FOURTEEN acts, three hours, one stage and thousands of screaming fans dancing and singing their hearts out.
You really have to hand it to Metro Radio.
It’s a pretty sure bet: get 14 chart acts together to belt out their hits.
The arena was packed to the rafters and the energy in the room was infectious as the audience swayed, clapped, bounced and, yes, screamed together.
Though girl band The Saturdays rounded the night off and consequently had the longest slot, the crowd reacted with rapture to pretty much everyone.
There were some slight disappointments. Her Majesty and The Wolves had best name and costume of the night, but that’s about it.
Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts – that’s the redhead who needs to smile more – struggled a bit on her lonesome, The Feeling and Sophie Ellis Bextor were a touch out of place in this company and openers The Overtones underwhelmed.
Girl combo Parade look to have work to do and paled in comparison to the tight choreography and vocal strength of The Saturdays, who were sassy and clipped.
Tynchey Stryder was a little rough round the edges, but fellow rapper Chipmunk was both a more engaging personality and impressive performer. I loved Example and Katy B, two Brit acts with bright futures, while The Wanted had perhaps the best reaction of all from the crowd.
Up-and-coming American star Mike Posner’s demand for more and more shreiks was entirely successful.
The smiles of the crowd as they poured on to the streets afterwards said more than any review can.
Who needs Top of the Pops?!