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Carmen Nebel Show – Germany

Saturday the 6th of March was a truly wonderful experience for Susan. She appeared as special guest on Germany’s Carmen Nebel show. The show broadcasts six times in each year in different locations in Germany. This time around Leipzig was the location.

Susan arrived at 17.30 at the huge exhibition centre that was to be the show’s home for the day in very good spirits having enjoyed a private plane ride from Edinburgh. It was sheer good fortune that Susan had arrived at all, due to a favourable gap in the weather. Her manager had been delayed in a snow storm in Munich and her makeup artist had missed her connection in Munich for the same reason. Fortunately, Susan’s plane had taken off from Edinburgh and flown directly to Leipzig. Although Leipzig had been treated to six inches of snow overnight, the skies were clear and the snow had stopped, making landing at Leipzig Airport possible.

Prior to her arrival, her team had been chatting with The Priests who were also appearing on the same show. Fathers Martin, Eugene and David had expressed an interest in meeting Susan. As soon as she arrived Susan walked around to their dressing room and met the group – possibly the nicest men in show business. They chatted for some time, each expressing appreciation for the other.

Susan then went off for a sound check after which she returned to her dressing room for a ham sandwich and a cup of tea. Makeup began at 18.30. Because Susan’s makeup artist had been delayed for so long, she had to turn around and return to London on the next available flight. So the show very kindly offered one of their in house makeup artists – a lovely lady called Nadine, who did a beautiful job. Susan wore her rouge noir layered dress, designed by Suzanne Neville, and wine coloured LK Bennett shoes.

Susan’s performance slot was at 20.50. It was agreed by everyone who travels with Susan that this was undoubtedly her best performance ever. The stage treatment that the show had dreamed up was amazing – a big choir and orchestra including guitarist, timpani, symbols, the lot! The lighting was second to none and Susan sang like a songbird. Immediately her performance ended she was given a fantastic ovation by the crowd. The hostess, Carmen, joined Susan on stage to thank her for being such a special guest and presented her with a bouquet of pink and white roses. Susan loved the bouquet but kindly decided to give them to a member of her team as a present.

After a quick change and fond farewells, Susan jumped into a people carrier to return to Leipzig airfield to fly straight back to Edinburgh and on to Blackburn.

“It was a very quick visit,” Susan stated after the show, “But worth it. What a lovely show – such kind people. And the audience were great. Can I come back to Germany again?!” The answer was, of course, a resounding YES!

Carmen Nebel was a live show and Susan’s performance can be viewed online.