Belfast Telegraph

Singer Ella to open Sports Personality of Year show

By David Young

Teenage pop sensation Ella Henderson and drum and bass duo Sigma are to open this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year show in Belfast.

Performing their summer smash hit, Glitterball, they will kick off the annual awards ceremony at the SSE Arena in December.

The Belfast-based Ulster Orchestra will also accompany the performance and provide music throughout the show.

Former X Factor contestant Ella said: "We're so looking forward to opening this year's Sports Personality.

"It's such an iconic show and myself and Sigma are honoured to be asked to perform - especially alongside such a wonderful orchestra. I can't think of a better way to start Christmas."

Sigma added: "We watch Sports Personality of the Year every year, and 2015 has been an amazing one for sport.

"It's a privilege to be asked to open the show and perform with Ella. We can't wait to get over to Belfast and start the celebrations."

The shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be announced on Monday, November 30.

The favourite to win this year is track and field athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill.

The show airs live on BBC One from 7pm on Sunday, December 20.

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