness World Record for the largest amount of dancers throwing those iconic moves.
H added: “It’s incredible - this was never supposed to happen really.
“We got together again for a documentary to put things to rest and it turned into this monster.
“Our fans are amazing, for them to embrace us nearly 10 years after we split.
“I feel a little bit older, I’ve matured a little but I still have ants in my pants – geriatric ants in my pants.”
The 36-year-old Welshman, who forms Steps with Claire Richards, Lisa Scott-Lee, Faye Tozer and Lee Latchford-Evans, admits to leading a quieter life these days.
He continued: “I live in Wales and I’m an early bird because it’s so beautiful.
“I go horse riding, feed my chickens – we’ve got chickens, ducks, dogs, cats and horses.
“There are heartbeats all around me.
“I want to get goats and llamas too – my family is expanding.”
And chickens aren’t the only thing H feeds – his Twitter addiction is constantly nurtured too.
“I’m addicted, I tweet about daily cr*p – they’re mostly farm related tweets.”
Despite an occasionally turbulent relationship with each other, the band is embarking on another UK tour and celebrating the release of their DVD, Steps: The Ultimate Tour Live, on October 29.
H added: “The TV show focused on all the bad bits, but 99 per cent of the time we all get on.
“There are times when we’re not all going to see eye to eye but we understand what we need to do to go forward.
“The DVD is the ultimate collector’s item.
“Coming back after 10 years, lots of people expected us to rake the cash in, but it wasn’t about that – it was a thank you to the fans.
“Come and join in the world record and relive all those memories.”
Gareth Walker, the Ultimate Tour’s show director and choreographer, will be teaching the infections moves, and Steps will be dancing to the hit live on stage inside the supermarket.
To take part, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first 50 to register will receive a Steps goodie bag, and one participant on the day will win a trolley full of shopping to the value of £250 courtesy of Sainsbury’s.
Steps will also be meeting fans and signing copies of their new DVD in store.