Interview with: Sera Golding
Company Name: Undercover Superstars
Location / Coverage: Worldwide
Who are Undercover Superstars?
Undercover Superstars are a fun act that we put together for weddings & other events. Basically, we hide vocalists undercover at the wedding, usually during the wedding breakfast (but not always!) as Waiters, Bar Staff, Event Managers, Chefs, Firemen….even Guests! At the given moment, one of the characters will draw attention to themselves, lull your guests into the false belief that they are who they say they are, and then burst into song and shock everyone! Then, one by one, each vocalist will come out of the woodwork.
Our singers are fantastic performers and usually end up sprinting around the room, dancing on the tables and quite often, whirling your gran or your cousin around the dance floor! We are the first (and currently only) company to do this with modern singers. There are a lot of opera-based companies out there, but our vocalist perform music from artistes like Robbie Williams, Aretha Franklyn, Queen, Christina Aguilera etc. It’s great fun!
How did Undercover Superstars get started and how long have you been going?
We’re a relatively new act. We launched in Jan 2009, but have become incredibly popular, I think due to the originality of the act, being the only people to perform modern music. We run MIB Music Ltd, which has been running some of the UK’s top function bands for the last 6 years. We saw a gap in the market that just had to be filled!
Where do you cover?
All over the UK, and the world.
What service can Undercover Superstars provide at a wedding?
We’ve got lots of scenarios that have worked well at weddings. My favourite one is where we have two undercover guests and one ‘event manager’. Our undercover guests spend the afternoon milling around with the other guests, saying they met the happy couple on holiday last year. During the meal, the female guest is obviously getting rather tipsy and stumbles up to the microphone that’s set up for speeches. She drunkenly announces that she wants to propose to her boyfriend! She gets down on one knee and begins to sing (terribly) ‘I will always Love You’….he jumps up, says ‘Of course I’ll marry you, as long as you stop singing!’…he then launches into song and the show starts from there, featuring our female guest suddenly getting her vocal chords back, and our event planner coming out of the woodwork! This is great fun, and I’ve never seen such a reaction than when our singer announces she wants to propose! The look on the guests faces is priceless!
Another scenario we’ve done before is during the ceremony, recreating that famous wedding scene in ‘Love Actually’ where members of the congregation start singing and popping up all over the place….this is very popular!
We’ve also done all sorts of other scenarios, featuring firemen who want to shut the event down, and foreign chefs who want to offer their congratulations…. the world is your oyster really. We work closely with all our brides and grooms to ensure the scenario will work for them, and quite often they have their own ideas as to how this can work.
Another popular idea is to book us as a surprise for your other half, which is always great fun!
What sets Undercover Superstars apart from other wedding entertainment and live music?
This is just such a fun and original idea. The look on your guests faces is absolutely priceless! It’s something that will be remembered and talked about amongst your friends and family forever more!
Who have you been undercover as?
We’ve done so many scenarios…I especially liked one where we had two of our singers waitressing and one of our male singers undercover as a guest. The catch was that the client used to work for MI5, so he told everyone that this ‘guest’ was a work mate from those days. Our ‘guest’ made his way around all the guests, pulling out ‘personal’ information on them that he really shouldn’t have known! As you can imagine, the guests were all incredibly cagey and worried by the time came for him to reveal who he was!
What’s the best ‘Undercover’ performance you have done?
We did one at a company launch once which was hilarious. We had an undercover guest who pretended he was a life coach. Our client even got some disgusting looking business cards printed for him to hand out…and he made his way around the whole room giving people cheesy ‘life coaching’ advice. Every single person in that room was thinking, ‘who is this guy?’! When he burst into song, I think it’s safe to say they were pretty speechless!
What type of music do you provide?
All modern, fun tunes. Favourites are things like ‘All Night Long’ (Lionel Richie), ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ (Queen), ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ (Jocelyn Brown), ‘Take On Me’ (Aha)….all sorts really. We work with the client to come up with songs that they love and they know their guests will love. For example, we had a client who loved ‘Glee’ a few months ago, so we performed all the songs from the show.
Who/what are your influences?
We love performing music that everyone will know, so any of the popular artistes from the 50’s to now really. All our singers have different specialities – from Michael Jackson to Frank Sinatra.
What’s the best thing about the job?
Just the look on everyone’s faces I think. It’s a very stressful performance to do because we go to all lengths to make sure the cover is never blown, however, once we see the look on the guests faces and then get them up dancing and having a great time, it’s always such a high!
Where can I find out more about Undercover Superstars?
Visit the Undercover Superstars supplier page on The Wedding Community